Publisher: London: John Miller, 1823.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 15781.
Condition: Edges rubbed; some staining in the blank lower margins; a good copy.
Book ID: 18581
Description8vo, contemporary brown quarter sheep, marbled paper boards, gilt rules on the spine. Bound with three other plays: The Child of Nature by Mrs. Inchabald (London, 1800, 6th edition); The Miller's Maid by John Savill Faucit (London, 1821); Guy Mannering [by Daniel Terry, London, 1816] (lacking the title-page).
CommentsA short opera written for the actor Charles Kemble and best remembered for its theme song “Home Sweet Home," sung by Clari early in the first act. This is the first appearance of Payne’s famous song, for which he received no additional royalties. Payne was usually much in need of cash and sold his plays outright; Clari was, alas for him, no exception. The third play in the collection, The Miller's Maid, has a contemporary ink signature on the title-page and numerous manuscript stage directions in the text.