All the Workes of Iohn Taylor The Water Poet Being 63 in number Collection into one volum By the AuthorWith Sundry new Additions Corrected, Revised, and newly Imprinted.
1630 [bit later]
Engraving, 185 x 280mm. 7¼ x 11".
Frontispiece to an edition of works by John Taylor ('The Water Poet', 1578-1653), with a portrait of the author. Born in Gloucester, Taylor moved to London in the 1590s and served an apprenticeship to a waterman, ferrying passengers on the Thames. He later occupied prominent positions in the Watermen's Company. Besides epic boating expeditions in England and Scotland, Taylor travelled widely in Europe, and produced a considerable amount of travel-writing. He published his 'Works' in 1630, and lacking a patron dedicated it to 'the world'. Later years saw him take part in an expedition, sponsored by the Crown, to survey the upper Thames, before his fortunes faltered. Taylor died in poverty and was buried in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster. Engraved by Thomas Cockson (1591-1636 fl.).
Bernard Capp, ‘Taylor, John (1578–1653)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
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