George Farquhar: The Beaux-Stratagem
Written by the Irish dramatist, George Farquhar (1677-1707), The Beaux' Stratagem (1707) is one of the final Restoration styled comedies. Having fallen on hard times its two young gentlemen protagonists hatch a plan to travel through small towns, entrap young heiresses, steal their money and move on. Within a few years of its creation this kind of plot, with its cynical view of marriage was deemed contrary to prevailing notions of morality.
Farquhar (George), The Beaux’ Stratagem. In Select Comedies. 12mo. London, 1728.
Former owner: David Hughes (1727-77)