The Diary of Master William Silence: A Study of Shakespeare & of Elizabethan Sport.

London, New York, & Bombay, Longmans, Green, & Co., 1897.

8vo, pp. [2 (blank)], x, 386, [2 (blank)]; title printed in red and black, with numerous wood-engraved pictorial ornaments throughout; a very good copy in publisher’s blue buckram, upper board and spine lettered directly in gilt, top-edge gilt, others uncut; lightly rubbed, corners a little bumped.

£120

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US $152€140

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First edition of Madden’s reimagination of Elizabethan sport, derived from passages from Shakespeare. Though a legal writer and prominent jurist, being appointed attorney-general of Ireland in 1889, the best known publication of Dodgson Hamilton Madden (1840–1928) remains the Diary of Master William Silence, an unusual composition examining hunting in Elizabethan England by weaving extracts of Shakespeare’s various plays and sonnets into a narrative adorned with a broad array of erudite references, with a substantial section on equestrianism and an essay on ‘the critical significance of Shakespeare’s allusions to field sports’.

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