Publishd by E.Harding Fleet Street 1790.
Stipple engraving with etching, scratched letter proof before title, 189 x 138mm. Light foxing.
Jane Shore (c. 1445 - c. 1527) was one of the many mistresses of King Edward IV, the first of the three whom he described respectively as the merriest, the wiliest, and the holiest harlots in his realm. A petite woman of round face and fair complexion, she was more captivating by her wit and conversation than by her beauty, yet she was comely, too. Thomas More, writing when she was still alive, but old, lean, and withered, declared that even then an attentive observer might have discerned in her shriveled countenance some traces of its lost charms. Fine and rare proof copy with scratched publication line before title.
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