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CENTLIVRE, Susanna (1667?--1723)
The artifice. A comedy. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. Written by Mrs Cent-Livre.
London: printed for W. Mears, and the proprietors, 1735.
95, [1] p. : engr. frontis. ; 17.1 cm. (12º in sixes)

Originally published 1723. Pages 66--72 misnumbered 67--73. Frontispiece by Isaac Basire. Susanna Centlivre wrote eighteen plays, chiefly comedies, between 1700 and 1722, including The wonder: a woman keeps a secret (1714), which eventually provided Garrick with one of his most successful parts. ESTC t26867.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with editions of The wonder, 1766 (q.v.) and The busy body, 1765 (q.v.), both by Centlivre, and of The provok'd wife by Sir John Vanburgh, 1761 (q.v.). The volume is inscribed in ink on the front free-endpaper in a youthful hand with calligraphic flourishes J Soan - 1777.

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

Reference Number 3730


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