Lot 457: Rowe (Nicholas). The Fair Penitent. A Tragedy as it is Acted at the New Theatre in Little Lincolns-Inn-Fields, by Her Majesty's Servants, 1st edition, Jacob Thomson, 1703, heavy browning and old damp staining throughout, some damp fraying with loss to half-title and title, inner marginal splits and repairs with several leaves rehinged, lacks final leaf of adverts, bound with 16 and a half (of 30) leaves from ?[John Playford, Catch that Catch Can: Or, The Second Part of the Musical Companion... , 1685], the catches for two, three or four voices composed by Henry Purcell, Michael Wise, John Playford, et al, comprising leaves [B1?, upper half only], C1, 3-4, D1-4, E1-4, F2-4 and G1-2, some browning and soiling and a few minor repairs, front endpapers damp-frayed and detached, near comtemporary limp vellum, soiled, 4to Rowe's play is an adaptation of a play called 'The Fatal Dowry' by Philip Massinger, published in 1632. It brought into English the word Lothario. The fragment of a 17th-century catchbook, with some very bawdy lyrics, is thought to be from Wing P2457. Sold with all faults, not subject to return. (1)
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