The Works … in seven Volumes. Collated with all the former Editions, and corrected; with Notes critical and explanatory. By Peter Whalley, late Fellow of St John’s College in Oxford …

London: Printed for D. Midwinter [and sixteen others] … 1756.

Seven vols., 8vo., with the portrait frontispiece, eleven engraved plates, half-titles, and list of subscribers in vol. I; a very good copy in contemporary polished calf, gilt, spines elaborately gilt, red and black morocco spine labels, joints slightly rubbed; armorial bookplate of John Bacon Sawrey Morritt of Rokeby Park.

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First critical edition of Jonson’s works. The text is based largely on the edition of 1717, but also makes use of quartos from Garrick’s library, in particular adding for the first time one of the playwright’s earliest works, ‘the lost or forgotten’ play The Case is Altered (1609).

Whalley’s notes are partly a commentary on the text and partly illustrative. They also explain old and obscure words. His edition remained the standard until replaced by that of William Gifford in 1816.

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