Publisher: London: Printed for C. Chapple, 1811.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Lowe, English Theatrical Literature, 3620.
Condition: Paper a little browned at the edges, but supple; edges a little rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28246
Description3 vols in 1, 12mo, 19th century red half morocco, marbled paper boards and endpapers, gilt rules and lettering. Half-titles present.
CommentsThe memoirs of the celebrated actress Mary Leah Wells Sumbel (circa 1769-1829), whose life off the stage was riddled with misfortunes, abusive husbands and regrettable choices, which she chronicles in her matter-of-fact autobiography. She also writes about many of the significant and colorful characters and actors of the theater world with whom she crossed paths. Ownership signature dated 1869 on the front blank of American journalist James Lawson (1799-1800), a friend and collaborator with many New York writers in the 19th century. See the DAB for Lawson and the DNB for Mary Wells Sumbel.