Hogarth's Frolic: The Five Days' Peregrination Around the Isle of Sheppey of William ...

Hogarth's Frolic: The Five Days' Peregrination Around the Isle of Sheppey of William Hogarth and His Fellow Pilgrims, Scott, Tothall, Thornhill, and Forrest

Hogarth, William

Published by John Camden Hotten, London, 1872
Condition: Good Hardcover

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Large octavo. XIV, [2], 40, [16]pp (Publisher's catalogue). Original gold, black, and blind-stamped cloth, with gold lettering on spine and front cover. Beveled edges. All edges gilt. Decorative endpapers. Illustrated additional title detached but present. Vignette on title page. Illustrated with 14 splendid plates of sketches in sepia (including 1 folded), this book was published to commemorate the 140th anniversary of William Hogarth's five days' peregrination around the Isle of Sheppey. Hogarth was in the Bedford Arms on the Strand one Saturday night in 1732 discussing matters with his friends when they decided around midnight to set off on a peregrination to the Isle of Sheppey. Only leaving enough time to grab an extra shirt they set off on a five day trip which led them to Rochester and then down the Medway to the docks of Queenborough. The peregrinators (or pilgrims as they called themselves) retold their journey in a privately made book which was displayed in the Bedford Arms but then later printed under the title of "Hogarth's Frolic - a five day peregrination to the Isle of Sheppey". The book recounts in drawings, poetry and text their exciting adventure to the very last detail, painting a vivid image of 18th century Britain. What makes the book so special is that it is a personal account by all five participants. The peregrination was a reaction against the cultural trend at that time to seek inspiration in art and architecture in Italy and Greece. It was a real and honest account right down to the pile of cow dung that one of the group slipped in and got all over his jacket. Corners and head and tail of spine rubbed. Sporadic discoloration spots along edges of covers. Binding in overall fair to good, interior in good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38622

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Title: Hogarth's Frolic: The Five Days' ...

Publisher: John Camden Hotten, London

Publication Date: 1872

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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