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[Collection of plays:] Dodsley, Robert, The Toy-Shop, A Dramatick Satire [and 6 others]
London: various publishers, 1731. First editions of Achilles, The Universal Passion, Gustavus Vasa, Edward and Eleonora and The Tragedy of Tragedies, second edition of Woman's Revenge and the third edition of The Toy-Shop. Title page of The Universal Passion printed in red and black. With 2 engraved frontispieces. Octavo. Recent paneled calf to style, top edge brown, original endpapers. Boards slightly sprung, occasional foxing; an excellent copy. First editions of Achilles, The Universal Passion, Gustavus Vasa, Edward and Eleonora and The Tragedy of Tragedies, second edition of Woman's Revenge and the third edition of The Toy-Shop. Title page of The Universal Passion printed in red and black. With 2 engraved frontispieces. Octavo. First editions of Achilles, The Universal Passion, Gustavus Vasa, Edward and Eleonora and The Tragedy of Tragedies, second edition of Woman's Revenge and the third edition of The Toy-Shop (full details below). A collection of seven plays, including four comedies, two tragedies and an opera, owned by the actor and playwright David Garrick (1717-1779), with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Garrick moved to London in 1737 and wrote his first play, Lethe, in 1740. With a contemporary handwritten list of contents to the first blank (not in Garrick's hand). The works include Fielding's Tragedy of Tragedies, a reworking of his scarce 1730 work Tom Thumb, and his only play to feature a frontispiece; which is after his friend, William Hogarth. This collection also includes Brooke's tragedy, Gustavus Vasa, which was the first play to be banned by the Licensing Act of 1737, and The Toy-Shop, a satirical farce by Robert Dodsley, with whom Garrick had correspondence in later years. Garrick had an extensive library "of play-texts which served both to enhance Drury Lane's repertory and to satisfy his bibliomania" (ODNB). In 1780 his estate bequeathed 1,300 individual and collected plays to the British Museum; which constituted 90 per cent of all English plays in the Museum until the arrival of King George III's Library in 1828. This work was not donated at that time however, with a note marking the purchase of the book during the sale of Garrick's library by "Mr Saunders in Fleet Street" on the 30 April 1823, to the second blank. a) Dodsley, Robert, The Toy-Shop, A Dramatick Satire, printed for Lawton Gilliver, 1735; b) [Fielding, H.] The Tragedy of Tragedies, J. Roberts, 1731; c) [Bullock, C.] Woman's Revenge: or, a Match in Newgate. J. Roberts, 1728; d) Gay, J. Achilles. for J. Watts, 1733; e) [Miller, J.] The Universal Passion. for J. Watts, 1737; f) Brooke, H. Gustavus Vasa. for Dodsley, 1739; g) Thomson, [J.] Edward and Eleonora. for the Author, 1739.
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