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VANBRUGH, Sir John (1664--1726)
The provok'd wife. A comedy. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. Written by Sir John Vanbrugh.
London: printed by J. Brindley; T. Longman, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, S. Crowder and Co.; G. Kearsly; C. Corbett, and T. Lounds, 1761.
83, [1] p. : engr. frontis. ; 17.0 cm. (12º)

Originally published in 1697. The frontispiece is unsigned. After an early career as a professional soldier, Vanbrugh turned to the theatre, writing several successful comedies, and later to architecture. Among his works in architecture are Castle Howard, Blenheim Palace and Seaton Delaval. The provok'd wife was one of the plays singled out for criticism in Jeremy Collier's A short view of the immorality, and profaneness of the English stage, 1698 (q.v.), to which Vanbrugh responded in the same year with A short vindication of The relapse and The provok'd wife, prompting a further Defence by Collier (1705 ed., q.v.). ESTC t119866.

Copy Notes Bound (4) after editions of three plays by Susanna Centlivre, The artifice (q.v.), The wonder: a woman keeps a secret (q.v.), and The busy body (q.v.).

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Plays'.

Reference Number 3733


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