This book, which has a spine title of "Miscellany Comedies", is a collection of three comedy plays which were performed in the 18th century.
The first play is 'The Chances', a Comedy with Alterations. Printed in 1774 for the proprietors and sold by T Becket, the Corner of the Adelphi, in the Strand.
'The Chances' is a Jacobean era stage play, a comedy written by John Fletcher. The play was originally published in the first Beaumont and Fletcher folio of 1647, and was included in the second folio of 1679. Adapted versions were printed to accompany Restoration productions: Buckingham's text in 1682, 1692, 1705, 1780, 1791, and after; Garrick's in 1773, 1774, and 1777.
The part of Don John, a Spanish Gentleman, is performed by a Mr Garrick.
The second play is 'The Mistakes: or the Happy Resentment', a Comedy, by the late Lord Hyde and Cornbury. Printed by S Richardson in 1758. The title page is followed by a list of subscribers.
The third play is 'The Plain Dealer', a Comedy, as it is Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, with Alterations from Wycherly. Printed for W Griffin and others, 1766. After the title page is a printed dedication by the Editor, in gratitude to David Garrick, Esquire.
William Wycherley was an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for the plays The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer, his last two comedies.
The book has dark brown boards, which have lost their original shiny surface, and have been reinforced following old splits down the spine edges. The covers have numerous handling marks and edges are worn, particularly at the corners which have loss and some fraying. Text block edges are dust soiled but some of the original red colour can be seen. Inside pages show their age with most having tanned edges and old light foxing spots at well as light general marks. The rear end paper and free end paper are browned around margins. A former owner has added written names on the title pages of the last two plays.
An interesting item particularly for those who like plays and the history of theatre.