The WOMAN TURN'D BULLY. A Comedy. Acted at the Duke's Theatre.; Licensed, July the 5th 1675. Roger L'Estrange. Aphra - Sometimes Attributed to Behn, 1640 - 1689.
The WOMAN TURN'D BULLY. A Comedy. Acted at the Duke's Theatre.; Licensed, July the 5th 1675. Roger L'Estrange.

The WOMAN TURN'D BULLY. A Comedy. Acted at the Duke's Theatre.; Licensed, July the 5th 1675. Roger L'Estrange.

London: Printed by J[ames]. C[ottrell]. for T. Dring, at the Harrow at the corner of Chancery-lane in Fleet-street, 1675. 1st Edition (T.C. I. 219; Wing W-3322). [4], 83, [1] p. P. 33 mispaginated as 40; 36 as 33; 37 as 36; 40 as 37. Includes 4 songs. T.p. printer's ornament. 4to: A2 B - L4 M2. 8-3/4" x 6-3/4". Half-bound in brown sheep, with marbled paper boards & eps. TEG. Genereal binding wear. 2 bookplates to front eps. Bookseller ticket to front paste-down. Age-toning, browning & some foxing to paper. Scribbled out name to t.p. Some leaves closely trimmed at top, affecting the running title to various degrees. Withal, a servicable VG copy. Item #49097

The tale centers on Betty Goodfield, who travels to London dressed as a man, to escape an arranged marriage. Where she assumes the manner of a rakish, swaggering, man-about-town, and seeks inspiration from the theatres of London. It includes references to a number of contemporary plays including George Etherege's The Comical Revenge, Thomas Shadwell's The Sullen Lovers and Epsom Wells, William Wycherley's Love in a Wood and John Dryden's An Evening's Love, Marriage-a-la-Mode and The Assignation. It was produced by the Duke's Company at the Dorset Garden Theatre in 1675, and it is recorded that Nell Gwyn attended a performance on 24 March 1675. 

The authorship of this work is disputed, athrough frequently attributed to Aphra Behn, the famed Restoration era playwright & poet, who was at her most prolific around this time. The Wrenn Catalogue attributes the play to her [per ESTC], the O'Donnell Behn bibliographies [O'Donnell CB2] notes it though makes no assertion as to Behn's involement; modern scholarship tends to eschew Behn's authorship, so it remains a bit of a mysery to this day.

No matter the true author, it is a work that rarely appears on the market, with RBH showing just two appearances in the last half century.

Price: $2,500.00

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