14 April 2004
DEKKER, Thomas (ca 1572-ca 1632) and John WEBSTER (ca 1580-ca 1634). West-Ward Hoe. As it hath beene divers times Acted by the Children of Paules. London: [by William Jaggard], and to be sold by John Hodgets, 1607.
4o (174 x 127 mm). (Some very minor occasional pale spotting.) 19th-century calf, Earl of Bridgewater crest on sides (joints lightly rubbed, small chip to spine label). Provenance: Richard Heber (sold Sotheby's, 10 April 1834, lot 2030); Bridgewater Library (binding and bookplate); Henry E. Huntington (sold Anderson Galleries, 24 April 1918, lot 131); C.W. Clark (John Fleming in Four Oaks Library, 1967, p.100).
FIRST EDITION. This is the first of the three citizen comedies, West-Ward Hoe, East-Ward Hoe and North-Ward Hoe. Of all the lives of the prominent Elizabethans, few are as little-known as those of Dekker and Webster. Dekker's name first appears in Henslowe's diary in 1597 as the author of a nonexistant book Phaeton and thereafter Dekker appears frequently in the records as a dramatist for the Lord Admiral's Men and Worcester's Men. He was an assiduous collaborator on over forty plays with Chettle, Day, Drayton, Ford, Massinger and others. Webster did not appear in Henslowe's diary until 1602. He wrote the induction to John Marston's The Malcontent in 1604 and is believed to have worked in a minor capacity with Dekker on this play and North-Ward Hoe. The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi are his best-known works. Greg 257; Pforzheimer 283; STC 6540.
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