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CHAPMAN, George (1559?--1634)
Caesar and Pompey: a Roman tragedy, declaring their vvarres. Out of whose euents is euicted this proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By George Chapman.
London: printed by Thomas Harper, and are to be sold by Godfrey Emondson, and Thomas Alchorne, 1631.
[76] p.; 17.8 cm. (4º)

First edition of a play composed in 1604 by the wide-ranging poet and playwright George Chapman. A variant of the edition with title reading The vvarres of Pompey and Cæsar. ... By G.C. (ESTC s107720). Running title reads 'The Tragedy of Cæsar and Pompey'. Signatures: A-I? K². A1 is blank. ESTC s107722; STC (2nd ed.), 4993; Greg, II, 444(A1*); Pforzheimer, 146.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting leaves D1--3 [torn away], and lacking the blank first leaf. Various MS. inscriptions and ownership marks in ink, mostly illegible: Ricardus Anwylt(?) / His Hand 168[0?] [cropped at fore-edge] on A4r; Mr Hughes / will wait / on you at [2 illegible lines] on C3v; Jane(?) Anwylt his booke [illegible] on G1r; the words Caesar and Pompey repeated with sketches of heads in profile on H4r and I3r; some prices on I2r; D[ear?] Sir / Yours [---?] Last [-?] Monday / [illegible] on I2v. Late C18th/early C19th inscription on front free-endpaper One leaf wanting Sheet 3. 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 3704


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