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Stockton Axson Collection of 18th Century British Drama


Sixty-two plays from the Stockton Axson Collection of 18th Century British Drama at Fondren Library's Woodson Research Center.

Started as a memorial to Dr. Stockton Axson, an English professor at Rice University, the Axson collection contains restoration and 18th century British drama, representing major and minor literary figures in the fields of dramatic poetry, comedies, tragedies, and operas from 1650 to 1800. The plays represented often have more than one edition, and sometimes more than one variant of an edition is included in the collection.


Michael Gavin (Rice University)

Items in the Stockton Axson Collection of 18th Century British Drama Collection

The mourning bride, a tragedy.  As it is acted at the theatre in Lincoln's Inn-Fields, by His Majesty's servants. Written by Mr. Congreve
6 p. l., 74 (i.e. 66), [2] p. ; 22 cm. Signatures: 2 leaves unsigned; A-I⁴; K². Error in paging: p. 57-66 numbered 65-74.

The rover; or, The banish'd cavaliers. A comedy with the alterations as it is now reviv'd and acting at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden
64 p. ; 21 cm. "The entire plan and many details of both parts of The rover are taken openly and unreservedly from Tom Killigrew's Thomaso, or The wanderer, an unacted comedy likewise in two parts."--Works of A. Behn, ed. by M. Summers, v. 1. Tight…

Falstaff's wedding, a comedy. Being a sequel to the second part of the play of King Henry the Fourth. Written in imitation of Shakespeare, by Mr. Kenrick
3 p. l., 83 p. ; 21 cm. Dramatis personae include Pistol, Bardolph, Nym, Justice Shallow and other characters mainly from Henry IV and V.

The feign'd curtizans, or, A nights intrigue. A comedy. As it is acted at the Dukes theatre. Written by Mrs. A. Behn
4 p. l., 71, [1] p. : ; 22 cm. Signatures: A-K⁴ (D₂ incorrectly signed C₂).

The gamester. A tragedy. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane
iv, [2] p., l l., 84 p. ; 20 cm. Prologue by Garrick, to whom other passages are ascribed.

4 p. l., 77, [2] p. ; 20 cm. Cited by G. W. Bergquist, p. 63, as first published in London, 1771. Also cf. CBEL, II, 453. Engraved t. p., with vignette.

A bold stroke for a husband, a comedy, as acted at the Theatre Royal, in Covent Garden. By Mrs. Cowley
[4], iii, [1], 87, [1] p. ; 21 cm. Third edition. Pages [2] and [4] at front are blank. ; Advertisement: [1] p. at end.