(London: Printed for J. Tonson, 1696). 221 x 165 mm. (8 3/4 x 6 1/2"). 6 p.l., 56 pp. With a preface by John Dryden [Sr]. FIRST EDITION.
19th century blue half calf with marbled boards, smooth spine with gilt lettering. Title with a few sets of numbers in ink by a contemporary(?) hand. Macdonald 126; Wing D-2403; ESTC R3993. Binding a little worn, with rubbing to joints and extremities, a little loss at head and tail of spine, and some general soiling, otherwise intact and perfectly sound; contents a little browned, scattered (and mostly light) foxing, a large but light dampstain across most leaves, top margin trimmed a little close, other minor imperfections, but despite these faults, a good copy of a very rarely seen work.
This is the only dramatic work written by Dryden's second son (1667/8–1701), who also produced a translation of Juvenal and a travel account. The play, with a preface by the elder Dryden and an epilogue by Congreve, has not appeared in auction records since the 1940s. (ST15024c)
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PJP Catalog: 77.070