14 April 2004
LANGBAINE, Gerard (the younger, 1656-1692). An Account of the English Dramatick Poets. Oxford: Printed by L.L. for George West and Henry Clements, 1691.
8o (170 x 102 mm). Errata leaf, ticket leaf with vertically-printed title at end to be used as wrapper title. Contemporary English blind-panelled calf, spine gilt-ruled, green morocco lettering-piece (some wear to joints, few chips at ends of spine, a bit dry and rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF LANGBAINE'S HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH STAGE. The work is arranged alphabetically by author, which include Aphra Behn, John Dryden, John Fletcher, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Middleton, James Shirley, and numerous others. A biographical sketch is followed by a short listing of the author's works. Of over 200 authors included in Langbaine's work, Shakespeare receives one of the longest treatments. His section, which fills pages 453 to 469, opens by calling Shakespeare "One of the most Eminent Poets of his Time." The list of his works details some of their sources. Wing L-373.
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