Beauties Triumph. A Masque. Presented by the Scholars of Mr. Jeffery Banister and Mr. James Hart, at their New Boarding-School for Young Ladies and Gentlewomen, kept in that House which was formerly Sir Arthur Gorges, at Chelsey.

  • Duffett, Thomas
  • London: Printed in the year 1676
  • ESTC R4284.


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4to, pp. [iv], 22, [2]. Modern quarter blue cloth and green paper boards, spine lettered vertically in gilt, padded out with blanks at the rear. Browned and foxed, fore- and tail-edges shaved, with some loss to page numbers, signature marks, and on a couple of leaves the bottom line of text or the first couple of letters of each line on the verso. Birmingham library bindery stamp to rear pastedown.


A rare masque, adapting in verse the judgement of Paris, by Thomas Duffett (or Duffet, fl. 1673-1676), about whom little is known. His burlesques were successful and serve as important witnesses to the elaborate contemporary productions that they satirised, while this work appears to have been written to order for a short-lived boarding school housed in Gorges House, built by Sir Arthur Gorges in Chelsea (demolished by the 1720s). ESTC locates copies in four UK locations (BL, Cambridge, Oxford, Sheffield), and five in the USA (Folger, Huntington, Newberry, Chicago, Yale).

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