[18th Century Comedy] Four Plays Bound Together in One Volume:
Goldsmith, Oliver, The Good Natur’d Man: a Comedy. As Performed at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. By Mr. Goldsmith. London: Printed for W. Griffin, in Catharine Street, Strand M DCC LXVIII. [vi; ii, 74 pages], In-8. This copy lacks the epilogue at the end, as it is keyed with “Epi-“ for p. 75. Line 12, page 36 has “spake.” P. 74 is torn with the loss only of one letter, t, in the word the.
Garrick, David. A Peep Behind the Curtain; or, the New Rehearsal. As it is Now Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, near Surrey-Street, in the Strand. MDCCLXVII. [iv, 46 pages], In-8.
There is a blank inserted before Abraham Portal’s The Indiscreet Lover : a Comedy. As it was performed at the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket, For the Benefit of the British Lying-In Hospital in Brownlow-Street. The Second Edition. London: Printed for G. Kearsly, at No. 1, in Ludgate-Street. M.DCC.LXVIII. [Pr.1s. 6d. [v; iii; 94 pages; ii], In-8.
The fourth and final play is identified as by Isaac Bickerstaff, a pseudonym for Jonathan Swift, The Absent Man: a Farce. As it is acted by His Majesty’s Servants, at the Theatre Royal, in Drury Lane. London: Printed for William Griffin, in Catharine-Street, in the Strand. M.DCC.LXVIII. [P. 1s]. [viii ; 36 pages ; In-8]. Bound in mottled calf, rebacked. Noting the missing epilogue of The Good Natur’d Man, this is a copy in good condition of these four individually paginated plays. Old ownership signature of “C. Mackay /68” (?). The names of the plays have been recorded in ink on the front fly-leaf.