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C1786 Arthur Murphy Plays Theatre Frontis Scarce For Sale
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By Arthur Murphy (titles below)
Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury lane
c1786 - London - T. Cadell
9" by 5" - 404pp
Four plays by Arthur Murphy illustrated with portrait frontispiece.
This is volume I onlyof the complete works of Murphy but all plays are complete. Titles included are;
The Orphan of China a Tragedy
Zenobia a Tragedy
The Grecian Daughter a Tragedy
Alzuma A Tragedy
Arthur Murphy (December 27, 1727 - June 18, 1805), was an Irish writer, known by the pseudonym, Charles Ranger.
He was born at Clooniquin, County Roscommon, Ireland, the son of Richard Murphy and Jane French. A barrister, journalist, actor, and playwright, he edited Gray's Inn Journal between 1752 and 1754. As Henry Thrale's oldest and dearest friend, it was he who introduced Samuel Johnson to the Thrales in January 1765. He was appointed Commissioner of Bankruptcy in 1803.
Murphy is best known for three biographies: his 1792 Essay on the Life and Genius of Samuel Johnson, his 1762 Fielding's Works and his 1801 Life of David Garrick. Thought to have coined the legal term "wilful misconstruction" whilst representing the Donaldson v. Becket appeal to the House of Lords in 1774 against the perpetual possession of copyright.
He died at Knightsbridge, London, and was buried at Hammersmith, London. A biography was written in 1811 by Dr. Jesse Foote. Nathaniel Dance painted his portrait which is thought to now be in the Irish National Portrait Collection.
The binding is generally tight and firm although the frontispiece and title page are detached but present and the proceeding two pages are loosely attached . The rear board is attached. The front inner hinge is broken and the front board and the spine are detached from the main text block and are holding at the rear hinge only. The book has a bare board to the front and a leather board to the rear. It has been crudely rebacked with tape. The boards are rubbed and bumped with damage to the corners. There is a large white sticker to the spine with Murphy written in copperplate. Internally the book is generally clean and bright apart form some spotting and age toning to the front and rear pages and some mild spots in the main text. There is some mild staining to the edges of some pages. Each play has a separate title page but the main title page is missing. Overall the bookis in good only condition.
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