Lot 78: Jonson (Ben) [The Workes...], vol.2 & 3, [Thomas Harper, 1641].
November 15, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Jonson (Ben) [The Workes...,] vol.2 & 3, woodcut initials and head-pieces, occasional light damp-staining, mostly marginal, light marginal browning or soiling, modern antique-style panelled calf, [Greg p.1077; Ford p.17], [Thomas Harper, 1641]. ⁂ Rare, Greg's 1641 reissue, complete with the blanks at the beginning and end of vol.2. As with all of the collected works published in this period, the first volume was published separately. "Another form in which this volume occurs is withot The Staple of Newes and Bartholomew Fayre, but with The Divell is an Asse, 'Imprinted at London' 1641. This play in an entirely fresh edition, the title and contents being reset. Only two copies (the Bodleian and Trinity College) appear to be recorded of this variant of the volume: it is scarce in this form." H.L.Ford, The Collation of the Ben Jonson Folios, p.17. "It is clear that in the course of 1641 the stock of The Devil is an Ass must have run out while sufficient copies of the other two plays remained to make it worth while reprinting." W.W.Greg, A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama of the Restoration, p.1077.
Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History