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Mermaid Series
Publisher: Various, including:
[UK]
Vizetelly & Co.; T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd.; Ernest Benn, Ltd.
[US] Charles Scribner's Sons; A. A. Wyn, Inc.
Country: United Kingdom/United States. Date: 1887-1966.


Beaumont & Fletcher (Vizetelly/Mermaid Series) (image)

The Best Plays of the Old Dramatists: Beaumont & Fletcher (Vol. 1).
Edited, with an introduction, by J. S. L. Strachey [= John St. Loe Strachey].

London: Vizetelly & Co., 1887 (Mermaid Series. "Unexpurgated edition".)

Hardback, bound in richly decorated tan cloth. Front panel features mermaid series logo. Gilt spine title. Canted corners. No dust wrapper. 471 pages. Portrait etching frontispiece with tissue guard. Publisher's device to rear boards. Brown endpapers. Size: Octavo.


MERMAID SERIES
Series Note: This series, promoted with the slogan "The Best of the Old Dramatists", published reprints of English Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration plays. There were 27 titles in the series.

The British publishing firm Vizetelly & Co. launched the series in 1887 and published approximately 15 titles. The title page of each volume published in this series by Vizetelly featured a pictorial logo of a mermaid, with the following quotation from Webster: "I lie and dream of your full Mermaid wine."

Around 1894 the series was taken over by T. Fisher Unwin which published the rest of the series.

From around 1964 the series was superseded by the New Mermaid Series (first published by Ernest Benn and then, from the mid-1980s until 2007, by A. & C. Black in the U.K. and by Norton in the U.S.).

Title / Other Details

The Best Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher
Notes by John Strachey
2 volumes
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of George Chapman
Edited by William Lyon Phelps

The Complete Plays of William Congreve
Edited by Alexander Charles Ewald
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Thomas Dekker
Notes by Ernest Rhys
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of John Dryden
Edited by George Saintsbury, two volumes

The Best Plays of George Farquhar
Edited by William Archer

The Best Plays of John Ford
Edited by Havelock Ellis
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Complete Plays of Robert Greene
Edited by Thomas H. Dickinson

The Best Plays of Thomas Heywood
Edited by A. Wilson Verity, introduction by John Addington Symonds
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Ben Jonson
Notes by Brinsley Nicholson and C. H. Herford
3 volumes
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Christopher Marlowe
Notes by Havelock Ellis, series introduction by John Addington Symonds
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Philip Massinger
Notes by Arthur Symons
2 volumes
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Thomas Middleton
Introduction by Algernon Charles Swinburne, with Havelock Ellis, two volumes

Nero and Other Plays
Edited by H. P. Horne, A. W. Verity, Arthur Symons and Havelock Ellis
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Thomas Otway
Notes by Roden Noel
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Best Plays of Thomas Shadwell
Published by Vizetelly & Co.
Edited by George Saintsbury

The Best Plays of James Shirley
Introduction by Edmund Gosse
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Complete Plays of Richard Steele
Edited by G. A. Aitken

The Select Plays of Sir John Vanbrugh
Edited by A. E. H. Swain

The Best Plays of Webster and Tourneur
Notes by John Addington Symonds
Published by Vizetelly & Co.

The Complete Plays of William Wycherley
Edited by W. C. Ward

Published by Vizetelly & Co.


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