Looney, J. Thomas. "Shakespeare" Identified (London, 1930) - First Edition of "the Most Revolutionary Book in the History of Shakespeare Studies"

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Looney, J. Thomas.  "Shakespeare" Identified in Edward de Vere the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford. London: Cecil Palmer, 1920. Stated First Edition.

Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Size: 8"-9" - Octavo (8vo). 551 pages. Item Type: Book.

The publication of this first edition on March 4, 1920 marked the beginning of the Oxfordian movement, which promotes Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, as the most likely candidate to have written the works ascribed to William Shakespeare. The book has been reprinted a number of times, most recently in a new "centennial" edition by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, which traces its roots to Looney's book. On March 4, 2020, in a news conference to mark the centennial of its publication, editor James A. Warren called Looney's book "the Most Revolutionary Book in the History of Shakespeare Studies." This copy of the First Edition was a gift from Looney to his daughter. She has marked in pencil at the top outside corner of the front free end paper, "Evelyn Bodel | [Address] | Swadlincote | 1942 | Presented by my father - the Author | John Thomas Looney."

Text block is tight and unmarked, though a littled toned from age. There are five portraits printed on coated paper bound into the text: the frontis of Edward de Vere, William Cecil, First Lord Burghley (facing p. 253), Sir Philip Sidney (facing p. 294), Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton (facing p. 388), Horace, Lord Vere of Tilbury (facing p. 477).

Bound in brown cloth with decoration and title in black on the spine and front cover. The top corner of the front cover is bumped and the top corner of the rear cover is slightly turned in. Bottom corners are sharp. Edges have some shelf wear, which is heaviest at the head and foot of the spine. No foxing in this copy. Page edges browned slightly. There is a tide mark affecting about 1 1/2" of the top page edges (measured from the spine). Apparently whatever caused it was contained, since the only page to show any tide mark is the free front end paper and it only affects about 1/4" at the top left of the page.

Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 11 oz. Category: Literature & Literary; Britain/UK; 1920s; ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 1176.
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