• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 19

    CONGREVE, William (1670-1729). The Way of the World, A Comedy. London: Jacob Tonson, 1700.

    Price Realised  

    CONGREVE, William (1670-1729). The Way of the World, A Comedy. London: Jacob Tonson, 1700.

    4o (210 x 145 mm). Half-title. (Some pale browning.) Modern half morocco, marbled boards, edges gilt. Provenance: Roderick Terry (armorial bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of Congreve's last and greatest comedy. Millamant, niece of Lady Wishfort, is regarded as "his most brilliant creation," while other memorable characters include Lady Wishfort's country nephew, Sir Wilful Witwoud, and the servants, Foible and Waitwell. Ashley I, p.229; Grolier English 37; Tinker 734; Wing C-5878.


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