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printer. The Poetaster has two title-pages, one engraved, one printed. Some of the title-pages have ‘Printed by Wm. Stansby for somebody. Every Man Out of his Humor, e.g., has 'Printed by Wm. Stansby for Iohn Smithwicke.

This collation is made from a copy in the library of Yale University in New Haven.

III. THE | WORKES | OF | Benjamin Jonson. | [Quotation same as in i616] LONDON. | Printed by I Richard Bishop, , and are to be sold by | Andrew Crooke. | in S. Paules, | church-yard | Ano D. 1640. |

Folio.

Collation: A-L111, in sixes, including a portrait: A (with the Epigrams)—T in sixes.

The title-page is the 1616 engraving by Hole with changed imprint. (Cf. II.)

The Alchemist begins page (523) recto (Yya), and ends page 591 Eee, recto (verso blank). (Yy.) is title-page as follows: THE | ALCHEMIST. | A Comedy. | Acted in the yeere 1610. By the | Kings MAIESTIES | SERVANTS, | With the allowance of the Master of REVELLS. | The Author B. 7. | LUCRET. |

-petere inde coronam, | Vnde priùs nulli velarint tempora Mufæ. | LONDON, | Printed by RICHARD BISHOP. | M. DC. XL. | Device of a satyr's head above the imprint. (Yya), title-page as given: verso blank, (Yy), dedication : on the verso, The Persons of the Play,' THE SCENE London,' and names of comedians. (Yy), the argument, prolog: on the verso, prolog completed and play begins. (Yya) verso—-Eee, (verso blank), the play. Eeez, title-page of Catiline.

Collation made from copy in library of Professor William Lyon Phelps in New Haven. This copy lacks title-page, portrait, and several following leaves. The general titlepage is from copy in the New York City Library.

IV. THE | WORKS | OF | BEN JONSON, | Which were formerly Printed in Two Volumes, | are now Reprinted in One. To which is added | A COMEDY, CALLED THE NEW INN. With Additions never before Published.

-neque, me ut miretur turba laboro: 1

Contentus paucis lectoribus. LONDON, | Printed by Thomas Hodgkin, for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, T. Bassett, R. Chiswell, M. Wotton, G. Conyers, MDCXCII.

Folio. With a portrait by Elder. Printed in double columns.

Collation : five leaves preceding B, the second signatured Ag. B—(Bbbbb) in fours. The Leges Conviviales etc., two leaves.

The Alchemist begins page 209 recto Ee, and ends page 236 Hh, verso.

Collation made from copy in library of Yale University in New Haven 1.

V. THE | WORKS | OF | BEN. JOHNSON. | VOLUME the SECOND. | CONTAINING, SEJANUS his Fall. The Silent WOMAN. VOLPONE, or the Fox. The ALCHYMIST. | LONDON: | Printed for 3. Walthoe, M. Wotton, 7. Nicholson, | 7. Sprint, G. Conyers, B. Tooke, D. Midwinter, 1 T. Ballard, B. Cowse, 7. Tonson, and W. Innys. / MDCCXVII. |

Octavo.

Collation : title-page, and frontispiece to Sejanus, two leaves. B-Ff in eights.

The Alchemist begins page (347) recto (2.), and ends page 448 (Ff) verso. The type changes twice, beginning with page 426, and again with page 442; each time to a smaller size.

1 For further information about the early folios see article by Brinsley Nicholson in Notes and Queries, 4th Ser., vol. V, pp. 574-5, June 18, 1870 ; W. C. Hazlitt, Bib. Coll. and Notes, and Ser., 1882; and the catalog of the Huth Library.

This is volume two of an edition of Jonson's works in six
volumes. No general title-page. Vols. I, V, and VI have
7. Wotton,' where vols. II, III, and IV have M. Wotton.'
Vols. I, III, IV, V, VI, are dated 1716; vol. II, 1717. All
the plays in vols. I, III, and IV have separate title-pages
dated 1716. Vols. II, V, and VI have no separate title-
pages with dates. Each play preceding The Devil is an
Ass in vol. IV has a frontispiece inscribed with the name
of the play and 'Lud. Du Guernier inv. et sculp.'

I am unable to account for the peculiarities of this
edition.

Collation made from copy in library of Yale University
in New Haven.

VI. THE | WORKS | OF | BEN. JONSON. IN
SEVEN VOLUMES. Collated with All the former
EDITIONS, and Corrected; with Notes Critical and
Explanatory. | By PETER WHALLEY, | Late Fellow of
St. John's College in Oxford.

-Neque me ut miretur turba laboro, |
Contentus paucis lectoribus.

HOR.
Rudem esse omnino in nostris poetis, aut inertissima
segnitiæ est, aut fastidii delicatissimi. Cic. de Fin. L. I.
LONDON : | Printed for D. MIDWINTER; W. INNYS and
J. RICHARDSON ; | J. KNAPTON; T. WOTTON; C. HITCH
and L. HAWES; | J. WALTHOE; D. BROWNE; J. and R.
TONSON; C. BATHURST; | J. HODGES; J. WARD; M
and T. LONGMAN ; W. JOHNSTON; | and P. DAVEY and
B. LAW. MDCCLVI.

Octavo. The plates by Lud. Du Guernier of the edition
of 1716 are reproduced in this.

THE | WORKS | OF | BEN. JONSON. | VOLUME
the THIRD. CONTAINING | The ALCHEMIST. BARTHO-
LOMEW FAIR. CATILINE, his CONSPIRACY. | LONDON : 1
(etc.; the imprint is identical with that of the general title-
page given above.)

Collation: two leaves. A-(CC) in eights.

The Alchemist begins page (1) recto A, and ends page
137 (16) (verso blank).

Collation made from copy in library of Yale Univer-
sity in New Haven.

FOUR

VII. THE | Dramatic Works | OF | BEN JON-
SON, I and | BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: | THE
FIRST | Printed from the Text, | AND | WITH THE NOTES
OF PETER WHALLEY; | THE LATTER, | From the Text,
and with the Notes | OF THE LATE GEORGE COLMAN,
Esq. | EMBELLISHED WITH PORTRAITS. IN
VOLUMES | VOL. I. | London: | PRINTED FOR JOHN
STOCKDALE, PICCADILLY. | 1811. |

Royal octavo. Printed in double columns.

Collation: five leaves. 6—(f2) in fours. B-4Y in fours.
4Z (verso blank), one leaf.

Portrait of Ben Jonson facing title, inscribed 'Gerard
Honthorst pinxit Philip Audinet Sculp'

The Alchemist begins page (327) recto (Tt), and ends
page 375 (3B.) (verso blank).

VIII. THE WORKS OF | BEN JONSON, | IN
NINE VOLUMES. WITH NOTES CRITICAL AND Ex-
PLANATORY, | AND A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR, | By W.
GIFFORD, ESQ. |

The Muses' fairest light in no dark time; /
The wonder of a learned age; the line |
Which none can pass; the most proportion'd wit, I
To nature, the best judge of what was fit; |
The deepest, plainest, highest, clearest pen;

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The voice most echo'd by consenting men; |
THE SOUL WHICH ANSWER'D BEST TO ALL WELL SAID I
BY OTHERS, AND WHICH MOST REQUITAL MADE. I

CLEVELAND. I
VOLUME THE FOURTH. | CONTAINING | THE ALCHE-
MIST. | CATILINE. BARTHOLOMEW FAIR. | LONDON : |
PRINTED FOR G. AND W. NICOL; F. C. AND J. RIVING-
TON; CADELL | AND DAVIES; LONGMAN AND Co.;
LACKINGTON AND Co. ; | R. H. EVANS; J. MURRAY;
J. MAWMAN; J. CUTHELL; J. BLACK; BALDWIN AND Co.; RODWELL AND MARTIN; AND R. SAUNDERS; | By W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-row, St. James's. | 1816. |

Octavo.

Collation: two leaves. B, four leaves. C-Mm in eights. N, three leaves.

The Alchemist begins page (1) recto B, and ends page 192 (0.) verso.

Facing the title-page in volume one is a portrait of Ben Jonson inscribed 'W. Behnes delin. J. Fittler A.R.A. sculpt.'

IX. THE WORKS OF | Ben Ionson | WITH NOTES CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY | AND A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR | BY W. GIFFORD ESQ. | WITH INTRODUCTION AND APPENDICES BY | LIEUT.-COL. F. CUNNINGHAM | IN NINE VOLUMES | VOL. IV. | LONDON | BICKERS AND SON | HENRY SOTHERAN AND Co. | 1875 |

Large octavo.
Collation: three leaves. B–(NN) (verso blank) in eights.

The Alchemist begins page (1) recto B, and ends page 181 (N3) (verso blank).

Opposite the title-page are the verses from Cleveland which appear on the title-page of the 1816 edition, as given above.

In vol. I facing the title-page is a portrait of Ben Jonson inscribed 'Gerard Honthorst. H. Robinson.'

Description and Criticism of the Editions The Alchemist, tho acted in 1610 and entered in Stationers' Registers October 3, 1610, was not published until 1612. This was nothing unusual. Plays were frequently held

1 In the last pages of his Memoirs of Ben Jonson, in vol. I of his edition, Gifford gives a very readable sketch of the text down to his own edition, including a statement of the plan of his edition. He is wrong about the second folio, and lacks definiteness throughout; his account of Whalley is, however, adequate.

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