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Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625) Fifty Comedies and Tragedies.

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3040B
Lot:
168
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$523$425

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Books & Manuscripts - 3040B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 12, 2017 11:00AM

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Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625) Fifty Comedies and Tragedies. London: by Macock for Martyn, Herringman, and Marriot, 1679. Second collected edition, folio, engraved frontispiece portrait by William Marshall, woodcut ornaments on title (frontis and title trimmed and mounted), several instances of degraded tape repairs to text leaves (approximately seven spots, each yellowed), bound in later half leather, both boards detached, 13 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.
This edition includes the first folio publication of The Two Noble Kinsmen, attributed to John Fletcher and William Shakespeare. The play was first published in quarto format in 1634; it was not included in any of the of the folio editions of Shakespeare's works; nor was it included in the first folio of Beaumont and Fletcher's works (1647); the Shakespearian attribution is generally agreed upon by scholars. The plot is derived from Chaucer's Knight's Tale from The Canterbury Tales. This second edition adds eighteen plays, lyrics to many songs, and twenty-five cast lists, none of which appear in the first folio edition.
Estimate $600-800

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William Marshall, William Shakespeare, Beaumont, Canterbury, London, Beaumont and Fletcher, Beaumont and Fletcher folios, Bibliography, Early texts of Shakespeare's works, English literature, First Folio, Folio, John Fletcher, Literature, Publishing, The Two Noble Kinsmen

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