Home, [John].Douglas. A Tragedy. As written by Mr. Home. Distinguishing Also The Variations of the Theatre, As Performed At The Theatres Royal. Regulated from the Prompt-Books, by Permission of the Managers. Non ego fum vates, fed prifcius confcius aevi. London: Printed (by Assignment) for J. Barker, at the Dramatic Repository, Russell Court, Drury-Lane, 1794. Engraved frontis., [1–3], 4–47 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Rowe, Nicholas. The Fair Penitent A Tragedy; Of Five Acts…Marked with the Variations in the Manager’s Book, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for W. Lowndes, J. Nichols, S. Bladon, and W. Nicoll. MDCCXC. Engraved frontis., [1–5], 6–55 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Brooke, Henry. Bell’s Edition. Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of his Country. A Tragedy…As Intended to Have Been Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for John Bell, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVJII. [1–2], 3–72 pp. [Bound with] [Sheriden, Brindley]. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; As it is Performed At the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. London: Printed for E. Powell, Great Piazza, Covent-Garden. 1798. [1–3], 4–70, [71–72], pp. [Bound with] Morton, Thomas. Secrets Worth Knowing: A Comedy, In Five Acts. As Performed At the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden…London, Printed: New-York: Re-printed by J. Buel, No. 2 Cedar-Street. 1799. [1–5], 6-48 pp.. Home, John.
Home, [John].Douglas. A Tragedy. As written by Mr. Home. Distinguishing Also The Variations of the Theatre, As Performed At The Theatres Royal. Regulated from the Prompt-Books, by Permission of the Managers. Non ego fum vates, fed prifcius confcius aevi. London: Printed (by Assignment) for J. Barker, at the Dramatic Repository, Russell Court, Drury-Lane, 1794. Engraved frontis., [1–3], 4–47 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Rowe, Nicholas. The Fair Penitent A Tragedy; Of Five Acts…Marked with the Variations in the Manager’s Book, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for W. Lowndes, J. Nichols, S. Bladon, and W. Nicoll. MDCCXC. Engraved frontis., [1–5], 6–55 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Brooke, Henry. Bell’s Edition. Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of his Country. A Tragedy…As Intended to Have Been Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for John Bell, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVJII. [1–2], 3–72 pp. [Bound with] [Sheriden, Brindley]. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; As it is Performed At the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. London: Printed for E. Powell, Great Piazza, Covent-Garden. 1798. [1–3], 4–70, [71–72], pp. [Bound with] Morton, Thomas. Secrets Worth Knowing: A Comedy, In Five Acts. As Performed At the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden…London, Printed: New-York: Re-printed by J. Buel, No. 2 Cedar-Street. 1799. [1–5], 6-48 pp.
Home, [John].Douglas. A Tragedy. As written by Mr. Home. Distinguishing Also The Variations of the Theatre, As Performed At The Theatres Royal. Regulated from the Prompt-Books, by Permission of the Managers. Non ego fum vates, fed prifcius confcius aevi. London: Printed (by Assignment) for J. Barker, at the Dramatic Repository, Russell Court, Drury-Lane, 1794. Engraved frontis., [1–3], 4–47 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Rowe, Nicholas. The Fair Penitent A Tragedy; Of Five Acts…Marked with the Variations in the Manager’s Book, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for W. Lowndes, J. Nichols, S. Bladon, and W. Nicoll. MDCCXC. Engraved frontis., [1–5], 6–55 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Brooke, Henry. Bell’s Edition. Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of his Country. A Tragedy…As Intended to Have Been Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for John Bell, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVJII. [1–2], 3–72 pp. [Bound with] [Sheriden, Brindley]. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; As it is Performed At the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. London: Printed for E. Powell, Great Piazza, Covent-Garden. 1798. [1–3], 4–70, [71–72], pp. [Bound with] Morton, Thomas. Secrets Worth Knowing: A Comedy, In Five Acts. As Performed At the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden…London, Printed: New-York: Re-printed by J. Buel, No. 2 Cedar-Street. 1799. [1–5], 6-48 pp.
Home, [John].Douglas. A Tragedy. As written by Mr. Home. Distinguishing Also The Variations of the Theatre, As Performed At The Theatres Royal. Regulated from the Prompt-Books, by Permission of the Managers. Non ego fum vates, fed prifcius confcius aevi. London: Printed (by Assignment) for J. Barker, at the Dramatic Repository, Russell Court, Drury-Lane, 1794. Engraved frontis., [1–3], 4–47 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Rowe, Nicholas. The Fair Penitent A Tragedy; Of Five Acts…Marked with the Variations in the Manager’s Book, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for W. Lowndes, J. Nichols, S. Bladon, and W. Nicoll. MDCCXC. Engraved frontis., [1–5], 6–55 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Brooke, Henry. Bell’s Edition. Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of his Country. A Tragedy…As Intended to Have Been Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for John Bell, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVJII. [1–2], 3–72 pp. [Bound with] [Sheriden, Brindley]. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; As it is Performed At the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. London: Printed for E. Powell, Great Piazza, Covent-Garden. 1798. [1–3], 4–70, [71–72], pp. [Bound with] Morton, Thomas. Secrets Worth Knowing: A Comedy, In Five Acts. As Performed At the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden…London, Printed: New-York: Re-printed by J. Buel, No. 2 Cedar-Street. 1799. [1–5], 6-48 pp.
Home, [John].Douglas. A Tragedy. As written by Mr. Home. Distinguishing Also The Variations of the Theatre, As Performed At The Theatres Royal. Regulated from the Prompt-Books, by Permission of the Managers. Non ego fum vates, fed prifcius confcius aevi. London: Printed (by Assignment) for J. Barker, at the Dramatic Repository, Russell Court, Drury-Lane, 1794. Engraved frontis., [1–3], 4–47 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Rowe, Nicholas. The Fair Penitent A Tragedy; Of Five Acts…Marked with the Variations in the Manager’s Book, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for W. Lowndes, J. Nichols, S. Bladon, and W. Nicoll. MDCCXC. Engraved frontis., [1–5], 6–55 pp. [1 p. of ads]. [Bound with] Brooke, Henry. Bell’s Edition. Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of his Country. A Tragedy…As Intended to Have Been Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for John Bell, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVJII. [1–2], 3–72 pp. [Bound with] [Sheriden, Brindley]. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; As it is Performed At the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. London: Printed for E. Powell, Great Piazza, Covent-Garden. 1798. [1–3], 4–70, [71–72], pp. [Bound with] Morton, Thomas. Secrets Worth Knowing: A Comedy, In Five Acts. As Performed At the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden…London, Printed: New-York: Re-printed by J. Buel, No. 2 Cedar-Street. 1799. [1–5], 6-48 pp.

Home, [John].Douglas. A Tragedy. As written by Mr. Home. Distinguishing Also The Variations of the Theatre, As Performed At The Theatres Royal. Regulated from the Prompt-Books, by Permission of the Managers. Non ego fum vates, fed prifcius confcius aevi. London: Printed (by Assignment) for J. Barker, at the Dramatic Repository, Russell Court, Drury-Lane, 1794. Engraved frontis., [1–3], 4–47 pp. [1 p. of ads].

[Bound with] Rowe, Nicholas. The Fair Penitent A Tragedy; Of Five Acts…Marked with the Variations in the Manager’s Book, at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for W. Lowndes, J. Nichols, S. Bladon, and W. Nicoll. MDCCXC. Engraved frontis., [1–5], 6–55 pp. [1 p. of ads].

[Bound with] Brooke, Henry. Bell’s Edition. Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of his Country. A Tragedy…As Intended to Have Been Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. London: Printed for John Bell, near Exeter-Exchange, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVJII. [1–2], 3–72 pp.

[Bound with] [Sheriden, Brindley]. The School for Scandal, A Comedy; As it is Performed At the Theatre Royal, Drury-Lane. London: Printed for E. Powell, Great Piazza, Covent-Garden. 1798. [1–3], 4–70, [71–72], pp.

[Bound with] Morton, Thomas. Secrets Worth Knowing: A Comedy, In Five Acts. As Performed At the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden…London, Printed: New-York: Re-printed by J. Buel, No. 2 Cedar-Street. 1799. [1–5], 6-48 pp.

12mo (183 x 113 mm). White paper spine, with black paper over boards.

A sammelband of five 18th century plays, four of them British imprints and one American, bound for Chauncey Whittlesey (1743–1812) of Middletown, Connecticut, whose name appears on the first two endpapers and each title-page. The one American imprint included here, the first American edition of Thomas Morton’s Secrets Worth Knowing, is rare (like many 18th century American dramatic imprints). OCLC records just two copies, with a possible third in a sammelband described as containing this title but with no mention of the imprint. Secrets Worth Knowing was first printed and performed in London in 1798. Thus, unlike the other plays included here, it was very much of the moment.

REFERENCES: Imprints 35845.

CONDITION: Good, rubbed, contents somewhat loose but not detached.

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Price: $2,750.00

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