Pierce Penniless's Supplication to the Devil. From the first edition of 1592, compared with later impressions.

By: NASH, Thomas

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With an introduction and notes by J. Payne Collier. pp xxxii, 108, rather age-toned, some neat pencilled annotations (these have been left, for their interest, but could easily be erased), original brown cloth binding, lacking the spine , the covers slightly bumped and worn, a small old circular label on the upper cover. [Thomas Nash was the first husband of William Shakespeare's granddaughter Elizabeth Barnard. He lived most of his life in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was the dominant male figure amongst Shakespeare's senior family line after the death of Dr. John Hall, Shakespeare's son-in-law, in 1635. He entered Lincoln's Inn, one of the four Inns of Court in London, on 15 May 1616 at the age of 13, and was called to the bar on 25 November 1623, but there's no evidence that he ever went on to practice law. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says that he may however have taken over a rôle that his father held in being an agent for Sir John Hubaud, a High Sheriff of Warwickshire; but Sir John Hubaud died in 1583, ten years before Thomas was born. When Thomas's father died in 1622, he was bequeathed properties in Stratford: the Bear Inn (opposite the Swan) and a house in Bridge Street, and a piece of land called 'the Butt Close by the Avon' where burghers used to shoot at archery butts. Thomas was an executor to his father's will. It appears that Thomas held on to the Bear Inn: his father-in-law, Dr. John Hall, once treated someone that he called one of Thomas's servants 'lying at the Bear', presumably indicating that he was a publican or worker at that inn. Hall's first treatment for the poor heavily jaundiced servant elicited 'seven Vomits', and this and a series of further treatments 'cured him perfectly'. Nash was part of the 1633 trimvirate, along with John Hall and the vicar of Harbury Richard Watts, that was to oversee the wranglings associated with Thomas Quiney and his lease on a house called The Cage. Nash apparently lived in the house now known as Nash's House, before moving in with his mother-in-law next door at New Place after the death of Dr. Hall in 1635. Nash is known to have been a declared royalist, a supporter of Charles I and indeed a donor to the king's cause to the tune of £100, which may have led to Queen Henrietta Maria and the king's entourage staying with Thomas and his family at New Place in July 1643. He died in 1647, at the age of 53. In the will that he made on 20 August 1642 he bequeathed memorial rings (a common practice at the time) to Thomas and Judith Quiney, Shakespeare's son-in-law and daughter. Less straightforwardly, he also bequeathed property that did not belong to him, for example leaving New Place, the property of his mother-in-law Susanna Hall, to his cousin Edward Nash. Indeed, Nash even refers to Susanna in a letter as 'Mrs. Hall, my mother-in-law, who lives with me'. Susanna successfully retained the house, which Shakespeare had bought in 1597, after some legal wrangling. He was buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity, immediately to the right of Shakespeare's as one faces the altar. To be accorded this honour required some kind of position recognised by the church as fitting, such as holding parish tithes.]

Title: Pierce Penniless's Supplication to the Devil. From the first edition of 1592, compared with later impressions.

Author Name: NASH, Thomas

Categories: Victorian, Literature,

Publisher: London, The Shakespeare Society: 1842

Seller ID: 006366