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The Coffee-House Politician; or, the Justice Caught in His Own Trap. A Comedy, as it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln's Inn-Fields
London: J. Watts, 1730. First edition, third issue, first state. [viii], 78 pp. 8vo. Disbound. Gatherings sprung, stab holes. In custom gray card folder. First edition, third issue, first state. [viii], 78 pp. 8vo. The third issue of Fielding's fifth play, Rape Upon Rape, a re-issue of the first edition sheets with a cancel title and preliminaries. "This is the new title given to Rape upon Rape when revived in the winter of 1730 … It was withdrawn after four performances and never staged again" (Battestin, Fielding Companion, p. 179). Rape upon Rape was inspired by the scandal of Colonel Francis Charteris, who received a royal pardon after raping his maid. The events earned Charteris the moniker "Rape-Master General of Great Britain." The play was first performed at the Hay-Market to only modest success and was revived the following season under the title The Coffee-House Politician (though the running titles retain the original title). The first edition is one of Fielding's rarer plays. Masengil, in "Variant Forms of Fielding's "Coffee-House Politician" (SB 5, pp. 178-183) identifies three issues of the play, the first under the title Rape upon Rape, and the second and third issues with the new title. They can be distinguished by certain typographical differences, the most apparent being the number of hyphens between Coffee and House in the title (one in the second issue, two in the third). In addition, the third issue exists in two states, distinguished by the cast list on A4v. Cross III, p. 291-2; Masengil, "Variant Forms of Fielding's "Coffee-House Politician," Studies in Bibliography 5, pp. 178-183
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