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The Works of Mr Francis Beaumont

And Mr John Fletcher

In Seven Volumes

Adorn'd With Cuts

Revised and Corrected With Some Account of the Life and Writing of the Authors

By Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

1711 - London - Jacob Tonson

8" by 5"; XLI, [47], 462pp, [1]; [6], 470-1016pp; [5], 1022-1628pp; [3], 1632-2260pp; [5], 2266- 2834pp; [5], 2840-3450pp, [1]; [6], 3458-4076pp

 

 

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The complete seven volume set of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's works.

This is the first octavo edition of their collected works, with a ten volume set being published later this year.

With two portrait frontispieces of the authors to volume I and an additional six plates (one for each play), seven plates to volume II, eight plates to volume III, eight plates to volume IV, seven plates to volume V, eight plates to volume VI and eight plates to volume VII.

Every play to all volumes has a frontispiece except for The Masque of Gentlemen, as called for.

Pages 4074 and 4075 are misnumbered as 4075 and 4074 respectively.

Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown of all volumes, William Henry Parr.

Prior owner's bookplate to recto of front endpaper, Christopher Rowe.

From the antiquarian library of Christopher Rowe. Christopher Rowe was a schoolmaster in Norwich and then in Bristol. Throughout his career he inspired many to love literature, history and music. He was a specialist on 17th century printer and bookseller, Humphrey Moseley and began his, unfortunately unfinished, PhD dissertation on him.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher collaborated on plays during the reign of James I of England. Due to their well known association their names were often applied to the entire canon of Fletcher as well as the work they composed together. Their canon comprises of roughly 55 plays, although 53 plays were included in the second folio of 1679.

CONDITION

In full calf bindings, Volume VII is in a different binding to the other volumes. Externally, all volumes are worn. Small loss to the head and tail of spine to all volumes. Major loss to the head and tail of spine to volume VII. Front and rear hinges are tender with cords showing to volume I. Front hinges to volume II are slightly strained but firm. Crack to front joint of volume III resulting in it becoming starting but firm. Both hinges to volume III are slightly strained but firm. Front joint and hinge to volume IV are strained but firm. Both hinges to volume V are slightly strained but firm. Front joint to volume VI is starting but firm with the hinge tender with cords showing. Front joint to volume VII is starting but firm with the hinge slightly strained but firm. Rear hinge is tender with cords showing. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound. Pages are age toned with light spotting throughout. Small loss to outer corner of rear endpaper to volume VI. Overall: GOOD.


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