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Old English Plays; Being a Selection from the Early Dramatic Writers. Volume I. Containing: Doctor Faustus. Lust's Dominion. Mother Bombie. Midas. Volume II. Containing: Endymion; or, the Man in the Moon. History of Antonio and Mellida. What You Will. Parasitaster; or, the Fawn. Volume III. Containing: The Wonder of a Kingdom Old Fortunatus. Bussy D'Ambois. Monsieur D'Olive. Volume IV. Containing: May Day. The Spanish Gipsy. The Changeling. More Dissemblers Besides Women.

By Various

1814-1815

Whittingham and Rowland : London

8.5" by 5.5"

xxiv, 371pp [1pp]; 406pp; 432pp; 428pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

Four first edition volumes of this scarce collections of plays compiled by Charles Wentworth Dilke I-IV of 'Old English Plays; Being a Selection from the Early Dramatic Writers', First edition volumes.

Being the first Four Volumes of Six in total as two more volumes were published separately. Containing selections from the works of notable early Dramatists such as Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, and John Lyly, with a brief section of biographical information of the playwright, and critical analysis of the selected work. Each volume is a first edition copy, with volumes I to III published in 1814, and volume IV published in 1815. Featuring a personalised ink stamp to the front pastedown of each volume, of a 'Gilbert Blackburne'. Although the works in this set were compiled and edited anonymously, Copac states that the editor and author of the biographical information within each volume was Charles Wentworth Dilke, a notable English liberal critic and writer on literature.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with marbled paper boards. Externally bumped and rubbed to extremities. Slight rubbing to paper boards. Bumping to head and tail of spine resulting in small sections of loss to leather. Rubbing to spine resulting in small sections of loss and wear. Leather to joints split, with joints tender but still reasonably firm, volume I and III. Boards held by cords only, volume II. Front board detached, volume IV, with rear board held by cords only, and may detach with further handling. Leather of spine partially detached to backstrip volume I but still firm. Hinges split and strained to volume I and III, but still reasonably firm. Hinges weak, may detach with further handling, volume II. Internally generally firmly bound, strained in places. Pages age toned with scattered spotting, heavier to first and last few pages. The odd handling mark to the occasional page. Creasing to front free-endpaper, volume II. Small loss to lower fore edge of final page of text, volume II.

Overall Condition: Good Only

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