Richard Head.The Globe's thy Studye; for thy boundless mind... I.F.
Engraving, 19th century copy of the frontispiece to Head's 'The English Rogue', 160 x 95mm. 6¼ x 3¾". Laid to card.
Portrait of Richard Head (1637? - 1686?), author, born in Ireland. Head is chiefly known as the author of a racy pretended autobiography of a professional thief, entitled ‘The English Rogue, described in the life of Meriton Latroon, a witty extravagant, being a compleat history of the most Eminent Cheats of both Sexes', first published 1665. It appears that when the manuscript was first presented to the censors of the press, license was refused on the ground of its indecency, and that it was first distributed secretly and sold largely as a forbidden book.
Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18489] £65.00