Publisher: London: Printed for John Watts, 1728.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Cross vol. 3, 290; NCBEL II, 927.
Condition: Hinges rubbed and starting, but sound; very good copy.
Book ID: 19733
Description8vo, full polished calf by Riviere, brown morocco labels, gilt rules, decorations and lettering, a.e.g.
CommentsFielding’s second book, his first play and his earliest realistically obtainable work: there are only four recorded copies of his first book, The Masquerade, A Poem . . . by Lemuel Gulliver, published slightly earlier in 1728. 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.