Edinburgh: R. Clark, P. Anderson and A. Brown, 1784. Leather-bound. Original brown calf, measuring 7.0" x 4.25" x 1.25". Rubbing and wear to extremities, with corners bumped and a two-inch separation at front board near bottom. Five raised bands, six compartments, with contrasting spine label, triple-ruled in gilt. Text 324 [[/ followed by a 14 page index. Lovely engravings, two of them fold-outs, by R. Martin, H. Gavin, and others. Some insignificant worming to the last thirty pages -- with several tiny holes. Good Plus. Item #73973
Samuel Butler wrote the first of his famous three-part satirical polemic in 1663, the second part the following year, and the third in 1678. Hudibras is a book-length poem was written in iambic tetrameter in closed couplets and is, essentially, a diatribe against the viciousness and hypocrisies of extreme religious sectarianism displayed by the Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians and other sects involved in the English Civil War. The "story" of the poem follows the travels and adventures of Hudibras, a Knight Errant, as he travels through different lands seeking to prove his chivalry.