The Old Batchelour, a Comedy. Congreve, William.
The Old Batchelour, a Comedy
The Old Batchelour, a Comedy
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Congreve's First Play

The Old Batchelour, a Comedy.

London: Peter Buck, 1693.

First edition. [xii], 55, [1] pp. Collation:A4 a2 B-H4. 4to. Congreve's First Play. Modern half red morocco and marbled boards, spine titled in gilt. Some soiling and toning to text, heavier at title and epilogue, a few paginations shaved, small closed tear to lower margin of H3. ESTC R1182; Pforzheimer 208. Item #316254

The first edition of Congreve's first play, following his novel Incognita (1691). "It had a run of over fourteen nights at Drury Lane in January 1693, with a brilliant cast, and was altogether an unprecedented success for any beginner. Moreover, its wit retains much of the charm and sparkle which excited the admiration of Dryden and Southerne [who contributes an introductory poem to the author]" (Pforzheimer). Music for the first run was composed by Henry Purcell.

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