Colley Cibber, Loves Last shift (1696)
Whereas for poetry, the early 18th century was an age of satire and public verse, drama saw a transition from witty and sexually provocative Restoration comedy, to works invoking more mundane concerns of mercantile classes. The dramatic work of Colley Cibber (1671-1757), a prime butt of Pope’s satire, forms a bridge between the license of the Restoration stage and soberer values of the new age. Shorn of harsh wit and rakishness of the 17th century Loves Last shift (1696) exhibits the new sentimental romantic comedy.
Cibber (Colley), Love’s Last Shift. In Miscellaneous Plays Vol XII. 12mo. London, 1748.
Former owner: David Hughes (1727-77)