New York: Robert M'Dermut, 1806. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Early edition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. "Master Betty" (1791 - 1874) was a famous English child actor, before leaving the stage at age 17 to attend college. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Heavy chipping to head of spine. Dampstaining to boards and interior. Tears to a few pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Includes three illustrations. Auction record number 230 written in pencil to front endpaper with note "Augustin Daly Collection;" however, record is not present. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
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Dublin: Printed by Bartholomew Corcoran, 1774. Hardcover. This very scarce edition was published a year after the English edition, in the year of Goldsmith's death. The only copy of the Irish edition we found is in the Natlional Library of Ireland. Goldsmith was born in Ireland but spent most of his adult life in England. This still produced play was hugely popular in both countries and enjoyed several productions in 1773-74. Bound in modern red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. This wa probably bound by a library as there is evidence that there was a library label on the rear free end page (also modern). Minor rubbing and bumping to the corners of the oards and ends of the spine. The interior is generally very good, with minor browning and foxing through out. Untrimmed edges to laid paper. Some chipping to page edges. The top page edges may have been slightly trimmed and there is a remnant of a torn away page at the hinge opposite the title page. 66 pages. DRA/052908. Very Good +.
Cambridge: Published by John Owen, 1843. Hardcover. First edition. Originally published in Graham’s Magazine (1842), this comedic play reflects Longfellow’s experiences in Spain. According to the preface the play “is taken in part from the beautiful tale of Cervantes, ‘La Gitanilla’.” Rebound in white parchment over boards with maroon leather label on the spine. New endpapers. The paper covering the internal front hinge is split; however, the binding remains tight. Foxing to edges of endpapers, edges of covers, and spine. Small dark marking to front cover and a few spots to interior, but clean and bright overall. 183 pages. DRA/101816. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co, 1885. Hardcover. Revised Edition, Illustrated. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 1545. Presentation copy from the author to Augustin Daly, dated September 6th, 1887. Also includes a tipped in letter from the author to Daly. Playwright, actor, and photographer, Harrison (1818 - 1902) is best known for his photographic portrait of Walt Whitman that appears in Leaves of Grass. He also wrote a stage adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter." Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Minor spotting to leather on rear board. Short splits to leather starting along top and bottom of front hinge. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Clean and bright interior. Mostly unopened pages. Auction record tipped into rear. 404 pages plus 8 pages of ads. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London: [various], 1697-1702. Hardcover. A unique set of ten first edition Restoration comedies from the personal library of actor and theater manager John Philip Kemble. Each volume is initialed, collated, and pronounced perfect on the title page in ink by Kemble along with the date. In The Relapse, Kemble has also added a note to the cast list citing that a different actor took over one of the parts. John Philip Kemble (1757 - 1823) was an important English actor who also achieved fame as the manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters. He was also known for assembling a theatrical library that was unrivaled. After he retired in 1819 he sold his collection of 4000 plays and forty volumes of playbills to Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Devonshire collection is now part of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The remainder of Kemble's library was auctioned by Evans in Pall Mall over ten days beginning January 21, 1821 (from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). The ten plays in this set were by well known Restoration playwrights John Vanbrugh and George Farquhar. John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was an untrained but accomplished architect who designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in conjunction with NIcholas Hawksmoor. He was a popular dramatist and some of his comedies such as The Relapse and The Provok'd wife are still performed today. The Pilgrim was originally written by Beaumont and Fletcher in 1647. Vanbrugh wrote the prose adaptation for the theater in 1700. George Farquhar (1677 - 1707) was an Irish playwright of real comic power who wrote for the English stage at the beginning of the 18th century. He stood out from his contemporaries for originality of dialogue and a stage sense that doubtless stemmed from his experience as an actor. His early plays were primarily spirited variations on a theme: young men have their fling for four acts and reform, unconvincingly, in the fifth. The plays have freshness, however, as well as wit and a lively human sympathy (Encyclopedia Britannica). For this collection of plays each individual page has been meticulously mounted on slightly large sheets of contemporary white paper. The volumes have been beautifully bound by Riviere and Son in full tan calf with gold tooling and lettering. The spines have five raised bands with gilt decorated compartments and there are two leather labels, one with the play's title and author, and the other stating "J.P. Kemble's Copy." With gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt. All of the bindings are in near fine condition except for The Provok'd Wife, which has a sunned front cover and Twin Rivals, which has a short tear to the top of the front hinge. All volumes have minor wear to spine ends, edges, corners, and hinges. Most have light rubbing and spotting to boards. The pages of the plays are clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. A beautiful and historic set of late 17th-early 18th century Restoration plays. DRAMA/013119. Near Fine.