London: Printed by J. Macock for John Martyn, Henry Herringman, Richard Marriot, 1679. Second and most complete edition. Folio. With the engraved frontispiece portrait by William Marshall. Old calf, sympathetically rebacked. Frontipiece brilliantly inlaid with some loss; title-page with expert repairs crossing the text, a portion of lower corner replaced with loss of 8 letters of the Harringman's name, A2 with short repaired tear. Light foxing throughout as is true even in the best copies; overall in very good antiquarian condition, suitable for exhibition and study. Very good. Item #3383
Second and most complete edition of the 50 dramas by Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625), both poets of a high order, powerful in their expressions of passion and tragic despair in a single play. Their work was superior in invention, scholarship, and charm to anything else in the Elizabethan age except the best of Shakespeare, who in some instances seems positively antiquarian by comparison.
This edition includes the first folio appearance of "The Two Noble Kinsmen," attributed to John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, who derived much of the plot from Chaucer's Knight's Tale. This play was first published in quarto format in 1634. NB: this play was not included in the first or subsequent Shakespeare Folios; however, the attribution for the play is now generally accepted by authorities of Elizabethan and Jacobean theater. The present Beaumont and Fletcher folio edition contains 18 more plays than the first collected edition of 1647, as well the lyrics to many songs, and cast lists.
1. The Maids tragedy; 2. Philaster, or, Love Lies a Bleeding; 3. A King or no King; 4. The Scornful Lady; 5. The Custom of the Country; 6. The Elder Brother; 7. The Spanish Curate; 8. Wit without money; 9. The Beggers Bush; 10. The Humorous Lieutenant; 11. The Faithful Shepherdess; 12. The mad lover; 13. The loyal subject; 14. Rule a wife, and have a wife; 15. The laws of Candy; 16. The false one; 17. The little French lawyer; 18. The tragedy of Valentinian; 19. Monsieur Thomas; 20. The chances; 21. Rollo, Duke of Normandy; 22. The wild-goose chase; 23. A wife for a month; 24. The lovers progress; 25. The pilgram; 26. The captain; 27. The prophetess; 28. The Queen of Corinth; 29. The tragedy of Bonduca; 30. The knight of the burning pestle; 31. Loves pilgrimage; 32. The double marriage; 33. The maid in the mill; 34. The knight of Malta; 35. Loves cure, or, The martial maid; 36. Women pleased; 37. The night walker, or, Little thief; 38. The womans prize, or, The tamer tamed; 39. The island princess; 40. The noble gentleman; 41. The coronation; 42. The coxcomb; 43. Sea-voyage; 44. Wit at several weapons; 45. The fair maid of the inn; 46. Cupids revenge; 47. Two noble kinsmen; 48. Thierry and Theodoret; 49. The woman-hater; 50. The nice valour, or, The passionate madman; 51. The Honest Man's Fortune; 52. A Mask at Grays-Inn, and the Inner Temple; 53. Four plays, or, Moral Representations.
Wing B1582; Pforzheimer 54. ESTC R13766. Gregg III, 1018.