The confederacy a comedy : alter'd from Sr. John Vanbrugh, [late 18th century].
- The confederacy a comedy : alter'd from Sr. John Vanbrugh, [late 18th century].
- Manuscript adaptation of Vanbrugh's play of 1705, itself an adaptation of Flourent-Carton Dancourt's "Bourgoises a la mode" of 1692. The play is farcical representation of middle-class citizens attempting to act like nobility. A verse prologue states that this is the author's first attempt at adaptation, which he has completed because "the wit of Vanbrugh is now out of fashion: language and humour vary with the times."
Binding: quarter-calf with vellum corners over marbled board front and later textured board rear.
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Inscription on verso of front flyleaf attributes the play and the hand of the MS to Edmund Malone (1741-1812).
Prologue, definitely in Malone's hand, refers to the death of Roscius [probably David Garrick (1717-1779)].
Rectos only, with some annotations and corrections on versos.
- 1 v. (ca. 200 p.) ; 26 x 19 cm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Partially digitized
- Call Number
- Osborn c218
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- The Confederacy A Comedy Alter'd from Sr. John Vanbrugh. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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