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The Works of the Celebrated Mrs. Centlivre. In Three Volumes . With a New Account of her Life
London: Printed for J. Knapton, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, 1761; 1760; 1760 - First edition of the collected plays ofthe actress and playwright Susanna Centlivre (1669-1723), whose "plays remained firmly in the repertory for 150 years" (ODNB), for reasons quickly summarized by Hazlitt: "Her plays have a provoking spirit and volatile salt in them, which still preserves them from decay . their interest depends chiefly on the intricate involution and artful denouement of the plot, which has a strong tincture of mischief in it, and the wit is seasoned by the archness of the humour and sly allusion to the most delicate points" (Hazlitt, 314). The play gathered here are: v. 1. Perjur'd husband. Beaux's duel. Gamester. Basset table. Love at a venture. Stolen heiress. v. 2. Love's contrivance. Busy body. Marplot in Lisbon. Platonic lady. Perplexed lovers. Cruel gift. v. 3. The wonder. The man bewitch'd. Gotham election. Wife well managed. Bickerstaff's burial. Bold stroke for a wife. Artifice First collected edition. 3 vols., 12mo. Engraved portrait by J. Taylor after D. Fermin. Bound in full 19th-c. polished mottled brown calf, gilt spines, edges yellow, by Tout. Bindings a bit dry, joints slightly rubbed but sound. New CBEL II 781 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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