Lot 1294: Thomas Dekker THE GULL'S HORNBOOK 1905 Limited EditionAntique English Satire & Social Commentary Decorated Initials
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Gull's Hornbook: Stultorum plena sunt omnia. Al savio mezza parola basta.
Author: Thomas Dekker - Thomas Dekker (c. 1572 – 25 August 1632) was an English Elizabethan dramatist and pamphleteer, a versatile and prolific writer, whose career spanned several decades and brought him into contact with many of the period's most famous dramatists. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: At the De La More Press
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/107 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: This satirical volume parodies the behavior of the young men of London in the early seventeenth century. "The Gull's Hornbook" is one of Dekker's best-known non-dramatic works. Thomas Dekker, playwright and pamphleteer, is of obscure origins, and his own words are often the only source for personal details. An accomplished Latin scholar, he translated Fredriech Dedekind's Latin poem "Grobianus" as "The Gulls Horne-Book" (1609). (DNB)
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work, one of 650 copies produced. The antique volume is bound in plain paper-covered boards with a tan cloth backstrip. The book shows light to moderate external age/wear. The pages show mild to moderate age toning, heaviest in the margins. The work is illustrated with decorative initials.
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