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The birth of the muse
London: Jacob Tonson Folio (32.2 cm, 12.7"). [2], 10 pp.. 1698 [i.e., 1697] Congreve's tribute to poetical greatness as inspired by political accomplishment. Dedicated to Charles Montagu, first Earl of Halifax, a statesman and poet, this piece was written in honor of Montagu's appointment as First Lord of the Treasury. This is the => first edition; ESTC notes the actual printing date as 1697. Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Spencer van Bokkelen Nichols. Later plain paper-covered limp boards; paper darkened and chipped. Front pastedown with bookplate as above, front free endpaper with affixed slip of old cataloguing offset onto pastedown. Pages age-toned and cockled with margins slightly darkened; last two leaves with holes affecting text, final leaf with loss of about 14 words and penultimate with only a handful of letters touched. Lower edge with one chip throughout. A flawed, but moderately uncommon, first edition from one of the most popular playwrights of the Restoration era.
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