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AUBIGNAC, François-Hédelin, abbé d' (1604--1676)
[Pratique du théâtre. English]
The whole art of the stage. Containing not only the rule of the drammatick art, but many curious observations about it. Which may be of great use to the authors, actors, and spectators of plays. Together with much critical learning about the stage and plays of the antients. Written in French by the command of Cardinal Richelieu. By Monsieur Hedelin, abbot of Aubignac, and now made English.
London: printed for the author, and sold by William Cadman; Rich. Bentley; Sam. Smith;& T. Fox, 1684.
[8], 135, [1], 176 p.; 23.2 cm. (4º)

Anonymous translation of La pratique du théâtre, first published in French in 1657. In four books, with pagination and signatures beginning afresh at Book 3. This was a key work of criticism in the age which saw the rise of the neo-classical drama in France and the heroic drama in England, and strongly influenced Dryden. See Edward Pechter, Dryden's classical theory of literature (Cambridge 1975); Biographie universelle (Paris 1811), vol. 3, pp. 9-11. ESTC r16044; Lowe, Arnott & Robinson, English theatrical literature, 1559--1900 (London 1970), 3701; Quaritch 1113:64; Wing A4185.

Copy Notes Bookseller's hieroglyphs in ink on the endpapers.

Binding C17th mottled calf, blind- doubleruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3741


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