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, might be considered the ultimate authority for interested scholars or the collector of antiquarian books on English dramatic history.
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 antique 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 age related browned. We assume that dampness has left a small recognizable darkness at the top front pages for the first half of the book, and one feels a bit of stiffness in latter pages. These issues have no effect on the readability of the text nor the firmness of the pages, but show at the tops pages.
The book measures 5 inches by 7 3/8 inches by 1 3/8 inches and has 618 pages.