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JONSON, Ben.

The Works.

With Notes Critical and Explanatory and a Biographical Memoir by W. Gifford Esq. With Introduction and Appendices by Lieut.-Col. F. Cunningham.

Published: London: Bickers and Son, 1875

Stock code: 106064

Price: £1,250

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An attractively bound reprint of the Gifford edition of Jonson’s works, originally published in 1816. “Gifford’s editorial work as a textual scholar is accomplished. He produced various editions of English dramatists … Gifford’s most notable textual work was on Jonson, of whom he was a fierce partisan. His edition contains forthright attacks on bardolators who had dared to speak evil of Jonson as well as the customary splenetic condemnations of the flaws of rival scholars” (ODNB).

9 volumes, octavo (227 x 150 mm). Early 20th-century dark green full morocco by the French Binders (formerly the Club Bindery) of Garden City, New York, raised bands, titles and elaborate decorations to compartments gilt, triple fillet to boards gilt, turn-ins gilt, top edges gilt. Engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard to Volume I. Small mark to each front pastedown from removed label, tanning to outer edges of free endpapers, occasional spotting to prelims, Volume I with tiny tape repair to last page of text. An excellent set.

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