Love in Several Masques. A Comedy, As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal . . .

Publisher: London: Printed for John Watts, 1728.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Cross vol. 3, 290; NCBEL II, 927.
Condition: Some foxing; very good copy, enclosed in a brown cloth folding case.
Book ID: 27915


8vo, plain modern gray wrappers.


Fielding’s second book, his first play and his earliest realistically obtainable work. Love in Several Masques was quite the triumph for the 20-year-old Fielding. It opened on February 16, 1728, in Drury Lane, with Colley Cibber and Mrs. Oldfield in the cast, and its competition was Gay's Beggar’s Opera and Vanburgh’s The Provok’d Husband. The published play has a long dedication to Lady Montagu, Fielding’s cousin, who assisted him with the final production. Contemporary ownership signature on the front blank of Edward Mills, Trinity College, Cambridge. Later bookplate of Herbert L. Carlebach and Donald and Mary Hyde.

Price: $600.00

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