Small 8vo., pp. , 128, with half-title; contemporary half calf, chip to spine.
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First edition of Landor’s first play, unacted, but a succès d’éstime, published in ‘a small edition’ (Oxford DNB). The episode in Spanish history which it treats – the vengeance taken by Don Julián, 8th-century ruler of Ceuta, against Roderigo, King of the Goths, who has dishonoured Julián’s daughter – was also used by Walter Scott (The Vision of Don Roderick, 1811), Southey (Roderick, the last of the Goths, 1814) and, earlier, William Rowley (All’s lost by Lust, 1633).
Wise & Wheeler 12.
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