Belfast: Printed by James Magee, 1786. xi[sic],,72pp. 12mo. Extracted from pamphlet binding, some moderate browning and occasional foxing, wanting terminal leaf, otherwise very good. Item #WRCLIT83935
First Belfast printing of the most successful of the General's plays, dubbed by Walpole "one of the most pleasing domestic compositions." It saw ten editions in its year of publication, and was widely translated. ESTC and OCLC include in their collations a terminal leaf not here present. The text in this copy terminates at the conclusion of the Epilogue. 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. OCLC locates four copies (IAD and KBE the sole locations in North America). ESTC locates a copy at Rice and nine at Irish and UK libraries, including four that may be duplicate entries. ESTC N17482. OCLC/WORLDCAT 79568196.