Jan Drapentier. Very Good. Item #5003
London: N. Boddington, 1704. 24mo (5.75" x 3.5"); [vi], 194pp +2 ads. Frontis engraving by Jan Drapentier. Rebacked with original leather boards and title card with gilt lettering. Boards rubbed at corners with light warping and some scuffs and smudges to leather. Previous owner's name (Frederic A. Jenks) on front pastedown and incorrect author attribution (Charles de Fieux) on front free endpaper in pencil. Pages toned and foxed but unmarked. Binding is sound.
Anonymously published satirical / picaresque novel, first published in 1672 in the wake of Richard Head's immensely popular The English Rogue, with more imitations (The Dutch Rogue, The Irish Rogue, The Scotch Rogue...) to follow. Signed only "J.S.," the novel has been mis-attributed to Charles de Fieux, with CBEL suggesting Richard Head or possibly Francis Kirkman as author.