The THEATRE Of WIT or A Banquet of the Muses.; A Collection of Choice & Entertaining Pieces in Verse and Prose. Selected from the Most Eminent Authors. Embellish'd wth one Hundred copper-plate Cuts, Applicable to their respective Subjects. 18th C. Literature, Jonathan . Gay Swift, John, John . Suckling, 1667 - 1745, 1685 - 1732, 1609 - 1641.
The THEATRE Of WIT or A Banquet of the Muses.; A Collection of Choice & Entertaining Pieces in Verse and Prose. Selected from the Most Eminent Authors. Embellish'd wth one Hundred copper-plate Cuts, Applicable to their respective Subjects.

The THEATRE Of WIT or A Banquet of the Muses.; A Collection of Choice & Entertaining Pieces in Verse and Prose. Selected from the Most Eminent Authors. Embellish'd wth one Hundred copper-plate Cuts, Applicable to their respective Subjects.

London: Printed for Jacob Bickerstaff & Sold by I. Wakelin in Little Britain& all ye Booksellers in Town & Country, 1746. 1st Edition. 28 leaves. Hand numbered foliation in upper right corner. Engraved t.p. & a copperplate vignette at the top of each leaf, for a total of 27 vignettes. 4to. 9-5/8" x 7-7/8". Later tan parchment spine with black script title lettering to spine; marbled paper boards with what appears to be 18th C. paper (or an excellent reproduction). Modern eps. General binding wear. Early bookseller slip (late 19th / early 20th?) to front paste-down. Age-toning & browning to paper, with some edge chipping to most leaves. First poem with old repair to horizontal tear. Leaves 8 & 10 closedly trimmed at top. Leaf 25 more so, with loss to running title. A Good copy of a rare survivor. Item #49689

According to the bookseller slip herein, this publishing project was never finished, and in the following year, a second issue increased the number to 48 from 26. This an imperfect copy of this notoriously rare publication, with leaves 1 - 2, 4 - 13, 19, 21 - 28.

Contents: 1. The Broken Mug. An Elegy. By Dean Swift. 2 ll. 4. The Kiss and Kiss return'd. 5. The Old Cheese or Slouch's Request. 6. The Espousal. A Dialogue By Mr. Gay. 2 ll. 8. An Epitaph, or a Careless Couple. 9. Winter, a Poem. By Mr. Philips. 10. The Dispute Ended. 11. The Freethinker Converted. 12. A Discourse between Celia and Damon. 13. The Tea-Table. Imitated from Dean Swift. 19. The Skilled or Beauty the Best Prize. 21. Of Providence. 22. The City Wedding, by Sir John Suckling. 2 ll. 24. Of Ingratitude. 2 ll. 26. The Farmer and the Monkey. 2 ll. 28. A Smile for the Ladies.

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Price: $750.00