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A PLEASANT COMEDIE ...
A pleasant comedie, called Wily begvilde. The chiefe actors are these: A poore scholler, Rich foole, and a Knaue at a shift.
London: printed by Elizabeth Allde, for Thomas Knight, and are to be sold at his shop, 1630.
[76] p. ; 17.6 cm. (4º)

The earliest known edition is dated 1606 (Dyce Bequest). The words 'Poore Scholler. ... Knaue at a shift' are bracketed together on the title-page which has a printer's device of a fleur-de-lys with motto 'In Domino Confido'. Running title reads 'Wily Beguilde'. ESTC s125577; STC 25821; Greg, I, 234(d).

Copy Notes On title-page in a late C18th or early C19th hand No author's name [illegible] Biograph. Dramatica. With ink inscriptions and annotations: B1v and B2r with ownership inscriptions including Willia[m], John and E.F. [or Efi?] Darby; on G3v, Wm Pierce and Anwylt(?); a financial calculation on H2v; further inscriptions and transcriptions on B1r, B2v, D1r, F3v and F4r. Probably acquired as one of a group of quarto plays printed around 1630, all in similar bindings and bearing similar ownership inscriptions and marks suggesting they may have been previously bound together and broken up for separate sale.

Binding C19th half calf, cerise Kleisterpapier boards, gilt double-ruled spine with title and date in gilt.

Reference Number 3708


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