Specimens of the Pre-Shaksperean Drama Vol.1, 1897 John Matthews Manly
Specimens of the Pre-Shaksperean Drama Vol.1, 1897 With an Interpretation, Notes, and a Glossary by John Matthews Manly would be considered the ultimate authority for interested scholars.
For the collecting scholar of this period in English dramatic history this is a valuable book.
It should be noted that Professor Manly considered it necessary to make this a three volume edition and that it be divided with two volumes reserved for the texts of the plays and that the third volume have "the whole of the illustrative and explanatory material." This offering is only for volume 1 which appears to be the first edition.
The book is in good condition in that it is firm in binding, without marks except a name on the reverse of the front cover and without tears. The flyleaf has been sliced out, doubtless because it contained writing of some sort. The pages are all well browned. I assume that dampness has left a small recognized darkness at the top front pages for the first half of the book and one feels a stiffness in latter pages. It has no effect on the reading of the text nor the firmness of the pages, but it affects the top part of pages as you flip through.
The book measures 5 inches by 7 3/8 inches by 1 3/8 inches and has 618 pages.