The first part of the true & honorable history, of the life of Sir Iohn Old-castle, the good Lord Cobham : As it hath bene lately acted by the Right honorable the Earle of Notingham Lord High Admirall of England, his seruants. / Written by William Shakespeare.
- Other Title:
- First part of Sir Iohn Old-Castle
First part of Sir John Old-Castle
First part of the true & honorable history, of the life of Sir John Old-castle, the good Lord Cobham
- London : Printed [by William Jaggard] for T[homas]. P[avier]., 1600 [i.e. 1619]
 pages ; 17 cm (4to)
- d.d, d,es oue. SuHa (C) 1600 (A)
- Oldcastle, John, Sir, -1417 -- Drama -- Early works to 1800.
Oldcastle, John, Sir, -1417.
- Place of Publication:
- England London.
- With a fictitious imprint date and pseudonymously published: not by Shakespeare. Attributed to Anthony Munday, Michael Drayton, Robert Wilson, and Richard Hathway. The true 1600 edition (STC 18795) was anonymous. See ESTC.
Printed by William Jaggard for Thomas Pavier; see STC.
Mostly in verse.
Running title reads: The first part of Sir Iohn Old-Castle.
"No more published."--ESTC.
Woodcut title vignette, initial and head-piece; type ornament head-piece.
- Local notes:
- Furness copy purchased at auction for the Penn Libraries on 5 December 2019 from Bonhams (lot 3).
Furness copy has armorial bookplate (monogram "WV" beneath a baron's coronet and motto "Vernon semper viret") of George John Warren Vernon, 5th Baron Vernon (1803-1866) overstamped with illegible round red ink stamp on front pastedown.
Furness copy has round red ink stamp of an unidentified former owner on verso of front free endpaper; inscription ("Geo. Steevens.") on title leaf.
Furness copy sold at Bonham's as part of the Stan Battat Collection, 5 Dec 2019 (lot 3); listed in Rosenbach Company, English Plays to 1700 Including an Unique Shakespeare Collection (Philadelphia, 1940), item 461; previously sold at Sotheby's London as part of the library of George Vernon, 12 June 1918, to Bernard Quaritch; contains Quaritch collated and perfect note ("14/vi/18"). See also Shakespeare census, SC# 1448.5.
Furness copy bound by John Mackenzie (with his stamp on front pastedown) in full gold-tooled red morocco; gold-tooled cover edges and turn-ins; gold-tooled spine panels; brief title, attributed author's surname and fictitious imprint date stamped in gold on spine; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the M.A. Shaaber Fund for the Furness Shakespeare Library.
- Penn Provenance:
- Vernon, George John Warren, 1803-1866 (bookplate) (Furness copy)
Steevens, George, 1736-1800 (inscription) (Furness copy)
Battat, Stan, 1950- (former owner) (Furness copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- 1600 [i.e. 1619]
- Cited in:
- STC (2nd ed.) 18796
Greg I, 166(b)
- Mackenzie, John, active 1811-1842, binder.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
Munday, Anthony, 1553-1633, author.
Drayton, Michael, 1563-1631, author.
Wilson, Robert, -1600, author.
Hathway, Richard, active 1598-1602, author.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, attributed name.
Jaggard, William, 1569-1623, printer.
Pavier, Thomas, -1625, bookseller.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
M.A. Shaaber Fund for the Furness Shakespeare Library.
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