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Volpone: Or The Fox

Ben Johnson, Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley

Published by Leonhard Smithers and Co., 1898
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Books: Bound To Collect (Newton Center, MA, U.S.A.)

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This is the limited first edition of the specially illustrated version of Ben Johnson’s VOLPONE: OR THE FOXE, with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley (frontispiece and 5 initials by Beardsley, as well as the cover design) . This copy is numbered 45 of 1000 copies specially printed for England and America in demy quarto on Art Paper and published by Leonard Smithers and Co., London, in 1898. Included in this edition is a eulogy for Beardsley, who was working on this work when he died, by Robert Ross. This copy is in very good+ condition and is very rare. Volpone is a comedy by Ben Jonson first produced in 1606, drawing on elements of city comedy, black comedy and animal fable. A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson's most-performed play, and it is among the finest Jacobean comedies. The dark green cloth boards with elaborate gilt decoration and letting on the panels are in very good condition with just a bit of rubbing to the bottom extremities as well as some minor rubbing along the hinge line on the front cover. The lower right hand corner on the front cover also has some creasing. The gilt on both covers and the spine is still bright and clear – in fact in amazing condition. The pages and illustrations within are in fine condition. The pages have been very well preserved with no marks, creases, folds, tears, signatures or plates to be found. The only issue is at one point a bookseller who had the book pasted information about the book in the upper left hand corner of the pastedown page. If it bothers you it can be easily removed by any book restorer. (We decided not to remove it -- it provides valuable information about this particular copy.) All the illustrations are in fine condition. The hinge is strong throughout the entire book and there are no fox marks except for 2 or 3 small ones on the back endpapers. This book makes a great addition to any collection of early British drama or of the works of Audrey Beardsley. Bookseller Inventory # 2021

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Title: Volpone: Or The Fox

Publisher: Leonhard Smithers and Co.

Publication Date: 1898

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Limited Edition

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