The Works.London: William Pickering; Talboys and Wheeler, Oxford; T. Combe and Son, Leicester, 1826 Stock Code: 136072
Marlowe's reputation resurrectedFirst collected edition of Marlowe's plays. After two centuries where Marlowe had been practically forgotten and mostly out of print, the early 19th-century saw a flood of editions of Marlowe's works, building on the renewed interest engendered by the publication of Charles Lamb's Specimens of English Dramatic Poets in 1808, in which he had commended Marlowe. In 1818, William Oxberry began editing and publishing all the plays individually, with Pickering's being the first collected publication. It was followed by a single-volume edition of the plays the following year, and Marlowe has never again been out of print for any substantial period of time. As with other Pickering publications, great care was taken with the typography and design, and it is an attractive production, here in an appealing binding.
3 volumes, octavo (182 x 112 mm). Mid-20th-century red half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, gilt edges.
With the bookplate of George G. Stevenson to the front pastedowns. Bound without half-titles. Spines faintly sunned with a few minor marks to morocco, sporadic faint foxing. An excellent set.
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