Thespis: or, a Critical Examination into the Merits of all the Principal Performers belonging to Drury-Lane Theatre.

Publisher: London: Printed for G. Kearsly, 1766.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 845; Lowe, Arnott and Robinson, English Theatrical Literature, 2318.
Condition: Paper a little browned; water-stain in the upper inner margin and lower outer margin; very good, large copy.
Book ID: 22071


4to, attractive later sprinkled boards with a manuscript title on the spine. Bound without the half-title and errata slip.


An amusing 42-page satirical poem on the leading actors on the London stage of the day, written by a journalist and aspiring playwright, Hugh Kelly (1739-1777), who writes about specific plays, playwrights and performances, including Garrick (with whom Kelly would later become closely associated), Richard Yates, Nathaniel Lee, John Packer, William Powell, Mrs. Dancer and many others. Thespis was quite popular and went through subsequent editions, and there were at least two poetical responses published within the year.

Price: $625.00

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