THE PROVINCIAL STAGE

Young Scarron.

London: Printed and sold by T. Trye ... and W. Reeve ... 1752.

8vo., pp. [4], viii, [4], [17]-182, with half-title; a fine copy in contemporary quarter sprinkled calf, marbled boards, red morocco label (slight defect at bottom of spine).

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First edition of one of the earliest English theatrical novels, schematically based on Scarron’s Roman comique, and dedicated to the managers of the London theatres. Mozeen was himself a successful strolling player. The narrative follows Bob Loveplay and Will Glitter as they lead a troupe of itinerant actors through the Northern provinces one summer. Allowing for romantic subplots and moments of satire, Young Scarron offers a breezy and colloquial insight into the provincial stage.

Lowe, Arnott & Robinson 3346; Hardy 648.

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