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CONGREVE, William (1670--1729)
[Works. 1774]
The works of Mr. Congreve: in two volumes. ... The seventh edition. To which is prefixed, the life of the author.
London: printed for T. Lowndes, T. Caslon, T. Davies, W. Nicoll, S. Bladon, and R. Snagg, 1774.
2 vols ; 17.4 cm. (12º)
I: 339, [9] p., engr. frontis. port. : [3] pl.
II: 419, [1] p., [2] pl.

First edition published in three volumes in 1710 (q.v.). The full-page frontispiece plates engraved by Charles Grignion after Francis Hayman are included in the register and pagination. Contents: Vol. I. The old bachelor. The double dealer. Love for love. -- Vol. II. The mourning bride. The way of the world. The judgment of Paris. Semele, with Poems on several occasions. A nine-page list of books printed for T. Lowndes appears at the end of volume I. ESTC t26069.

Copy Notes Bookseller's inscription in pencil on vol. I front free-endpaper in pencil 2Vs-cf. An unspecified edition of the works of Congreve was bought for £2 12s. 6d. from Thomas Boone on 13 May 1807 (Spiers Box), but cannot be securely identified with either of the editions in the Soane Museum.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spines, red spine labels.

Reference Number 1972


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