THE MAN OF MODE or SIR FOPLING FLUTTER: A Comedy (1733); THE CHANCES: A Comedy (1755); THE CONSCIOUS LOVERS: A Comedy (1751); THE RELAPSE or VIRTUE IN DANGER: A Comedy (1727) 4 PLAYS BOUND IN ONE VOLUME
Published by J. Tonson; S. Birt et al; H. Lintot et al; Richard, James and Bethel Wellington in London 1733; 1755; 1751; 1727
12mo. (approx. 16.7 x 9.8cm) hardback in original 18th Century full calf, raised bands and gilt rules and number 1 to spine and gilt rules to boards. 96pp., plus 1pp. Epilogue by Dryden, with engraved frontispiece; 71pp., plus 1pp. Epilogue; 83pp., plus 1pp. Epilogue, with engraved frontispiece; 103pp. including Epilogue. Cast Lists to third and fourth plays. Contemporary ink initials to ffep. Occasional light foxing, somewhat heavier to last play. Some wear and rubbing to spine in a couple of places and slight scuffing to upper board. 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.