A Contemporary Collection of 5 Works by or Attributed to John Gay. John Gay.
A Contemporary Collection of 5 Works by or Attributed to John Gay

A Contemporary Collection of 5 Works by or Attributed to John Gay.

London: various publishers, 1714-1730.

8vo. Contemporary brown calf, gilt spine with leather label. Spine darkened, joints tender, covers worn, but a good solid copy. Item #260388

The collection comprises:

1. [CHUTE, Francis.] THE HOOP-PETTICOAT: an heroi-comical poem: in two books. By Mr. Gay ... The third edition. London, printed for E. Curll and J. Hooke in Fleetstreet, and W. Taylor in Paternoster-Row. 172 0. Third edition. 8vo in fours, pp. vii, [i], 39. Foxon C192; Straus, Curll, p. 78.

2. GAY, John. THE BEGGAR'S OPERA. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields. Written by Mr. Gay ... The second edition. To which is added the Overture in Score; and the music prefix'd to each song. London: printed for John Watts ... 1728. Second edition. 8vo, pp.[viii], 8 (woodcut music), 16; last leaf with small tear at corner; woodcut music throughout in the text. Second edition, 'fourth issue'. This copy has the following points: two advertisements on title verso; p. 8 unnumbered; p. 18 with press figure 8; pp. 23 and 59 misnumbered 230 and 95.

3. GAY, John. TRIVIA: OR, THE ART OF WALKING THE STREETS OF LONDON. By Mr Gay ... London: printed for Bernard Lintott, at the Cross-Keys between the TempleGates in Fleetstreet. [1716]. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [iv], 80, [12] index; cut close touching headlines and (occasionally) side-notes, but without loss of sense; ownership inscription on title verso of Robert Eliott, 1724. Foxon G81; Rothschild 916. A good copy of an important poem.

4. GAY, John. THE WIFE OF BATH. A comedy. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields ... Revised and altered by the author ... London: printed for Bernard Lintot ... 1730. Revised edition. 8vo, pp. 80. First published in 1713: this edition is extensively revised. Rothschild 911. "The version published in 1730 ... was almost a new play, three characters being omitted and three added'.

5. GAY, John. THE SHEPHERD'S WEEK. In six pastorals ... London, printed: and sold by R. Burleigh in Amen-Corner, 1714 [but 1716?]sequence; printing flaw on title not affecting completeness of text. Foxon G73: this is the third edition. Foxon supposes that the date in the imprint could be an error for 1716, and notes that in the Bodley and Brotherton copies the title leaves are apparently cancels.

A fascinating assembly of poetry and drama, obviously intended to form a collection of work by John Gay: however, The Hoop-Petticoat is in fact a work by Francis Chute, one of Curll's hack writers. 'Joseph' Gay (as such he signs the preface, although on the title is is coyly described as 'Mr Gay') was a pseudonym more commonly assigned to J.D. Breval, who published several works under this name.

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