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The History of the English Stage, from the Restauration [sic] to the Present Time. Including the Lives, Characters and Amours, Of the most Eminent Actors and Actresses. With Instructions for Public Speaking; wherein The Action and Utterance of the Bar, Stage, and Pulpit are Distinctly considered. Adorned with Cuts.
London: Printed for E. Curll. 1741 - FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 200 x 118 mms., pp. [iv], 167 [168 blank], [2], 86 ("Memoirs of Mrs. Anne Oldfield"), 24 (adverts for Curll's publications, engraved portrait of Betterton as frontispiece, small engraved portrait of Mrs. Oldfield on title-page of second part, contemporary calf (top and base of spine chipped, front joint slightly cracked, a bit rubbed), a good copy with a library bookplate "North Library" on the front paste down end-paper and the coat of arms embossed in blind on the top part of the first four leaves. The arms are those of the Oldfield family. The work was compiled from the papers of Thomas Betterton (1635 - 1710) by Curll and William Oldys. The present volume includes the separately-published (1741) Memoirs of Mrs. Anne Oldfield. GIven that Betterton died in 1710, his papers could have covered only the first ten or twelve years of Oldfield's career, as she began acting in 1699 and died in 1730. Curll and Oldys seem to have played fast and loose with their documentation: ODNB notes, "The spurious History by William Oldys and others, published by Edmund Curll under Betterton's name in 1741, puts the actor at the battle of Edgehill. Since he was only seven years old at the time, the obvious intent was to link him to the royalist cause." David Roberts: Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage (2010). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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