The Tragedy of Sir Thomas Overbury: As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.

Publisher: London: Printed for Samuel Chapman, 1724.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1814; NCBEL II, 565; and see Clarence Tracy, Some Uncollected Authors, Book Collector, Autumn 1963.
Condition: Tape residue on the front paste-down; edges a little worn; some foxing, but a very good copy of a scarce play.
Book ID: 27933


8vo, early 20th century maroon half calf, maroon cloth boards, recent black leather label, gilt lettering. Bound without the half-title. Publisher's ads on the verso of page 55.


¶ A play by poet and playwright Richard Savage (1696-1743) about Thomas Overbury (1581-1613), another poet, who died in the Tower of London under mysterious circumstances, some believe murder, as apparently did Savage, who has Overbury stabbed in the final scene by Lady Frances Howard. The prologue and epilogue are by Aaron Hill, whose help along with Theophilus Cibber's, Savage gratefully acknowledges in the foreword. In its initial run, Savage played the role of Overbury. Notation in pencil on the rear blank that a previous owner purchased this from the Brick Row Book Shop in 1927 for $10.00.

Price: $975.00

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