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    Nathan Drake. Shakespeare And His Times: Including The Biography of the Poet; Criticisms on His Genius and Writings; A New Chronology of His Plays; A Disquisition on the Object of His Sonnets; And A History of The Manners, Customs, and Amusements, Superstitions, Poetry, and Elegant Literature of His Age. In Two Volumes. London: for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1817. Krown & Spellman retail: $250. First Edition. 4to. A4, a2, B-5A4; [3], B-4Q4, 4R3. xii, 736; vi, 678p. 1/2 contemporary calf, marbled boards, hinges split, boards worn. Gilt stamp decoration on spine, leather labels with title in gilt lettering. Red speckled edges. Rubbing, soiling, staining, and wear to extremities. Front cover detaching on vol. I. Head and tail pieces detaching on both volumes, with tail piece detached and lacking on vol. II. Light browning, a nice copy. Engraved frontis portrait of Shakespeare and one plate in vol. I. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Nathan Drake (1766-1836), literary essayist and physician; M.D. Edinburgh, 1789; practiced at Sudbury, 1790-2, and at Hadleigh, Suffolk, 1792-1836; published this work first in 1817, and 'Memorials of Shakespeare' 1828, as well as miscellaneous essays; advocated use of digitalis in consumption.

    "A more ambitious work was his 'Shakespeare and his Times,' 2 vols. 4to, 1817. The thought and labour bestowed on this work were supposed to have materially impaired his health, and his case is believed to be that which is mentioned by his friend, Mason Good, in his 'Study of Medicine,' iii. 322-3, 4th edit. The work contains all that the title leads us to expect; it was favourably reviewed by Nares in the 'Gentleman's Magazine,' vol. lxxxviii. Gervinus also, in his 'Shakespeare Commentaries' (English translation, p. 16, ed. 1877), mentions it in laudatory terms, and says that the work has the merit of having brought together for the first time into a whole the tedious and scattered material of the editions and of the many other valuable labours of Tyrwhitt and others." DNB Lowndes 670.Ebisch & Schuckling 27. CBEL III,668.  

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