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Multibibus, Blasius

A solemne ioviall disputation, theoreticke and practicke; briefely shadowing the lavv of drinking ; together, with the solemnities and controversies occurring: fully and freely discussed according to the civill lavv. Which, by the permission, priviledge and authority, of that most noble and famous order in the Vniversity of Goddesse Potina; Dionisius Bacchus being then president, chiefe gossipper, and most excellent governour, Blasius Multibibus, aliàs Drinkmuch ... hath publikely expounded to his most approved and improved fellow-pot-shots; touching the houres before noone and after, usuall and lawfull. ... Faithfully rendred according to the originall Latine copie.

Additional Title(s):

Solemne joviall disputation, theoreticke and practicke; briefely shadowing the law of drinking

Smoaking age, or, the man in the mist

Lawes of drinking

Smoaking age or the life and death of tobacco

Disputatio inauguralis theoretico-practica jus potandi breviter adumbrans. English

Oenozphthopolis [i.e. London] : At the signe of Red-eyes [i.e. printed by E. Griffin], MDCXVII [1617]
Physical Description:
[8], 80, [6], 87-194, [6] p., 2 leaves of plates ; 15 cm (8vo)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GT2884 .B713 1617
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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BEIN Ih B737 617: Engraved title-pages and explanatory leaves not included in pagination and signatures; wanting in the Beinecke copy. Black, M.W. "Richard Brathwait" p. 103 for alignment of eds. Autograph of Simon Deacon, dated 167-?, on flyleaf.
First edition of the English translation.
The imprint is fictitious; in fact printed in London by E. Griffin (STC).
The "ph" in "Oenozphthopolis" is a Greek letter phi. The place name is probably a mistranscription of "Oenozytholpoli" in a Latin edition.
The roman numeral date is made with turned C's.
"The smoaking age, or, the man in the mist" (pages [81]-194)has separate dated title page with imprint "Oenozphthopolis. At the signe of Teare-nose. MDCXVII."; pagination and register are continuous.
"A solemn joviall disputation" is sometimes attributed to Richard Brathwait, but is in fact his translation, with additions, of the pseudonymous "Disputatio inauguralis theoretico-practica jus potandi breviter adumbrans" by Blasius Multibibus (pseudonym). "The smoaking age" is apparently Brathwait's alone.
The plates, signed by William Marshall, bear the titles "The lawes of drinking." and "The smoaking age or the life and death of tobacco."
"At least 1 NY-Arents copy has a leaf of letterpress explanation preceding each frontispiece, lacking in most (all other?) copies."--STC. These are not included in pagination above. The Yale Center for British Art copy also includes the leaf of letterpress preceding each frontispiece.
Signatures: A⁴ B-N⁸ O⁴.
Page 13 misnumbered 14.
Fully described in the Grolier club catalogue (Wither to Prior), v. 1, 1905, pp. 52-53. The Grolier copy has the following variations in title "rendered", "Oenozythopolis", "the Red-eyes".
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 3585
English short title catalogue, S106117
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in later green morocco. Leather bookplates of James Terry, Herschel V. Jones, Henry Huth, and John L. Clawson.
Subject Terms:
Clawson, John L. (John Lewis), 1865-1933 -- Bookplate.
Deacon, Simon -- Autograph.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Early works to 1800.
Huth, Henry, 1815-1878 -- Bookplate.
Jones, Herschel V. (Herschel Vespasian), 1861-1928 -- Bookplate.
Smoking -- Early works to 1800.
Terry, James -- Bookplate.
Tobacco -- Early works to 1800.
Marshall, William, active 1617-1650, ill.
Griffin, Edward, -1621, publisher, printer.

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