Place and Imprint: Clerkenwell: Printed for the Author, at the Literary Press; Sold by all Booksellers, 1787.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T114315; Lowe, English Theatrical Literature, 2397.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; spines a bit darkened; very good copy.
Book ID: 28702
Physical Description6 volumes in 3, 12mo, contemporary brown smooth English calf, red and orange morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering, With half-titles and four pages of publisher's ads at the end of volume six.
CommentsAn entry in the genre of tell-all memoirs about popular figures on the English stage. This one is strikingly similar to the memoirs of the prominent Irish actress George Anne Bellamy, and like that one focuses its attention on the amours, adventures, intrigues and vicissitudes of the life and career of its subject, in this case the beautiful actress and singer Sophia Baddeley (1745-1786), who supplied ample material with her colorful life. Her Memoirs “has the air of having been written for the purpose of extorting money from the men of rank implicated in the adventures it describes” - ODNB. Its author, Elizabeth Steele, a friend of Baddeley's, apparently did not benefit from the publication and died in penury not long after its appearance.