Monday, 2 July 2007

The Sculler's Travels

It seems appropriate here to include a text I have been interested in for a while. A perfect confluence of interests: early printed books and rowing. The complete title: Taylors vvater-vvorke: or the scullers trauels, from Tiber to Thames: with his boat laden with a hotch-potch, or gallimawfrey of sonnets, satyres, and epigrams. With an inkhorne disputation betwixt a lawyer and a poet: and a quarterne of new catcht epigrames, caught the last fishing-tide: together with an addition of pastorall equiuocques, or the complaint of a shepheard.

An earlier edition was printed at London by Edward Allde with the announcement that copies "are to be solde [by Nathaniel Butter] at the Pide-bull neere St. Austins gate, 1612." This particular edition, at the Bodleian Library, was printed in 1614.