Publisher: London: Printed, Anno, 1628.
Edition: First edition, one of two issues, the difference being the spelling of "needs" on page 19.
Bibliographical References: STC 20477.5.
Condition: Edges slightly browned; fine copy, with the front blank (A1) and good margins.
Book ID: 27270
DescriptionSmall 4to, modern brown morocco period style by Philip Dusel, light brown morocco label, gilt lettering.
CommentsA rare and early work by pamphleteer and lawyer William Prynne (1600-1669), who was tried twice by the Star Chamber for sedition, but later served in the government of Charles II. In The Unlovelinesse Prynne rails against the current fashion of men wearing long hair - or love-lockes - which he condemns for several reasons, e.g.: "Because they are but embleemes and signification of mens love, to such female amorous, and lascivious creatures . . . it makes them odious, sinfull, and abominable. . . . Ovid, Martiall, and others condemne this frouncing, frizeling, colouring, powdering, and over curious dressing of the haire as an effeminate, womanish, and unmanly thing . . ." In the margins are numerous printed notes, supporting Prynne's thesis, which he added to all his published works and for which he was nicknamed "Marginal Prynne." (DNB).