Publisher: London: Printed by Subscription for the Benefit of the Author, 1749.
Edition: First edition, preceding the published trade edition of the same year.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1908; NCBEL II, 963.
Condition: Edges sligtly rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 22569
Description8vo, modern quarter morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering.
Comments¶ The Regicide, which Smollett brought with him to London as an 18-year old in 1739 and upon which he had hoped to establish his literary career, was never acted, and he was forced to go to sea as a ship’s surgeon instead. In his preface here, Smollett gives an account of his assorted reversals in attempting to get the tragedy produced; the account of Melopoyn’s tragedy in Roderick Random is the fictionalized version of Smollett’s ill usage at the hands of peers, theatre managers and ersatz patrons.