1814 · Chiswick
First appearance of this cleverly marketed and in fact valuable Chiswick Press reprint of a humorous Elizabethan short story collection: Tales, and Quicke Answeres, Very Mery, and Pleasant to Rede from the edition printed by Berthelet around 1535. There were two subsequent volumes edited by Singer under the general title of "Shakspeare's Jest Book" and published in 1815 and 1816.
The introduction here explains the text's Shakespearean connection and origin story, with canvassing also of the editor's scholarly processes and his decisions to offer his tale with original orthography, in its full "licentiousness," and with its original "moral reflections." A short glossary of Elizabethan words is provided.
=> This is one of six copies printed on blue paper of an edition of 250 copies.
Provenance: Ca. 1930 bookplate of Henry Pennell Frank; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Late 19th-century half black morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spine lettered in gilt; blue endpapers; rubbed at corners and edges. => A testament to 19th-century Shakespeare mania. (Inventory #: 40233)