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BUCKINGHAM, George Villiers, Duke of (1628--1687)
Two plays written by his Grace George late Duke of Buckingham: viz. I. The rehearsal; to which is added the Key to it. And II. The chances. Being all that his Grace ever publish'd. Corrected from the errors of former editions.
London: printed for John Poulson; and Richard, James, and Bethel Wellington, 1731.
168 p. ; 16.2 cm. (12°)

First edition thus: 1718. The rehearsal, an attack on Dryden and other contemporary dramatists written with the assistance of Martin Clifford and Thomas Sprat, was first published anonymously in 1672. It inspired several satirical imitations by association, such as Marvell's The rehearsal transprosed, 1672, as well being the object of sequels such as Thomas D'Urfey's The two queens of Brentford, or, Bayes no poetaster: a musical farce or comical opera: being the sequel of the famous Rehearsal, 1721. The chances is an adaptation of the play by John Fletcher, acts 4 and 5 completely rewritten by Buckingham and first published in this form 'by a person of honour' in 1682. The plot is from 'La Señora Cornelia', one of Cervantes' Novelas ejemplares (1742 translation, q.v.). The role of Don John was one of Garrick's favourites, he is depicted in the role in P.J. De Loutherbourg's picture of 1774 (V&A). Each play has a separate half-title; pagination and register are continuous. ESTC n22264.

Copy Notes With the the half-title to The rehearsal misbound following the prologue. Bound (3) with the Ben Jonson's Volpone (q.v.) and Epicoene (q.v.) both published in 1732, preceded by a MS. general title-page listing the contents, signed at the foot Thos: Dornely, and inscribed near the top fore-edge pd 5s..

Binding C18th marbled calf, double gilt-ruled border, flower ornament at corners, gilt double-ruled spine, red spine-label with flower-ornaments gilt-lettered 'Comedys'.

Reference Number 1517


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