14 April 2004
MASSINGER, Philip (1583-1640). The Maid of Honour. As it hath beene often Presented with good allowance at the Phoenix in Drurie-Lane, by the Queenes Majesties Servants. London: Printed by I[ohn] B[eale] for Robert Allot, 1632.
4o (181 x 138 mm). (Small hole in H1 affecting a few letters, L2 with paper flaw to blank margin.) Late 19th-century calf, red and black morocco spine labels (rebacked with old spine laid down, chipping to spine labels). Provenance: Heathcote (bookplate); Pope, Winans; John L. Clawson (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 21 May 1926, lot 516); Samuel Wyllis Bandler (John Fleming in Four Oaks Library, 1967, p.101).
FIRST EDITION, first issue with signature K wrongly perfected (K4 signed K2). The plot of the play is derived from William Painter's The Palace of Pleasure. Some scholars find it an allegory on the misfortunes of Charles I's brother-in-law Frederick, overthrown by the Spanish during the Thirty Year's War. The play is noteworthy for its sympathetic portrayal of Roman Catholicism, exemplified in the heroine's decision to enter a nunnery rather than marry the man she loves. Greg 470aI; STC 17638.
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