Lucius, the First Christian King of Britain. A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. DELARIVIER MANLEY.
Lucius, the First Christian King of Britain. A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.

Mrs. Manley's Final Play with a Prologue by Richard Steele and Epilogue by Matthew Prior

Lucius, the First Christian King of Britain. A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.

Place and Imprint: London: Printed for John Barber and Sold by Benj. Tooke, Henry Clements and John Walthoe, 1717,
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T38771; NCBEL II, 767.
Condition: First and final leaves a bit smudged; early paper repair to the lower margin of the verso of the title-page; very good copy.
Book ID: 28773

Physical Description

4to, 19th century half vellum, marbled paper boards, black morocco spine label, gilt lettering.

Comments

The last of three plays by Delarivier Manley (1663-1724), who was well known for her roman à clef fictionalized memoirs. The is plot is loosely based on the reign of Lucius, the last king of Rome, and his powerful wife Queen Rosalinda, who lives to triumph over the schemes of numerous evildoers. Manley dedicated the play to Richard Steele, who paid her £600 for the right to produce it. As well, he wrote a preface "expressing my gratitude to the Ladies," and prologue. The epilogue is by Matthew Prior. Bound for T. Connolly, Bookseller of Dublin, with his booksellers' ticket on the front paste-down.

Price: $1,500.00

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