London: Printed by T. N. for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1673. Hardcover. Signed William Davenant on verso of the final page. Ex-libris of Eugene Field, the American writer known for his children's poetry and humorous essays, on inside front cover with hand written note of Eugene Field II. on front of marbled endpaper at back: "This first edition of the works of Sir William Davenant was given to my father, Eugene Field, by the members of the "Saints and Sinners" Corner, and was greatly prized by him. Eugene Field II., Sept. 2-1923."
Folio. (8) 402, (4) 486, 111pp. (12 1/4x7 1/2"), trimmed at top edge. Rebacked in spotted 19th century calf with light brown calf inlays and blind-stamped tooling at corners, retaining original calf spine with gilt tooling on spine, gilt lettering on red leather label of spine; raised bands and gilt dentelles in textured silk moire chemise. Housed in matching, full half leather silk slipcase with dark brown tooling and gilt lettering on spine; raised bands, with decorative paper on inside, stating Eugene Field's copy. Gilt edges. Marbled endpapers. Frontispiece engraving and decorative vignette on title page. Decorative and historiated initials with vignettes on two title pages. Decorative headpiece at author's preface to Condibert.
The works of Sr William Davenant Kt consisting of those which were formerly printed, and those which he design'd for the press: now published out of the authors original copies. Contains Condibert, an heroick poem and other poems, The Siege of Rhodes and other dramas, and News from Plimouth and other dramatic sketches. Slipcase with some light wear along edges. DJ and binding with light wear along edges. Light age-toning of block. This beautifully rebound publication is in very good+ condition. vg+. Item #45553
There is controversy concerning works that were sold by Eugene Field's son. As such we have been unable to authenticate William Davenants signature on the verso of the last printed leaf.