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Alexander Smith NOBODY AND SOME-BODY 1877

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[Smith, Alexander], NOBODY, AND SOME-BODY. With the true Chronicle Historie of Elydure, who was fortunately three severall times crowned King of England. The true Coppy thereof, as it hath been acted by the Queens Maiesties Servants. Printed for Iohn Trundle and are toobe sold at his shop in Barbican, at the sign of No-body.  Facsimile reprint, printed for private circulation, 1877.  

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[Smith, Alexander], NOBODY, AND SOME-BODY. With the true Chronicle Historie of Elydure, who was fortunately three severall times crowned King of England. The true Coppy thereof, as it hath been acted by the Queens Maiesties Servants. Printed for Iohn Trundle and are toobe sold at his shop in Barbican, at the sign of No-body.  Facsimile reprint, printed for private circulation, 1877. Original prints from the first edition included, “No-Body” hand-colored. Numerous articles pasted into front covers, and between blanks: a clipping from Academy, March 2, 1878; the entry from H. Southeran & Co.’s Catalogue, April 30, 1878; an entry by Alexander Smith from Notes and Queries, September 11, 1878; Smith’s entry in Notes and Queries, June 6, 1874, pages 441 – 443, gives a textual examination and brings up Shakespeare’s Tempest text. As for the dating of the original play, Smith quotes Ben Johnson: “As there is no date to the play, the year in which it was printed must remain a matter of conjecture. John Trundle, the publisher, as far as I can learn, carried on business, perhaps from 1598 until, at least, 1625. Ben Johnson in Every Man in his Humour, makes reference to Trundle in these words Act I, Scene 2: ‘Well, if he read this with patience I’ll be gelt, and troll ballads for Master John Trundle yonder, the rest of my mortality.'”

Manuscript material relating to this edition consists of  2 1/2 page unsigned manuscript by the editor Alexander Smith in which he recounts how he came to know of Nobody, and Some-Body through his friendship “… with Dr. George H. Kingsley — brother to the late Canon Kingsley — the librarian to the Earl of Ellesmore.. He was kind enough to procure for my use three old plays of great rarity and interest one of them being ‘Nobody & Somebody.” He details his bibliographic work on the play subsequent to his discovery of it.  Two ALS by E. Christie-Miller to Smith about the woodcut illustration and thanks for the receipt of copy of this reprint. See also: STC (2nd Ed.), 18597; Pforzheimer, 772. ESTC S113225.