14 April 2004
LYLY, John (ca 1554-1606). Sixe Court Comedies. Often Presented and Acted before Queen Elizabeth, by the Children of her Majesties Chappell, and the Children of Paules. Witten By the onely Rare Poet of that Time, The Witie, Comicall, Facetiously-Quicke and vnparalelld: Iohn Lilly. London: Printed by William Stansby, 1632.
12o (134 x 69 mm). (Lacking A1 blank, closely trimmed with occasional clipping of letters along foremargin and headlines, section title for "Mydas" torn at head with loss of letters and mounted, some browning and soiling.) Late 17th-/early 18th-century mottled calf gilt (front cover detached, some wear to joints and spines, endpapers renewed).
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, presumed first state of the title reading "Witten" in line 9, "Witie" in line 11 and "vnparalelld" in line 13. "Although these plays had been separately published, the volume is of considerable importance because, for the first time, the lyrics which were omitted in the separate editions are included. However, it has been stated that these songs are not authentic" (Pforzheimer 635). Greg III, pp.1088-1089; STC 17088.
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