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London: William Stansby, 1616. First Folio Edition. Lacks title page; pagination begins at page 3 with the first page of Every Man in His Humour, continuing to page 1012; lacks the two final leaves that contain three pages of the text of the final Masque, The Golden Age Restored. Page 3 has a long longitudinal tear that removes 1/4" of the page (not affecting the text), and a small hole (which does remove a portion of the text on the verso). One long closed tear to page 885/886. In a late-18th century calf binding, with five raised bands, gilt spine decoration and leather spine label. Recased later, with modern endpapers. Boards rubbed; hinges starting, with a short crack to bottom of front hinge at spine; minor soiling throughout. Extremely scarce. There are watermarks on a significant number of the pages. The watermarks are as follows: a two handled vase with orbs above making a cross shape (pp. 499); a two handled vase with orbs above making a triangle (pp. 215); a one handed vase with looping orbs (pp. 891). The page numbers listed above are example pages, not the only pages. While not every individual page was tested, they are grouped in batches, so we believe this to be all of them. The first Jonson folio of 1616, printed and published by William Stansby and sold through bookseller Richard Meighen, contained nine plays, all previously published, plus two works of non-dramatic poetry, thirteen masques, and six "entertainments." The folio collections of Ben Jonson's works published in the seventeenth century were crucial developments in the publication of English literature and English Renaissance drama. This collection served as a precedent for other play collections that followed - most notably the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays in 1623, but also the first Beaumont and Fletcher folio of 1647, and other collections. -Consignment. JG. Shelved in Case 4. Dupont.
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