Inigo Jones. A life of the architect; by Peter Cunningham, Esq. Remarks on some of his sketches for masques and dramas ; by J.R.Planché, Esq. And five court masques ; edited from the original MSS of Ben Jonson, John Marston, etc. by J.Payne Collier, Esq.
London, “printed for the Shakespeare Society” 1848.
8vo. xxi + (3) + 148pp, engraved portrait frontispiece, (15) litho plates (facsimile reproductions of sketches by Inigo Jones for costume designs). Publisher’s blind-stamped cloth. Some spotting on frontispiece (as usual) and the outer corners a little bumped, but a good, bright copy.
The biographical account of Inigo Jones written for this volume by the London-based writer and literary critic Peter Cunningham (1816-1869) has been overtaken by subsequent research, but it is proper to note that it is based on archival source material not previously utilised and fully deserves its place in the literature on Jones. The facsimile reproductions of Jones’s designs for the costumes to be worn in court masques are taken from Jones’s original drawings then in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, and are commented on in part by Planché and in part in Payne Collier’s introduction to the volume as a whole.