DescriptionGerard 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: [Leonard ][ithchfield]. for George West, and Henry Clements, 1691. Krown & Spellman retail: $550. First edition. 8vo. a,A-2O8. , 556, p. 1/4 modern calf, blue feathered boards, banded spine with title in gilt lettering. Browning and foxing, with occasional dampstain. Upper right corner of Nn8 and lower right corner of Cc1 missing, without loss of text. Notches in margins of N5, Dd4, Dd5, Gg3, and Hh3, all without effect on text. Rough edges on 5th-8th leaves and Ff4, and clean tears on M8, Y1, Bb4, and Dd1-3. Repair to side margin of I6(v). Otherwise a nice copy. Verso of Nn8 serves as a half-title. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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 "above 980 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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