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Titus Andronicus, or The Rape of Lavinia. Acted at the Theatre Royall, a Tragedy, alter’d from Mr Shakespears Works, by Mr. Edw. Ravenscroft.

Shakespeare (William) a bit browned and/or spotted throughout, the outer pages brownest (not helped by the fly-leaves), some pages clear, pp. [viii], 56, 4to, mid 20th-century calf backed paper boards, the boards originally purple, now irregularly faded, leather bookplate of Richard Montgomery Gilchrist Potter, printed paper bookplate of Marie Luise Hinrichs, designed by Rockwell Kent. The fourth quarto edition (the others being 1594, 1600, and 1611: included of course in the four folios, the last of which appeared two years before the present edition, making this the 8th edition overall), the first in which the Dramatis personae, or ‘The Persons Names’, are listed. ‘In this edition, the signature on leaf B2 lines up with the spaces between "brought" and "to" and "to" and Rome," in the line above and on leaf B3, the "B" of the signature is under the space between "here" and "my" in the line above. In another edition, the signature on leaf B2 is shifted slightly to the left of the spaces between "brought" and "to" and "to" and Rome," in the line above and on leaf B3, the "B" of the signature is under the "er" of "here" in the line above’. ESTC records only 3 copies thus, Birmingham Central, EUL, Boston Public. The other variant is recorded in 14 copies in the UK, 8 of them in Oxford libraries; of the 18 in the US, 9 are in the Folger. Provenance: Richard Montgomery Gilchrist Potter, 1898-1941, book collector, the first bibliographer of Rupert Brooke. Marie Luise Hinrichs, who acquired the volume c. 1945 (a pencil note on the rear fly-leaf may mark the acquisition, or the date of the binding). Purchased from Jonathan Bate (but without mark of ownership). Jonathan Bate edited Titus Andronicus for The Arden Shakespeare, from whose Introduction we quote: ‘Shakespeare’s earliest and bloodiest tragedy has had a curious history. It was hugely successful in its own time – indeed, it perhaps did more than any other play to establish its author’s reputation as a dramatist – but it has been reviled by critics and revived infrequently. Yet on the few occasions when it has reappeared in the repertory it has repeated its original success . The play is deeply Shakespearean . one of the dramatist’s most inventive plays, a complex and self-conscious improvisation upon classical sources, most notably the Metamorphosis of Ovid’: and see the Adaptations section of the same for a detailed consideration of the present edition, including the definite and interesting excellencies of it. (Jaggard p. 475; ESTC R483029)

Letters of George Meredith to Alice Meynell, with Annotations thereto 1896-1907.

Nonesuch Press.) MEREDITH (George) FIRST EDITION, 417/850 COPIES printed in black on Fabriano cream Ingres paper, with a border of red Garamond asterisks on the title-page, slight creasing to top of pages 86 and 88, pp. 104, 8vo, original quarter green buckram with brown boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, edges untrimmed and uncut, the top edge a little dusty, 2 copies of the prospectus laid in along with various notes and correspondence regarding the book (see below), dustjacket, near fine. The copy of the publisher’s brother, bookseller Everard Meynell – in fact, as the prospectus makes clear, and also indicated by the ‘London and San Francisco’ imprint on the title-page, the co-publisher here of these letters to their much-admired mother. It had been, Francis Meynell recorded in The Nonesuch Century, ‘intended that my brother Everard (who had kept the Serendipity Shop in London) should be our agent. He was then in California, hoping to arrest the phthisis from which he was in fact never to recover’. The correspondence to Everard Meynell laid in here shows him hard at work in selling the book: three sheets list various purchasers, including trade buyers, private collectors and institutions – an interesting record, including various people of note; also enclosed is a purchase order from the University of California at Berkeley, a 2pp. ALs from Nathan Haskell Dole, a TLs from Joseph Auslander, along with two others. An interesting copy of this early Nonesuch Press publication. (Dreyfus 2)