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The Beggar's Opera. Written by Mr. Gay. To which is Prefixed the Overture in Score: And the Musick to each Song... Price 1s. 6d.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, 1765. Small octavo. Mid-brown leather with marbled boards, manuscript title label to spine. 1f. (recto title with engraved portrait, verso blank), 1f. ("A Table of the Songs"), 1f. (recto "A Table" continued, verso named cast list), [9]-10 ("Introduction"), 11-94 pp. With woodcut music and decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces throughout. Frontispiece engraving of a scene from the opera by C. Grignion after F. Hayman. With the autograph signature of the 19th century English composer and AHD Prendergast (Arthur Hugh Dalrymple Prendergast, 1833-?), to front free endpaper. Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and stained. Some internal wear, foxing, and staining; cropped at upper margins, occasionally just affecting pagination and running titles; some corners creased; tears to lower free endpaper; musical example to p. 43 printed upside down. Reprint of the second edition. Handley-Taylor and Barker: Ninth Music Book, p. 907b-f. BUC p. 96. RISM P1202. First performed in London at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln's Inn Fields on January 29, 1728. "On the first night the audience, which included Walpole, took a little while to accustom themselves to the radically new form of the ballad opera, but they finally received the play with enormous enthusiasm. The play did 'take greatly', and a contemporary witticism was that it made 'Rich gay and Gay rich'." Lewis: John Gay The Beggar's Opera, p. 3.
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