The Book of the Month for May 2014 is The Fair Maid of the Exchange. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5.00 plus postage! (The regular price is £15). And for those of you coming to the staged reading of Fair Maid at Oxford on 17th May (see our post here) you can pick up your copy there and browse some of our other books which will also be on sale!
The Fair Maid of the Exchange
Ferdinand, Anthony, and Frank all love Phyllis, but she only has eyes for the Cripple of Fenchurch. Her father, Flower, lends money to Bobbington and accepts a stolen diamond ring as security. Meanwhile, Mall Berry fends off unwanted attention from Bowdler, who tries to impress her by quoting Shakespeare.
The Society’s edition reproduces the 1607 printing in type-facsimile. This was the play’s first and only substantive edition, and includes a doubling plan for eleven actors which is viable only for a group reading, not for a fully staged production. It was one of the first plays to be licensed for the press by Sir George Buc, the future Master of the Revels.
This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.