BEAUTIFULLY BOUND FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF THOMAS RANDOLPH’S WORKS
RANDOLPH, Thomas. Poetical and Dramatic Works of Thomas Randolph… Now First Collected and Edited from the early Copies and from MSS… by W. Carew Hazlitt. London: Printed for Private Circulation, 1875. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary full tan polished calf gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $675.
First collected edition of Randolph’s complete poetry and drama, beautifully bound in full polished calf gilt by Bedford.
During his brief life Randolph was one of the “Sons of Ben,” the circle of poets and playwrights that gathered about Ben Jonson. His play The Jealous Lovers (1634), performed at Cambridge for King Charles I, was well received. This collection includes the first translation into English of any play by Aristophanes (the Plutus, translated here as Hey for Honesty, Down with Knavery), as well as Randolph’s plays Aristippus, Amyntas, and The Muses’ Looking-Glass. Bookplate.