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    Ben Jonson's Workes

    Benjamin Jonson. The Workes of Benjamin Jonson [and] The Workes of Benjamin Jonson the Second Volume, Containing These Plays, Viz. 1 Bartholomew Fayre. 2 The Staple of Newes. 3 The Divell is an Asse. London: Richard Bishop and Robert Young [volume I]; John Beale, John Dawson, Bernard Alsop and Thomas Fawcet for Richard Meighen [volume II], 1640-1641. First editions of volumes II and III, second edition of volume I. Three folio volumes in two. Complete. Volume I: A-3K6, 3L4, [2] A-T6. Volumes II-III: A6, B-M4, 2A-H4, I6, A2, B-I4, K2, A-P4, Q2, R2, S-X4, Y2, Z4, 2A-O4, 2P2, 2Q4, A-K4, L2, M-R4. Volume I: [12], 668, 228 pages; Volumes II-III: [12], 88, [2], 75, [1], [4], 66, [2 blank], 155, [1], 292, 132 pages. Portrait of Jonson by Robert Vaughn, engraved general title by William Hole. Volume I bound in contemporary calf, blind rules, rebacked, banded, title-page laid-down, old owner's name on title-page, ink stains on 3K2-3, repair on T5, small marginal wormhole T1-6. Volumes II-III bound in contemporary calf, one corner repaired, rebacked, banded, titles on labels, title-page soiled with tear repair, A2 corner replaced, small lower corner repairs to last two leaves. Generally, a good set. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637), poet and playwright. "His ambitions, befitting a pupil of William Camden, were to excel in the many branches of Renaissance humanistic endeavour: as a poet, historian, philologist, rhetorician, as well as writer for the stage. His intellectual energies were expressed not only in his poetry and dramatic work, but in writings as various as the English Grammar, the account of the reign of Henry III contributed to Raleigh's History of the World, the translations of Horace, and the miscellaneous meditations on statecraft, social conduct, literary criticism, and theology to be found in his commonplace book, Discoveries. He moved warily but ambitiously between three main professional sites: the court, the playhouse, and the printing house. Under James, he and Jones were soon clearly established as the leading providers of royal masques and entertainments. In the theatre, where his two surviving tragedies met with initial failure, Jonson perfected a kind of comedy more technically perfect in design, more sharply contemporary in subject matter, than that of his greatest rival. The power of the printed book, which might carry his writings and those he celebrated to 'remembrance with posteritie' (Epigrams, dedication), also deeply attracted him. Skillfully wresting his play texts out of the hands of the theatre companies, to whom they technically belonged, and publishing them, often in revised form, under his own name, Jonson created a notion of authorial ownership and identity that is recognizably modern." (Oxford DNB).

    Volume I: STC 14753. ESTC S112456. Greg III, 1073-1075. Volume II-III: STC 14754. ESTC S111824. Greg III 1076 and 1079-1082. Pforzheimer 560.

    Jonson, Benjamin. The Workes of Benjamin Jonson [and] The Workes of Benjamin Jonson the Second Volume, Containing These Plays, Viz. 1 Bartholomew Fayre. 2 The Staple of Newes. 3 The Divell is an Asse.
    London: Richard Bishop (and Robert Young) [vol. 1]; (John Beale, John Dawson 2, Bernard Alsop and Thomas Fawcet) for Richard Meighen [vol.2], 1640-1641. Folio. 3 vols. in 2. Complete. Vol. 1: A-3K6, 3L4, [2]A-T6. Vols. 2-3: A6, B-M4, 2A-H4, I6, A2, B-I4, K2, A-P4, Q2, R2, S-X4, Y2, Z4, 2A-O4, 2P2, 2Q4, A-K4, L2, M-R4. Vol. 1: [12],668,228p. Vols. 2-3: [12], 88, [2], 75, [1], [4], 66, [2 blank], 155, [1], 292, 132p. Vol. 1: Contemp. calf, blind rules, rebacked, banded, t.p. laid-down, old owner's name on t.p., ink stains 3K2-3, repair T5, small marginal wormhole T1-6. Vols. 2-3: contemp calf, one corner repaired, rebacked, banded, titles on labels,t.p. soiled with tear repair,A2 corner replaced, small lower corner repairs to last 2 leaves. Port. of Jonson. by Robert Vaughn; engraved general title by Wiliam Hole. First editions of volumes 2 & 3, second of volume 1. Jonson, Benjamin [Ben] (1572Ð1637), poet and playwright."His ambitions, befitting a pupil of William Camden, were to excel in the many branches of Renaissance humanistic endeavour: as a poet, historian, philologist, rhetorician, as well as writer for the stage. His intellectual energies were expressed not only in his poetry and dramatic work, but in writings as various as the English Grammar, the account of the reign of Henry III contributed to Ralegh's History of the World, the translations of Horace, and the miscellaneous meditations on statecraft, social conduct, literary criticism, and theology to be found in his commonplace book, Discoveries. He moved warily but ambitiously between three main professional sites: the court, the playhouse, and the printing house. Under James, he and Jones were soon clearly established as the leading providers of royal masques and entertainments. In the theatre, where his two surviving tragedies met with initial failure, Jonson perfected a kind of comedy more technically perfect in design, more sharply contemporary in subject matter, than that of his greatest rival. The power of the printed book, which might carry his writings and those he celebrated to Ôremembrance with posteritieÕ (Epigrams, dedication), also deeply attracted him. Skilfully wresting his play texts out of the hands of the theatre companies, to whom they technically belonged, and publishing them, often in revised form, under his own name, Jonson created a notion of authorial ownership and identity that is recognizably modern." [ODNB]
    Vol. 1: STC 14753; ESTC S112456; Greg III,1073-5.
    Vol. 2: STC 14754; ESTC S111824; Greg III 1076 & 1079-82; Pforzheimer 560. English Drama. Plays. Literature. Grammar.



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