14 April 2004
SHIRLEY, James (1596-1666). The Wittie Faire One. A Comedie. As it was presented at the Private House in Drury Lane by her Majesties Servants. London: B[ernard] A[lsop] and T[homas] F[awcett] for Wil. Cooke, 1633 [date altered in manuscript to 1634].
4o (182 x 128 mm). (Title a bit soiled, lower corner of A2 renewed with loss of last 4 letters of Shirley's printed signature, some spotting.) 19th-century calf, Earl of Bridgewater crest on sides (front cover detached, spine rubbed). Provenance: Bridgewater Library (binding and bookplate); Henry E. Huntington; John L. Clawson (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 21 May 1926, lot 757).
FIRST EDITION, the motto with the reading "Pantilvis." In 1625, Shirley abandoned the scholastic life and moved to London where he lived in Gray's Inn. There he began writing plays and between 1625 and 1642 he produced a rapid succession of plays. The beginnings of his career coincided with the accession of Charles I. Greg 477; STC 22462.
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