1904-1906 The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfy; The Maid's Tragedy and Philaster
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
Two volumes from the Belles-Lettres series comprising a collection of four plays by Jacobean and Elizabethan dramatists. Whilst the 1904 volume contains two plays by collaborators Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, the latter volume comprises John Webster's tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi. The reader's are offered an introduction to the playwrights and their work in both volumes. With a sticker from booksellers 'B.H. Blackwell' to t front pastedown of The Maid's Tragedy. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown of the volume with plays by Webster. The work belonged to Scottish lawyer and amateur criminologist William Roughead. Roughead was an early practitioner of the modern 'true crime' genre, attending almost every murder trial of importance at the High Court to provide him with material for his articles in the Scottish legal journal, the Juridical Review.
In the publisher's original red cloth binding over hard boards. Externally, smart, particularly the earlier volume containing the works of Webster. The other volume is a little bumped to the head and tail of the spine, with some light wear to the extremities. The front hinge is starting, firm in the 1906 volume. Internally, firmly bound, with bright and clean pages throughout.
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