The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta. Christopher Marlowe.

The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta. As it was playd before the King and Queene, in His Majesties Theatre at White-Hall, by her Majesties Servants at the Cock-pit.

London: The Golden Hours Press, 1933. 4to. Limited edition. #143(a) of c.250 copies. Green buckram with bevelled edges, gilt. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With four full-page wood engravings by Eric Ravilious. Spine and edges faded. Bookplate of Kenneth Roberts on front paste down with some offsetting on fly. Card slipcase rubbed with short splits. Near fine. Item #2640

'This edition of the Jew of Malta has been planned by C. Sandford and F.J. Newbery and printed for THE GOLDEN HOURS PRESS at the Chiswick Press. The type used is "Bembo," revived from an early Aldine fount. The paper is pure rag handmade. By arrangement with the Clarendon Press the text used is that of the Standard Oxford "Marlowe," edited by C.F. Tucker Brooke, following in the main the 1633 quarto version, which though corrupt and itself possibly only a reprint revised from an earlier edition, is nevertheless the only text preserved. The play was probably completed in 1590, a year or two after Doctor Faustus. These two were the most popular of Marlowe's compositions. Of this volume 250 copies have been printed, only 200 being for sale.' A tipped in note below this statement reads, 'This edition was originally planned and printed for The Golden Hours Press and 200 copies were made available for sale. of this number a balance remains and these have been taken over by Hollis & Carter Ltd [...] who now offer the original text in a less elaborate binding. These are numbered 1(a) onwards.' A handsome private press edition published to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of its first printing and with stunning illustrations by Ravilious.

Price: £550.00

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