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MASSINGER, Philip (1583--1640)
[Plays. 1761]
The dramatic works of Philip Massinger, compleat. In four volumes. Revised, corrected, and all the various editions collated, by Thomas Coxeter. With notes critical and explanatory, of various authors. To which are prefixed, critical reflections on the old English dramatic writers. Addressed to David Garrick, Esq.
London: printed for T. Davies, 1761.
4 vols ; 20.9 cm. (8º)
I: xxii, 27, [3], 347, [1] p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [2], 454 p.
III: [2], 340 p.
IV: [2], 367, [1] p.

Title from general title-page in volume I. First published in 1759 without the 'Critical Reflections' by George Colman. Another, different edition also published in 1761 has 'By Thomas Coxeter, Esq.' on the title-page. Volume I only has a general title-page and a special half-title following the 'Life' and the 'Critical Reflections'; vols II--IV have title: 'The Works of Philip Massinger. Volume the ...'. The frontispiece portrait is engraved by Charles Grignion. The plays of Massinger, notable for their elements of satire and social realism, underwent a resurgence of popularity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. ESTC t73658.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title to vol. I. Bought from Thomas Boone for £1 1s., 13 May 1807. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price and codes in pencil on the vol. I front free-endpaper.

Binding C18th marbled calf, gilt double-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3684


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