Lot 7
  • 7

Allott, Robert

12,000 - 18,000 USD
9,375 USD
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  • Wits Theater of the Little World. London: Printed by J[ames]. R[oberts]. For N[icholas]. L[ing]. & are to be sold at the West Doore of Paules, 1599
  • ink, paper
8vo (4 7/8 x 3 in.; 124 x 76 mm). Printer's woodcut device on title-page (McKerrow 301), woodcut initial, printer's ornaments used as headpieces, cancel slip pasted over the first three lines of 2B1r, table and errata leaf at the end; outer margin of title chipped, quire H browned. Eighteenth-century speckled calf, the spine in five compartments gilt, marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled red; oxidation to boards, spine dry with losses, joints cracked or starting, rehinged.


G. Isted (signature on flyleaf) — (unidentified armorial bookplate on front pastedown) — Sir Richard Newdigate of Arbury (armorial bookplate dated 1709 on title-page verso and later library ticket "Arbury Library" on verso of front free endpaper) — Frederick Barne of Sotterley Hall, Suffolk (1801–1886; signature and note on flyleaf: "found at Dunwich where it is supposed to have been for sixty years and returned to Harefield by Frederick Barne") — B. Barne (signature on flyleaf above note).  acquisition: John Fleming


STC 382; ESTC S100300; Grolier, Langland to Wither 20

Catalogue Note

First edition, the third number in a series sponsored by John Bodenham, to whom this work is dedicated and sometimes attributed.  A variant, the dedication is unsigned.