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IRENE: A TRAGEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE ROYAL IN DRURY LANE
London: Printed for R. Dodsley ... and Sold by M. Cooper ... 1749. London: Printed for R. Dodsley ... and Sold by M. Cooper ..., 1749.. [8],86,[2]pp. Octavo. Extracted from pamphlet volume. T.e.g., a few small smudges to half-title, otherwise a very good copy, with the advert leaf. First edition of Johnson's only play, published a dozen years after its completion as a consequence of Garrick's offer to stage it when he took over Drury Lane. It was first performed on 6 February 1748. Fleeman speculates that the edition may have been reasonably large, on the order of one thousand copies. Although he attributes little significance to them, the following variations are present in this copy: there is no semi- colon in the imprint; the catchword 'CENE' appears on pages 14 and 23 (rather than 'SCENE'), and no catchword is present on page 60. COURTNEY & SMITH, p.24. FLEEMAN 49.21/1a. ROTHSCHILD 1231.
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