New York: Privately Printed by the Author, 1921.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good with no dust jacket. Item #14387
Library stamps/marks/labels/pocket, edgeworn, light tone, prior owner's bookplate "From the library of Alexander McQueen", otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover.; Isabelle Kittson Brown (1860-1928) was a scholar of Elizabethan history who authored several books on the subject under the pseudonym Basil Brown, most notably Law Sports at Gray's Inn (1594), published in 1921. In "Basil Brown’s 1921 Law Sports at Gray’s Inn (1594), Francis Bacon, then a law student at Gray’s Inn, appears to have organized the 1594 Law Sports at the inn, including the Gesta Grayorum, in which the speeches of six councilors were written by him. The performance was attended by the Queen herself and among the outstanding personalities present there were the Earl of Essex and the Earl of Southampton, Shakespeare’s patrons. Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors was also performed in the same year at Gray’s Inn, possibly as a portion of the Law Sports, and, in the same year, Shakespeare appears first attached to the Lord Chamberlain’s Players. From this concomitance and a number of other details, Basil Brown conjectures that it was Francis Bacon who introduced Shakespeare to London as he fled from Stratford: “without his shelter he would have been classed as a vagabond and a masterless man”". - Giuseppina Restivo; Shylock and Equity in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; Tigor: rivista di scienze della comunicazione - A.II (2010) n.1 (gennaio-giugno), page 33. As Commentary on The Comedy of Errors - James G McManaway and Jeanne Addison Roberts; A Selective Bibliography of Shakespeare: Editions, Textual Studies, Commentary; 915. Law Sports argues for evidence of ties between Bacon and Shakespeare, supporting her belief in the Baconian Theory that Bacon authored Shakespeare's Sonnets. ; Ex-Library; xciv, 188, 88, (9) pages.