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HOWARD, Sir Robert (1626--1698)
Four new plays, viz: The surprisal, committee, comedies. The Indian-queen, Vestal-virgin, tragedies. As they were acted by His Majesties Servants at the Theatre-Royal. Written by the Honourable Sir Robert Howard. Imprimatur March 7. 1664/5. Roger L'Estrange.
London: printed for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at his shop, 1665.
[12], 242, [2] p. ; 27.7 cm. (2°)

Each play has separate dated title-page. The prefatory address 'To The Reader' contains a discussion of the use of rhyme in dramatic verse, which occasioned Dryden's Essay of dramatick poesie. Howard replied in the preface to The great favourite, or, the Duke of Lerma. 'The Indian Queen' is partly by Dryden, who was married to Howard's sister Elizabeth. ESTC r21413; Wing H2995; H. Macdonald, Dryden, 68a.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 2s. 6d., 3 October 1808. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price pencilled at top right of front pastedown with his code xac.

Binding C17th sheep, blind double-ruled borders with additional double fillet parallel to spine, gilt-tooled spine compartments, dark red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1441


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