Publisher: London: Printed for James Ridgway, 1799.
Edition: First edition, fine paper issue.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 820; Sabin 80340 (incorrectly calling for two plates).
Condition: Outside pages a little soiled; very good copy, enclosed in a chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.
Book ID: 19751
Description8vo, stitched as issued, lacking all but some insignificant remains of the original drab wrappers on the spine, untrimmed, 79 pages + one blank. Four pages of publisher’s ads dated 25 June 1799, preceding the title page.
Comments¶ One of Sheridan’s most popular plays, based on the Spaniards of Peru by Kotzebue, a story of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of the Incas. There were two issues of this first edition, one on ordinary paper and “A Superior Edition, on fine wove Paper, hot-pressed, Price 5s.” This is one of the latter, with the paper watermarked 1796. Contemporary ink ownership signature at the foot of the title page.