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Hand-bound fine limited edition of the witty epigrams of a debauched 17th-century aristocrat.


Written in 1640, this is the earliest known collection of epigrams by Sir Thomas Urquhart (1611–1660). He was one of the most colourful characters of the 17th century, was famous for his rollicking translation of Rabelais, and infamous for his satirical proposal for a universal language. This collection reveals both his humour and his debauchery. It includes 'A Drunkard Speaks Here of His Own Invincible Determination of Carousing,' 'Upon the Toothache', and 'To the Two Bastard Sons of an Abbot.'


Epigrams from Sir Thomas Urquhart's Apollo & The Muses. Tunbridge Wells, Kent: The Foundling Press, 1999. Pp.65. New. First edition. Tall octavo. A very good copy, bound in crimson paper with crisp, coral pictorial wrappers featuring a serpent and apple, printing in black and crimson. Illustrated with woodcuts throughout by Sarah Van Niekerk. Printed in Monotype Poliphilus & Blado on Hahnemuble Mediaeval paper. Number 210 of an edition limited to 300 copies.

Epigrams from Sir Thomas Urquhart's Apollo & The Muses [Rare]