London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1714.
First collected edition of Molière in English. Engraved frontispiece portrait by Vertue after the painting by Pignard. Lacking the additional general title page. 6 vols. 12mo. First Collected Molière in English. Full polished tree calf, with simple gilt fillet borders, marbled endpapers, leather spine labels, a.e.g. Small , paper repair to lower margin of text block of volume one (text unaffected); a fine set otherwise ESTCN25815; Graesse IV, p. 564. Item #223044
The first collected edition in English of the plays of Molìere, with all but two of the translations by John Ozell (d. 1743), one of the most important translators of the first half of the 18th century. At the end of his Dedication (to the Earl of Dorset), Ozell writes "that the Misanthrope and Malade Imaginaire ... are translated by other persons, whose Names I forbear to mention, since they have thought fit to conceal themselves."
The contents, as listed on the title page to each volume, are:
Vol. 1. The Preface. The Life of Mr. de Molière. Sir Martin Mar-All. The Amorous Quarrel. The Affected Ladies
Vol. 2. The Imaginary Cuckold. A School For Husbands. The Impertinents. A School For Women. The School For Women Criticised. The Pleasures of the Inchanted Island
Vol. 3. The Princess of Elis ... Third day of the Pleasures of the Inchanted Island. The Forced Marriage. Love the Best Physician. The Misanthrope ... . The Forced Physician. The Sicilian ... . Amphitryon ...
Vol. 4. The Miser. George Dandin ... . Tartuffe ... . Monsieur de Pourceaugnac ... . The Gentleman cit
Vol. 5. The Cheats of Scapin. Psiche. The Learned Ladies. Don Garcia of Navarre ... . The Impromptu of Versailles
Vol. 6. Don John ... . Melicerta. The Magnificent Lovers. The Countess of Escarbagnas. The Hypocondriack. The Ghost of Moliere. Extracts out of Divers Authors, concerning Moliere's works.
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