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25 Volumes of British Plays

By Various Authors

1791-95 - London - John Bell

5.5" by 4"; vi, [3], 10- 142pp; v, [2], 8-120pp; vii, [3], 12- 112pp; x, [3], 14-96pp; v, [4], 10-101pp, [1]; ix, [2], 12-134pp; iv, [5], 10-90pp, [3]; ix, [2], 14-99pp, [4]; xii, [3], 16-122pp, [2]; xii, [3], 16- 66pp, [2]; vii, [4]; 12-102pp; vi, [3], 10-107pp, [1]; xi, [2], 14-86pp, [2]; xviii, [3], 22-94pp; xix, [2], 22-87pp, [1]; v, [4], 10-110pp; xi, [2], 14-80pp; xiii, [2], 16-136pp; v, [2], 8-111pp; vi, [3], 10-112pp; xiv, [3], 18-88pp;viii, [3], 12-109pp, [1]; vi, [3], 10- 97pp, [1]; xi, [2], 14-88pp; vi, [3], 10-124pp, ix, [2], 12-101pp; xiii, [2], 16-88pp; x, [3], 14-130pp; xi, [4], 16-159pp; vi, [3], 10-71pp, [1]; x, [3], 14-106pp; vii, [2], 10-147pp, [1]; vii, [2], 10-99pp, [2]; iv, [3], 8-128pp; vi, [5], 12-128pp; iv, [3], 8-88pp; iv, [3], 8-78pp; vii, [2], 10-118pp; v, [2], 8-106pp; ix, [2], 12-77pp; v, [2], 8-88pp; v, [2], 8-115pp;v, [2] 8-117pp; v, [2], 8-108pp; [7], 8-119pp, [1]; x, [3], 14-94pp; iv, [3], 8-127pp; [3], 4-99pp; vii, [2], 10-100pp; xi, [2], 14-108pp; vii, [2], 10-90pp; v, [2], 8-124pp; v, [2], 8-141pp; v, [2], 8-69pp; v, [2], 8-128pp; vi, [1], 8-92pp; v, [2], 8-76pp; vii, [2], 10-134pp; iv, [3], 8-107pp; iv, [3], 8-73pp; iv, [3], 8-88pp; vi, [3], 10-98pp; vi, [3], 10-104pp; vii, [3], 12-74pp; iv, [3], 8-79pp; v, [2], 8-135pp; ix, [2], 12-116pp; iv, [3], 8-80pp; x, [3], 14-115pp, [1]; viii, [3], 12-92pp; v, [1], 8-84pp; v, [2], 8-82pp; 80pp; ix, [2], 12-80pp; vii, [2], 10-150pp.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

DETAILS

75 British plays in 25 volumes published by John Bell.

With two plates to each volume.

Collated, volume X's The Orphan is lacking its two plates. Otherwise complete. 

Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Antoinette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology.

The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
 
These works come directly from the library of the Titley Court estate.

The titles included are:
Volume I: Love for Love By William Congreve, Love Makes a Man or The Fop's Fortune by Colley Cibber and The Busy Body by Mrs Centlivre
Volume II: The Mourning Bride by Mr Congreve, Rule a Wife and Have a Wife by Beaumont and Fletcher and The Alychmist by Ben Jonson
Volume III: Love in a Village by Isaac Bickerstaff, The Beggar's Opera by John Gay and Venice Preserved by Thomas Otway
Volume IV: Comus, A Mask by John Milton, Maid of the Mill by Isaac Bickerstaff and The School for Fathers or Lionel and Clarissa by Isaac Bickerstaff
Volume V: The Fair Penitent by Nicholas Rowe, Zara by Aaron Hill and Douglas by John Home.
Volume VI: The Beaux Stratagem by George Farquhar, The Distrest Mother by Ambrose Philips and The Spanish Fryar by Mr Dryden.
Volume VII: The Conscious Lovers by Sir Richard Steele, Every Man in his Humour by Ben Jonson altered by David Garrick and Philaster by Beaumont and Fletcher
Volume X: The Orphan, Or The Unhappy Marriage by Thomas Otway, Albion Queens by John Banks and Cato by Joseph Addison.
Volume XI: Oroonoko By Thomas Southern, A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Mrs Centlivre and Lady Jane Gray by N Rowe.
Volume XII: The Careless Husband by Colley Cibber, The Provok'd Husband by John Vanbrugh and Boadicea by Mr Glover.
Volume XVI: Tamerlane by N Rowe, The Way to Keep him by Arthur Murphy and Tancred and Sigismunda by James Thomson.
Volume XVII: All in the Wrong by Arthur Murphy, The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar and The Grecian Daughter by Arthur Murphy.
Volume XVIII: Isabella or The Fatal Marriage by Southern, Constant Couple by George Farquhar and The Gamesters by Shirley and C Johnson.
Volume XVIX: Cleone by R Dodsley, Ximena by Colley Cibber and All for Love by Dryden. 
Volume XX: The City Wives' Confederacy by John Vanbrugh, The Wonder by Mrs Centlivre and The Committee by Sir R Howard.
Volume XXI: George Barnwell by George Lillo, The West Indian by Richard Cumberland and The Hypocrite by Isaac Bickerstaff.
Volume XXII: The Gamester by Edward Moore, Amphitryon by Dr Hawkesworth and The Foundling by Edward Moore.
Volume XXIII: The Jealous Wife by George Coleman, The Refusal by Colley Cibber, The Roman Father by Mr Whitehead.
Volume XXIV: The Clandestine Marriage by G Colman and D Garrick, The Drummer by Joseph Addison and The Earl of Warwick by Dr Franklin
Volume XXV: She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not or The Kind Imposter by Colley Cibber, The Double Gallant by Colley Cibber and The Minor by Samuel Foote.
Volume XXVI: The Natural Son by Richard Cumberland, The Brothers by Richard Cumberland and The Good Natured Man by Dr Goldsmith.
Volume XXVII:  The Countess of Salisbury A Tragedy by Hall Hartson, The Battle of Hastings by Richard Cumberland and The Discovery by Frances Sheridan.
Volume XXXIV: The Ambitious Step-Mother by Nicholas Rowe, The Mistake by Sir John Vanbrugh and The Twin Rivals by George Farquhar.
Volume XXXV: The Royal Convert by Nicholas Rowe, False Delicacy by Hugh Kelly and Barbarossa by Dr Brown.
Volume XXXVI: Cyrus a Tragedy by Mr John Hoole, Cleonice by John Hoole and Relapse by Sir John Vanbrugh.

Bell's British Theatre plays were originally published as 140 plays in 21 volumes. However, each set has a different combination of plays making it unique
 

CONDITION

In full tree calf bindings. Externally, generally smart with rubbing to spines and joints. Small loss to head of spine to volumes VI, II and III due to rubbing. Volumes II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, XI, XII, XXIII, XXIV,  XXVI, XXXV and XXXVI are lacking all spine labels. Volumes I and XXI are lacking the bottom two spine labels. Volumes XVIII, XVIX and XXVII are lacking middle spine label. Volumes X, XVI, XVII, XX and XXII are lacking top two spine labels. Volume XXXIV is lacking bottom spine label. Volume XXV has all three spine labels. Rear board to volume XVI has a crack 2.5" long diagonally upwards from the tail of the spine. Front joint to volume V is starting but firm. Rear joint to volume XVII is starting but firm. Small crack to front joint of volume X. Front hinges to volumes V and VII are tender with cords showing. Both hinges to volume X are tender with the cords showing. Front hinges to volumes IV and XXV and XXVII are slightly strained but firm. Rear hinge to volume VXVI is tender with cords showing. The textblock to volume X has detached from spine at the rear hinge though the pastedown is still intact and firmly bound to textblock. Internally, volumes I, II, III, IV, V, XI, XII, XVII,XVIII, XVIX, XX, XXII, XXI, XXV, XXIII, XXIV, XXVII, XXX,IV, XXXV and XXXVI are all firmly bound. Volume VI is generally firmly bound though strained in places. Two plates and the first six leaves to volume VII are disbound but present, the rest of the volume is otherwise generally firmly bound. The front endpapers to volume X are detatched from textblock though still attached to pastedown. Pages 81-84 and a plate of Cato to volume X are disbound but present. The overall binding to volume X is weak. Rear marbled endpaper and pastedown to volume XVI are detached but present with the remaining endpapers weak. Overall volume XVI is generally firmly bound though strained in places. Overall pages are generally bright. Small scorch mark to endpaper and final leaf of volume II, doesn't affect the text. Tear to bottom corner of the leaf ix/x to volume V's Fair Penitent does not affect text. Tear to final leaf of volume XXVII affecting the running title. Tear to corner of pp 31-36 of volume XXXIV's The Ambitious Stepmother affecting the edge of 12 lines of text. Spotting to volume VII. Scattered spots throughout volume XII. The odd spot throughout the remaining 23 volumes. Ribbon bookmarks present to all volumes. Overall: VERY GOOD with Volumes VII, X and XVI GOOD ONLY due to weak bindings.  


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