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DAVENANT, William.
The Works of Sr William Davenant Kt Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed, and Those which he design'd for the Press: Now Published Out of the Authors Originall Copies.
Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor, London., 1673. First edition. Small folio. pp.[viii], 402, 111, [iv] 486. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author showing his nose badly disfigured by syphilis. Contemporary calf, raised bands, new title-label. From the Library of George Rylands with his bookplate on front pastedown. The author was baptised by William Shakespeare. Samuel Butler made the comment: "It seemed to him (Davenant) that he writ with the very same spirit that Shakespeare (did), and seemed content enough, to be called his son." Davenant did little to dispel the rumour. Ownership signature on title-page dated 1715. Corners rubbed. Spine rubbed and cracked and split at the joints. Good. The binding is still tight, the contents bright.
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