8vo., pp. 6, , 84. with a four-page publisher’s catalogue at the end; title-page a little dusty, but a very good copy, stitched as issued, untrimmed.
US $350 €282
First edition of the only literary work by the intimate friend and banker of Lord Byron, who dedicated Hebrew Melodies to him in 1815. The play was produced at Drury Lane where both served on the Committee, dedicated to Lady Caroline Lamb’s brother-in-law (who contributed three songs), and has a prologue and epilogue by John Cam Hobhouse.
A comedy by John Fletcher, possibly with the collaboration of Francis Beaumont and Philip Massinger, The Beggar’s Bush was acted at Court in 1622 and first published in the Beaumont and Fletcher folio of 1647. Kinnaird’s revision – with its rich Jacobean fare of mistaken identities, disguise, honour, betrayal, true love, and, in the beggars, knockabout rustic humour – was very popular on the stage and it was its success at Drury Lane that led him to sanction publication.
You may also be interested in...
Ballet. Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony. With an introduction and notes by Arnold Haskell.
The deluxe edition, no. 77 of 100 copies, signed by Anthony on the half-title verso. There was also a trade edition.
La locanda commedia da rappresentarsi in Firenze nel Teatro di Via del Cocomero nell’autunno dell’anno 1756.
Sole edition, extremely rare (no other copy listed in library catalogues), of this three-act comedy, a notable example of the new Italian comedy inspired by Goldoni. This work appears to echo Goldoni’s La vedova scaltra (1748), while developing the plot and the theme along original trajectories. The most recognizable persona of the servant in the Commedia dell’Arte, Arlecchino, for example, features here in the unusual role of landlord, and the dynamics of the comedy of errors involve such characters as an English merchant, a German colonel, a French gentlemen, each linguistically marked with mock-national traits in the dialogues.