14 April 2004
NASH, Thomas (1567-1601). A Pleasant Comedie, called Summers last will and Testament. London: Simon Stafford for Water [sic] Burre, 1600.
4o (177 x 130 mm). (Printer's creases on H2.3 crossing several lines of text.) Modern crimson panelled morocco gilt, gilt-lettered on spine, edges gilt, by Riviere (front joint lightly rubbed). Provenance: C.W. Clark.
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, with \Kp\k1 blank. In the present copy, leaf F1 is signed F, leaves F2-4 are signed D2-4 and leaf B3 is signed; leaves C3.4 are cancelled as usual. In some copies, the spelling of Burre's first name in the imprint has been corrected by pushing the first five letters of the line one space to the left and inserting the letter 'l.' It is here in its uncorrected state.
The "Summers" of the title is Will Sommers, the jester of Henry VIII to whom there are numerous references in English literature. This is the only unaided play by Nash and appears to have been written for private performance before Archbishop Whitgift at Croydon in the fall of 1592. Greg 173; Pforzheimer 765; STC 18376.
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