London: Henry Herringman, 1673. First Edition. Folio: 12 3/4 X 7 1/2 . Signatures: π1 2π2 A-3D4 3E2; Aa-Ppp4, Aaaa-Oooo4; ¶ An unusually fine, fresh, wide-margined copy, with a fine impression of the portrait. Bound in full contemporary calf with nicely gilt spine. Wing D320. Item #772
The First Collected Edition, with prefatory material by Hobbes, 'The answer of Mr. Hobbes to Sr. William D'Avenant's preface before Gondibert', and poems by Waller and Cowley. Several of the plays originally published in blank verse are here printed for the first time, converted into prose. The volume also includes first printings of 'The Playhouse to be Let', 'Law Against Lovers', 'News from Plymouth', 'The Fair Favourite', 'The Distresses', and 'The Siege'. The posthumous collection was published under the watchful eye of "Lady Mary" D'Avenant. The poems reflect the attitudes of the Cavalier poets and the received tradition of earlier poets, particularly Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne. She no doubt also insisted on the fine portrait frontispiece restoring her husband's missing nose, which he had lost through illness in 1638.First Edition.