“NEAREST TO SHAKESPEARE”
CHAPMAN, George. Comedies and Tragedies. Now First Collected with Illustrative Notes and a Memoir of the Author. London: John Pearson, 1873. Three volumes. Small octavo, 20th-century three-quarter calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, marbled boards and endpapers. $850.
First collected edition of Chapman’s plays, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf.
Famed translator of Homer (Whole Works, 1616), George Chapman began his literary career as a playwright, collaborating on occasion with both Jonson and Fletcher. "It is the recorded opinion of Charles Lamb that of all the dramatists of that great age, Chapman approached the nearest to Shakespeare." "T. S. Eliot called him 'potentially the greatest artist' of the Elizabethan dramatists" (Drabble, 185). This collection, edited by R. H. Shepherd, is set from 17th-century editions with separate title pages in type-facsimile. CBEL I, 609. Bookplates.
Fine condition, beautifully bound.