Dryden, John. 1631-1700; Nathaniel Lee; Thomas Otway and Others. A sammelband volume of 10 restoration plays, with 3 additional plays extracted from another volume,

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Lot 263
Dryden, John. 1631-1700; Nathaniel Lee; Thomas Otway and Others.
A sammelband volume of 10 restoration plays, with 3 additional plays extracted from another volume,

Sold for US$ 2,167 inc. premium

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Dryden, John. 1631-1700; Nathaniel Lee; Thomas Otway and Others.
A sammelband volume of 10 restoration plays, with 3 additional plays extracted from another volume, London: 1673-1692, all 4to, 210 x 160 mm, sammelband in contemporary mottled calf, some light browning. The collection comprising:
DRYDEN, John. The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards: in two parts. T.N. for Henry Herringman, 1673. Second Edition. Wing D-2257; Aureng-zebe, A Tragedy. J.M. for Henry Herringman, 1685. Second Edition. Wing D-2246; The Indian Emperour: or, the Conquest of Mexico. London: H. Herringman, 1686; Tyrannick Love: or, the Royal Martyr. H. Herringman, 1686. 4th edition, Wing D-2396. * LEE, Nathaniel. Sophonisba, or Hannibal's overthrow. J. Magnes and R. Bentley, 1676; [The Rival Queens.. 1690?] Lacking title and first preliminary leaf, final leaf with outer blank margin frayed; * MOUNTFORT, William. The Injur'd Lovers. Sam Manship, 1688. First Edition. Wing M-2974; Greenwich-Park: A Comedy. J. Hindmarsh and others, 1691. Disbound, Wing M-2973; * OTWAY, Thomas. Don Carlos Prince of Spain. Richard Tonson, 1676. Final epilogue leaf with a clean tear. Wing O-542; The History and Fall of Caius Marius. R. Bentley, 1692. Disbound; * SETTLE, Elkanah. The Empress of Morocco. E. Cademan, 1687. I2 lower margin torn with loss of a few letters; * JOYNER, William. The Roman Empress. "In the Savoy": T.N. for Henry Herringman, 1671. Wing J-1159. Disbound.

A rare grouping of restoration plays, both Tragedies and Comedies, most based on historical stories in the Elizabethan style. The writing and performance of drama in London exploded after the re-opening of the theaters in 1660. Dryden, Lee, Otway and many others used the medium to entertain, by harking back to the glory days of Elizabethan theater, but also used the form of a play as a means to make political commentary.

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