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Epsom-Wells. A Comedy, Acted at the Duke’s Theatre, Thomas Shadwell, 1673, Rare


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A Comedy

Acted at the Duke’s Theatre

by Thomas Shadwell

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Publisher:  Printed by J.M. for Henry Herringman at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange, London

Copyright:  1673

Thomas Shadwell was an English playwright and poet born in 1642, at Santon Hall, Norfolk. He was educated at Bury St. Edmund’s School, and at Caius College, Cambridge. Shadwell left the university without a degree, and joined the Middle Temple. In 1668 he produced a prose comedy, The Sullen Lovers, or the Impertinents, based on a play of Moliere, and written in avowed imitation of Ben Jonson. His best play is Epsom Wells written in 1672 for which Sir Charles Sedley wrote a prologue. Epsom Wells is a comedy of sexual intrigue that takes place at the fashionable spa at Epsom, Surrey. For fourteen years from the production of his first comedy to his memorable encounter with John Dryden, his satirist, Shadwell produced a play nearly every year. These productions display a hatred of sham, and a rough but honest moral purpose. Although bawdy, they present a vivid picture of contemporary manners.

Condition:  Not many books survive 341 years, let alone in this quality. This book is in very good condition for its age. Cloth and leather cover, endpages are still intact. Leather on the spine is torn at the top, there is rubbing on corners. Pages are toned and have some spotting as is usual for books this age, but interior is legible and crisp. Hinges are cracked, cover has detached from binding. This is a collector’s item that will make a wonderful addition to any library!

Reasonable offers will be considered.

95 pages

Additional Information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 x 8 x 1 in





Literature & Fiction

Special Attributes

1st Edition

Year Printed




Country/Region of Manufacture

United Kingdom

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