The Adventures of Five Hours. A Tragi-Comedy. SAMUEL TUKE.

The Adventures of Five Hours. A Tragi-Comedy.

Publisher: London: Printed for Henry Herrington, 1663.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wing T-3229; Pforzheimer 1012; NCBEL II, 776.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; hinges tender; very good copy, with wide margins.
Book ID: 26034


Folio, modern brown half calf and brown cloth sides, red leather label, gilt lettering, fore- and bottom-edges untrimmed.


¶ The only play by Samuel Tuke (1615-1674), an adaptation from the Spanish of Antonio Coello y Ochoa's Los Empeños de Seis Horas. Samuel Pepys attended the opening on January 8, in which the famous actor Thomas Betterton played the leading role, and recorded in his diary, as noted in Pforzheimer, that the play was "the best . . . that I ever saw, or think ever shall." The play was reprinted several times, including by Dodsley in his Select Collection of Old Plays (1744), again by Hazlitt in 1876, and Montague Summers wrote an introduction for an edition in 1927.

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