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The workes of Beniamin Jonson.

Author: Ben JonsonWilliam StansbyMatthew LownesJohn SmethwickeWilliam HoleAll authors
Publisher: Imprinted at London : By Will Stansby, an[n]o D. 1616.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Plays
Masques
Cast lists
Bookplates (Provenance)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Jonson; William Stansby; Matthew Lownes; John Smethwicke; William Hole; James A Riddell
OCLC Number: 960101342
Notes: Pagination errors: misprinting 6, 7, 34, 114, 684 and 713 as 4, 5, 43, 14, 682 and 317 respectively.
Signatures: [par.]⁶ A-4P⁶ 4Q⁴ ([par.]1 is blank, versos of [par.]2, A1, G1, P5, Z4, 2G4, 2O4, 2X5, 3E1, 3L4, 3S5, 4B1, 4C6, 4D3, 4F2 and 4Q4 are blank).
Signature errors: missigning 3E3 as 2E3, and 3L3 as 3K3.
Woodcut head-pieces and initials.
Engraved t.p. signed: Guliel[us] Hole fecit.
No ideal copy appears to exist. For discussion of variants, see Greg III:1070-1073; Pforzheimer 559; The Library ser. 6, 8:152-156 (main t.p.); Studies in Bibliography 40:106-20, 49:149-168 and 50:408-409 (EMOH t.p. summary); and Re-presenting Ben Jonson (1999), p. 39-58 (Sejanus).
Main t.p. in 3 states. Each play has separate t.p., some with multiple states: Euery man out of his humor exists in 7 states (numbered 1-4, 4.5, 5-6), with/without shared imprint ("for I. Smithwicke"); Cynthias Reuels exists with/without decorative border; Poëtaster exists with/without decorative border and with/without shared imprint ("for M. Lownes").
Numerous variants exist within the text, including: [par.]6r with/without margin notes; dedication on A2r with/without 'Clarentiaux'; signature on G2r with/without 'true'; G5v with/without stage directions (and placement); 'Argument' to Seianus on 2G5v in 3 states, with/without stage directions on 2M3r/2M4v; quire 2Y in small- and large-paper setting; 4M4v has names centered or not with text; final Masque on 4Q4r ends with either "To Ioue" verse or "Galliards and Coranto's."
Original cast lists found at the end of the plays.
Description: [12], 1015, [1] p. ; 27 cm. (fol. in 6s)
Contents: Euery man in his humor --
Euery man out of his humor --
Cynthias reuells --
Poëtaster --
Seianus his fall --
Volpone, or the foxe --
Epicoene, or the silent woman --
The alchemist --
Catiline his conspiracy --
Epigrammes --
The forrest --
Part of the Kings entertainment in passing to his coronation --
A panegyre on the happie entrance of Iames our soueraigne to his first high session of Parliament ... --
A particular entertainment of the Queene and Prince Their Highnesse at Althrope ... --
Masques at court.
Other Titles: Works.

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