1741 An Historical and Critical Account of the Theatre in Europe
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An Important Work, First Edition, Leather Binding, Pleasing Copy, Uncommon
This is the first edition of the English translation of Riccoboni's classic work. Written by Luigi Riccoboni, an Italian actor and theatre writer. He was the director of the Comedie-Italienne in Paris from 1716-1731. The preface notes that Riccoboni visited 'all the stages in Europe' and that this work is a result of his researches. The translator notes 'from this short review I hope it will appear of what importance the stage is even in a political sense, in keeping alive that spirit which forms the true character of every people'. The translator to this work notes that this review of European stage may improve the theatre of Britain, which is why this translation has been made. With the engraved half title, and many headbands and tail pieces. With the bookshelf ticket of Pull Court Library, Worcestershire and the bookplate of Buchley Park Worcestershire to the front pastedown. Blind stamp to the front endpaper of Pull Court Library. Riccoboni has written several chapters on the theatre of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and England. There are also chapters on Greek and French tragedy. A very smart copy of this important work.
In a full calf binding. Rebacked, with original boards preserved and the spine laid down. Small worm holes to the joints. A few light marks to the boards. Bookplate to the front pastedown for the Pull Court Library and Buchley Park. Ribbon bookmark present. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Just the odd spot.
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