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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Poems on several Occasions.
First authorised edition, preceded by Curll’s pirated collection of 1707. In the preface Prior complains that in Curll’s edition poems by other authors have been misattributed to him and that some of his own poems are ‘transcribed … so imperfectly, that I hardly knew them to be mine’. He divides the poems here into four categories, ‘Public Panegyrics’, ‘Amorous Odes’, ‘Idle Tales’, and ‘Serious Reflections’, but ‘some of its most famous poems (Henry and Emma, An English Padlock, and Jinny the Just) do not easily fit into any one of these categories’ (Oxford DNB).