Perfect and Imperfect

Enjoyments: Poems by John Wilmot Earl of Rochester, with an Introduction by Christopher Hibbert and illustrations by Richard Shirley Smith

SMITH, Richard Shirley

SMITH, Richard Shirley Perfect and Imperfect Enjoyments: Poems by John Wilmot Earl of Rochester, with an Introduction by Christopher Hibbert and illustrations by Richard Shirley Smith

Folio Press, 1992.

First edition. 4to. Publisher's full white vellum with gilt titles to the spine. Number 34 of 50 copies in vellum, of a total edition of 500 copies, signed by the artist. Signed bookplate by Smith to the front board. Top edge gilt. Housed in publishers fold over box. Eight colour illustrations by Smith. A fine copy.

Rochester's often scurrilous verse was at once admired and infamous, much of it being either sharply satirical or scandalously lewd. Smith was commissioned by The Folio Press to illustrate the poems in his trademark "subtly delicious, ice-cream tonalities that are so instantly recognisable" in which his highly original decorative flights of fancy perfectly fit with Rochester's Restoration wit.

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