A SHORT VIEW OF THE IMMORTALITY AND PROFANENESS OF THE ENGLISH STAGE: TOGETHER WITH THE SENSE OF ANTIQUITY UPON THIS ARGUMENT.

Collier, Jeremy.

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London: S. Kemble, et.al., 1698. 288 pages. Octavo (7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches); contemporary calf; neatly rebacked in matching calf. (Item ID: 1869)


Third edition, printed the same year as the first. "Collier found the English dramatic world in a vulnerable state, where the success of a play depended upon some extent on its grossness and indecency. The publication of this book marks a new era in English dramatic literature. Few literary protests have been so completely successful in altering, or at least giving expression to an impending change in public taste. The works of such contemporaries as Dryden, Congreve and Vanbrough are discussed here in detail." - XIMENES 64:109.

With the signature "Wm. S.W. Vaux, British Museum, Sept. 10, 1841" on the inside cover. Vaux was with the British Museum from 1841 to 1876, mainly as keeper of coins and medals. LOWE (ARNOT & ROBINSON) #2860.



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