DescriptionRobert Howard [& John Dryden]. Five New Plays, Viz. The Comedies. And The Tragedies. As they were Acted by His Majesty's Servants at the Theatre-Royal. The Second Edition Corrected. London: for Henry Herringman, 1692. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. Folio. [A]4, B-K4. , 252, p. Contemporary calf, re-backed, corners repaired, rubbed; a little worming in the inner margin affects text minimally, some browning and staining. Paul H. Beves bookplate. A broadside fragment of a poem/song by "Mr Leverege" beginning "Lay aside the Reap Hook, Plow and Cart." [SS. Folger-C42.3 -- Country Lass, or the Mountebank] is laid loosely-in. Engraved portrait by Robert White after Geoffrey Kneller. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Sir Robert Howard (1626-1698), playwright and politician.Thomas Killigrew Howard, and a group of eight actors became shareholders in the Theatre Royal, Bridges Street. In addition to being the scene designer for this theatre in 1663, Howard became the literary collaborator, and subsequent opponent, of John Dryden, who married Howard's sister Elizabeth in December 1663. The Committee, a political comedy first performed in November 1662, proved the most enduringly popular of Howard's plays; The Indian Queen, a rhymed heroic play co-authored with Dryden and first performed in January 1664, provided one of the topics in the literary quarrel between the two men, the effect of rhyme in drama. Dryden introduced Howard in his Essay of Dramatic Poesy (1668), assigning to Crites Howard's arguments against rhyme as developed in the preface to Four New Plays (The Surprisal, The Committee, The Vestal Virgin, The Indian Queen) (1665). The Great Favourite, or, The Duke of Lerma, premièred on 20 February 1668, is his most powerful drama. The play's unmistakable attack on the exiled Clarendon helped to intensify the caustic nature of the quarrel. [Oxford DNB] Wing H2993. ESTC r4733. Woodward & McManawy 651.
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