14 April 2004
TOMKIS, Thomas (fl. 1614). Lingua: or, The Combat of the Tongue, And the five Senses for Superiority. A Pleasant Comoedie. London: Printed by Nicholas Okes for Simon Waterson, 1617.
4o (185 x 130 mm). (Title with some chips at edges touching a few letters, some worming at end catching a few letters, browned and stained.) Stabbed-and-sewn in later wrappers with manuscript title; blue quarter morocco slipcase.
Third edition of Tomkis's popular farcical presentation of a struggle between personifications of the tongue and the five senses. It was originally published anonymously in 1607 and seems to have been based on an Italian model with phraseology akin to 'Albumazar.' Greg 239c.
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