14 April 2004
SHIRLEY, James (1596-1666). The Example. As it was Presented by her Majesties Servants at the private House in Drury-Lane. London: John Norton for Andrew Crooke, 1637.
4o (182 x 126 mm). 19th-century calf, Earl of Bridgewater crest on sides (joints and corners a bit rubbed). Provenance: Bridgewater Library (binding and bookplate); Henry E. Huntington; John L. Clawson (bookplate; sold Anderson Galleries, 21 May 1926, lot 760); Samuel Wyllis Bandler (John Fleming in Four Oaks Library, 1967, p.103).
FIRST EDITION, with Prologue leaf (often lacking) bound after the title [I4 signed '*2']. "This comedy, according to Ward, is 'strikingly original in its plot', apparently in this regard that it offers some tribute to virtue. It was licensed in 1634, and revived in 1682" (Pforzheimer). There are some mostly minor allusions to Shakespeare in this play. Greg 521; Pforzheimer 926; STC 22442.
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