Ignoramus, Comoedia… nunc denuo in lucem edita cum notis historicis et criticis… accurante Johanne Sidneio Hawkins.

  • Ruggle, George
  • Londini [London]: Prostat venalis apud T. Payne et filium 1787
  • ESTC T154171.


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8vo, pp. viii, cxxii, [2], 319, [1] + frontispiece and 2 full-page woodcuts not included in pagination. Modern grey cloth, printed paper spine label, edges red. A few minor spots, frontispiece toned.


The main literary work of George Ruggle (bap. 1575-1621/2), originally performed in 1615 and published in 1630. 'By some distance the most successful of all the university plays, both in its initial reception and its later history of performance and publication' (ODNB), it was periodically revived and republished through the following century. The play satirises lawyers within a structure based on an Italian comedy by Giambattista della Porta, ultimately derived from Plautus. This is the first critical edition, which also explains all the legal jokes.

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