SPEED, John. The Counter-Scuffle. Whereunto is Added the Counter-Rat, Written By R.S.. (1680)

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AUTHOR: SPEED, John

TITLE: The Counter-Scuffle. Whereunto is Added the Counter-Rat, Written By R.S..

PUBLISHER: London: for R. Scot, T. Baffet, , 1680.

DESCRIPTION: LATER EDITION. Small 4to., 54pp.(i), disbound, recto of title-page repaired, illustrated with two engravings, one of which is a title-page vignette, foredge of title-page chipped not affecting image or text.

REFERENCE: Wing S4896; Lowndes 2164; Grolier Whither to Prior 771.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The poem celebrates a brawl in the Wood Street Compter, or debtors' prison. The title-page vignette, a copperplate, illustrates a brawl; the other plate, a full-page woodcut, shows a scene at the gate of the prison. The date of the first edition of this work is uncertain, but circa 1628 is guessed.