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Fielding, Henry
The Temple Beau. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre in Goodman's-Fields
J. Watts, London, 1730. First edition, ordinary paper issue. [iv], 80, [3], [1, ads] pp., final signature correctly signed G. 8vo. Fielding's Second Play. First edition of Fielding's second play, written upon his return to London following nearly two years on the Continent. The Temple Beau was turned down by Drury Lane - where two years earlier Fielding, with the help of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, had staged his first play - and he was forced to take his work to Goodman's Fields, "a new playhouse with a much inferior company of actors located in the City" (ODNB). The play was nevertheless a modest success, running for nine nights and sporadic revivals thereafter: "Fielding's career as dramatist had begun in earnest" (ibid). The prologue by James Ralph - a Pennsylvania native who abandoned his family and came to London with Benjamin Franklin in 1724 - marks the beginning of years of collaboration and friendship with Fielding. Cross III, p. 290. Provenance: Bernard Quaritch (binder's stamp); Blackwell's (pencil note); Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate) Modern quarter calf and marbled boards, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Bernard Quartich. Contents toned, a few headlines trimmed, some edges rough [iv], 80, [3], [1, ads] pp., final signature correctly signed G. 8vo [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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