CHRISTMAS, HIS MASQUE, as it Was Presented at Court 1616-1630
by Jonson, Ben and Inigo Jones
(London, ca.1640). Unbound. Very Good. Quarto (11 1/4 x 7 1/4). Also called Christmas His Show. This Jacobean era masque was performed at the English court at Christmas of 1616. It was published as the first masque in the second folio of 1641. Unbound, in fours, B-Q4; R2; S-X4; Y2. Extract still bound at spine with old calf, wide margined, pictorial woodcut initial; short closed tear to bottom margin of P2, small piece torn away at V2 to outer margin; edges of first and last leaves just a bit rough; a little toning but surprisingly clean throughout. This is an extract from the second volume , pages 1-159 consisting of the Masques only, running headline reading "Masques" between double rules, Verso of page 159 blank. In reading the first line from the quarto edition of TIME VINDICATED TO HIMSELFE AND TO HIS HONORS, Pforzheimer states the first edition reads "FAME, Give eare, the worthy heare what 'Time' proclaimes" The present copy reads; "FAME, Give eare, the worthy, heare what 'Fame' proclaimes". There are other noted changes within the text perhaps these changes were later made by K. Digby, the editor. Contents include: Christmas, His Masque, A Masque Presented in the House of Lord Hay, The Vision of Delight, Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue, For the Honour of Wales, News from the New World Discovered in the Moon, A Masque of the Metamorphos'd Gypsies, The Masque of Augurs, Time Vindicated to Himself and to His Honours, Neptune's Triumph for the Return of Albion, Pan's Anniversary, or The Shepherd's Holiday, The Masque of Owls, The Fortunate Isles, and Their Union, Love's Triumph Through Callipolis and Chloridia: Rites to Chloris and Her Nymphs. A nice collection of Jonson's Christmas plays. [Pforzheimer-p. 560]. (Inventory #: 3297)
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