BEAUMONT, Francis (1584-1616) and John FLETCHER (1579-1625). Comedies and Tragedies Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Gentlemen. Never printed before, And now published by the Authours Originall Copies. London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson and Humphrey Moseley, 1647.
2o (310 x 204 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Fletcher by W. Marshall, ornamental head- and tail-pieces. Double-column text. (Upper right corner of frontispiece repaired, with small portion supplied in facsimile, minor repairs to inner margins and minor marginal chipping to frontispiece and title, a few leaves with minor marginal chipping or old repairs, occasionally affecting a few letters of text or printed border.) 19th-century reddish-brown russia, edges gilt (lower cover detached, upper cover starting, some chipping to spine ends). Provenance: Florence B. Swift (bookplate).
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, first state of the frontispiece, with "vates duplex" in lowercase and J. Berkenhead in larger letters. This edition, supposed to have been edited by James Shirley, contains all of Beaumont and Fletcher's previously published plays except Wild-Goose Chase. "Nothing which throws light upon the history of printing at this time is more interesting than the Postscript added at the end of the commedatory verses by Waller, Loveleace, Herrick, Ben Jonson and others" (Grolier English). The passage describes the necessity of using numerous printers (8 are believed to have been employed) to expedite issuance of the book. Greg III, p.1013; Grolier English 28; Pforzheimer 53; Wing B-1581.
BEAUMONT, Francis and John FLETCHER. The Wild-Goose Chase. A Comedie. London: Printed for Humpherey Moseley, 1652. 2o (305 x 197 mm). (Title mounted with large portion of foremargin lacking, browned and spotted.) 19th-century half russia gilt, marbled boards (some wear to extremities). FIRST EDITION, a companion volume to the first folio edition of the works of Beaumont and Fletcher, 1647. Greg 706; Wing B-1616. (2)