14 April 2004
CHAMBERLAIN, Robert (fl.1640-1660). The Swaggering Damsell. A Comedy. London: Printed by Tho. Cotes for Andrew Crooke, 1640.
4o (185 x 133 mm). Modern brown morocco, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine, edges gilt, by Riviere (some very light rubbing to joints). Provenance: Newdigate family (Arbury Hall Library bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue, without leaf A2 containing the epistle and the first two sets of commendatory verses. This leaf was supressed in a number of extant copies. The author's name was not supressed (it also appears in a later set of verses), and so it would therefore appear that it was the dedication to Thomas Kendall that was in question. At Oxford Chamberlain was popular with the university wits, and issued several volumes while there. He never took a degree. The date of his death is not known. His literary work consists of original apophthegms, a comedy, some short poems and collections of ancient jokes. Greg 589aII; STC 4946.
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