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The Life of Mr. Rich. Hooker [Presentation Copy]

The Life of Mr. Rich. Hooker [Presentation Copy] by WALTON, Izaak [Thomas Wharton, anatomist] (1665)

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Author: WALTON, Izaak [Thomas Wharton, anatomist]
Title: The Life of Mr. Rich. Hooker [Presentation Copy]
Year: 1665
Publisher: J Grismond for Richard Marriott
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £2000
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[pp] 22; pp 208 [lacking frontispiece] Presentation copy with manuscript corrections to Walton's friend cited in The Compleat Angler, the anatomist Thomas Wharton, inscribed on the author's behalf but not in his hand on the half title and with seventeenth century emendations to the text in the same hand throughout. Bound in seventeenth century English calf with a triple blind fillet to the boards and a gilt edgeroll to boards. Stylishly rebacked with a new red morocco label and four raised bands, lacking the frontispiece portrait of Hooker, the final two gatherings, 'N' and 'O' detached. The presentation inscription made at the time of publication appears above the imprimatur as 'Ffor Dor Wharton' with calligraphic superscript 'r' at the end of 'Ffor' and 'Dor: this matches Christ Church College, Oxford's similar contemporary presentation copy inscribed ffor Dor: Alestrye'; the binding also matches exactly the Christ Church copy. In this copy, and in the same hand (using the superscript 'r') the printed errata have been corrected in the text at pages 6, 58 and 106 where an additional error has been corrected three lines above where the word 'fault' was misplaced at the end of the paragraph. There are additional corrections at pages 108, 111, 113 (not 117 as per printed errara), 137 - actually 136 and finally page 167. Thomas Wharton is famed as one of few physicians to have stayed in London during the final 1665 outbreak of plague and this presentation copy almost certainly arrived with Walton's friend during this nightmarish moment in the city's history. Wharton's most significant printed work is his study of the glands - his friendship with Walton is well attested and he is cited by name twice in later editions of his masterpiece, The Compleat Angler. Peter Beal has described how 'Walton was evidently inclined to give inscribed presentation exempla of his various printed works to a wide circle of family and friends and a considerable number of these, together with his own annotated exempla, have been recorded.' This example, like Allestree's copy at Oxford, falls into the category of copies which have been presented and corrected on Walton's behalf but not in his hand.
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