She Stoops to Conquer: Or, the Mistakes of a Night. A Comedy as it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden
Rothschild 1037; NCBEL II, 1199; Todd, Studies in Bibliography, volume 11
by GOLDSMITH, OLIVER
London: Printed for F. Newbery, 1773, 1773. First edition, a mixed issue as always, but this copy bears several first state points. Rothschild 1037; NCBEL II, 1199; Todd, Studies in Bibliography, volume 11. Hinges skillfully repaired; fine copy, enclosed in cloth slipcase.. 8vo, 20th century green morocco by Riviere, gilt rules, inner dentelles, decorations and lettering, a.e.g. A major Georgian play about the comic events surrounding an arranged marriage. She Stoops to Conquer opened at Covent Garden March 15, 1773 and was an instant success. The printed version, dedicated to Samuel Johnson, appeared several days later to an equally successful reception. It was produced at great haste simultaneously by two printers (one was responsible for signatures A-K, the other L-P). Consequently there are several states of the first edition "and no copies appear entirely in the first state" - Todd. This one contains the following first issue points: it does not have a half-title and the epilogue is in the preliminary gathering; the price is on the title-page, a second issue point, which is found in both first and second states. Leather bookplate of Blairhame on the front paste-down. (Inventory #: 27111)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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