INCLUDES THE RARE VERSES TO THE AUTHOR BY RICHARD DUKE

[SHAKESPEARE, William] DRYDEN, John. TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, or, Truth Found Too Late. A tragedy as it is acted at the Dukes Theatre. To which is Prefix'd, A Preface Containing the Ground of Criticism in Tragedy. London: Printed for Abel Swall ... and Jacob Tonson ..., 1679. First edition, bound with the leaf of commendatory verse by Richard Duke that is found in only some copies. It is bound in just before p. 1, where the play begins. Small quarto. A4,a-b4,[ ]1,B-K4 21.5 x 16 cm. [26],69,[3] pp. Bound in light brown, full calf, with gilt stamped title to spine. The binding is gently scuffed and has a small bit of ink splatter on lower board. Some light age toning and spotting and/or staining throughout, but clean and attractive overall. This is an adaptation of Shakespeare's TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, but greatly altered by Dryden: "I new model'd the plot; threw out many unnecessary persons, improv'd those characters which were begun and left unfinish'd... The whole fifth act, both plot and writing, are my own addition." (ESTC R4152; MacDonald 84 a ii; Pforzheimer 915; Jaggard, pp. 476-477).
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