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    [William Shakespeare and John Fletcher]. Lewis Theobald. Double Falshood; or, The Distrest Lovers. A Play, As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. Written Originally by W. Shakespeare; And now Revised and Adapted to the Stage By Mr. Theobald, the Author of Shakespeare Restor'd. London: Printed by J. Watts, at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincolns-Inn Fields, 1728. First edition of a play believed to be based on a lost work by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Octavo (7.75 x 4.75 inches; 196 x 120 mm). [16], 64 pages. Signatures: A-E8. Complete with half-title. Prologue (preliminary pages [12-13]) by Philip Frowde. "Dramatis Personae" on preliminary p. [16]. Head-line on p. 33 poorly printed in this copy. Royal privilege on the verso of the half-title, with woodcut royal arms. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces; decorative and historiated woodcut initials.

    Disbound. Original stab holes visible. Edges sprinkled red (indicating that this copy was removed from a bound volume). Final leaf E8 (pp. 63/64) becoming detached. Title leaf with what appears to be a closed tear or paper flaw, measuring approximately two inches, affecting two letters in "Virg." and two of the horizontal rules; half-inch tear or paper flaw to the upper margin of A7 (preliminary pp. [13/14]) near the gutter, with a one-inch piece folded down on the verso; short tears to the upper edge of B2 (one-eighth-inch), B3 (quarter-inch), and C1 (quarter-inch); small puncture hole in the final leaf, just touching two letters on the recto, with very slight indentation visible on the previous sixteen leaves. A few upper corners creased; a few leaves with corner tips folded up or down. Recto of first and verso of final leaf somewhat darkened and soiled. Evidence of damp in the upper portion of the text block, with mostly faint dampstaining visible in gatherings A and B (preliminary pages [1]-[16]), heavier in gathering B, where a tidemark is visible. Small dark adhesion in the lower blank margin of A7 verso (preliminary p. [14]). Otherwise a clean and crisp copy. Early ink signature on B1 recto (p. [1]): "Mary May Lawlor / Killarney / Kerry."

    "A double meaning lies in this title. No known record of any kind exists of the play by way of entry, manuscript, printed version, or performance, before Lewis Theobald produced it in 1728. The plot is founded upon the story of Cardenio in Cervantes' 'Don Quixote'... Malone attributed this play to Massinger, Farmer to Shirley, and Reed thought that Theobald himself was the writer. Reed's surmise was probably the shrewdest" (Jaggard).

    ESTC T34858; Jaggard, pp. 303-304. Property from the Estate of Robert (Bobby) Palazzo, Westlake Village, CA.


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