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Forty Two Restoration Stage-Plays

Forty Two Restoration Stage-Plays by ETHEREGE, George; Colley Cibber, John Vanbrugh, William Congreve, Robert Howard, etc (1671)

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Author: ETHEREGE, George; Colley Cibber, John Vanbrugh, William Congreve, Robert Howard, etc
Title: Forty Two Restoration Stage-Plays
Year: 1671
Publisher: [Various]
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
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THE RANGE AND VIBRANT QUALITY OF THE RESTORED DRAMA OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY is fully shown by this extensive collection from the unsentimental comedy of Etherege, via Vanbrugh and his Provok'd Wife to the reprinted plays from the Jacobean period such as the three Beaumont and Fletcher quartos present here. This collection offers an unusual opportunity to acquire a substantial collection of Restoration plays with a coherent provenance, en bloc, and offering significant research potential. Every item in this collection has been collated and any defects noted.

Collection of the financier Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid (1778-1859) who had the quartos rebound in two formats by the bookbinder ‘T Connolly’ of Dublin whose ticket appears on the first paste-down of every volume. Half a dozen volumes bear Goldsmid’s monogram and crest on their binding of half green morocco over marbled boards; the rest of the collection is in smart half vellum over marbled boards.

The books have a wide variety of ownership marks that precede Goldsmid, many belonging to eighteenth century women and a single volume (The Woman Captain, 1680) has an ownership inscription on the title page of the Theatre Royal, Dublin. A full list of the plays appears below: every item has been collated and any defects noted.

BAKER, Thomas, An Act at Oxford, 1704, [14], pp58, final 2 leaves in 19th century pen facsimile; lacking half title; early annotations
BANKS, John, Cyrus The Great: or The Tragedy of Love by John Banks, 1696, Richard Bentley, [8] pp57 [3], occasional staining, small hole to title page.
BEAUMONT, Francis and John Fletcher, A Wife for a Month. A Tragi-Comedy 1717, pp61 [3] adverts. Very good, ‘Jacob Barnes His Book, Bud…’
BEAUMONT, Francis and John Fletcher, The Loyal Subject. A Tragi-Comedy, pp75 [1], some pages unevenly trimmed, part of pages 30 and 31 adhered.
BEAUMONT, Francis and John Fletcher, The Island Princess. A Tragi-Comedy, pp64. A smart copy.
BLADEN, Captain Martin, Solon: or, Philosophy No Defence Against Love. A Tragi-comedy, 1705, [6] pp72, no half title - the only edition of this play.
CHAVES, A, The Cares of Love, or A Night’s Adventure. 1705, [8] pp51 [5] manuscript corrections to misprint on pp 24 and 34-38 where the character Gerrarda is replaced by Lucinda.
CIBBER, Colley, Love’s Last Shift; or The Fool in Fashion. A Comedy, 1696, 10], pp50, pp65-103, [1], title page torn at the gutter.
CIBBER, Colley, The Careless Husband. A Comedy, 1705, [10] pp68
CIBBER, Colley, Womans Wit: or The Lady in Fashion, 1697, [8] pp80, contemporary female ownership inscription to title page ‘Anne Owen 1706’.
CONGREVE, William, Love for Love: A Comedy, 1695, Jacob Tonson, [10] pp85 [1]
CUMBERLAND, Richard, The Fashionable Lover; or Wit in Necessity, [6] pp68, no half title
DILKE, Thomas, The Lover’s Luck: A Comedy, 1696, [6] pp48, no half-title
DOGGETT, Thomas, The Country-Wake: A Comedy [8], pp24, 33-48, 41-71, [1] Complete despite erratic pagination. The only play by Irish actor Thomas Doggett.
D’URFEY, Thomas, A Fond Husband: or The Plotting Sisters, 1677, [8] pp61 [1]. Good.
D’URFEY, Thomas, Bussy D’Ambois, or The Husband’s Revenge, 1691, R Bentley, Jo Hindmarsh and Abel Roper, [8] pp50 [2], very good.
DENNIS, John A Plot and No Plot, 1697, [8] pp79 [1] very good
DRYDEN, John, Sir Martin Mar-all, or The Feign’d Innocence. A Comedy, 1678, [4], pp56, lacking final two leaves; paper repairs to verso of title page and p.12. Based on Moliere and Quinault.
D’URFEY, Thomas, The Virtuous Wife; or Good luck at last. 1680, [8], pp 67, [1]
FARQUHAR, Sir Harry Wildair: Being the Sequel of the Trip to the Jubilee, 1701, [8] pp48, lacking advert leaf; this variant with 22 plays listed at A4v. Very good.
GRANVILLE, George, The She-Gallants: A Comedy, 1696, [6] pp75 [1]
HOWARD, Edward, The Six Day Adventure, or the New Utopia, 1671, [16], pp84; A1 and A2 lacking. Contemporary female ownership inscription: “Ca. Cocks her booke”.
HOWARD, Robert, The Committee, A Comedy, 1710, J Tonson, [4] pp65 [1] verso of title page inscribed with quotations from Proverbs re wisdom.
JOHNSON, Charles, The Wife’s Relief: or The Husband’s Cure, 1712, [8], pp68,
LEANARD, John, The Country Innocence: or The Chamber-Maid Turn’d Quaker [2] pp57 [2] lacking 2 leaves of A; early inscription notes that the Epilogue is ‘Spoke by Barbara as a Quaker’.
LEE Nathaniel, Theodosius: or The Force of Love, A Tragedy by Nat[haniel] Lee,[4] pp1-52 and 55-62 [2]. Imprint torn off title page but appears to be ESTC R22736, 1684, lacking H3.
LOCKWOOD, John; [music by] John Christopher Smith, Rosalinda, A Musical Drama. To which is prefixed An Enquiry into the Rise and Progress of Operas and Oratorios, 1740 [6] xxiv [2] pp9-19 [1]. Near fine
MOTTEUX, Peter, Camilla. An Opera by Peter Motteux, adapted by O M Swinny, 1706, Jacob Tonson, [6] pp38 [2], tiny burn hole to epilogue, very good.
SEDLEY, Charles, Bellamira, or The Mistress, 1687, [8], pp63, [1]. Only edition published. Very good, female ownership inscription to verso of title page ‘Ann Kirk hir bocke 1708.’
SETTLE, Elkanah, The City-Ramble: or a Play-House Wedding [1711]; [8] pp71 [1], no final advertisement leaf.
SHADWELL, Thomas, Bury-Fair, 1689, lacking 3 leaves (A1-3) good condition.
SHADWELL. Thomas, The Woman Captain, 1680, [8] pp70, final leaf lacking. ESTC state 1. ‘Theather Royalle Dublin’ inscribed in a contemporary hand to the title page, and four additional manuscript lines of epilogue about a ‘limping Jackanapes Lives in St Sevines Streaet who pretends to be a school master’.
SOUTHERNE, Thomas, Sir Antony, Love; or The Rambling Lady, 1691, pp1-8 and 17-76 [4], lacking title page and gathering C.Good condition
STEELE, Richard, The Tender Husband; or The Accomplish’d Fools, 1705, [10] pp62, lacking half title & advert leaf; title page trimmed with some loss of imprint.
TAVENER, William, The Artful Husband. A Comedy, 1718, [8] pp69 [3], very good.
TAVENER, William, The Female Advocates: or The Frantick Stock-Jobber, [4], pp70, [2] neat paper repairs to the head of the head of several pages.
TUKE, Samuel, The Adventures of Five Hours: A Tragi-Comedy 4th edition 1704, [8], pp95, [1] This tragedy is mentioned in the Diary of Samuel Pepys.
VANBRUGH, John, The Provok’d Wife: A Comedy, 1697, [6] pp72, no half title.
VANBRUGH, John, The Mistake. A Comedy [8], pp1-56, 49, 50, 57, lacking epilogue and final advertisement leaves; neat paper repair to verso of page 57.
VILLIERS, George, Duke of Buckingham, The Chances, A Comedy, 1705, R Wellington, [4], pp55, [1]. An adaptation of the play by J Fletcher.
WYCHERLEY, William, Love in a Wood, or St James’s-Park. A Comedy, 1711, [6], pp66, near fine,.
ANON, The Triumphs of Virtue. A Tragi-Comedy, 1697, pp33-55, [1]. Despite erratic pagination this play is complete; amateur paper repairs to 1st and last leaves. ($12,500)
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