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CONGREVE, William (1670--1729)
[Works. 1710]
The first (second, third) volume of the works of Mr. William Congreve; containing The old batchelour. Comedy. The double dealer. Comedy. Love for love. Comedy. ([vol. II] The mourning bride. ... The way of the world. ... The judgment of Paris. ... Semele. ... ; [vol. III] Poems upon several occasions.)
London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1710.
3 vols ; 19.1 cm. (8º)
I: [24], 492 p.
II: [19], 508--832 p.
III: [13], 834--1135, [1] p.

First collected edition of the works of Congreve, one of the pre-eminent writers of Restoration comedy. Reissued in 1717 as The works of Mr. William Congreve. Each volume has separate register but the pagination is continuous. The first leaf of vol. II is a blank. Volume III has an additional title-page reading 'Poems Upon Several Occasions. Printed in the Year 1710', followed by three pages of contents with an errata on the verso of the second leaf and a four-page 'Epistle' to the Right Honourable Charles Lord Halifax, signed 'a'; a variant has the vol. III preliminaries consisting of a four-page 'Epistle' signed 'A3', with errata on the verso of the second leaf. ESTC t52950.

Copy Notes Early ownership signature of Jane Hatch on title-page of volume I. Pencilled price on first free-endpaper of volume I 1.11.6. 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 the present edition or the 1774 edition in two volumes also in the Soane Museum (q.v.).

Binding C19th half red morocco, green-blue paper boards, gilt-ruled spines.

Reference Number 1971


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