14 April 2004
MASSINGER, Philip (1583-1640). The Roman Actor. A Tragaedie. As it hath diuers times beene, with good allowance Acted, at the private Play-house in the Black-Friers, by the Kings Majesties Servants. London: Printed by B[ernard] A[lsop] and T[homas] F[awcett] for Robert Allot, 1629.
4o (182 x 123 mm). (Upper margin of title renewed, first word and last two letters of second word supplied in manuscript facsimile, some spotting.) 19th-century red half morocco gilt, by the Club Bindery. Provenance: Beverly Chew (bookplate); Henry E. Huntington; John L. Clawson (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 21 May 1926, lot 512); Samuel Wyllis Bandler (John Fleming in Four Oaks Library, 1967, p.102).
FIRST EDITION, with H3v and H4r in proper order. "This is unanimously acclaimed as one of Massinger's finest tragedies. It has been frequently revived and still retains a good deal of its freshness and power" (Pforzheimer). Massinger himself considered this bleak tragedy to be "the most perfect birth of my Minerva." Greg 424; Pforzheimer 860; STC 17642;
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