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Dramatic Characters, or Different Portraits of the English Stage [bound with] The Metamorphoses of Melponene and Thalia, or Dramatic Characters of the French and Italian Comedies. Both titles are rendered on a facing title page in French: Caracteres Dramatiques, our Portraits Divers du Theatre Anglois, and Les Métamorphoses de Melpomene et de Thalie ou Caracteres Dramatiques des Comédies Française et Italienne, respectively

Faesch, Johann Ludwig Wernhard, artist

Published by Robert Sayer and Jonathan Smith. The second title, only Robert Sayer 1770, 1772, London, 1770
Condition: Near FIne
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16mo. 14.5 by 11 cm. 68 hand-colored plates, many of which in the latter title are folding, depicting actors in costume of the popular plays, contemporary and classic, and sometimes in action. David Garrick is the dominant actor in the first book, the subject of twelve of the plates (sometimes with other actors), with other plates showing Samuel Foote, Charles Macklin, Mrs. Barry, The Metamorphoses is especially scarce, with only three copies coming up on OCLC First Search -- the BNF, Morgan, the National Library of Sweden -- and the last apparently not complete. We would note, also, that the first title, Dramatic Characters, was issued in one early edition with fewer plates. Here we have the full 38 plates. With a handsome armorial bookplate for "Roberts" pasted onto the FEP. Gilt border decoration and gilt fleurons on the spine, between the raised bands. The gilt is faded and rubbed. Rubbing by joints, edges and like as might be expected. Still a handsome red full calf binding. Within, the lightest of occasional foxing, but overall, clean, with the hand-coloring bright and fresh. A beautiful near miniature theatrical antique. Bookseller Inventory # 005019

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Title: Dramatic Characters, or Different Portraits ...

Publisher: Robert Sayer and Jonathan Smith. The second title, only Robert Sayer 1770, 1772, London

Publication Date: 1770

Binding: Full Calf

Book Condition: Near FIne

Edition: First Editions.

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