1720. Item #16939
Morgan, H., of the Inner-Temple, Gent. Cynegetica; or the Force and Pleasure of Hunting: An Heroi-Comical Poem, in Two Canto's. London: Printed for W. Chetwood, at Cato's Head, 1720. 2nd ed., with additions. 46p + many blanks to fill out the binding, 5 decorative devices + frontispiece. Title page printed in red and black. Very good full leather. Small tear to top of leaf 3, slightly affecting headpiece to the preface. Presentation copy from John [Keogh?] to "Mr. George Mandell of Hamilton [Mass.], the noblest host I have met in Christendom," 1927. ** Mock-heroic hunting adventures of Sir Roger and his hounds, huntsman Tom, and lovely Bess who can't pay her rent. Double entendres throughout, also references to contemporary personages? The engraved frontispiece, a hunting scene, is by Elisha Kirkall (ca. 1682-1742). The "additions" may refer to the Advertisement on leaf 3, which explains a simile in the poem. Rare. One copy in WorldCat (University of Oxford). Not in Mellon or Schwerdt, nor in any sales records consulted.