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[BAKER (David Erskine)]. The Companion to the Play-House: or, an historical account of all the dramatic writers (and their works) that have appeared in Great Britain and Ireland, from the commencement of our theatrical exhibitions, down to the present year 1764. Composed in the form of a dictionary, For the more readily turning to any particular Author, or Performance.1764

London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. Dehondt, First edition, 2 vols., small 8vo (175 x 105 mm), [4], v-xlii, [326]; [374]pp., contemporary polished calf, marbled endpapers, spines richly gilt in six panels and red and green morocco labels, slight cracking to upper joint of vol. I otherwise these early bindings are in a splendid state of preservation. Volume one contains, A Critical and Historical Account of every Tragedy, Comedy, Farc &c. in the English Language. The respective Merits of each Piece; and of the Actors who performed the principal Characters, are particularly examined and pointed out. Volume two contains, The Lives and Productions of every Dramatic Writer for the English or Irish Theatres, including not only all those Memoirs that have been formerly written but also a great number of new Lives and curious anecdotes never before communicated to the Public. - Also the Lives of our most celebrated Actors, who were likewise Authors of any Theatrical Composition from Shakespeare and Johnson down to the present Times. Provenance: Contemporary ownership signature of J. Bell in ink to front-free endpapers. Arnott & Robinson, 30.

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