14 April 2004
[FLETCHER, John (1579-1625)]. The Tragedy of Thierry King of France, and his Brother Theodoret. London: Printed [by Nicholas Okes] for Thomas Walkley, 1621.
4o (183 x 128 mm). (Title stained, hole on I4 with loss of a few letters, final leaf with tape repair.) 19th-century red half morocco, marbled boards (front cover detached).
FIRST EDITION. While there is some contention about the authorship of this play, it is generally agreed that it is the work of John Fletcher alone, and not with Beaumont as stated on some subsequent editions [as below]. Greg 368a; Pforzheimer 373; STC 11074.
FLETCHER, John. The Tragedy of Thierry King of France, and his Brother Theodoret... Written by Francis Beamont [sic] and John Fletcher. London: Printed [by William Wilson] for Humphrey Moseley, 1649.
4o (182 x 133 mm). (Few marginal repairs occasionally affecting letters.) Modern green panelled morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Bedford. Provenance: James William Ellsworth (bookplate).
Second edition, second issue title dated 1649. Greg 368bII; Wing F1353. (2)
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