Lot 539
  • 539

Marlowe, Christopher

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  • Marlowe, Christopher
  • The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of MaltaAs it was Playd before the King and Queene, in his Majesties Theatre at White-Hall, by her Majesties Servants at the Cock-pit. London: by J[ohn]. B[eale]. for Nicholas Vavasour, and are to be sold at his Shop in the Inner-Temple, neere the Church, 1633
  • Paper, Ink
4to (6 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.; 172 x 124 mm). Title-page with woodcut ornament, woodcut initials and headpieces; lacking blank A1, title-page with a bit of neat marginal restoration, K2 with closed marginal tear, neatly filled wormhole running the length of the book in lower fore-edge corner occasionally affecting a letter, tiny and scarcely noticeable wormholes in lower margins B1–I3. Red morocco gilt, by Bedford.


Frederick Locker-Lampson (bookplate) — Robert B. Adam (morocco label; Anderson Galleries, 15 February 1926, lot 249) — Frank Brewer Bemis (bookplate; sold by Bemis’s estate to The Rosenbach Company) — Harold Greenhill (bookplate) — H. Bradley Martin (bookplate; Sotheby’s New York, 1 May 1990, lot 3039). acquisition: Purchased at the foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch 


STC 17412; ESTC S109853; Greg 475; Grolier/English 23; Pforzheimer 642

Catalogue Note

First edition; this may be more properly termed the first surviving edition since the play had been entered in the Stationers' Registers in 1594 and ESTC presumes that it had been printed earlier. This edition was edited by Thomas Heywood, who wrote the dedicatory preface. An outstanding copy of a very rare book: no other copy has appeared at auction since this copy was sold in the Martin sale twenty-five years ago.