HASLEWOOD BOOKS. SAINSBURY, Hester. ~ A Dog of War by John Taylor, the Water Poet.
No. 113 of 375 copies. 5 hand coloured wood engravings by Hester Sainsbury. Printed on rag paper. Pp. 32. 8vo., original orange cloth backed orange paper covered boards, in the original dust jacket. Jacket slightly soiled with a couple of nicks, very mild browning to free endpapers, otherwise good.
Tipped in is a publisher’s label for Humphrey Milford who presumably took over the distribution of the book.
John Taylor was a Thames waterman who rose to become the organise of pageants for special occasions. He also fancied himself as a poet publishing several collections of his works. He was famous for his publicity stunts such as his supposed feat in 1622 of rowing down the Thames in a boat made of paper with two fish tied to canes for oars.