Edwy and Elgiva; A Tragedy, in Five Acts. Performed at the New Theatre.

Publisher: Philadelphia: Published by Asbury Dickins . . . H. Maxwell, Printer, 1801.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: American Bibliography 700; Hill, American Plays, 144.
Book ID: 27323


8vo, modern blue paper wrappers, stitched, 84 pages. Half-title present.


The first book by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1782-1862), a Philadelphian who later became a prominent congressman and lawyer. Edwy and Elgiva was successfully performed at Philadelphia’s Chestnut Street Theater in April, 1801, when Ingersoll was just 19 years old. The plot is an adaptation of the well known tale of a 10th century English monarch, Edwy, who marries his relative Elgiva – a story which was also successfully adapted for the stage by Fanny Burney. Though Ingersoll soon after entered the bar and politics, he remained close to the Port Folio crowd and in 1810 anonymously published the interesting satire Inchquin, the Jesuit’s Letters, During a Late Residence in the United States of America.

Price: $1,250.00