BEAUMONT, FRANCIS, & JOHN FLETCHER | Comedies and Tragedies Never Printed Before. London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson and Humphrey Moseley, 1647
Estimate: 1,200 - 1,800 USD
Estimate: 1,200 - 1,800 USD
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BEAUMONT, FRANCIS, & JOHN FLETCHER
Comedies and Tragedies Never Printed Before. London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson and Humphrey Moseley, 1647
Folio (12¾ x 8¼ in.; 324 x 212 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Fletcher by W. Marshall in first state, typographic and woodcut head- and tailpieces, woodcut initials; occasional light soiling and staining, occasional short marginal tears or chips, washed. Crushed red morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, marbled endpapers, gilt edges; slightest rubbing to extremities. Red cloth slipcase.
First edition of all the plays not hitherto printed, save for The Wild-Goose Chase, and after the Shakespeare and Jonson folios, the third great collection of the English Renaissance theatre. Edited, with a preface ("To the Reader"), by James Shirley and with an astonishing twenty-two leaves devoted to poetic encomia of the authors, the publication of Comedies and Tragedies occupied eight printers.
The manuscript of The Wild-Goose Chase, thought to have been lost, was recovered and printed in 1652. A copy of the first edition (ESTC R13818; Pforzheimer 52; Wing B1616) is here bound as a coda to the collection.
ESTC R22900; Greg III, 1013; Grolier/English 28; Pforzheimer 53; Wing B1581
R. Fleming Crooks (armorial bookplate; Sotheby's London, 28 June 1932, lot 16) — H. Harvey Frost (booklabel) — Allan Bluestein (Sotheby Parke Bernet, 7 April 1976, lot 4)
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