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    Ben Jonson. The Workes of Benjamin Jonson. [London]: Printed by Richard Bishop [and Robert Young], and are to be sold by Andrew Crooke, in St. Paules, Church-yard, 1640-1641. Second folio printing. Three volumes in two. Folio (11.25 x 7.25 inches; 286 x 178 mm.).

    Volume I: "Epigrammes" begins new pagination and register; otherwise both are continuous. Most of the parts have special title page with imprint "London, Printed by R. Bishop, 1640" (note: exception is "Poëtaster" with imprint, "London, Printed by Robert Young, M.DC.XL.").

    Volumes II and III (two volumes in one): The three plays comprising volume II ("Bartholmew [sic] Fayre," "The Diuell is an asse," and "The staple of nevves") each have separate title page with imprint "... printed by I[ohn]. B[eale]. for Robert Allot... 1631."

    Engraved title-page in Volume I signed "Guliel[mus] Hole fecit." Both volumes bound in contemporary full calf, boards double-ruled in gilt. Each volume rebacked to style in new calf, with new red gilt morocco lettering labels. Boards worn. Hinges reinforced. Some intermittent foxing, soiling in text, with a few scattered ink annotations; closed tear to L4 of second bound volume. Very good. The first volume, printed by Richard Bishop for Andrew Crooke, was a 1640 reprint of the 1616 folio with corrections and emendations; it has sometimes been termed "the second edition of the first folio." The second volume was printed by James Dawson for Thomas Walkley in 1641, lacks a general title page, and the order of the parts varies in published editions. This volume contains later works, most of them unpublished or uncollected previously. ESTC S112456; ESTC S111824.


    More Information: Signatures: A-Kkk6 Lll4; 2A-2T6.

    Signatures to Volumes II and III: A6 B-M4 Aa-Cc4 2D-H4 2I6 N-Y4 Vol. 3 B-Q4, R2, S-X4, Y2, Z4, Aa-Oo4, Pp2, Qq4, 2A-K4, 2L2, 2M-R4, 3A-P4, 3Q2, 3R-V4.


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