The Chace: A Poem; Bound with Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. A Burlesque Poem, in Blank Verse: ... The Chace: A Poem; Bound with Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. A Burlesque Poem, in Blank Verse: ... The Chace: A Poem; Bound with Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. A Burlesque Poem, in Blank Verse: ... The Chace: A Poem; Bound with Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. A Burlesque Poem, in Blank Verse: ...

The Chace: A Poem; Bound with Hobbinol, or the Rural Games. A Burlesque Poem, in Blank Verse

Somerville, William

Published by G. Hawkins, London, 1757
Condition: Very Good Plus
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[14], 128, vii, 78 pp. With 8 plates of sporting scenes intricated rendered (frontis is more mythological) by Walker, Gravelot. Octavo, 7.5 by 5 inches. "The Chace" is probably the most famous epic length poem and paean to foxhunting and one that most definitely helped shape the ritual and lore of the sport that was to have its culmination in the following century when city nobs would embrace it. The lesser known "Hobbinol" deserves as much attention, though, because of how so artfully it captures the spirit and sensation of an aspect of rural life long vanished. It is a burlesque of May Day festivities. Rich in classical or mythological metaphor, it also seethes with drama every bit as bracing as characterizes "The Chace". The Gravelot illustrations are a perfect complement to the verse, capturing the majesty and the earthy realness of the narratives, and also, as importantly, the tapestry-worthy beauty. Rebacked in modern calf, with contemporary boards. Ornate bookplate pastedown of "Francis Everett Paxton" on FEP. These boards have considerable wear and rubbing yet befit the book and its age. Text block tight, and pages generally clean with only occasional soilage. One tear of page without any loss of content. Thus, interior is in fine or near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000245

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Title: The Chace: A Poem; Bound with Hobbinol, or ...

Publisher: G. Hawkins, London

Publication Date: 1757

Binding: Full Calf

Illustrator: Walker, Gravelot

Book Condition: Very Good Plus

Edition: Fourth Edition.

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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