VANBRUGH'S FIRST PUBLISHED WORK: A SEQUEL TO CIBBER'S 'LOVE'S LAST SHIFT'
[VANBRUGH, John, Sir]. THE RELAPSE; OR, VIRTUE IN DANGER: Being the sequel of The Fool in Fashion, a comedy. Acted at the Theatre- Royal in Drury Lane. [London:] Printed for Samuel Briscoe ..., 1697. First edition. Small quarto. A-O4. 21.5 x 16 cm. ,29- 56,59-106 pp. Pagination is a bit irregular (pp. 30-31 are misnumbered 32-33, and page nos. 57-58 are dropped completely), but the text is complete. Bound in Roxburghe style brown three-quarter morocco with brick red sides, gilt title to spine. Binding shows light shelfwear. Moderate to heavy foxing throughout text. One leaf (D1) has irregular loss in the blank fore-edge margin. Still, it is a very good copy of Vanbrugh's first play, which was published anonymously, that is rarely seen in the market. It is a sequel to Colley Cibber's "Love's Last Shift; or, The Fool in Fashion" (1696) and was an immediate success, remaining popular throughout the eighteenth century. Numerous editions were published, as well as several translations, and even some adaptations. (ESTC R23576; Pforzheimer 1021).