SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700. Troilus and Cressida; or, truth found too late. A tragedy as it is acted at the Dukes Theatre. London: for Abel Swall and Jacob Tonson, 1679.

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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700.
Troilus and Cressida; or, truth found too late. A tragedy as it is acted at the Dukes Theatre. London: for Abel Swall and Jacob Tonson, 1679.

US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£ 760 - 1,100
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616.
DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700. Troilus and Cressida; or, truth found too late. A tragedy as it is acted at the Dukes Theatre. London: for Abel Swall and Jacob Tonson, 1679.
4to (215 x 159 mm). 4to, modern blue morocco. Some soiling and staining, cropped early marginalia, tape repairs on verso of title, minor marginal restoration on several other leaves. Late 19th-century blue morocco gilt, gilt edges.
Provenance: some marginal annotations to the preface in a contemporary hand (cropped by the binder); inscription along outer margin of I2v; "Mancher September 17 1821" (inscription along outer margin of I3r); William Foyle (bookplate, his sale Christie's London, 11 July 2000, part of lot 464).

FIRST EDITION of Dryden's adaptation of Shakespeare's play. It was first performed at Dorset Garden in the spring of 1679 with "The Prologue Spoken by Mr. Betterton Representing the Ghost of Shakespear." Betterton played Troilus and his wife Andromache. Shakespeare's original text was first printed in 1609. Bartlett 164; Jaggard p 476; MacDonald 84a; Pforzheimer 915; Wing D-2388; ESTC R16367.
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SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. 1564-1616. DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700. Troilus and Cressida; or, truth found too late. A tragedy as it is acted at the Dukes Theatre. London: for Abel Swall and Jacob Tonson, 1679.
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