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MARLOWE, Christopher.

The Works and Life.

General editor R[obert] H[ope] Case. [The Life of Marlowe and the Tragedy of Dido Queen of Carthage; Tamburlane the Great. In Two Parts; The Jew of Malta & The Massacre at Paris; Edward II; The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus; Marlowe's Poems.]

London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1930-33 Stock Code: 135886
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First edition, first impression, of this important collected edition, for some time the standard version of Marlowe's plays; scarce complete, and especially so in the dust jackets.

Provenance: neat ownership inscriptions to front pastedowns of Norman C. Stevenson (dated 1955), alongside his discreet book label (incorporating Picasso's portrait of Shakespeare); loosely inserted is his manuscript transcription of W. W. Greg on Faustus from Parallel Texts, dated Oxford 1950. This is almost certainly the Belfast-based actor and critic; his review of Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great at Belfast was published in Theatre World in 1951.

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6 volumes, octavo. Publisher's red cloth, titles in gilt to spines, untrimmed. With the dust jackets.


Two maps, three plates, and 8 pp. publisher's advertisements in each volume.


With publisher's ephemera (an order postcard, a promotional leaflet for novels published in the Spring 1931, printed in red and black, and a Joseph Conrad bookmark, printed in green and brown), and two relevant press cuttings. A little rubbed, edges foxed. A near-fine set in the near-fine dust jackets, slight scuffing to spines, light creasing along edges.


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