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    William Taverner. The Maid the Mistress. A Comedy. London: E. Sanger and Edward Curll, 1708. Krown & Spellman retail: $600. First Edition. 4to. ยน2,B-I4. Lacks half-title & blank?] [4], 61, [3ads]pp. 19th century cloth, front cover detached, spine defective, inner margin piece torn from E1-4 (minor loss), C1 small hole (some text affected), A4 cut close with loss of last line of text, foxing. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Taverner, d. 1731, dramatist. "William Taverner...was bred to the civil law, which he practised at Doctors' Commons. He became a procurator-general of the court of arches of Canterbury, but he is best known by the plays which he produced. The first of these was 'The Faithful Bride of Granada,' acted at Drury Lane in 1704, and published in the same year. It was followed by 'The Maid the Mistress,' brought out at Drury Lane on 5 June 1708 (Genest, Account of the English Stage, ii. 403) ...Taverner's plays are for the most part comedies of intrigue, of little merit; he is entirely passed over by Lowndes and other bibliographers." DNB

    "The play is excellently constructed..." Allardyce Nicoll.        ESTC t38873. Straus, Curll,207. OCLC 13617785.

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