14 April 2004
RYMER, Thomas (1641-1713). A Short View of Tragedy; It's Original, Excellency, and Corruption. With some Reflections on Shakespear, and other Practitioners of the Stage. London: Printed and are to be sold by Richard Baldwin, 1693.
12o (169 x 110 mm). (Some tiny marginal wormtracks, few page numbers shaved.) Contemporary mottled calf (some light wear and soiling, front joint with short splits at ends).
FIRST EDITION, with 2pp. publisher's advertisement at end. Included in Rymer's history of tragedy is an attack on "Othello," of which he writes that it "was a bloody farce, without salt or savour." He denies that Shakespeare showed any capacity in tragedy, though he credits him with comic genius. Wing R-2429.
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