(English Restoration Plays) The Libertine: A Tragedy. As it is now Acted By Her Majesty's Servants.
By Thos. Shadwell. London: Printed for H. H. and Sold by R. Wellington, 1705. 8vo. (viii), 58pp. With, The Tender Husband; or, The Accomplished Fools, A Comedy. As it is now Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. By Her Majesty's Servants.
Written by Mr. [Richard] Steele.
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1705. Prologue by Joseph Addison. 8vo. (xii), 62pp., plus 1 page ad at rear. Printed on paper with rag content but with the usual browning; the Shadwell play has first two leaves loose, the Steele play is intact. Neither have covers, ready for binding. Condition generally Good. Both known as wits of their time: Shadwell was also Poet-Laureat; Steele with his friend Addison, published The Tatler
and The Spectator
. Both authors were associated with English Coffeehouses, where gentlemen met to discuss politics, share lively conversations, and often conducted their business.