8vo, pp. , 87, [1, imprimatur]; with preliminary blank; publisher’s device to title-page, woodcut head- and tail-pieces; some ink blots to one leaf, but a fine, crisp copy in contemporary quarter calf over paper boards, vellum tips, spine with brown morocco label, gilt, rubbed with some loss to spine; imprint underlined in red crayon, notations in the same crayon to cast list; contemporary ownership inscription in ink to title-page.
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Tom Jones a Londres, Comédie en cinq actes et en vers, tirée du roman de Fielding … Réprésentée, pour la première fois, par les Comédiens Italiens ordinaires du Roi, le Mardi 22 Octob. 1782. Prix trente sols.
Later edition, first published 1782. Desforges’s dramatic adaptation of Fielding’s novel was followed in 1788 by an apparently inferior sequel, Tom Jones et Fellamar.
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