1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:728n.



But of all the oddities of his day — and of all the men from whom an account of himself, and of his contemporaries, would have been among the most gratifying bequests to posterity, John Taylor the Water-Poet, was the man! He was a slang fellow, and a sort of Skelton in his way. His pieces, which are well nigh innumerable, were collected and published in 1630, in a folio volumes, replete with bizarre and barbarous wood-cuts. Nevertheless, a copy of this volume, perfect in all respects, was pushed to the enormous sum of 15 15s. at the sale of Col. Stanley's Library in 1814.