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[MEARS (William)]. A Compleat Catalogue of All Plays That were ever yet Printed in the English Language. Containing the dates and number of Plays written by every particular author: An Account of what Plays were Acted with Applause, and of those which were never Acted; and also the Authors now Living. In Two separate Alphabets. Continued to this present Year, 1726.1726

London: Printed for W. Mears, Second edition, 12mo (168 x 100 mm), 104pp., nineteenth-century half calf, joints cracked, rubbed. William Mears, bookseller at the Lamb without Temple Bar, active 1710-1739. He first published this list of Plays in 1714, with a further edition in 1719 and this final undated edition of 1726. These were initially intended for use in his bookshop. The work provides the dates and number of plays written by every author, "an account of what plays were acted with applause, and of those that were never acted" and also the authors now living. Two alphabetical sections are included, one listing the plays under the author's name, the other an alphabetical list of titles. There are approximately 3,000 listings. The Shakespeare entry records 43 plays from which we learn that only 15 had been acted with applause. Extremely rare in commerce, only one copy appearing at auction since 1961 (Christie's New York, 2004, $3,824). Arnott & Robinson, 18.

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