Venice preserv’d, or a Plot discover’d. A Tragedy. As it is acted at the Duke’s Theatre …

London, Printed for Jos. Hindmarsh … 1682.

Small 4to., pp. [8], 72; some spotting and staining, pen trials to the title-page; a good copy in modern quarter blue morocco and cloth boards.

£750

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First edition of perhaps the finest tragedy of the Restoration stage. No play has ‘been revived more often ... save those of Shakespeare’ (Pforzheimer). The play was first performed in February 1682 by the Duke of York’s company at Dorset Garden; and it was staged again in April to welcome the Duke back to London. For this royal occasion Otway wrote a new epilogue and Dryden contributed a special prologue, both printed at the time as separate broadsides.

Wing O 567; Pforzheimer 779.

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