Publisher: York: Printed for the Author, 1790.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Lowe, English Theatrical Literature, 3637; NCBEL II, 730.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; text slightly foxed with occasional dust-soiling and smudges; very good copy.
Book ID: 22201
Description4 vols, demy 8vo, contemporary calf rebacked, red morocco labels, gilt rules and lettering. Gilt device of the Signet Society on the upper and lower boards of each volume.
Comments¶ One of two memoirs by Tate Wilkinson, both of which are respected as “among the most amusing and trustworthy theatrical documents we possess” - DNB, to which Lowe adds “the famous manager of the York circuit, to whose books we are indebted for so much of our knowledge of the actors and actresses of two generations.” Wilkinson's long stage career in London and the provinces was notable for his extraordinary gift of mimicry, which earned him widespread popularity with audiences and the occasional enmity of his colleagues. After being imitated at Covent Garden in 1760, David Garrick never again spoke to Wilkinson. The list of subscribers in volume 1 is ten pages long.