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OTWAY, Thomas (1652--1685)
[Works. 1813]
The works of Mr. Thomas Otway. In three volumes. With notes, critical and explanatory, and a life of the author, by Thomas Thornton, Esq. ...
London: printed for T. Turner, (successor to John MacKinlay); by B. McMillan, 1813.
3 vols ; 19.2 cm. (8º)
I: [4], lx, 247, [1] p., engr. frontis. port., [1] pl.
II: [4], 396 p., [1] pl.
III: [4], 340, [4] p., [1] pl.

The first edition containing Otway's complete poems. The first collected edition of Otway's works was published in 1712, but Thornton's was the first attempt at a critical edition. It has its merits, but J.C. Ghosh, in his edition of Otway's works (Clarendon, 1932), recorded that Thornton's edition 'entirely divested the text of its original character in respect of punctuation, spelling, and typography. What was more serious, besides perpetuating the mistakes of the 1712 and later editions ..., Thornton introduced some of his own'. Thornton is otherwise known as the author of A compendium of the laws recently passed for regulating the trade with the East Indies, 1814, and other works on 'oriental commerce' and the history of China, in his capacity as 'a clerk in the India department of the Custom-House' (Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors, 1816) and is not to be confused with Colonel Thomas Thornton (1757--1823) who published popular 'sporting tours' in England and in France at this period. Frontispiece portrait of Otway by C. Rivers from an original picture. The plates are by C. Armstrong after John Thurston. Turner's advertising list of 'Works, published by the late Mr. Mackinlay' at the end of vol. III.

Binding C19th polished calf, blind French fillet borders with small quatrefoil corner ornaments, gilt-tooled spines, red and green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3728


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