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  • Sold Date: Oct 04, 2015
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The Comedies and Tragedies of George Chapman Now First Collected with Illustrative Notes and a Memoir of the Author in Three Volumes. London: John Pearson, 1873. First edition thus. Three volumes, 8vo (18 cm), uncut in the original publisher's paper-covered boards and parchment spines with printed spine labels; 344, 417, 370 pp.

First collected edition of the dramatic works of Shakespeare's contemporary, George Chapman (1559?-1634). He was a friend and collaborator of Ben Jonson, John Marston and John Webster, and Shakespeare satirized him in the character of Holofernes in Love's Labour Lost. Though a versatile playwright and gifted proto-metaphysical poet, he is best remembered today (largely thanks to John Keats) for his translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Contents: VOL. I. Memoir of George Chapman. The blind beggar of Alexandria. An humerous dayes mirth. All fooles. Monsieur D'Olive. The gentleman usher. VOL. II. Bussy D'Ambois. The revenge of Bussy D'Ambois. The conspiracie and tragedie of Charles, duke of Byron. May-day. VOL. III. The widdowes teares. The masque of the Middle temple, and Lincolns inne. The tragedy of Caesar and Pompey. The tragedy of Alphonsus, Emperor of Germany. Revenge for honour.

Modest sunning and wear to the spines, a chip from the head of vol. III, some bumping and wear to the corners;

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