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Redington's Characters and Scenes in Timour the Tartar
J. Redington. London. 73 Hoxton St. Undated (1866-76). A set of 18 hand-coloured lithographed sheets, 8 plates of characters and 8 plates of scenes, as called for, together with two plates of side wings (Nos. 2 & 19, lacking No. 10). One of the great productions of the Regency theatre, the grand romantic melodrama of Timour the Tartar was first performed at Covent Garden on 29 April 1811. Written by the prolific Matthew Gregory Lewis to satisfy the manager's wish for a 'Spectacle with Horses' to rival the production of 'Bluebeard' at Drury Lane, in which horses had appeared for the first time on a London stage. As befitted the prejudice of the time, this was not a tale of Tamburlaine the Great, but a caricature of Napoleon Bonaparte, whereby Timour, of 'low origin' usurps the throne and raises up his needy relatives to princely dignity. Sheets a little edge-worn, otherwise no faults. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: David Cornell [Cambridge, United Kingdom]
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