14 April 2004
CHAPMAN, George (ca 1559-1634) and James SHIRLEY (1596-1666). The Tragedie of Chabot Admirall of France: As it was presented by her Majesties Servants, at the private House in Drury Lane. London: Tho. Cotes for Andrew Crooke, 1639.
4o (176 x 121 mm). (Lacking final blank, some headlines shaved.) Modern red straight-grained morocco gilt, gilt-lettered on spine, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (rebacked with original spine laid down). Provenance: Herschel V. Jones (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 2 December 1918, lot 307).
FIRST EDITION. "Though licensed by Herbert as Shirley's, 29 April 1635, and entered as Shirley's in the Stationer's Register, scholars now agree in finding much of Chapman and suppose Shirley to have been a revisor rather than a collaborator" (Pforzheimer 161). Greg 550; STC 4996.
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