Item #101009 Fancies and goodnights. 2nd printing (?), INSCRIBED. John Collier.
Fancies and goodnights. 2nd printing (?), INSCRIBED

Fancies and goodnights. 2nd printing (?), INSCRIBED

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1952 (1st pub. 1951). INSCRIBED: "To Martha and Walter affectionately, John. He came ever in the re-ward of the fashion; and sung those tunes to the overscutched huswifes that he heard the carmen whistle, and swore that they were his fancies or his good-nights. King Henry IV." This passage, part of Falstaff's closing monologue to the audience in Act 3, scene 2 of Henry IV, part ii, describes the young Justice Shallow,, thus providing Collier with the title of his most famous book. It does not appear in some standard editions of the plays, but I found it, bracketed, in a version supplied on line by the Folger Shakespeare Library. Earlier in the scene, where the two of them have been "pricking" soldiers to go off to war, Falstaff, recalling their wild youths, utters this: "We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow," thus providing another great title: for Orson Welles' superb film on Falstaff. Publisher's black cloth, with unclipped dustjacket. Closed tear 3 cm in upper edge of dj front panel (easily repaired), plus some wear and slight chipping. Solid copy, with browned margins of paper, as expected. [16] + 364 pp. **Free domestic shipping with direct order. Item #101009

Price: $450.00

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