A General History of the Stage

A rare first edition from 1749


W R Chetwood


W Owen, London, 1749
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Printing Details

First edition, full leather (disbound). 17 × 10cm, [8] 256pp

Full title: A General History of the Stage, from its Origin in Greece down to the Present Time, with the Memoirs of Most of the Principal Performers that have Appeared on the English and Irish Stage for these Last Fifty Years. With Notes, Ancient, Modern, Foreign, Domestic, Serious, Comic, Moral, Merry, Historical, and Geographical, containing many Theatrical Anecdotes; also several Pieces of Poetry, never before published.

A rare book on the history of the theatre, from its earliest days in classical Greece to the mid-eighteenth century with notices of the then stars of stage David Garrick, Robert Wilkes and many more. The author, William Rufus Chetwood, was "twenty years prompter to his Majesty's Company of Comedians at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, London."


This copy is in poor condition. The text is complete but both boards are detached and the leather spine is split. The inner binding is weak and although it is still holding, pp99–118 have detached as a gathering. The pages have mild foxing throughout but this remains a reference copy of a rare edition.

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