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STEELE, [Richard]. The funeral; and the Tender Husband: comedies.

London. Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1712.
[24], 160pp, [2]. Each play has a separate title page, but the register and pagination are continuous. ESTC T60372.

[Bound with:] STEELE, [Richard]. The lying lover: or, Ladies Friendship. A comedy. London. Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1712. Second edition. [12], 80pp, [4]. With initial and terminal advertisement leaves. ESTC T9517.

12mo. Contemporary gilt-tooled calf. Extremities worn, remnant of paper label to lower compartment of spine, loss to head. Contemporary armorial bookplate of John, Marquess of Tweeddale to FEP, later armorial bookplate of David Garnett to recto of FFEP, browned and spotted.
Two early eighteenth-century editions of comedies by Irish playwright Sir Richard Steele (bap. 1672, d. 1729), including his first published stage work, The Funeral (1701). Steele is predominantly remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazine The Spectator.
£ 200.00 Antiquates Ref: 20930