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The Old Batchelour, a Comedy by  [William] Congreve - First edition - 1693 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

The Old Batchelour, a Comedy

by Congreve, [William]

Condition: Modern half red morocco and marbled boards, spine titled in gilt. Some soiling and toning to text, heavier at title and epilogue


London: Peter Buck, 1693. First edition. [xii], 55, [1] pp. Collation:A4 a2 B-H4. 4to. 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. First edition. [xii], 55, [1] pp. Collation:A4 a2 B-H4. 4to. Congreve's First Play. 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. ESTC R1182; Pforzheimer 208


  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 316254
  • Title: The Old Batchelour, a Comedy
  • Author: Congreve, [William]
  • Format/binding: [xii], 55, [1] pp. Collation:A4 a2 B-H4. 4to
  • Book condition: Used - Modern half red morocco and marbled boards, spine titled in gilt. Some soiling and toning to text, heavier at title and epilogue
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Peter Buck
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1693
  • Keywords: British | Drama
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature;


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