1647-1652. London: Humphrey Robinson... and for Humphrey Moseley, 1647-1652.
Large thick folio, portrait frontispiece (second state), title-page, [25ff], pp. 1-75, 1-143, 1-165, [166-168 v. blank], 1-71, 1-172, 1092, 1-"50" [i.e. 52], 1-48, , 1-56 (Wild-Goose Chase). Full dark brown pebbled morocco extra, covers panelled in gilt, backstrip gilt and gilt-lettered, all edges gilt, washed and pressed with a few leaves repaired, a very fine modern binding by Riviere. Bookplates of Gavin Bridson.
§ First edition, complete copy with the "Wild Goose Chase" by Fletcher printed in 1652. See ESTC R22900 for the same collation but without the "Wild-goose Chase" which was printed later and is added here. ESTC notes: Printed by at least 8 printers--cf. Pforzheimer catalogue Includes all the plays not hitherto printed, except the Wild-goose chase, the manuscript of which was later recovered and printed in 1652. "The Epistle dedicatorie" is signed by John Lowin, Joseph Taylor and eight others; "To the reader" is signed by Ja. Shirley, who is usually regarded as the editor. Portrait of Fletcher by W. Marshall." See ESTC 13818 for "The Wild-goose chase" -- "Acted at court in 1621, but not printed until 1652. In 1647 when the folio of Beaumont’s and Fletcher’s works was published, this play was omitted, as it had long been lost and was supposed to be irrecoverable." "English dramatists Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, who collaborated in their writing during the reign of James I (1603–25). They became known as a team early in their association, so much so that their joined names were applied to the total canon of Fletcher, including his solo works and the plays he composed with various other collaborators including Philip Massinger and Nathan Field. The first Beaumont and Fletcher folio of 1647 contained 35 plays; 53 plays were included in the second folio in 1679. Other works bring the total plays in the canon to about 55. While scholars and critics will probably never render a unanimous verdict on the authorship of all these plays — especially given the difficulties of some of the individual cases — contemporary scholarship has arrived at a corpus of about 12 to 15 plays that are the work of both men." (Wikipedia). Item #123205