Recent Acquisitions: Fables of Richard Wharton

1804      Wharton, Richard.  Fables: Consisting of Select Parts from Dante, Berni, Chaucer, and Aristo. Imitated in English Heroic Verse   (Vol. II. containing Cambuscan, an heroic poem in six books, founded upon and comprising a free imitation of Chaucer’s fragments on that subject.  Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, for Payne and Mackinlay, 87, Strand., 1804-1805.  Book plate of John Headlam on inside from cover and signature of T. E. Headlam, Irlmonly(?), Hela (?) on ffep.Text block very good.  Marbled boards with leather corners missing from front and back boards.

1805   Wharton, Richard. Vol. II. containing Cambuscan, an heroic poem in six books, founded upon and comprising a free imitation of Chaucer’s fragments on that subject.  Printed by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, for Payne and Mackinlay, 87, Strand., 1805.  Rebound in grey cloth spine over blue boards.

WorldCat lists three copies: Two of the Fables containing Volume 2, and one of Vol. 2 only.

Wharton’s edition is an curious combination of imitation, translation, and retelling:

Our sires, a gentle race, in time of old

Of various feats in native measures told:

These often they rehears’d on solemn days

Or to their sounding harps attun’d the lays.

Full many have I heard; and one my mind

Remembers, for my task this night assign’d.

But, Sirs, it fits that I should first beseech

Your pardon for my rude and uncouth speech:

My state is humble; and it ill beseems

Unlearned tongues to dwell on lofty themes.

 

 

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