Fifty comedies and tragedies. Francis Beaumont, , John Fletcher.
Fifty comedies and tragedies

Fifty comedies and tragedies

London: printed by J. Macock, for John Martyn, Henry Herringman, Richard Marriot, 1679. First complete edition, folio, 2 parts in 1, as issued; pp. [10], 578; 557, [1]; engraved frontispiece portrait of Fletcher by William Marshall (mounted); title page soiled; Dd2, Dd3, Pp2, and Pp3 supplied, the latter with minor loss at the lower corners; S2 in the second part also with loss at the lower corner affectintg the beginnings of 8 lines (supplied in early manuscript); some browning throughout; contemporary full calf with an early 20th-century rebacking, maroon morocco label on spine; recased; the whole rubbed and worn, the corners peeling, but sound. Fifty-two plays (despite the title page assertion) by a pair of Shakespeare's contemporaries whose witty plays often rivaled those of the master's in popularity. Fletcher and Shakespeare may even have worked together on Henry VIII and Two Noble Kinsmen, the latter present in this volume as one of 18 plays not included in the first collected edition of 1647. Pforzheimer 54; Wing B-1582; Lowndes p. 137. Item #48325

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