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The Duenna: A Comic Opera in Three Acts
London: T.N. Longman, 1794. First edition, first issue. [ii], [2], [9]-78 pp., no half-title as issued. 8vo. Disbound. In gray card folder. First edition, first issue. [ii], [2], [9]-78 pp., no half-title as issued. 8vo. The first authorized edition of the dialogue and libretto of Sheridan's immensely popular opera The Duenna. It was first performed at Covent Garden on 21 November 1775 to a score by Sheridan's father-in-law, Thomas Linley, Sr. Following the premier the libretto was published in various slip-song and collected editions. Corrupted versions of the text were pirated in at least two Dublin editions prior to this first authorized edition. This copy with p. 59 misnumbered "5" and the price ("Eighteen Pence") on the title-page, which points ESTC, following Yale, denotes as indicating a first issue. Ashley V, p. 155; ESTC T757; Williams, pp. 229-30
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