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RANDOLPH, Thomas (1605--1635)
[Aristippus. 1630]
Aristippvs, or, the iouiall philosopher: demonstrativelie proouing, that quartes, pintes, and pottles, are sometimes necessary authours in a scholers library. Presented in a private shew. To which is added, The conceited pedlar.
London: printed by Thomas Harper, for Iohn Marriot, and are to be sold by Richard Mynne, 1630.
[2], 44, [2] p. ; 17.6 cm. (4º)

Anonymous. By Thomas Randolph. See Halkett & Laing (2nd ed.), vol. 1, p. 139; Woodward & McManaway, 954. Prose interspersed with verse. Thomas Randolph was an admirer of Ben Jonson and a practitioner of the 'college drama' assimilating Aristotelian metaphysic into English farce. The first item is a satire in dramatic form on university education, and a defence of drinking, the second is a monologue. This edition lacks rules on title-page; A2r, second line of speech has 'steept'. 'The Pedlar, As It Was Presented In A Strange Show' is on pp. [31]--44. ESTC s115602; STC (2nd ed.) 20686.5; Greg, II, 431, 2(b).

Copy Notes Without the final blank leaf F4. The author's name T. Randolph supplied in ink on the title-page verso in a late C18th/early C19th hand, also two ownership inscriptions William [----er?] and Catheryne [Richard or Richmond?] / of [illegible]. Various other ink inscriptions and marks of ownership in ink throughout text: Jonathan Pa[---?] on p. 7; John Pierce / his Booke on p. 30; Richard(?) on p. 31; some marking of text in pencil. Pages 23--30 badly frayed at fore-edges and foot, prior to binding. 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 paste-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine with title and date in gilt.

Reference Number 3705


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