S[i]r Martin Marr-all: or, The Feign’d Innocence. A Comedy. As it is Acted By Their Majesties Servants
Printed for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold by Francis Saunders, at the Blue Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New-Exchange
I found this volume, the oldest in my collection, at an estate sale in Urbana, Illinois, at the home of J. Alden Nichols (1919-2014), onetime professor of European history at the University of Illinois. While at Wesleyan University in 1939 he was awarded this book by Professor James M. Osborn (1906-1976), a future Beinecke curator who had the same year joined the Grolier Club, remaining a member until his death. Called a “literary detective” in his New York Times obituary, Osborn acquired at a London book sale what turned out to be the earliest known autobiography in English, by the composer Thomas Whythorne (1528-1595).
From the collection of Tad Boehmer