Los Angeles/New Castle: Heritage Book Shop/Oak Knoll Press, 1997,
Reprint. quarto, cloth. 1,350pp. Heritage Book Shop/Oak Knoll Press, New. Item #12129
This legendary three-volume work fully describes over 1,300 English literary rare books and manuscripts in the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, one of the foremost American collections of early English literature. A valuable reference for the scholar, researcher, librarian, book collector and bookseller, the bibliography also puts each description into various contexts: authorship, textual authority, sequence of editions and publishing history, reference concordance and rarity. The illustrated catalog is primarily arranged in alphabetical order by author. The works in the Library are the finest examples of the plays, poems, novels, essays, polemical writings, and translations of the best, most influential, and most representative English writers of the period 1475 to 1700. All major writers (Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Donne, Congreve, Marlowe, and Bacon, for example) are available in first and important editions. The Milton holdings are enhanced by a copy of Comus with the author's manuscript annotations. The Shakespeare plays and poems include several quarto editions of plays and all four of the folio editions of his works; and the Marlowe books include great rarities. This collection is now housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.