Handsome full calf leather bindings with gilt borders to the boards and gilt titles and detail to the spines.
This is the works of Thomas Otway, complete in two volumes and illustrated with engraved portarit frontispiece to volume I.
Volume I; Alcibiades; Don Carlos, Prince of Spain; Titus and Berenice, with the Cheats of Scapin; Friendship in Fashion; The Soldier's Fortune.
Volume II; The Atheist or the second part of the Soldier's Fortune; The Orphan; The History and Fall of Caius Marius; Venice Preserved; Poems and Letters.
Thomas Otway (March 3, 1652 ? April 14, 1685) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period.
He was born at Trotton, near Midhurst, the parish of which his father, Humphrey Otway, was at that time curate. Humphrey later became rector of Woolbeding, a neighbouring parish, where Thomas Otway was brought up. He was educated at Winchester College, and in 1669 entered Christ Church, Oxford, as a commoner, but left the university without a degree in the autumn of 1672. At Oxford he made the acquaintance of Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount Falkland, through whom, he says in the dedication to Caius Marius, he first learned to love books. In London he made acquaintance with Aphra Behn, who in 1672 cast him as the old king in her play, Forc'd Marriage, or The Jealous Bridegroom, at the Dorset Garden Theatre. However, he had a bad attack of stage fright, and never made a second appearance.
The Works of Mr Thomas Otway with some account of his life and writings, published in 1712, was followed by other editions (1757, 1768, 1812).
The bindings are tight and firm and all covers are firmly attached. There is some general mild wear to the extremities but they are on the whole in very good condition. Internally the book is generally clean and bright apart from some mild staining to the bottom of some pages, mainly in volume I and including the frontispiece and title page. There are some mild spots in places.
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