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The Life And Theatrical Times of Charles Kean, F.S.A. Including a Summary of The English Stage For The Last Fifty Years and a Detailed Account of the Management Of The Princess's Theatre from 1850-59 - in 2 Vols. - Extra Illust. W. a Colley Cibber Letter

John Wiliam Cole; Colley Cibber

Published by Richard Bentley, 1859
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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2 Volumes bound in full red morocco with gilt ruled covers, top edges gilt and the spines in 6 compartments with heavy gilt decoration. Very clean, bright and tightly bound with fine, unworn and unbumped edges. The volumes are extra illustrated with 37 engravings of personages from the English drama, kings and literary figures. Also a 15 line autograph letter from Colley Cibber (1671-1757) dated Dec. 25, 1750. Colley Cibber was active on the English stage as both an actor and theatre manager. He was the major butt of Alexander Pope's "The Dunciad". The letter has been tipped-in - not bound into the actual binding. The letter measures 7 inches by 8-1/2 inches. The letter is dated on the top - "Dec. 25 1750" - "Tho death has been cooling his his (sic) heels at my door these three weeks, I have not had time to see him. The dayly (sic) conversation of my friends have kept me so agreably alive that I have not passed my time better a great while. If you have a mind to make (?????????), I will order death to come another day. To be serious I long to see you and hope you will take the first opportunity. And to wish as merry a Christmas, as merry (many?) new years, as your heart can hope for, I am your real friend O Ser (Obedient servant ?) Cibber - Xmas day". (in the letter's corner). The book has xii, 368 and viii, 398 pages. The pages are clean with occasional foxing. Some yellowing to the paper. The books are small 8vo = 5-1/4 inches by 7-7/8 inches. The bindings are dated 1883 on the bottoms of the spines. There are no ownership inscriptions or bookplates. Bookseller Inventory # 9582

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Title: The Life And Theatrical Times of Charles ...

Publisher: Richard Bentley

Publication Date: 1859

Binding: Full-Leather

Illustrator: Extra Illustrated

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Colley Cibber Autograph Letter

Edition: First Edition

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