A posthumous collection of miscellaneous observations by the seventeenth century dramatist and critic Ben Jonson. This edition part of the Temple Classics series, edited by Israel Gollancz, ending with a note by him. The book includes the famous section "De Shakespeare Nostrat" ("Of Shakespeare, our Fellow-Countryman") and is the source of Jonson's quote:
"Language most shows a man: Speak, that I may see thee. It springs out of the most retired and inmost parts of us, and is the image of the parent of it, the mind. No glass renders a man’s form or likeness so true as his speech. Nay, it is likened to a man; and as we consider feature and composition in a man, so words in language; in the greatness, aptness, sound structure, and harmony of it."
Hardback, first edition in this series, with covers (embossed) and binding still in very good condition, slight scuffing to top & bottom of spine and bumped cover corners, with gilding on spine and page-tops and original, though aged, ribbon-bookmark. Rough-cut pages still in excellent condition for age, endpapers foxed, but rest of pages unmarked.