14 April 2004
HEYWOOD, Thomas (ca 1573-1641). The Wise-woman of Hogsdon. A Comedie. As it hath been sundry times Acted with great Applause. London: Printed by M[armaduke] P[arsons] for Henry Shephard, 1638.
4o (169 x 129 mm). (Trimmed closely with loss of several headlines.) Modern mottled calf, spine gilt, edges gilt, by Riviere (joints a bit rubbed, small chips at ends of spine). Provenance: Marsden J. Perry (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The Wise-woman of Hogsdon is a comedy of intrigue marked by realism suggestive of Jonson and Middleton. It is softened by the pathos and kind sentiments reminiscent of Dekker. Young Chartley in some ways anticipates the careless rake of Restoration comedies of manners, except that Heywood's middle-class sobriety and Protestant piety do not permit Chantley to outwit established values. Greg 535; Pforzheimer 487; STC 13370.
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