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The HISTORY Of SIR JOHN OLDCASTLE, The Good LORD COBHAM
London:: Printed for J. Tonson,. 1734.. 12mo: A - C^12. 6-11/16" x 4". 1st separate Tonson edition (Jaggard, p. 451). 72 pp. A1v the 'Walker Piracy' advert.. Modern speckled brown quarter calf binding with green marbled paper boards.. Binding - Fine. Textblock - VG+.. It is readily apparent that Oldcastle the origin for Shakespeare's popular character, Falstaff, as the earlier versions of Henry IV 'utilised [sic] Oldcastle as a character," though evidently giving offense "to the Cobham family, as the name was afterwards changed to Falstaff." No doubt this the source of the early attribution to Shakespeare, however, according to Jaggard, who in turn cites Henslowe's diary, authorship of this History a joint effort of Drayton, Munday, Wilson & Hathway. While another camp goes further to postulate that the piece was written by the four in reply to Shakespeare's Henry IV. However, whatever its genesis, the work is decidely scarce on the commercial market. . Frontis by Fourdrinier. Title page printer's ornament. Headpiece. Decorative initial capital letters. Tailpiece ornaments.
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