11 - 13 July 2000
RESTORATION DRAMA -- PAYNE, Henry Neville (fl. 1672-1700). The Fatal Jealousie: A Tragedy. London: Thomas Dring, 1673. 4° (203 x 146mm). Late 19th-century half calf (spine chipped at head). Provenance: Edmund Gosse (1849-1928, bookplate). FIRST EDITION. Wing P-889.
Samuel PORDAGE (1633-1691?). The Siege of Babylon: as it is acted at the Dukes Theatre. London: Richard Tonson, 1678. 4° (210 x 136mm). (Title short at lower margin and possibly supplied, also with small piece torn from lower corner, a few headlines shaved, some marginal browning.) Late 19th-century black half morocco, top edge gilt. FIRST EDITION of Pordage's rhymed heroic tragedy which included Betterton, Norris and Nell Gwyn in the cast. Arber I, 291; Pforzheimer 804; Wing P-2977.
William WYCHERLEY (1640?-1716). The Country Wife: A comedy acted at the Theatre-Royal. London: T. Dring, sold by R. Bentley and S. Magnes, 1683. 4° (220 x 161mm). (E4 with paper flaw at outer margin, final headline cropped.) Modern boards, backed in red morocco. Second edition. The play first appeared in 1675. Wing W-3739.
John WILSON (1627?-1696). The Projectors: A comedy. London: John Playfere and William Crook, 1665. 4° (219 x 158mm). (Title with repaired tears, occasional marginal soiling, large hole in blank area of final leaf.) Modern boards, backed in red morocco. FIRST EDITION. There is some doubt as to whether this comedy of London life was ever acted. It was based on the Aulularia of Plautus, though Sir Gudgeon Credulous is also said to bear a resemblance to Fabian Fitzdottrell in Jonson's The Devil is an Ass. Wing W-2923. Together with 7 other plays by Payne, Aphra Behn (2), Cibber, John Crowne, Durfey and Otway.
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