THE HEIRESS. A COMEDY IN FIVE ACTS. AS PERFORMED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL DRURY-LANE.

London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1786. vii,[1],[9]-112pp. Octavo. Modern cloth. Short closed tear in N3, pencil erasure on title, bound without half-title, terminal leaf a bit creased and foxed; a good copy. Item #WRCLIT83304

First edition of the most successful of the General's plays, which Walpole dubbed "one of the most pleasing domestic compositions." It saw ten editions in its year of publication, and was widely translated. Burgoyne derived the premise for this play from Charlotte Lennox's HENRIETTA, resulting in some confusion on the part of Hill, who attributes the play to her in his AMERICAN PLAYS (1714- 1830). Another reference asserts the plot was based on Diderot's PERE DE FAMILLE. HILL 160 (citing the 2nd edition). ESTC T36080.

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