The Workes of Benjamin Jonson (Ben Jonson)

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Bibliographical Information


DATE: 1640

PLACE: London

PUBLISHERPrinted by Richard Bishop, and are to be sold by Andrew Crooke in St. Paules Church-yard. An. D. 1640.


CALL NUMBER: VIC CRRS PR 2600 1640 Large

NOTE: STC records 10+ copies. ESTC records 40 copies. "Mostly in verse. The title page is engraved and signed 'Guliel[mus] Hole fecit.' The subsidiary plays each have separate dated title pages. That to 'Poetaster' has imprint 'London, printed by Robert Young. M. DC. XL.' 'Epigrammes' begins new pagination and register; otherwise pagination and register are continuous. The portrait is signed: Ro: Vaughan fecit" (EEBO). "Entered to R. Bishop 4 March 1639" (ESTC).


A6-3K6 3L4 A6-T6 [$3 (-A1, A2, 2L1, 3L3)]. A1 repaired. [12] 1-668, 1-228. Unnumbered pages: 1, 2, 63, 64, 153-154, 236-238, 311-312, 385-386, 457, 458, 524, 592-594, 2nd 1, 2, 66-68, 91, 92, 111, 112. Boards measure 30.3 x 18.1 cm. Leaves measure 29.3 x 18.2 cm. Pastedown has note "Tall copy"--11 5/8 x 7 3/8 in pencil.

TYPE: Roman; Italic

LANGUAGES: English; Latin; Greek

DEDICATIONS: Various: individual dedications precede each play or set of poems; various dedicatory sonnets at the opening

TABLES AND INDEXES: Catalogue of volume contents on A3.


Ornamented and historiated initials, head and tail pieces. Printer's devices: Every Man in His Humour, Every Man Out of His Humour, Cynthia's Revels, Sejanus His Fall, Volpone, Epicoene, The Alchemist, Cateline: his Conspiracy: McKerrow #379 (without initials; see note in Additions to McKerrow's Devices, Lavin). Every Man Out of His Humour: McKerrow #379.  


[1]           H.L. Snuggs, “The Comic Humours: A New Interpretation,” Modern Language Association 62, no. 1 (Mar 1947): 114.

[2]           Jonson qtd. in Snuggs. Ibid.

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The Workes of Benjamin Jonson (Ben Jonson)