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(NONESUCH PRESS) DRYDEN, John.

The Dramatic Works.

In six volumes. Edited by Montague Summers.

Published: London, the Nonesuch Press, 1931–2

Stock code: 30368

Price: £975

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First Edition thus, number 159 of 750 standard sets (another 50 being printed on Van Gelder paper), one of a series of fine editions of Restoration dramatists done by the eccentric bibliographer Montague Summers. “These handsome books made available for the first time the substance of a period of English drama formerly neglected and dismissed by such critics as Macaulay as unmeritable and indecent. Summers’s ‘Introductions’ may well be the finest things he ever wrote, being in Edmund Gosse’s words, ‘astonishingly full of marrowy information'” (ODNB).

6 volumes, large octavo. Near-contemporary red half morocco, spines gilt-lettered in two compartments, others gilt with floral sprays, dotted rules and central ornaments, red cloth sides, top edges gilt, others uncut. Spines very lightly sunned, a little foxing to deckle edges, still a fine set.

Bibliography: D'Arch Smith B25.

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