Third edition. Cf. leaf A3r. I.R. is James Roberts. Cf. STC. Signatures: A⁴ B-2M⁸. The first of a series of books probably inspired by John Bodenham (fl. 1600). This volume compiled by Nicholas Ling; its dedication to Bodenham is signed "N. Lyng." Meres's Palladis tamia was the second volume, and Allott's Wits theater apparently the third. For collation, see M.A. Shaaber, "The third edition of Wits common wealth," The library chronicle, XV (1948-9), 56-58. See also The Carl H. Pforzheimer library, English literature, 1475-1700, p. 826-28. Woodcuts: publisher's device (McKerrow 301), initials, head- and tail-pieces. Includes index.
Bound in full blue morocco with gold-stamped covers and spine panels; five raised bands on spine; gold-stamped cover edges and turn-ins; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Leaf 2B4 misbound after 2B1. Library copy has ms. notes in pencil on front free endpaper and a few ms. marginal notes, marks and underlining in text. Imperfect: front cover and front free endpaper detached from spine; leaf A4 wanting.