He temporarily forbade the publishing of a specially-quoted copy of a collection by the renowned Renaissance drama writer John John Glen, British cultural minister, to keep the book of rarity in the country.
The Workes collection of Ben Jonson’s writings accompanied by explanations is threatened by being out of Britain if they do not find a buyer for a book worth £ 48,000 (16.9 million forints) – read the Ministry’s website.
Ben Jonsont (1572-1637) is known as Shakespeare’s most important writer in the English Renaissance. He lived in the age of great social changes, which gave birth to the most outstanding works of English literature.
The particularly rare volume is the only known document that shows how a Ben Jonson piece was produced for his performance.
“It is a special copy of the remaining materials, because of the volume and the number of notes. It includes information about stage instructions, props, text corrections,” said spokesman for the Ministry of Culture.
Glen hopes the book will remain in Britain to help study English theatrical history and provide more information on Jonson’s works.
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