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Thomas Barlow and Thomas Pierce. Pegasus or the Flying Horse from Oxford. Oxford,  4to., 17.5 x 13 cm., 12pp. inc. final blank; device on title of University arms. Modern green cloth and gilt. Internally, some general toning and small tear to inner margin of first leaf. Ref: Wing B83. Barlow was a provost of Queen's college and was elected to the librarianship of the Bodleian on 6 April 1652. The tract consists of two anonymous letters, known now to be Barlow (1607-1691) and Pierce (1622-1691), both fervent Oxford men. The target or the work is is Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery and Earl of Pembroke, "who at the time was vice-chancellor of Oxford and superintending visitation of the colleges. " The Bedlamites in the title invokes 'madmen' in a denigrating manner taken from the Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, a former London institution for the insane. The tract also invokes Sancho Panza to belittle him stating "though it bee but as a Negro, or Zany, or Sancho (showing how influential Cervantes was in England) [Ref: Randall and Boswell. Cervantes in Seventeenth-Century England: The Tapestry Turned] $650.00 #AWBOOKSIGCAT1 #Bedlamites #Insane #Cervantes #EnglishCivilWar #Bodleian #17thcentury #rarebooks #specialcollections #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram Terms: Subject to prior sale. Will comment "Sold" if sold. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve and for payment. 30 Day return for any reason.