RESTORATION DRAMA -- SHADWELL, Thomas. Epsom-Wells. A Comedy, acted at the Duke's Theatre, London: J. M. for Henry Herrignman, 1673. -- The Virtuoso. A Comedy, acted at the Duke's Theatre, London: T. N. for Henry Herringman, 1676. -- The Woman-Captain. A Comedy, London: Samuel Carr, 1680. -- The Squire of Alsatia. A Comedy, London: James Knapton, 1688. -- The Amorous Bigotte: with the second part of Tegue O. Divelly. A Comedy, London: James Knapton, 1690. -- The Libertine: A Tragedy, London: for H. Herringman, and sold by R. Bently, J. Tonson, F. Saunders, and J. Bennet, 1692. 6 works in 6 volumes, 4° (between 222 x 161mm. and 202 x 155mm.), (title of The Woman Captain spotted and frayed at margins, following leaf also spotted, quire B of the same work with tears at lower margin slightly affecting text, corner of G1 torn with some loss of a few words which are supplied in manuscript, title to The Squire of Alsatia rather soiled, B2 and H3 of the same work with rust hole causing slight loss, F1 with tear into lower half of text, final 2 leaves torn with some loss, the final leaf also with internal tear and repair on verso, title to The Amorous Bigotte a little soilede and G1 with short closed tear into text, The Libertine with headlines shaved abd large segent torn from upper margin of B1, I2 holed with loss of catch-word), various early 20th-century morocco and calf bindings, spines lettered in gilt.
Shadwell was a successful Restoration dramatist, perhaps unfairly remembered for his quarrel with Dryden, whom he succeeded as Poet Laureate in 1689. This selection of his plays comprises THE FIRST EDITION OF THREE COMEDIES, Epsom Wells [Arber I, 34; Wing S2843], The Woman Captain [Arder I, 370; Pforzheimer 879: 'said to have been rather successful on the stage'; Wing S2887], and The Amorous Bigotte [Arber II, 313; Wing S2835], and the second edition of two others, The Virtuoso, a satire on the Royal Society [Pforzheimer 877; Wing S2883A] and The Squire of Alsatia [Wing S2874A], both published in the same year as the first. Second edition of his tragedy The Libertine, first printed in 1676 [Wing S2858]. (6)