[Item #6251] The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes). Ben Jonson, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher.
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)
The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)

The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont & Fletcher (Four Volumes)

London, England, UK: John Stockdale, 1811. First Edition Thus. Hardcovers. This 4-volume set from publisher John Stockdale (1750-1814) in London, England was likely the last production of his career after compiling the works of great writers like William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and Samuel Johnson (1709-1784). Contemporaries of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson (1572-1637), Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) & John Fletcher (1579-1625) were playwrights in the Elizabethan era, a renaissance of English theatre. Jonson popularized the comedy of humours and is best known for his satirical plays, his first successful writing being Every Man in His Humour (1598) in which Shakespeare was cast. Beaumont & Fletcher began collaborating as early as 1605 though their first success was Philaster in 1609 which the King’s Men theatre company performed at the Globe Theatre. English academic Peter Whalley (1722-1791) edited the Works of Ben Jonson in seven volumes, published in 1756, and English dramatist and essayist George Colman (1732-1794) produced an edition of the works of Beaumont & Fletcher in 1778. These were the source material for Stockdale’s production offered here, one volume of Jonson (I) and three volumes of Beaumont & Fletcher (II-IV). A portrait of Jonson drawn by dutch artist Gerard Honthorst (1592-1656) and engraved by Philip Audinet (1766-1837) is found opposite the title page of Volume I, the imprint of which has bled through to the surrounding papers including the title page. Volume I features a compiled “Life of Ben Jonson” from Whalley and other writers with “other particulars relating to our Poet, which have come to light since the time of Whalley,” (pg. iii). The original preface from Whalley’s edition and Whalley’s “Life of Ben Jonson” in its entirety are also included, followed by 18 plays, including Every Man in His Humour, Every Man Out of His Humour, Volpone; or, The Fox; and The Devil is an Ass. This “Volume the First” was printed April 29th, 1811, according to the copyright, printed by J. Brettell. A portrait of Beaumont also engraved by Audinet is found opposite the title page of Volume II, the imprint of which has bled through to the surrounding papers including the title page. Volume II features: a “Life of Francis Beaumont” and a “Life of John Fletcher,” though it is unclear who penned these pages; from the 1647 folio collection of Beaumont & Fletcher plays, a “Players’ Dedication”, a preface written by James Shirley (1596-1666), and a “Stationer’s Address” from publisher Humphrey Moseley (?-1661); from the 1649 folio collection of Beaumont & Fletcher plays, a “Booksellers’ Address” by the booksellers Henry Herringman, John Martyn, and Richard Marriot, who published the follow-up volume; a preface by a Mr. Sympson from a 1711 edition; and a preface by a Mr. Seward from a 1750 edition. Several chapters of poems and letters are then followed by the final editor’s preface that summarizes it all to launch readers into sixteen plays by the duo, including their first hit, Philaster. This “Volume the First” (presumably since it’s the first of Beaumont & Fletcher in this set) was printed July 22nd, 1811, according to the copyright, printed by T. Bensley. A portrait of Fletcher also engraved by Audinet is found opposite the title page of Volume III, the imprint of which has bled through to the surrounding papers including the title page. Volume II features eighteen plays, including Wild Good Chase, Monsieur Thomas, and The Knight of Malta. This “Volume the Third” (strange that it jumps over the Second) was printed September 20th, 1811, according to the copyright, printed by R. Taylor and Co. There is no portrait in Volume IV. The nineteen plays in the final volume include The Woman’s Prize; or The Tamer Tam’d, the unofficial sequel to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, as well as Wit at Several Weapons and The Honest Man’s Fortune. This “Volume the Fourth” was printed by B. McMillan, though no specific date is listed as were in the previous volumes. This writer finds it interesting that the four volumes were released months apart and printed by four different printers. The process and procedure for 19th century publishers is fascinating considering the tools available and the beautiful productions that came from them. A book plate is adhered to the interior front cover of each volume reading “W. Anderton / 1851” referring to a previous owner, perhaps the original owner. The aristocratic Anderton family hails from Lancashire, England, and several Williams lived around the mid-1800s in England, the U.S., and New Zealand, so it’s impossible to tell which is the reference here. This full set comes from the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum, world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art and books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcovers: First Editions Thus. Books are in relatively Near Fine condition with moderate bumping, rubbing, scratching to the edges and corners of front, back covers & spines with several corners fraying, peeling; moderate scratching, scuffing, spotting to front, back covers; edges of spines along folds are slightly detached from covers near top and bottom; moderate-to-severe scratching to face of spine; red-color ribbon bookmarks are present in each and minor color-bleeding is found on the pages where they sat for some time. In Volume I only, the inside front cover paste-down is torn along the gutter; an additional smaller blue sticker adhered to the bottom right corner of interior front cover reads, “J. Russel, / Bookbinder, / 24, Moor-street, / Birmingham.” An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the size and weight of this bundle. Near Fine. [Item #6251]

Price: $300.00