14 April 2004
DAVENANT, William (1606-1668). The Just Italian. Lately presented in the private house at Blacke Friers, By his Majesties Servants. London: Printed by Thomas Harper for John Waterson, 1630.
4o (181 x135 mm). (Lacking final blank, pale stain on title, some light soiling.) Late 19th-century blue half morocco, marbled boards, gilt-lettered on spine, by Riviere (some slight wear at corners). Provenance: William Holgate (bookplate); C. Bohm Slingluff (pencil signature dated 1870 on flyleaf); James W. Ellsworth (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. By 1626, Davenant was at court writing plays, his first effort being the 1629 unacted Albovine, King of the Lombards. After Ben Jonson's death, Davenant succeeded to the quasi-official position of "poet laureate" at court. Greg 428; STC 6303.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru