John Taylor Bibliography


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Works by Taylor

The Sculler, rowing from Tiber to Thames. London, 1611.

Taylors waterwork, or the scullers travels, from Tiber to Thames. London, 1614.

Great Britaine, all in black. For the incomparable loss of Henry, our late worthy prince. London, 1612.

Laugh and be fat, or a commentary upon the odcombyan banket. London, 1612.

The eighth wonder of the world, or Coriats escape from his supposed drowning. With his entertainment at Constantinople. London, 1613.

Heavens blessing, and earths joy. Or a true relation, of the al-beloved mariage, of Fredericke and Elizabeth. With triumphal economiasticke verses. London, 1613.

The nipping or snipping of abuses. London, 1614.

Odcomb’s complaint: or Coriat’s funeral Epicedium. London, 1613.

Verbum sempiternae. London, 1614.

A cast over the water given gratis to W. Fennor, the rimer from London to the Kings Bench. London, 1615.

Fair and foul weather. London, 1615.

Taylors revenge. London, 1615.

The Muses mourning, or funeral sonnets for the death of John Moray, Esquire. London, 1615.

Taylor’s Urania, or his heavenly Muse. With a brief narration of the thirteen sieges of Jerusalem. London, 1616.

The Dolphin’s danger: and deliverence, Being a ship of 220. tunne. Set forth by the appointment of M. Edward Nichols. London, 1617.

The Booke of Martyrs. London, 1617.

Three weekes, three daies, and three houres observation and travel, from London to Hamburgh in Germanie. London, 1617.

A Brief Remembrance of all the English Monarchs from the Normans Conquest. London, 1618.

The penniless pilgrimage, or the money less perambulation of John Taylor, from London to Edenborough. London, 1618.

A Kicsy Winsey: or a Lerry Come-Twang: where-in John Taylor hath satirically suited 800 of his bad debtors. London, 1619.

The scourge of basenesse. Or the old lerry with a new kicksey. London, 1624

The Praise of Hemp-Seed, with the voyage of Mr. Roger Byrd and the Writer hereof. London, 1620.
An English-mans love to Bohemia. London, 1620.

Fill gut, and pinch belly. London, 1620.

Jack a Lent. His beginning and entertainment. London, 1617.

The life and death of… the virgin Mary. London, 1620.

The praise of hemp-seed: with the voyage of Mr. R. Bird and the writer hereof in a boat of brown-paper, to Quinborough in Kent. London, 1620.

Taylor his travels: from London to Prague. London, 1620.

The praise, antiquity and commodity of beggary, beggars and begging. London, 1621

A shilling, or the travels of twelve-pence. London, 1621.

The subjects joy, for the Parliament. London, 1621.

Superbiae flagellum, or, The whip of pride. London, 1621.

Taylors goose, describing the wild goose. London, 1621.

Taylor’s motto: Et habeo, et careo, et curo. London, 1621.

The unnatural father: or a cruel murder committed by one J. Rowse. London, 1621.

The water-cormorant his complaint. London, 1621.

An arrant thief, whom every man my trust. With a comparison betweene a thiefe and a booke. London, 1622.

A common whore, with all these graces graced. London, 1622.

The great O Toole. London, 1622.

A memorial of all the English monarchs, from Brute to king James. London, 1622.

Sir Gregory Nonscense his news from no place. London, 1622.

Taylors farewell to the Tower-bottles. London, 1622.

A very merry wherry-ferry-voyage. London, 1622.

A new discovery by sea, with a wherry from London to Salisbury. London, 1623.

The praise and virtue of a jail, and jailers. London, 1623.

The world runs on wheels. London, 1623.

The praise of clean linen. London, 1624.

Taylors pastorall, being both historicall ans satyricall: or the noble antiquitie of shepheards. London, 1624.

True loving sorrow, attired in a robe of unfeigned griefe, presented upon occasion of prince Lewis Steward duke of Richmond and Linox. London, 1624.

The fearfull summer: or Londons calamitie, the countries courtesy, and both their misery. London, 1625.

For the sacred memorial of…Charles Howard earl of Nottingham. London, 1625.

A living sadness, in duty consecrated to the memory of our late sovereigne James. London, 1625.

A warning for swearers and blasphemers. Shewing Gods fearfull judgements. London, 1626.

Wit and mirth. London, 1626.

An Armado, or navye, of 103. ships and other vessels; who have the art to sayle by land, as well as by sea. London, 1627.

A famous fight at sea. London, 1627.

A dog of war, or, the travels of Drunkard, the famous curse of the Round-Woolstaple in Westminster. London, 1628?

The great eater, of Kent, or part of the exploits of Nicholas Wood. London, 1629.

All the works of John Taylor the water Poet. Beeing sixty and three in number. London, 1630.

The book of martyrs. London, 1630.

Christian abomonations, against the two fearfull sinnes of cursing and swearing, most fit to be set up in every house. London, 1630.

The complaint of Christmas and the tears of twelfetyde. London, 1631.

The needless excellency a new book wherin are divers admirable workes wrought with the needle. London, 1631.

Taylor on Thame Isis: or the description of the Thame and Isis. London, 1632.

The triumphs of fame and honour, at the inauguration of R. Parkhurst into the office of Lord Maior. London, 1634.

A Bawd. London, 1635.

The olde, old, very olde man: or the age and long life of Thomas Par. London, 1635.

The travels of a twelve-pence. London, 1635.

A brave, memorable and dangerous sea-fight fought near the road of Tittawan in Barbary. London, 1636.

The coaches overthrow. London, 1636.

The honourable, and memorable foundations,… within ten shires. Also, a relation of the wine taverns. London, 1636.

Taylors travels, and circular perambulation, of London and Westminster. With an alphabeticall description, of all the tavern signes. London, 1636.

Bull, bear and horse. London, 1637.

The carriers cosmographie; or a brief relation of the innes…in, and neere London. London, 1637.

Drink and welcome: or the history of the most part of drinks, in use now in Great Britain and Ireland. London, 1637.

A funeral elegie upon the death of B. Jonson, poet. London, 1637.

Bull, beare, and horse, cut, curtaile, and longtaile. With tales, and tales of buls, clenches, and flashes. London, 1638.

Newes and strange newes from St. Christophers of a hurry-cano. In August last, about the 5. day. London, 1638.

A sad and deplorable loving elegy to the memory of Mr. R. Wyan deseased. London, 1638.

Stripping, whipping, and pumping. Or, the five mad shavers. London, 1638.

Taylors feast: containing 27 dishes. London, 1638.

Divers crabtree lectures. Expressing the severall languages that shrews read their husbands. London, 1639.

The first (second) part of the discourse held between the felt-hat, the beaver, French hood, and black-bagge. London, 1639.

A juniper lecture. With the description of all sorts of women. The second impression. London, 1639.

A most horrible, terrible, tolerable, termagant satyre. London, 1639.

Part of this summers travels, Or news from Hell, Hull and Hallifax. London, 1639.

A brave and valiant sea fight. London, 1640.

Differing worships, or, the oddes, betweene some knights service and God’s. Or, Tom Nash, his ghost. London, 1640.

A valorous and perilous sea-fight. London, 1640.

The womens sharpe revenge. London, 1640.

A Pedlar And A Romish Priest. London, 1641.

A Reply as true as Steele. London, 1641.

A Swarme of Sectaries, and Schismatiques. London, 1641.

Mad Fashions, Od Fashions, All out of Fashions. London, 1642.

A full and compleat Answer against the Writer of a late Volume set forth, entitled A Tale in a Tub. London, 1642.

A Plea for Prerogative. London, 1642.

Mad verse, sad verse, glad verse and bad verse cut out, and slenderly sticht together. London, 1644.

Aqua-Musae. Oxford, 1645.

John Taylors Wandering to see the Wonders of the West. London, 1649.

A Short Relation Of A Long Iourney. London, 1652.

The Certain Travailes of an uncertain Journey. London, 1653.


Works To Which Taylor Contributed

A meditation on the passion. Anon. London, 1630. The anonymous meditation is followed by 3 poems by Taylor.



Works of John Taylor the Water-poet, comprised in the folio edition of 1630. Printed for the Spenser Society. Manchester, 1869.

Works of John Taylor the Water Poet Not Included in the Folio Volume of 1630. Publications of the Spenser Society 7, 14, 19, 21, and 25. Manchester, 1967.

All the works of John Taylor, the water poet. A facsimile of the 1630 folio. Menston: Scolar Press, 1973.


Secondary Sources

A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London: 1554-1640 A.D. 5 volumes. Ed. Edward Arber. London: Privately printed, 1875-1894; facsimile, London: Peter Smith, 1967.

Aubrey, John. Brief Lives. Ed. Richard Barber. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1982: 298-299.

Bell, Hazel. “Personalities in Publishing: John Taylor.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 33.1 (2001): 47-52.

Booker, John. A Rope Treble-Twisted, for John Taylor the Water-Poet or Rather For His Malignant Friends in London, Which Make Use of His Name to Slander and Abuse. London: Printed for G.B., 1978.

Capp, Bernard. The World of John Taylor, the Water-Poet, 1578-1653. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

———. “John Taylor 'The Water-Poet': A Cultural Amphibian in 17th-Century England.” History of European Ideas 11 (1989): 537-544.

Clark, Sandra. The Elizabethan Pamphleteers: Popular Moralistic Pamphlets1580-1640. London: Athlone Press, 1983.

De Sousa, G. “A 1634 Allusion to Spenser.” Notes and Queries 226 (1981): 5-12.

Frost, Everett. “William Blake's John Taylor.” Notes and Queries 26 (1979): 48-49.

Goodwin, Gordon. “Taylor, John.” Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee. London: Oxford University Press, 1950. 431-435.

Gomari, George. “Samuel Twardowski's Przewazna legacja ... and Other Seventeenth
Century Verse Itineraries (John Taylor, Martin Opitz).” Polish Review 46 (2001): 63-70.

Halasz, Alexander. “Pamphlet Surplus: John Taylor and Subscription Publication.” Print, Manuscript and Performance. Ed. A. Marotti and M. Bristol. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2000. 90-102.

Hartle, P.N. “All His Works Sir: John Taylor’s Nonsense.” Neophilologus. 86 (2002): 155-69.

Jordan, Peter. “Allusions in Two Early 17th Century Plays.” Notes and Queries 31 (1984): 330-331.

Mardock, James. “The Spirit and the Muse: The Anxiety of Religious Positioning in John Taylor's Prewar Polemics.” Seventeenth Century 14 (1999): 1-14.

Nelson, W. The Poetry of Edmund Spenser: A Study. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963. 35-36.

Niederhoff, Burkhard. “Some Echoes of John Taylor’s ‘A Bawd’ in the Dedication of William Wycherley’s The Plain Dealer.” Notes and Queries 45 (1998): 452-453.

Notestein, Wallace. Four Worthies: John Chamberlain, Anne Clifford, John Taylor, Oliver Heywood. London: Alden Press, 1956. 169-211.

Panek, Patricia. “John Taylor.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. First Series. Vol. 121. Seventeenth Century British Nondramatic Poets. Ed. Thomas Hester. Ed. M. Thomas Hester. Detroit: The Gale Group, 1992. 255-263.

Renaud, Emma. “A Precursor of Nonsense: John Taylor, the Water Poet.” Cahiers Elisabethains 48 (1995): 37-43.

Richardson, J. “John Taylor’s Allusion to Spenser Reconsidered.” Notes and Queries 30:1 (1983): 435-437.

Rushforth, Marjorie. "Two John Taylor Manuscripts at Leonard Lichfield's Press." Library 11, fourth series (1930): 179-192.

Shepherd, Simon. The Women's Sharp Revenge: Five Women's Pamphlets from the Renaissance. London: Fourth Estate, 1985.

Sijo, Takao. “T. W. Hill and 'Tom King and the Frenchman'.” The Dickensian. 90.2 (1994): 113-16. Cites John Taylor as a source for Charles Dickens’ work.

Skretkowicz, Victor. “Poems of Discovery: John Taylor's Barbarian, Utopian and Barmooda Tongues.” Renaissance Studies. 6 (1992): 391-99.

Waage, Frederick. “John Taylor (1577-1654) and Jacobean Popular Culture.” Journal of Popular Culture 7 (1973): 589-601.

Wilder, Georgia. “John Taylor and The Parliament of Women: An Attribution.” Notes and Queries 48 (2001): 15-18.

Wooden, Warren. “The Peculiar Peregrinations of John Taylor the Water-Poet: A Study in Seventeenth-Century British Travel Literature.” Prose Studies 6 (1983): 3-20.


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