Item #31482 A Supplement To The Plays of WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE: Comprising The Seven Dramas which have been ascribed to his pen, but which are not included with his writings in modern editions, namely: The Two Noble Kinsmen; The London Prodigal, Thomas Lord Cromwell, Sir John Oldcastle; The Puritan, or The Widow of Watling Street; The Yorkshire Tragedy; The Tragedy of Locrine. (Shakespeare). William Shakspeare, William Gilmore Simms.

A Supplement To The Plays of WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE: Comprising The Seven Dramas which have been ascribed to his pen, but which are not included with his writings in modern editions, namely: The Two Noble Kinsmen; The London Prodigal, Thomas Lord Cromwell, Sir John Oldcastle; The Puritan, or The Widow of Watling Street; The Yorkshire Tragedy; The Tragedy of Locrine. (Shakespeare)

Auburn and Rochester / New York: Alden and Beardsley / J. C. Derby, 1855. Cloth. 1855 printing. A Good copy. Tall 8vo., 178 pp., illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece and several engraved headers. Bound in the publisher's brown cloth with elaborate memorial of shakespeare in gilt on the front board. This is an ex-Sondley Reference Library book, with call numbers on the upper left of the front board, a book plate on the front paste down, and blindstamp on the title page. It also bears the signature and date of purchase of F. A. Sondley (Dec. 30 1887, $2.00) on a front blank end paper. Tight, with bright text. Good. Item #31482

Forster Alexander Sondley, attorney and scholar, was born at Montrealla, his maternal grandfather's home in Alexander, a community ten miles north of Asheville. As an adult he most often referred to himself as F. A. Sondley. A lawyer. Historian, and collector of art, he is chiefly remembered for his personal library of approximately 30,000 volumes containing hundreds of rare works on southern and state history and on natural history. The city of Asheville acquired the library by bequest at his death, and parts of it still form the nucleus of the Sondley Reference Library in Asheville.
****Well-known as a poet, cultural critic, and novelist, William Gilmore Simms’s undertaking of an edited volume of Shakespearean apocrypha seems, at first, odd and atypical. Yet, throughout his long career, Simms displayed a real interest in the theatre, attempting, often unsuccessfully, to write and stage plays. His correspondence also shows a recurring concern with the opinions and evaluations of the great Shakespearean actor Edwin Forrest, for whom Simms wrote several dramas, none of which were ever staged. Taking into account the author’s deep and abiding interest in the great English authors alongside his dramatic aspirations, his work on A Supplement to the Plays of William Shakspeare, published in 1848 by George F. Cooledge & Brother of New York, is a logical task for a man who desired to be seen as one of the leading men of letters throughout the United States.

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