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    Gerard Langbaine. An Account of the English Dramatick Poets. or, Some Observations and Remarks on the Lives and Writings, of all those that have Publish'd either Comedies, Tragedies, Tragi-Comedies, Pastorals, Masques, Interludes, Farces, or Opera's in the English Tongue. Oxford: L[eonard] L[ichfield] for Gorge West & Henry Clements, 1691. Krown & Spellman retail: $550. First edition with this title. 8vo. a,A-2O8. [16],556,[36]p. Full calf, rebacked. Includes bookplate of T.A. Falcon Braunton Devon inside. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Gerard Langbaine (1656-92), an early historian of dramatic poetry, was well known for his knowledge of the novels and plays in various languages, and indeed he was a constant and critical attender of plays for many years. He is best known for the present offering, a digest based upon a catalogue of plays collected by the London bookdealer Kirkman and appended to a 1671 translation of a play by Corneille. He himself referred to it as a collection of "above980 English plays and masques, besides drolls and interludes." It remains a significant contribution to dramatic history. It includes many details, including the early productions of Shakespeare and other eminent bards. Wing L373. ESTC r20685. Pfortzheimer 577. Wither to Prior 132. Hazlitt II,333.



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