- Birmingham, England: John Baskerville, 1761.
- contemporary calf, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers
- xl, 358, (2); 514, (2); 514, (2) pages
Price: $1,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 124560
Only edition published by Baskerville (Gaskell 16). A wonderful example of John Baskerville's early printing who just two years later would print his masterpiece - the Baskerville Bible. Characterized by simplicity, elegance, and quiet refinement, Baskerville's typefaces were admired by Benjamin Franklin and adopted for most government printing in the United States. Preface, biography of Congreve. Volume I contains "The Old Batchelor" and "The Double Dealer." "The Old Batchelor" with dedication to Charles, Lord Clifford, and poetic addresses to Congreve by J. Marsh and Bevil Higgins. "The Double Dealer" with dedication to Charles Montague and poetic address to Congreve by John Dryden. Volume II contains "Love for Love" and "The Way of the World." "Love for Love with dedication to The Earl of Dorset and Middlesex. "The Way of the World" with dedication to the Earl of Montague and poetic address to Congreve by R. Steele. Volume III contains "The Mourning Bride," "The Judgment of Paris," "Semele," various poems, and "A Letter to Mr. Dennis Concerning Humor in Comedy." Dedication to "The Princess." Frontispiece in Volume I and preceding each work within each volume. Covers scuffed at edges. Hinges tender, else an outstanding set.