London: H. Playford, B. Tooke and S. Buckley, 1696.
First edition. [viii], 84, [2, Epilogue], [2, blank] pp. Collation: A-M^4. 4to. Late 19th-century half red straight-grained morocco and marbled board. Extremities rubbed, paper flaw at margin of A2, lower corner of M3 repaired ESTC R12217; Pforzheimer 959; Sabin, 88519. Provenance: John Mack (bookplate); Kimball Bros., Albany, NY (bookseller's ticket). Item #308861
First edition of Thomas Southerne's popular stage adaptation of Aphra Behn's 1688 short novel about the Surinam slave trade. Complete with the final blank, M4. "This tragi-comedy, which is based on a novel of the same name by Mrs. Behn, was a huge success on the stage and still retains much of its power. It continued to hold the boards in either the original or altered form for more than a century. The epilogue was written by Congreve, the prologue by an unknown hand. According to Cibber, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, subsisted for several years on the success of this and two or three other plays" (Pforzheimer). The success of the play led to demand for a new edition of Behn's novel, published in 1696.
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