14 April 2004
DABORNE, Robert (d.1628). A Christian turn'd Turke: Or, The Tragicall Lives and Deaths of the two Famous Pyrates, Ward and Dansiker. As it hath been publickly Acted. London: Printed by for [sic] William Barrenger, 1612.
4o (182 x 130 mm). (Lacking A1 blank?, some light spotting.) 19th-century calf, Earl of Bridgewater crest on sides (some minor rubbing). Provenance: Bridgewater Library (binding and bookplate); Henry E. Huntington (sold Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1918, lot 106); John L. Clawson (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 20 May 1926, lot 170); Herschel V. Jones (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 3 December 1918, lot 395).
THE BRIDGEWATER-HUNTINGTON-CLAWSON-JONES COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. From the device on the title, it appears that Nicholas Okes was the printer. Greg notes a variant of the title with the last letter of WARD in roman instead of italic. He notes that this variant is found in all except four of the copies recorded (Dyce, Boston, Folger, Huntington). The present copy is also of this scarce variant, with WARD appearing fully in italic.
In his preface to the play, Daborne states that his descent was "not obscure but generous." He constantly petitioned Henslowe for loans and advances, partially due to the number of lawsuits in which he was involved. Daborne seems to have had much influence with Henslowe and to have sometimes received for his plays a higher price than the penurious old manager was accustomed to give. He is known to have collaborated several times with Field and Massinger, but the present is one of only two of his plays which survive. Greg 300 (presuming A1 was a blank); STC 6184.
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