DOUGLAS: A Tragedy (1757); BOADICIA: A Tragedy (1753); THE BROTHERS: A Tragedy (1753); CONSTANTINE: A Tragedy (1754) 4 PLAYS BOUND IN ONE VOLUME
Published by A. Millar; R. and J. Dodsley; R. Dodsley; A. Millar in London 1757; 1753; 1753; 1754
8vo. (approx. 20 x 12cm) hardback in original 18th Century full calf, raised bands and gilt rules to spine and boards. , 70pp., plus 1pp. Epilogue, with half-title; , 66pp., plus 1pp. Epilogue; , 83pp. with 2pp. Epilogue; , 67pp. plus 1pp. Publisher's advertisements, with half-title. Cast Lists to all four plays. Contemporary ink initials to front pastedown. Small hole to ffep and smaller holes to inner margins of first play where earlier stitching has been removed when rebinding. Occasional light foxing and a small stain to rear pastedown. Light wear and rubbing to spine and a few small marks to boards, particularly lower (please see photos). Overall a Good Copy. This is one volume of a large collection of uniformly bound mainly 18th century collections of plays (generally 4 or 5 per volume) from the collection of the Vaughan Jenkins family of the Manor of Priston in Somerset. They were mostly bought at the time of publication in London (c.1713 - 1765, but some as early as 1655) and uniformly bound. Many of the volumes have the initials MCJ (Mary Caroline Jenkins, 1731-1790) or ED (Elizabeth Davis, nee Jenkins, 1736-1810) who were the daughters of Elizabeth Jenkins (1712-1766) and William Jenkins (1688-1774), who became Lord of the Manor of Priston in 1757 when the family moved from London. These books all remained at Priston until being inherited by the uncle of the vendor of the collection.