Whetstone, George (c. 1544-1587) The English Myrror. A Regard Wherein al Estates May Behold the Conquests of Envy. London: Printed by I. Windez for G. Seton, and are to be sold at his shop under Aldersgate, 1586. First edition (two variants only were published in 1586, no subsequent editions), quarto, title page printed within border of typographical ornaments, woodcut coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth with an acrostic in her honor printed on title verso, ex libris Sir Richard Newdigate of Arbury with his engraved 1709 bookplate pasted on ffep, the H. Bradley Martin copy, with his bookplate, along with those of the Arbury Library and the Later Library [an Elizabethan collection] of Herschel V. Jones (all pasted inside the front board); [bound with] a defective copy of Rainoldes's A Chronicle of all the Noble Emperours of the Romaines, London: Thomas Marshe, 1571, (lacking title, preliminaries, two leaves in the first signature and one in the last, see collation), first title complete, contemporary marginal manuscript notes (slightly trimmed), slightly later sponge-decorated calf, rebacked, marbled edges, 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Two of Whetstone's works are thought by scholars to have been used by Shakespeare: his 1582 Historie of Promos and Cassandra, a prose tale from which William Shakespeare apparently drew the plot of Measure for Measure (although it is thought that the bard was probably familiar with the story in an earlier dramatic form); Whetstone was also an acknowledged source for Much Ado About Nothing.
Whetstone: [para]4, A-P8.
Rainoldes: [four preliminary leaves consisting of incomplete portions of the epistle dedicatory and to the reader, no title, preliminary leaves incomplete], A2-6 (of 8), B-Z8, Aa-Dd8, Ee2-7.
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