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Steele, Sir Richard
The Funeral: or, Grief A-la-Mode. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane
Jacob Tonson, London 1702 - First edition. [xii], 79, [1] pp., with half-title. 4to. First edition of Fielding's first play, published in December 1701 "to coincide with the opening of the comedy at the Drury Lane Theatre in that month. The principal players-Robert Wilks, Colley Cibber, Anne Oldfield-were to be associated with Steele for the rest of his life, in his career as playwright and theatre governor ? Years later Steele looked back on his triumphant début: 'Nothing can make the Town so fond of a Man as a successful Play' (Steele, Apology, in Tracts, 339)" (ODNB). The play was a success and found favor with William III, who granted Steele a captaincy. An uncommon work on the market. Ashley V, p. 200-1; ESTC T40340 Later half brown morocco and marbled boards. Browned and foxed, heavy toning to half-title, repaired horizontal tear to A1 (dedication) affecting letters, E2 with large piece from fore-margin, not affecting text. Bookplate [xii], 79, [1] pp., with half-title. 4to [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA
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