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COLLIER, Jeremy (1650--1726)
A short view of the immorality, and profaneness of the English stage, together with the sense of antiquity upon this argument, by Jeremy Collier, M.A.
London: printed for S. Keble, R. Sare, and P. Hindmarsh, 1698.
[16], 288 p. ; 19.2 cm. (8º)

First edition. Collier was a non-juring clergyman at a time when to be outspoken was to invite personal jeopardy. Between 1698 and 1708 he published six works, of varying length, attacking the immodest and corrupting characters and behaviours represented on stage rather than the theatre itself. The Short view drew controversy with responses from Congreve, Vanbrugh, John Dennis and others, to which Collier replied with A defence of The short view ..., 1699 (1705 ed., q.v.), A second defence ..., 1700 (q.v.), and A further vindication ..., 1708 (q.v.). Collier's writings marked a new era in English dramatic literature with the development of sentimental comedy and an improvement in decency, although his influence has been questioned. See Arnott, Robinson & Lowe, English theatrical literature, 1559--1900: a bibliography (London 1970), p. 41; Robert D. Hume, 'Jeremy Collier and the future of the London Theater in 1698', Studies in Philology 96:4 (Fall 1999), pp. 480--510. Errata and advertisements for other works by the author on the final page of preliminaries. ESTC r19806; Wing C5263; Pforzheimer 189.

Copy Notes This copy or the copy of the third edition (also 1698, q.v.) was bought together with a volume containing Collier's A defence of The short view of the profaneness and immorality of the English stage, &c., 1705 (q.v.) with A second defence ..., 1700 (q.v.) and A farther vindication ..., 1708 (q.v.) from W. Boone for 4s. 6d. on 19 January 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.11).

Binding C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled and mottled calf, blind-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3722


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