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William Stafford's Compendious or briefe examination of certagne ordinary Complaints of our Countrymen in these our Days, A.D. 1581.

William Stafford. Edited by Frederick J. Furnivall.

Published by The New Shakspere Society, 1876
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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This very curious volume contains material reprinted by the New Shakspere Society. Leather spine with gilt lettering, four raised bands, gilt ornamentation, leather corners, dark brown cloth covers over boards. Lovely marbled end papers. The spine is still intact but the leather is so dry that care must be taken to open the book without damaging it. The lettering on the spine reads as follows: New Shakspere Society. Prize to the University of Mississippe [sic] 1877. Brief Conceipt. Stubbe's Anatomy. Among the fly leaves in front where one would expect a half-title page is the following: "Presented to his fellow Members of the New Shakspere Society by the Rt Hon. The Earl of Derby, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Society." The "Brief" noted on the spine refers to Stafford's work. The title page notes the Compendious is "otherwise called "A Briefe Conceipt of English Pollicy." For the Briefe Conceipt there are 20 pages of front matter including Forewords and Introduction, plus 114 pages of text, all in very good condition although somewhat yellowed with age. The second half of this "presentation volume" has a half-title page: "Philip Stubbe's Anatomy of the Abuses in England in Shakspere's Youth, A.D. 1583. Part I." This is followed by a reprint version of the 1583 title page and 112 pages of text. But the text stops abruptly in the middle of a sentence. There is no evidence of pages having been removed; the material was bound that way. So we assume that there was another "Prize" (volume II) when this work found its way to "Mississippe" in the 1870s if, in fact, it went there. It is not an ex-library book; not a single trace of it having ever been in institutional hands. This is a curious volume. Bookseller Inventory # 001630

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Title: William Stafford's Compendious or briefe ...

Publisher: The New Shakspere Society

Publication Date: 1876

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Thus

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