“GIVE YOUR MAN LEAVE TO TAKE A NAP AT NOONE”
[PEACHAM, Henry]. Coach and Sedan. London: Frederick Etchells and Hugh Macdonald (Westminster Press), 1925. Small, slim quarto, contemporary full dark green crushed morocco gilt, raised bands. $500.
Beautiful limited Westminster Press type-facsimile edition, number 71 of only 625 copies, of this amusing 17th-century English book of manners, issued as one of the Haselwood Books, handsomely bound by Dulau.
The Westminster Press facsimile edition of this important 1636 treatise on "the tenets of civic humanism and manners of the people" was issued as one of the Haselwood Books series of reprints of works of early English literature. Peacham's amusing tract takes the form of "a pleasant dispute between Coach and Sedan" regarding the acceptable behaviors of their occupants, "the Brewers-Cart being moderator." To Coach Peacham advises "give your man leave to take a nap at noone, especially when your Lord is to see a masque at the Court [as he may be] fast asleep upon his box." Haselwood Books was the brainchild of British architect, painter, designer, illustrator, typographer and publisher, Frederick Etchells. The printing house Westminster Press was founded in 1878 by Lord Archibald Douglas and later managed by British typographer, scholar and printer Gerard Meynell, who commissioned the production of a modern version of Caslon's classic design. This is seen as one of the significant events in printing history, because "after that it became possible to think of mechanical composition as an instrument of creative craftsmanship" (Beatrice Warde). Ransom, Haselwood 5.
A fine copy, handsomely bound.