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CIBBER, Colley (1651--1757)
Plays written by Mr. Cibber. In two volumes. Vol. I. containing, Love's last shift; or, the fool in fashion. The tragical history of King Richard the third. Love makes man; or, the fop's fortune. She would, and she would not; or, the kind impostor. The careless husband.
London: printed for Jacob Tonson; Bernard Lintot; William Mears; and William Chetwood, 1721.
2 vols ; 28.3 cm. (4°)
I: [12], 219, [9], 249--324, [8], 329--406, [2] p.
II: [12], 8, 17--181, [5], 179--463, [1] p.

First edition, with list of subscribers following the title-page in vol. I. The imprint of vol. II reads: Printed for B. Lintot, W. Mears, and W. Chetwood, 1721. Each play in vol. I has a separate dated title-page, but pagination and register are continuous but irregular, omitting pp. 221--240 and signatures 2F3,4 and 2G--2H4; the text is continuous. Lord Foppington, the protagonist of The careless husband, originated as a character in Sir John Vanbrugh's comedy The relapse, reputedly written for Cibber as one of the leading actors of his day. ESTC t26008.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the second volume.

Binding Contemporary C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1939


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