LUCY (THOMAS) The Advice of a Parent to his Children and Childrens Children for Ever

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LUCY (THOMAS)
The Advice of a Parent to his Children and Childrens Children for Ever

Sold for £ 9,000 (US$ 11,008) inc. premium
[LUCY (THOMAS)]
The Advice of a Parent to his Children and Childrens Children for Ever, 67 pages, small tear to fore-margin of title without loss, small stain to top-margin first six leaves, contemporary calf, rebacked [Wing L3451B (Private Collection)], 12mo (127 x 77mm.), 1674

Footnotes

  • THE ONLY KNOWN COPY. Inscribed in a sepia ink "Lucy Eyre" on the front free endpaper and on the fly-leaf in a similar ink, "This book was wrote by my Fathers G-Father, and found among his papers - By my Fathers order some of them were Printed for him - and his children." Beneath this is a later pencil note, "Her father was Francis Lucy - MP for Warwick. His G-father was Thomas Lucy (Shakespeare's Mr Justice Shallow)." And on the blank facing the title-page in pencil, "Lucy - this was an old family in Warwickshire. See Henry VI, part I, Act IV, Scenes III and IV. Shakespeare used the deer-stealing. See Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, Sc. I." On the title-page beneath the last word of title is written in pencil, "By Thomas Lucy, J.P., etc."

    Sir Thomas Lucy (born in or before 1532, died 1600) of Charlecote in Warwickshire, gained vicarious immortality by virtue of his association with one of the earliest and most enduring examples of Shakespearean folkore. Accounts of differing degrees of embellishment have in common that, having been punished as a young man for poaching deer on the Charlecote estate, Shakespeare exacted revenge on Lucy by satirizing him in verse, and, most notably, by caricaturing him in the person of Justice Shallow in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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