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Buckingham Score!

January 27th, 2010 (05:50 pm)

I just got this book, $450 for the 1300 page, two volume set on Amazon, for $40, including shipping.

Plays, Poems, and Miscellaneous Writings associated with George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham: Two-volume Set

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"George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687) was one of the most scandalous and controversial figures of the Restoration period. He was the principal author of The Rehearsal (1671), an enormously successful burlesque play that ridiculed John Dryden and the rhymed heroic drama. Historians remember Buckingham as an opponent who helped topple Clarendon from power in 1667, as a member of the "Cabal" government in the early 1670s, and as an ally of the Earl of Shaftesbury in the political crisis of 1678-1683. The duke was prominent among the "court wits" (Rochester, Etherege, Sedley, Dorset, Wycherley, and their circle); he was closely associated with such writers as Butler and Cowley; he was a conspicuous champion of religious toleration and a friend of William Penn. No edition of Buckingham has been published since 1775, partly because his work presents horrendous attribution problems. He was (probably) adapter or co-author of six plays (two of them vastly successful for more than a century) including one in French that appears here in English for the first time. He is also associated with nine topical pieces (variously political, religious, and satiric) and some twenty poems of wildly varying type. The "Buckingham" commonplace book has previously been published only in fragmentary form. Almost all of these works present major difficulties in both attribution and annotation, here seriously addressed for the first time. This edition is a companion venture to Harold Love's important edition of Rochester."

I'd love to get the Rochester book but that the cheapest I can find that one for is 230ish. I'll keep looking!

Doing a lot of restoration reading and writing lately.


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Posted by: Apocalypso (seanmoon)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)

It's an academic book, and academic books tend to cost a crazy amount, because they don't sell many copies. My feeling is that the reverse might be true, too, however. ;)

Posted by: Starshadow (arielstarshadow)
Posted at: January 27th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)

How the hell did you get that for $40???

Posted by: the name of dog (enochs_fable)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)

That's wha tI want to know. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)

Obsessive surfing of the used book sites.

Posted by: Apocalypso (seanmoon)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)

Obsessive surfing of alibris, abebooks, books a million, powells, and so on!

Posted by: majolika (majolika)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)

that was a bargain! nice!

Love's is a very well-done complete edition with all the versions and variants and attributions, also nicely annotated (and without the idiosyncrasies D. Vieth had), but I'd say if you're not a major publication history nerd, you don't really need it. There are no hidden treasures which have not been published elsewhere, and it's so scholary that it's a bit unpleasant to read.

Posted by: Apocalypso (seanmoon)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)

I am a sort of major rochester geek, so from that point of view I'd like it, but only if I can pick it up a reasonable price. Good to know that there're no hidden treasures, though...It'll help me resist the impulse.

Do you have the Love Rochester book, or have just looked at it?

Posted by: majolika (majolika)
Posted at: January 29th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)

No, I didn't want to pay that either! I had it from the library.

Posted by: chelseagirl (chelseagirl)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Gorey books

V. awesome.

Posted by: Apocalypso (seanmoon)
Posted at: January 28th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I was soooo happy. Now if it only doesn't get stolen along with all my other packages lately. :(

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