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MIDDLETON, Thomas (1570?--1627)
The phoenix, as it hath beene sundrie times acted, by the Children of Paules. And presented before his Maiestie.
London: printed by T[homas]. H[arper]. for R. Meighen, and are to be sold at his shop, 1630.
[70] p. ; 17.7 cm. (4º)

Anonymous. By Thomas Middleton. First published in 1607. Printer's name from STC; printer's device of a swan with motto 'God Is My Helper'. Partly in verse. Middleton, a prolific playwright and poet and one of the most versatile writers of his age who often wrote with collaborators, was praised by Hazlitt who began to restore his reputation. ESTC s112595; STC 17893; Greg, I, 243(b).

Copy Notes The author's name T. Randolph supplied in ink in a late C18th or early C19th hand on the title-page verso. Numerous inscriptions and annotations in ink throughout, in different hands. On the title-page in a C17th hand Respica and finem with a partial sketch of a swan; also a sketch of a bird (pigeon rather than phoenix) on the verso; William An on B1r; three lines of names in the margin of D1r, including William [cropped], Thomas Owens Bala Monger; on E3r William Lewis Anwylt(?); the initial R repeated on E4v and F1v; on H4v Richar and Jon Jones his hand / Richard; two lines in an early hand including [illegible] a good Pen / [illegible] to throw it away on F3r and another sketch of a bird on a tree branch on the final verso F3v. 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 3702


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