A Humorous Book By Ben Jonson's Adopted Son
Edmund Gayton. Pleasant Notes Upon Don Quixot.
London: William Hunt, 1654. First edition. Quarto. ¹1,*4,**2,B-2O4.
, 290 pages. Printer's ornament on title-page, head-piece,
decorated initials. Eighteenth century paneled calf, hinges
started, edge wear, spine banded, titles on red morocco labels;
marbled edges, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate of Thomas
Bird, F.A.S.; minor stains, small hole in title-page from erasure
of old owner's name (no text affected). A very good copy. From
the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Gayton, Edmund. Pleasant Notes Upon Don Quixot. London: William Hunt, 1654. 4to. 260 x 181mm. ¹1,*4,**2,B-2O4. ,290p. 18th c. paneled calf, hinges started, edge wear, spine banded, titles on red morocco labels; marbled edges, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate of Thomas Bird, F.A.S., minor stains, small hole in t.p. from erasure of old owner's name (no text affected). Printer's ornament on t.p., head-piece, decorated initials. First Edition. "Gayton,1608-1666, author...He developed some literary faculty, visited the wits in London, and became one of Ben Jonson's adopted sons. In 1636 he was appointed superior beadle in arts and physic in his university, and was in the same year one of the actors in ÔLove's Hospital, or the Hospital for Lovers,Õ a dramatic entertainment provided by Laud when the king and queen were his guests at St. John's College (30 Aug. 1636). He studied medicine and received a dispensation from the parliamentary delegates for the degree of bachelor of physic 1 Feb. 1647-8. In 1648 the parliamentary delegates expelled him from his beadleship. He Ôlived afterwards in London in a starving condition, and wrote trite things merely to get bread to sustain him and his wifeÕ (Wood)....his chief publication, ÔPleasant Notes upon Don QuixotÕ, a gossipy and anecdotal commentary in four books, in both prose and verse, is spiritedly written. It embodies many humorous anecdotes and quotations from the works of little-known contemporaries, besides references of high historical interest to contemporary society and Ôour late stage.Õ Shakespeare is thrice mentioned, pp. 21, 95, 130, but Gayton regarded his Ôfather, Ben,Õ as the greater dramatist . There is prefatory verse by John Speed, Anthony Hodges, and others. Wing G415. ESTC r7599. Palau 100944. Hazlitt, Handbook, 224:3. Lee, Shakespeariana, 355. English Literature. Spanish . Quixote. Literary Criticism. Fiction. Shakespeare.
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