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    The Expedition. A Love Story. Solving the Mystery of a Polar Tragedy by Uusma, Bea

    London: Head of Zeus. 2014. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Previous owner's details to preliminary pages.Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 280 pages This book is the result of a fifteen year labour of love, won the August Prize in 2013 for best non fiction book. . Reprint. Hardback.


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    Double Broadside for Johann Strauss I and Johann Nestroy. by Strauss, Johann and Johann Nestroy

    Fine. Double Broadside for Johann Strauss I and Johann Nestroy. 23 cm x 37 cm. Johann Nestroy appears in his own farce with song, Einen Jux will er sich Machen, as Weinberl, ein handlungsdiener, February 13, 1847, at the Leopoldstadt Theater for the 102nd time. Johann Strauss I, or Johann Strauss the Elder (1804 1849), Kapellmeister of the first Bürger-regiment, is announced as appearing in three final performances at the Sofien-Bad-Saales in 1847. Two broadsides -- still joined on one sheet -- of two of nineteenth century Viennas most famous performers. Conserved and matted. Fine.Einen Jux will er sich Machen (1842) is the farce-with-song on which Thornton Wilder based both of his versions of Nestroys farce. The first version was The Merchant of Yonkers, and the second was The Matchmaker (1938). The latter was adapted by Michael Stewart into his book Hello, Dolly!


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    CHARLES FROHMAN Presents MAUDE ADAMS In a play, In Six Acts, PETER PAN Or, THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T GROW UP. by Barrie, J.M

    New York: Empire Theatre, January 1907. Playbill. Fine. CHARLES FROHMAN Presents MAUDE ADAMS In a play, In Six Acts, PETER PAN Or, THE BOY WHO WOULDNT GROW UP. Empire Theatre, New York: [1907, probably after Jan. 21]. 45 cm x 12.5 cm Theatrical playbill-broadside for the complete six-act production of Peter Pan at the Empire Theatre in New York for J. M. Barries play, which had opened at the Empire Theatre in New York November 6, 1905. This production included the mermaids lagoon scenes (Act III), which were left out of the earlier performances. The legendary Maude Adams still played Peter Pan, having joined Charles Frohmans company in 1892. She opened in Peter Pan in New York on November 6, 1905 and appeared in more than 500 performances of the play. The world premiere of Peter Pan took place at the Duke of Yorks Theatre in London, December 27, 1904. In 1905 and 1906 the curtain time was 8:20, on this broadside, it is 8. There were also changes from the earlier cast. Charles Frohman was the manager of the Empire, Criterion, and Garrick Theatres in New York and also the manager of the Duke of Yorks Theatre and the Aldwych Theatre in London. Unmounted. With a plan of the theatre below, showing the gallery exit plan. The paper has been cleaned to remove superficial and ground-in dirt, then washed to reduce acidity and discoloration. The sheet has been sized with gelatinand lined with mulberry paper. Fine condition.


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    Monumental Theatrical Advertising, Three-Piece Color Composite Woodblock Theater Poster, a Printing of Scenes from Charles Dickens’ The Adventures of Oliver Twist. by [Dickens, Charles]

    Three-Piece Color Composite Woodblock Theater Poster, a Printing of Scenes from Charles Dickens' The Adventures of Oliver Twist . Hartford: Calhoun Printing Works, [188-]. Each of the three sections measures 28 in x 42 in, combined (7 ft x 3 ½ ft). The images are taken from the original wrapper of Part II of The Adventures of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. A New Edition Revised & Corrected. To be completed in Ten Numbers. London: Bradbury & Evans, 90, Fleet Street, and Whitefriars, 1846. Cohn 240. In the top panel of this triptych, the upper right-hand side recreates a reverse image of the second vignette from the left-hand side of Bradbury & Evans' wrapper, now titled "Oliver Introduced to the Kind Old Gent," from Part III. In the lower right-hand corner of the bottom panel, is a vignette titled, "Oliver's Reception by Fagin and the Boys," from Part III of the 1846 Bradbury & Evans edition. The central image occupying the entire center panel of the triptych is "Fagan's Last Night Alive," adapted from Cruikshank's "Fagan in the Condemned Cell," from Part X, appearing at the center bottom of Bradbury & Evans' wrapper for Part II, as reproduced by Cohn, pp. 80 – 81. In The New England Business Directory of 1875, the printer is identified as the Calhoun Printing Works. On the bottom sheet of the triptych the printer is given as "Calhoun Print, Harfford CT." This image is believed to be the first issued, not to be easily confused with re-printings from the 1920s, noting this visibly corrected spelling mistake and the racial slur, "Fagin – the Jew," which were deleted from only some of the later printings . Also, there is a marked difference in the quality of the nineteenth century paper from that used for the 1920s re-prints. The latter paper from the 1920s was very acidic and is now extremely brittle, as it did not absorb the color as well as the heavier nineteenth century paper. Also, the reprints are smaller and have even edges. The Calhoun company was known for its large colorful posters, show bills and other large-format outdoor advertising, using composite boxwood blocks. This copy of this poster was never used. It has not been backed, the only conservation it underwent was a painstaking surface cleaning to remove superficial and ground-in dirt, and a few marginal tears and weak areas were reinforced with mulberry paper and wheat starch paste. As it had been rolled in an open, unprotected environment, each of the three pieces was flattened by humidification and flattening between blotters. The over-all condition is extraordinarily fine. The original colors are brilliant.


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    The White Devil by Webster, John

    London: New Mermaids / A & C Black,. Paperback. 174pp. Includes critical introduction, biography of author, textual details, bibliography and notes. New Mermaids series. Edited by Elizabeth M. Brennan. Hint of rubbing to edges. Very good copy. . Paperback. 1985.


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    Marcel Marceau Master of Mime by Martin, Ben

    Stanmore, NSW: Cassell Australia. 1978. Small Quarto Size [approx 18.5cm x 26cm]. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with Colour and Black & White Photographs. Previous owners name to title page. unpaginated A unique picture book which emerged from the friendship between Marcel Marceau and the author. . 1st Australian Edition. Hardback.


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    Marie Geistinger in New York 1881 Playbill.

    Geistinger, Marie. A theatrical playbill (36 cm X 13 cm) advertisement, with a likeness of the famous Viennese operetta star, taken from a New York German language newspaper for Marie Geistinger (1836 – 1903), appearing at the Thalia Theater in 1881, presented there by Gustav Amberg, at age 44, with great success. Geistinger appeared at the Thalia Theater (formerly the New Bowery Theater), on Chambers Street between Broadway and Centre Street, in Die schöne Galathee , described on the playbill as 'a Roman-mythological Opera in One Act' by Franz von Suppé (whose full name was Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo, Cavaliere Suppé-Demelli). Also on this program were Das Versprechen hinter'in herd (The Promise Behind the Stove) and Eine vollkommene Frau (A Complete Woman) described respectively as singspiel and luftspiel . Condition is remarkably good. $350.00


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    The Mill: Experiments in Theatre and Community by Rogers, Meredith

    North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. 2016. MINT - a NEW copy. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 298 pages The Mill Community Theatre Project in Geelong re-imagined the relationship between theatre audiences and performers. The project's Artistic Director, James McCaughey, envisaged a program of work in which formal innovation, artistic excellence and community engagement could go hand in hand. The Mill Theatre's life was short, but its legacy—and that of Deakin University's Performing Arts course, simultaneously founded by McCaughey, has been substantial. This book brings to light the work of a company largely ignored in broad-brush histories, and the profound impact it had on theatre workers and students who were touched by it. . New. 1st Edition. Trade Paperback.


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    Fanny Kemble Leading Lady of the Nineteenth-Century Stage A Biography by Furnas, J. C

    New York: The Dial Press. 1982. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with Black and White plates. 494 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Mammoth Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

    [Harriet Beecher Stowe] Mammoth Uncle Tom's Cabin . Erie Litho. & Printing Co., Erie, PA. 1916. Two-sided lithographed illustrated theatrical broadside, 27 ¾ in x 10 ¼ in, verso reads, "Grand 1916 Triumphal Tour. New Uncle Tom's Cabin Company . " The front has three 6 in x 9 in lithographs by the Erie Lithography and Publishing Company, made famous by Cole & Harris in the 1890s, with Uncle Tom above portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Billed as a live theatrical event not a "moving picture show," this copy was never actually used to advertise an event, as the space at the bottom below "Will Exhibit At" is blank. The verso advertises this production as the Grand 1916 Triumphal Tour by theNew Uncle Tom's Cabin Company, then in its tenth year. This rare surviving broadside has been washed to reduce the acidity of the paper and discoloration. The paper has been buffered, resized and weak areas have been reinforced with mulberry paper and wheat paste. The condition is now very good, conservation noted.


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    A Register of English Theatrical Documents, 2 Volume set: Volume 1, 1660-1714; Volume 2, 1714-1737 by Judith Milhous Ph.D. and Robert D. Hume

    1991-03-14. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!


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    Eva Le Gallienne Signed and Inscribed Photograph. by Le Gallienne, Eva

    Le Gallienne, Eva, Photograph, Signed and Inscribed. 9 ¼ in x 7 ½ in. Original signed, vintage photograph signed by Richard T. Dooner, signed "Dooner" in pencil in the lower right-hand corner, copyright stamp by Richard T. Dooner of Philadelphia on the verso. Inscribed by Eva Le Gallienne: "To the '2nd Twin' with love from 'Peter' Eva Le Gallienne". E. Le Gallienne (1899 – 1991) . This is a momento from Eva Le Gallienne's production of Peter Pan (November 26 – December 1928). The Second Twin was played by Henry Melvin in this short-lived production. Peter Pan was one of five plays performed in repertory at Laura Keene's old French Theatre, the Civic Repertory Theatre, which stood at 107 West 14th Street in New York City and was still known as "The 14th Street Theatre." Attached to cardstock in only two places at the top of the image border. Condition good, slight soiling, Signed and inscribed boldly in ink.


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    POLOPTICOMORAMA OF THE WAR. by Clapp, Stanley & Co

    [Rebus. Polopticomorama.] "The Polopticomorama or battle pictures of Little Round Top [July 2, 1863] turn up the workmanship unparalleled the battle of the ironclads is wonderful of course but time afternoon and Night, every day this week." An extraordinary surviving contemporaneous American Civil War palm-card rebus announcement for Clapp, Stanley & Co.'s POLOPTICOMORAMA OF THE WAR, [1863] depicts in miniature the Battle of the Ironclads as well as the Battle of Little Round Top. Horizontal image 2 ¾ in x 3 ½ in. The name of Charles E. Berry is written in pencil at the bottom of the rebus. Originally printed on diaphanous paper, this very rare surviving ephemeral announcement, of a theatrical re-enactment of recent battles while the American Civil War still raged, has been cleaned, flattened and backed with mulberry paper. Matted.


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    Le Petit Moissonneur des Théâtres by [Théâtre du Vaudeville],

    Fine. Le Petit Moissonneur des Théâtres. à Paris : Le Fuel, libraire, Editeur, Rue St. Jacques, No. 54, [1826]. Hand-colored plates, portraits of actors and actresses in roles for which they were remembered. John Grand-Carteret dates this title vers 1825 and lists it as Number 2030 (as 32mo) in his exhaustive Les Almanachs Français Bibliographie-Iconographie, Paris 1896. Daniel François Schleurleer in his Almanakken der Muziekbibliotek dates this very rare title to 1827 and as being 16mo. Listed as N. 157 in the Revue Encyclopédique; ou Analyse Raisonée; Tome XL, Paris: 1828, lists it as bound in-18, with 192 pages avec gravures coloriées. A copy was reported sold in 1893 at the sale of the library of Damascène Morgand, I: 4178. This copy is in-16, 105 mm x 70 mm, [1 blank; half-title, with Imprimerie de Jules Didot Ainé, rue du Pont-de-Lodi, no. 6 on the verso; interlined frontispiece of a boy harvesting a sheaf in the Champ de Thalie; 192 pages of text; Le Souvenir des Dames, with engraved title-page, 14 pages, for each of the twelve months for memoranda; a final blank]. 14 engravings, 13 of the portraits of the actors and actresses of the day. Bound in quarter tan calf on marbled boards. Rebacked, otherwise a fine copy. Among the other portraits of actors and actresses is a portrait of Mlle. Saint-Ange in the role of Marguerite from LEtameur, ou La Place Maubert, Tableau en un Acte written by MM. Gabriel, Dumersan, et Brazier which played at the Théâtre des Variétés . See LIntérmédiaire des Chercheurs et Curieux, 1898. List of illustrations: frontispiece of a boy harvesting a sheaf of wheat in the Champ de Thalie; M. Le Peintre in the role of M. Pothin, in Le Voisin; M. Vernet in the cross-dressing role of Isidor in Les Alsaciennes, ou les Marchandes de Balais, Folie-vaudeville en un Acte by MM. Gabriel and Brazier, first performed on 19 July 1826, at the Théâtre des Variétés ; M. Gontier in the role of Chavigny in Le Diplomate, Comedie-Vaudeville en deux actes by MM. scribe et Germain Delavigne at the Theatre de Madame (Gymnase Drammatique); M. Phillipe in the role of M. Jovial in M. Jovial, ou LHuissier Chansonnier, Vaudeville en un Acte, written by MM. Théaulon et Choquart at the Théâtres des Nouveautés; Mme Dussert in the role of La Mère au bal et la Fille à la Maison, Comédie-Vaudeville written by M. Théaulon; M. Brunet in the role of M. Courtaud, in La Journée dun Flanneur, Comédie-Vaudeville en Quatre Tableaux, written by MM. Gabriel. Dumersan, et Brazier at the Théâtre des Variétés; Mme Guillemin in the role of Mme Durand in LAuvergnate, ou la Principale Locataire, Comédie-Vaudeville en un acte, written by MM. Gabriel, Brazier, and Dumersan at the Théâtre de Vaudeville; M. Potier in the role of lavocat contre, in Les Passages et les Rues, ou la Guerre Déclarée, Vaudeville-a-propos en un Acte, written by MM. Gabriel, Dumersan, et Brazier at the Théâtre des Variétés; Melle Élisa-Jacops, in the role of Anna, in Le Châlet, Comédie en un Acte, Mélée de Couplets ; written by MM. Gabriel, Dumersan, and Brazier at the Théâtre des Variétés; and, Mme Carmouche (Jenny Verprée) in the role of La Reine de Seize Ans, Vaudeville en un Acte, written by M. Bayard at the Théâtre de Madame (Gymnase Drammatique). Four other theatrical presentations are included : La nuit dun Jourer, ou le Petit Béverley Comédie-Vaudeville en un Acte written by M. Aude at the Théâtre des Variétés (also known as Beverley dAngoulême) about an uncle who disguises himself en Juif pour guérir son neveu de la maudite passion de jeu ; Le Baron allemand, ou le Blocus de la Salle à Manger, Comédie-Vaudeville en un Acte, written by MM. Jules and Armand at the Théâtre des Variétés ; Les Ecoliers en promenade, Comédie-Vaudeville en un Acte, written by MM. Gabriel, Dumersan, and Brazier ; and, Jean de Calais, Comédie en deux Actes, Mélée de Couplets, written by MM Émile Vanderburck et Étienne at the Théâtre des Variétés. A total of fourteen theatrical presentations, ten of them accompanied with a hand-colored engraving of the actor who made the role memorable, are given in synopsis and with excerpts of the laugh-lines of the day. A rare title, four copies are recorded.


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    Ars Tragica Sophoclea cum Shaksperiana Comparata: an Essay on the Tragic art of Sophocles and Shakspere, to which was awarded the Members' Prize for Latin Essay in the University of Cambridge 1894. by Horton-Smith, Lionel

    Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes. Very Good. 1896. First. Hardback. Please note that this is a heavy item and will require extra postage.; Dk green boards, modern binding by Riley Dunn & Wilson; clean and bright; gilt titling, bright; binding tight. Bookplate of Oxford & Cambridge Club on front pastedown - this copy was presented by the author on 8th Nov. 1896. Embossed stamp of Oxford and Cambridger Univ Club on p 145, but no other apparent marks. Latin text. NB: The title does state "Shakspere".; 8vo (6" x 9"); 146 pages .


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    An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. Reprinted verbatim from the “Westminster Review” with a Prepatory Note on Thackeray as an Artist and Art-Critic by W. E. Church. by Thackeray, William Makepeace

    Extra-illustrated. This copy contains the following, along with those published with the book: 32 portraits, 5 colored; 93 plates and caricatures (32 colored); 20 wood engravings; 6 ALS: Alfred Bunn, Manager of Drury Lane Theatre (2); C.W. Cope, the Royal Academician; R.B. Peake, Dramatic Author; J.D. Harding and Thomas Dibdin; one playbill; two signatures of George Cruikshank. Bound in full red morocco, page edge gilding all around, binding stamp-signed by The Hampstead Bindery, rebound and hinges replaced, leather edges protected, covers bowed now and cup the profuse extra-illustration. Interior expert paper conservation and minor repairs to the added illustrations and documents as were needed. General over-all interior condition is good, isolated spotting of some plates. Condition of repaired binding of the enormous unique volume of Cruikshankiana as noted. full inventory / collation of this enormous volume available on request.


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    Sarah Siddons Portrait of an Actress by Manvell, Roger

    London: Heinemann. 1970. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with black and white plates and drawings. Gift inscription to front free endpaper. 385 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.


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    Five Past Midnight in Bhopal by Lapierre, Dominique & Moro, Javier

    London: Scribner. 2002. Very Good condition. Light reading creases to spine. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 391 pages . Reprint. Trade Paperback.


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    Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Comédie en 3 Actes, de Molière, Arrangé en Opéra-Comique par MM Jules Barbier & Michel Carré. by Gounod, Charles François

    Gounod, Charles François, Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Comédie en 3 Actes, de Molière, Arrangé en Opéra-Comique par MM Jules Barbier & Michel Carré. Musique de Charles Gounod Partition Piano et Chant. Paris: Colombier, Éditeur, rue Vivienne, No. 6, [1858]. 27.5 cm x 18 cm, [iv ; 190 pages]. In-8vo. Original green wrapper bound-in. Bound in half blue goatskin, with gold lettering on the spine, over blue marbled boards. Slight wear to corners, binding otherwise very good. Internally pristine, printed on heavy paper, wrapper slightly chipped. Engraved title page. First edition, C 2097 Columbier. Signed and inscribed in ink by Gounod at the top of the title page: "à mon ami, Léon Leroy : Souvenir affecteux. Ch. Gounod." Sold with an ALS of presentation from Gounod to Léon Leroy dated "Samedi 5 février /70". The text is: " Mon cher ami, Il y a huit jours que j'ai votre médecin … Et le mien aussi – car je viens d'être malade, et je sors de mon lit. C'est pourquoi je n'ai pu mettre la main sur votre addresse dont la copie était dans mes papiers. Voulez-vous avoir la bonté de faire prendre mon souvenir chez mon concierge ? Il y est déposé par bande à votre nom --- à vous Ch. Gounod. " ["My dear friend, It has been eight days since I had your doctor --- and my own as well – since I came to be sick, and I left my bed. It's why I have not been able to put my hand on your address which was in my papers. Would you have the goodness to come and get my souvenir from my concierge? It is deposited in a wrapper in your name. Yours, Ch. Gounod."] Léon Leroy was a distinguished clarinetist and a member, first in Paris, then later in New York, of the Société Moderne pour Instruments à Vent and a soloist with the Garde Republicaine Band in Paris. Le Médecin Malgré Lui was Gounod's third opera, dating from 1858.


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    Shakespeare's England (A Cassell Caravel Book) by Editors of Horizon Magazine in consultation with Louis B.Wright

    London: Cassell. 1965. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition in pictorial boards. Illustrated with colour and black & white plates. Black and white drawings. Previous owner's neat initials to front pastedown. 153 pages Presents Shakespeare against the colouful tapestry of his times . 1st UK Edition. Hardback.


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    Women Beware Women by Middleton, Thomas

    London: New Mermaids / Ernest Benn,. Paperback. 112pp. Includes critical introduction, biography of author, textual details, bibliography and notes. New Mermaids series. Edited by Roma Gill. Rubbed to edges with some light reading wear. Good+, sound copy. . Paperback. Reprint. 1980.


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    The Theatre A Concise History Revised Edition by Hartnoll, Phyllis

    London: Thames & Hudson. 1989. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition - Card Covers. Covered in clear adhesive film by previous owner. 270 illustrations, 35 in colour. 288 pages . Reprint. Softcover.


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    The Spanish Tragedy by Kyd, Thomas

    London: A & C Black Publishers,. Paperback. 137pp. New Mermaids series. Edited by J.R. Mulryne. Includes criticial introduction, biography of auhtor, bibliography and information about the staging of the play Heavy pencil annotation in parts. Lightly rubbed with some minor surface marks. Good+, sound copy. . Paperback. 1987.


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    The Thing Contained: The Theory of the Tragic. by Michel, Laurence

    Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1970. hardcover. Very Good Copy.


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    Love in a Riddle. A Pastoral. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, By His Majesty’s Servants. by Cibber, Colley

    London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing Office in Wild-Court near Lincolns-Inn Fields, MDCCXXIX. Hardcover. Cibber, Colley. Love in a Riddle. A Pastoral. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, By His Majestys Servants. London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing Office in Wild-Court near Lincolns-Inn Fields, MDCCXIX [1729?]. Price of 1S. 6d. in square brackets. ESTC Citation No. T38640. 8vo, [iv; 96 pages]. Decorated headpieces, epilogue with engraved musical air and 22 pages of engraved music (tunes to the songs sung in the play). Rebound in modern full pebble grain morocco with earlier labels preserved on the spine. Gilt-edged all around. A near-pristine, very fine copy. Love in a Riddle is a ballad-opera, Cibbers attempt to emulate John Gays Beggars Opera. His attempt did not meet with critical success, in fact, his effort was condemned. However, he rescued its comic subplot for his Damon and Phillida.


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