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[The Humours of Hob at the Country Wake in the Opera of Flora.]
[The Humours of Hob at the Country Wake in the Opera of Flora.]
J. Laguerre Inv.t et Delin. Claude Du Bosc fe.
[n.d., c.1745.]
Oblong folio, 19th century half morocco gilt, morocco title label on front board; eight numbered plates, as called for, laid on contemporary canvas. Last plate with the printseller's label of Thomas Bakewell verso. Verso Old ink mss on front endpaper; some wear to edges of plates with old restoration.
A rare complete set of eight scenes from James Hippisley's "Flora, an Opera" (1729), an adaptation of Thomas Dogget's popular play "The Country Wake" which first appeared in 1696. Flora loves Tom Friendly, but a love letter carried by Hob is intercepted by her uncle, Sir Thomas, who throws Hob down a well to die. Rescued by his parents, Hob vows revenge. A rare set: the BM only has four of this series, of which one is trimmed into the verse and the other three lack plate numbers. They also have a smaller, reversed edition, also engraved by Dubosc, published by Robert Sayer. The famous print & mapseller and publisher, Thomas Bakewell worked between 1729 and 1749, when his widow Elizabeth took over the business.
BM: 1890,0415.334 - 337.
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