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Theatre History]. Dibdin, Thomas [John. 1771 - 1841
The REMINISCENCES Of THOMAS DIBDIN, Of the Theatres Royal, Covent-Garden, Drury-Lane, Haymarket, &c. And Author of The Cabinet, &c. In Two Volumes.; Extra-illustrated set, with ~ 80 additional plates [et al] bound-in
Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1827. 1st edition (NCBEL III, 1130). xii, 446, [2 (adverts]; xi, [1 (blank)], 431, [1 (blank)] pp. Index concludes Vol II. Frontis of Dibdin in Vol I. Extra-illustrated. 8vo. Later 19th C (?) brown half-calf bindings with maroon marbled paper boards. TEG. Gilt stamped spine lettering. Marbled paper eps. Average binding wear, smattering of foxing, a VG+ set. Dibdin "was an English dramatist and songwriter. His first work as a dramatist was Something New, followed by The Mad Guardian in 1795. In the winter of 1798-99 The Jew and the Doctor was produced at Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. From this time he contributed a very large number of comedies, operas, farces, etc., to the public entertainment, including (in 1802) the comic opera Family Quarrels. Some of these brought immense popularity to the writer and immense profits to the theatres. It is stated that the pantomime of Mother Goose (1807) produced more than £20,000 for the management at Covent Garden theatre, and the High-mettled Racer, adapted as a pantomime from his father's play, £18,000 at Astley's. Dibdin was prompter and pantomime writer at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane until 1816, when he took over the Surrey Theatre. This venture proved disastrous, and he became bankrupt. After this, he was manager of the Haymarket Theatre, but without his old success, and his last years were passed in comparative poverty." [Wiki]. He did find a brief audience with Charles Dickens, who quotes from Dibdin's patriotic song "The Snug Little Island" in Little Dorrit. [Attributes: First Edition]
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