London: Printed for G. and W. Nicol, etc. 1816. First Edition Thus. 8vo. Various paginations. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I. Full tan calf with black leather spine labels; elaborate gilt decoration on spines; AEG; gilt lettering & ruling; gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers. Engraved bookplate for James John Falconer in each volume. Minor wear else a near fine set. Item #19523
Benjamin Jonson (1572 – 1637) was an English playwright and poet, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour (1598), Volpone, or The Fox (c. 1606), The Alchemist (1610) and Bartholomew Fair (1614) and for his lyric and epigrammatic poetry. "He is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I." - wiki.