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Restoration Play Quartos: Single Owner Collection

 
Restoration Play Quartos: Single Owner Collection by BEHN, Aphra; Congreve, Robert Howard, Colley Cibber, Thomas Shadwell, Vanbrugh etc, etc (1671)
Author: BEHN, Aphra; Congreve, Robert Howard, Colley Cibber, Thomas Shadwell, Vanbrugh etc, etc
Title: Isaac Lyon Goldsmid's Collection of Restoration Play Quartos
 
Year: 1671
Publisher: Jacob Tonson, James Magnes, Bernard Lintott, R Wellington [etc]
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £17500.00
 
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Forty five restoration play quartos, 1671-1717, representing most of the leading dramatists of the second half of the seventeenth century and including three plays by the first professional female playwright, Aphra Behn as well as works by John Vanbrugh, Colley Cibber, Congreve, Robert Howard, Thomas Shadwell and many more.

This collection was compiled, possibly in Ireland, by the financier and book collector, Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid (1778-1859) who had the quartos rebound in two formats by ‘T Connolly’ of Dublin whose ticket appears on the first paste-down of every volume. Around half a dozen volumes also 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.

Taken together these plays display the range and vibrant quality of Restoration drama from the unsentimental comedy of Etherege, via Vanbrugh and his Provok'd Wife on the complexities of separation and 'divorce' to Aphra Behn's The Rover (both parts present here - very scarce in commerce) now an established part of the repertoire. And that is not to overlook 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 containing significant research potential.

Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid who compiled the collection was a successful London financier and philanthropist who co-founded University College Hospital in London; his library was sold at a single-owner auction after his death. Every item in this collection has been collated and any defects noted.

The Rover or The Banish’t Cavaliers. As it is Acted by His Majesty’s Servants by Aphra Behn, 1697, ‘The Second Edition’, Printed for Jacob Tonson, [4] pp68, collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in nineteenth century half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, Bookseller’. In good condition, old paper repairs to A2, A3, D3 and E2, small loss at tail of A4; early manuscript textual correction to page 23; browned throughout.

The Second Part of the Rover. As it is Acted by the Servants of his Royal Highness by Aphra Behn, 1681, Printed for Jacob Tonson, [8] pp 85 [3], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in nineteenth century half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, Bookseller’. In good condition, title page trimmed touching date at tail of page, the first five leaves are chipped with only a few letters of the text missing. Contemporary annotation after text ends.

A Fond Husband: or The Plotting Sisters. A Comedy by Thomas Durfey, 1677, James Magnes and Richard Bentley, [8] pp61 [1], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in nineteenth century half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, paper repair to verso of the title page, the first five leaves are chipped with only a few letters of the text missing. Several pages have short closed tears but the text is complete. Contemporary penmanship to the title page, along with “Dup” and to verso “Gone to Bedford house returne presently J:E”.

A Plot and No Plot, A Comedy by Mr Dennis, 1697, R Parker, P Buck and R Wellington, [8] pp79 [1], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in nineteenth century half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, some red pen markings to the margins of the text, the numbers 11 and a tick inscribed to the title page, page number 88 added to the Epilogue along with the date 1656.

An Act at Oxford by Thomas Baker, 1704, Bernard Lintott, [14], pp58. Incomplete, half title lacking and final 2 leaves in 19th century pen facsimile. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, title and final page soiled, some watermarks throughout. There are several contemporary annotations including red pen marks to the margins; ‘London Acts’ added to head of p44; the first two lines of the ode on page 48 are written out along with a note in the margin; and in the Epistle Dedicatory “the Author of the Short View” is noted to be ‘Jeremiah Collier’. Performance of this play was forbidden by the Lord Chamberlain. From an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

A Wife for a Month. A Tragi-Comedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, 1717, J.T [Jacob Tonson], pp61 [3] adverts. Collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, occasional staining and but the pages are crisp and undamaged. Contemporary ownership inscription to pages 4 and 5 “Jacob Barnes His Book, Bud…….”

Bellamira, or The Mistress, A Comedy by Sir Charles Sedley, 1687, L[angley] C[urtis] and Timothy Goodwin, [8], pp63, [1]. Collated and complete, the only edition listed on ESTC. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, a few short tears to page edges and chip to page 23 just touching the lines of text. Contemporary female ownership inscription to verso of title page “Ann Kirk hir bocke 1708.

Bury-Fair by Thomas Shadwell, 1689, [James Knapton]. Collated, lacking 3 leaves (A1-3) including the title page. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the spine label is worn, the pages are clean and undamaged; contemporary inscription of author’s name added to page 1, and dates on the prologue show that this play was 138 years old in 1827.

Bussy D’Ambois, or The Husband’s Revenge. A Tragedy by Thomas D’Urfey, 1691, R Bentley, Jo Hindmarsh and Abel Roper, [8] pp50 [2], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration over bright marbled boards, red edges, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, neat paper repair to verso of title page and epilogue, coat of arms stamped to the verso of the title page which has the author’s Christian name added in contemporary script. The pages are browned and spotted but clean. This play, a rewriting by Thomas D’Urfey of one of the same title by George Chapman.

Camilla. An Opera by Peter Motteux, adapted by O M Swinny, 1706, Jacob Tonson, [6] pp38 [2], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’, red edges. In very good condition, the pages are browned with a tiny burn hole to the Epilogue and insect holes to the last few pages. Stab sewing holes visible. A large tick has been added to the title page along with occasional markings in red crayon to the dedication to Lady Wharton and the margins of the text. An attractive copy.

Cyrus The Great: or The Tragedy of Love by John Banks, 1696, Richard Bentley, [8] pp57 [3], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’, red edges. In very good condition, the pages, which have occasional brown stains, are trimmed close to the edges of the printed area; there is a small hole to the title page and to page 29/30 with no loss of text. Short manuscript comment next to the author’s title “For Bayes who left ye law….” Bank’s last play.

Love for Love: A Comedy by Mr Congreve, second edition 1695, Jacob Tonson, [10] pp85 [1], collated and complete as per ESTC 7400. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’, red edges. In very good condition, the pages are crisp, a few are cut irregularly, short tear to the top of page 51/2. No inscriptions. An attractive copy.

Love in a Wood, or St James’s-Park. A Comedy by Mr Wycherley, 1711, R Wellington, [6], pp66, collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’, red edges. In near fine condition, the pages are crisp and clean apart from tiny burn marks on page21/22. There are no inscriptions. An attractive copy of a very uncommon imprint.

Love’s Last Shift; or The Fool in Fashion. A Comedy by C Cibber, 1696, H Rhodes, R Parker and S Briscoe, [10], pp50, pp65-103, [1], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration which features the initials JLG in Gothic script and a gilt device of lion rampant with a cannon; green marbled boards, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the pages are clean and fresh with no inscriptions, stab holes visible, the title page is torn at the gutter but secure, the lower corners of pages 11 and 15 are worn. An attractive copy.

Rosalinda, A Musical Drama. To which is prefixed An Enquiry into the Rise and Progress of Operas and Oratorios, with some Reflections on Lyric Poetry and Music by Mr Lockman, set to music by John Christopher Smith, 1740, W Strahan for the Author, [6] xxiv [2] pp9-19 [1], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration which features the initials JLG in Gothic script and a gilt device of lion rampant with a cannon; tan marbled boards, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In near fine condition, the pages are clean and crisp, the ‘Argument’ page is trimmed with no loss of text. No marks, contemporary inscription to title page, possible a name to top corner, and “First edition”. A very attractive copy.

Sir Antony Love; or The Rambling Lady by Thomas Southerne, 1691, Joseph Fox and Abel Roper, pp1-8 and 17-76 [4], no title page and gathering C is lacking. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the pages are clean and bright with no inscriptions.

Sir Harry Wildair: Being the Sequel of the Trip to the Jubilee. A Comedy by George Farquhar, 1701, James Knapton, [8] pp48, collated and complete but without advert leaf. This variant has 22 plays listed at the foot of A4v. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the pages are crisp and clean apart from stains on pages 6 and 7 and the corners of gather G, small paper repair to final leaf. No inscriptions.

Sir Martin Mar-all, or The Feign’d Innocence. A Comedy by John Dryden, 1678, H Herringman, [4], pp56, lacking the final two leaves. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the pages are spotted, neat paper repairs to verso of the title page and page 12 but with no loss of text. No inscriptions. This play was based on French works by Moliere and Quinault.

Solon: or, Philosophy No Defence Against Love. A Tragi-comedy. With the Masque of Orpheus and Euridice by Captain Martin Bladen, 1705, R Smith, [6] pp72, no half title. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, red edges, some pages are watermarked but undamaged, no inscriptions. An attractive copy of the only edition of this quarto play.

Theodosius: or The Force of Love, A Tragedy by Nat[haniel] Lee, [4] pp1-52 and 55-62 [2]. The imprint has been torn off the title page but this copy appears to be ESTC R22736, printed for R Bentley and S Magnes, 1684, lacking leaf H3. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, neat paper repairs to the title page and page 19, leaf I2 has been trimmed to the fore edge, there are some numbers in ink to page 35.

The Adventures of Five Hours: A Tragi-Comedy by Samuel Tuke, fourth edition 1704, H Herringman, [8], pp95, [1], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration over heavy marbled boards, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, one corner of the front free end paper has been torn off but the pages are bright and crisp, a small insect trail to the final few leaves. This tragedy appears in the Diary of Samuel Pepys.

The Artful Husband. A Comedy by William Taverner, 3rd edition 1718?, Elizabeth Sawbridge, [8] pp69 [3], collated and complete as per ESTC, p32 misnumbered 30. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, gathers A-D are especially fresh, the others show some browning and spotting. The number 6 and a tick inscribed to the title page where an inscribed author’s name has been rubbed out through the paper, number 80 added to the advertisement page.

The Careless Husband. A Comedy by C Cibber, 1705, William Davis, [10] pp68, no half title. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, a little browning to page one but otherwise the text is clean and the paper crisp. The Dedication page, pages 27-32 and 65-68 have been trimmed at the foot with the loss of a few words of the last lines of text.

The Cares of Love, or A Night’s Adventure. A Comedy by A Chaves, 1705, W Davis and J Chantry, [8] pp51 [5], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration which features the initials JLG in Gothic script and a gilt device of lion rampant with a cannon; green marbled boards, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the pages are crisp and clean apart from a few purple stains to the last two pages and the epilogue. Neat corrections to a misprint on page 24 and pages 34-38 where the character Gerrarda is replaced by Lucinda.

The City-Ramble: or a Play-House Wedding. A Comedy by Elkanah Settle, [1711], Bernard Lintott, [8] pp71 [1], no final advertisement leaf. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, title page soiled and rubbed, the other pages are crisp with watermarks and occasional stains. There is a contemporary annotation of the author’s name to the title page.

The Committee, A Comedy by Robert Howard, 1710, J Tonson, [4] pp65 [1], no half title. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the verso of the title page is inscribed with biblical quotations from Proverbs chapter 3, verses 13 and 17, concerning the gaining of wisdom. From an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Country Innocence: or The Chamber-Maid Turn’d Quaker. A Comedy by John Leanard, 1677, Roger L’Estrange, [2] pp57 [2]. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration over marbled boards, red edges, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the paper is browned, 2 leaves of gathering A lacking, I1 trimmed to foot, the top half of I2 has been laid down onto another leaf but including the final lines of the play. A contemporary inscription has added to the Epilogue “Spoke by Barbara as a Quaker”. This play is an adaptation of The countrie girle by Anthony Brewer. It comes from an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Country-Wake: A Comedy by Thomas Dogget, 1696, Sam Briscoe, [8], 24, 33-48, 41-71, [1] Despite erratic pagination this play is collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration over marbled boards, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the title and final page are soiled and nicked but the rest of the text is exceptionally clean, bright and crisp. A copy of the only play by Irish actor Thomas .

The Chances, A Comedy by The Duke of Buckingham, 1705, R Wellington, [4], pp55, [1]. An adaptation of the play by J Fletcher. Collated and complete. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, pages browned and some are watermarked. A crisp copy from an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Fashionable Lover; or Wit in Necessity. A Comedy by anonymous, 1706, printed for Richard Basset, [6] pp68, no half title. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the pages are bright and crisp, there is a small hole in the margin of page 37 and some penmanship to page 3 but no legible inscriptions. From an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Female Advocates: or The Frantick Stock-Jobber. A Comedy by William Taverner, 1713, J Baker, [4], pp70, [2], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration over attractive marbled boards, red edges, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, neat paper repairs to the head of the head of several pages, coat of arms stamped to the verso of the title page which has the author’s name added in contemporary script. Correction on page 42: the speaker ‘Stan’ is crossed out and replaced with ‘Heart’. An attractive copy which comes from an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Island Princess. A Tragi-Comedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, 1717, printed for J.T, pp64, collated and complete as per the ESTC. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the pages are crisp with some spotting. One paper repair to a tear across the final leaf but with no loss of text. A smart copy of the final quarto edition of this play which was written by John Fletcher alone.

The Lover’s Luck: A Comedy by Thomas Dilke, 1696, Henry Playford and Benj. Tooke, [6] pp48, collated, no half-title. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the pages are crisp and clean with no inscriptions.

The Loyal Subject. A Tragi-Comedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, 1717, printed by J T and sold by J Brown, pp75 [1], collated and complete as per the ESTC. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, some pages browned and trimmed unevenly. A small sticky patch joins part of pages 30 and 31 together, the final leaf is chipped at the gutter. There are no marks or inscriptions. This play from an extensive Irish collection was probably written by John Fletcher alone.

The Mistake. A Comedy by John Vanbrugh, First edition 1706, Jacob Tonson, [8], pp1-56, 49, 50, 57, the text is complete despite erratic pagination but the epilogue and final advertisement leaf are lacking. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration which features the initials JLG in Gothic script and a gilt device of lion rampant with a cannon; green marbled boards, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, stab sewn, the pages are fresh and undamaged apart from a neat paper repair to verso of page 57. An attractive copy.

The Provok’d Wife: A Comedy by John Vanbrugh, 1709, Richard Wellington and William Lewis, [6] pp72, no half title. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, red edges, the binding is tight and the pages are crisp and clean, no marks or inscriptions. A very attractive copy which comes from an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The She-Gallants: A Comedy by George Granville Lord Lansdowne, 1696, Henry Playford and Benj. Tooke, [6] pp75 [1], no half title. Bound in half green calf with gilt spine lettering and decoration which features the initials JLG in Gothic script and a gilt device of lion rampant with a cannon; green marbled boards, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, stab sewing holes visible, the pages are near fine being bright, crisp and clean, a tiny burn hole on page 69 being the only blemish. There is a contemporary inscription in pencil to the title page where the author’s name has been added.

The Six Day Adventure, or the New Utopia by Edward Howard, 1671, Thomas Dring, [16], pp84. Collated, A1 and A2 lacking. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, entitled ‘New Utopia’, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the first page is soiled, the others are browned with some foxing and short tears to the edges. Contemporary female ownership inscription to preface “Ca Cocks her booke”.

The Tender Husband; or The Accomplish’d Fools. A Comedy by Mr Steele, 1705, Jacob Tonson, [10] pp62, collated, no half title or advert leaf. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, the soft paper is browned and several pages have fine tears, perhaps from the sewing holes. The title page has been trimmed with some loss of imprint, a neat inscription adds “Accomplished Fools” and “Elizabeth” is written in a more childish hand; similar penmanship to page 24. From an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Triumphs of Virtue. A Tragi-Comedy, 1697, Abel Roper, pp40, Pp33-55, [1]. Despite erratic pagination this play is collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the title page and final leaf are browned and soiled with amateur paper repairs, and there is some loss to the fore edge and imprint of the title page which also has contemporary pen markings of a tick and the numbers 10 and 13.

The Virtuous Wife; or Good luck at last. A Comedy, by Thomas Durfey, 1680, R Bentley and Magnes, [8], pp 67, [1]. Collated and complete. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, stab sewing holes visible, some pages watermarked to the top edges, contemporary pen markings to the epilogue. The pages are clean; a nice crisp copy.

The Wife’s Relief: or The Husband’s Cure. A Comedy by Charles Johnson, 1712, Jacob Tonson, [8], pp68, collated and complete as per the ESTC, first edition. Bound in half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, vellum corners lacking, small stain to the title page, some pages browned but text is clean with no inscriptions.

The Woman Captain: A Comedy by Thomas Shadwell, 1680, Samuel Carr, [8] pp70, final leaf lacking. According to the ESTC this copy has state 1 of leaf A2v. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, last quarter of the 19th century, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In very good condition, stab holes visible, nick to fore edge of the first few leaves, the pages are clean apart from ink stains to pages 14 and 15. “Theather Royalle Dublin” has been inscribed in a contemporary hand to the title page, and there are four additional lines of epilogue about a “limping Jackanipes Lives in St Sevines Streaget who pretends to be a school master”. An intriguing copy which comes from an extensive Irish collection of quarto plays.

The Younger Brother: or The Amorous Jilt. A Comedy written by the late Ingenious Mrs A Behn. With some Account of her Life, 1696, J Harris, [12] pp1-6 and 9-52 (lacking B4; pp7-8). Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’. In good condition, the fragile title page has a short tear at the fore edge and was neatly repaired along the gutter at the time of rebinding. There is a little contemporary penmanship and the number 3 above the title. The soiled final page has been renumbered “64”. This play by the renowned female playwright Mrs Aphra Behn.

Womans Wit: or The Lady in Fashion. A Comedy by C Cibber, 1697, John Sturton, [8] pp80, collated and complete. Bound in half vellum over attractive marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, 10 Up. Ormond Quay, Dublin’, red edges. In good condition, the title page is chipped to the edges with some loss to the play list at the foot of the page, and it has been laid down onto paper. Small hole in the text on page 19. There is an contemporary female ownership inscription to the title page “Anne Owen 1706”. The Second Part of the Rover. As it is Acted by the Servants of his Royal Highness by Aphra Behn, 1681, Printed for Jacob Tonson, [8] pp 85 [3], collated and complete as per ESTC. Bound in nineteenth century half vellum over marbled boards with black Morocco label, binder’s ticket of ‘T Connolly, Bookseller’. In good condition, title page trimmed touching date at tail of page, the first five leaves are chipped with only a few letters of the text missing. Contemporary annotation after text ends.

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