Two works 8vo, stapled, both inscribed by the author, ‘with my compliments'.
US $26 €22
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The Kentish Barons: a Play, in three Acts. Interspersed with Songs … First performed at the Theatre-Royal, Hay-Market, Saturday, June 25th, 1791.
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