1931 Dryden The Dramatic Works
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First Edition, Illustrated, Limited Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
This is one of the very scarce 'special sets' on Van Gelder paper, half bound in vellum, numbered 18 of 50 copies produced.
John Dryden was an important Restoration playwright. He is known for dominating this period, which became known as the Age of Dryden. Following the 1660 reopening of theatres Dryden began writing plays. His best known comedy is 'Marriage a la Mode', and he had great success with 'All for Love' and 'The Indian Queen'.
A very bright copy of this important playwright's work.
A first edition thus, being the first Nonesuch edition of Dryden's theatrical works.
The Nonesuch Press specialised in limited edition and private press. They were founded by Francis Meynell, his second wife Vera Mendel and their friend David Garnett. Their aspiration was for their publications to be aligned with the same aesthetic standards as the private press movement. They were unusual as they used a small Albion press to design the books, but had them printed by commercial printers. In doing so, books with the quality of a fine-press were produced, but available to a wider audience at lower prices.
A beautiful edition of what is essentially an enchiridion of Restoration theatre.
In half paper vellum bindings, with marbled boards. Externally, very smart. Just a few light spots to the spines of volumes III-V. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean.
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