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St. Patrick's Day; or, the Scheming Lieutenant. A Comic Opera: as it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal, Smoke-Alley
[Dublin]: Printed for the Booksellers, 1788. First edition. 27, [1] pp. 8vo. Contemporary tree calf, flat spine divided into six compartments, one with red morocco spine label ("Plays"), the rest gilt with small crane tool. Extremities rubbed, joints cracked, small library label to front cover, faint pencil notes on title-pages identifying authors, note on flyleaf in 19th-century hand listing contents, bookplate. First edition. 27, [1] pp. 8vo. [in:] A Volume of Plays, as They are Acted at the Theatre-Royal, Smoke-Alley. Dublin. Containing The Young Quaker, The Castle of Andalusia, St Patrick's Day, The Mogul Tale, Belphegor; or, The Wishes, The Son in Law. [Dublin]: Printed for the Booksellers, 1788. The first edition, unauthorized, of Sheridan's St. Patrick's Day, bound with five other contemporary plays, each with its own title page and a general title ("A Volume of Plays"). The other plays include three by John O'Keeffe (The Young Quaker, The Castle of Andulsia, and The Son-in-Law), Elizabeth Inchbald's The Mogul Tale and Miles Peter Andrews' Belphegor. The Rothschild catalogue conjectures that the plays "were probably printed together with the intention of separating them for sale," though the presence of the general title in this copy argues that the plays were also to be sold together. The plays were certainly printed together, as the registration is continuous (for example, the first three leaves of St. Patrick's Day are unsigned E4-6). St. Patrick's Day was first performed at Covent Garden on 2 May 1775, but no authorized edition was printed in Sheridan's lifetime. Rare, with only one copy recorded sold at auction by ABPC (Sotheby's London, 1975); ESTC lists 14 copies of the individual play (T48537) and 3 copies of the volume of plays (N48781). Ashley V, p. 155; Rothschild 1848; Williams, p. 229
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