FIRST EDITION. 12mo. 3.75 x 6 inches. 61 pp. A presentation binding in contemporary black morocco with elaborate gilt panelled borders and spine decoration. Inner dentelles. All edges gilt. Minor wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Gift inscription from author, 1851, on second free endpaper.
The text of a play first performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1851. It was translated and adapted from the German, Der Sohn Der Wildnis, first performed in 1842, by Friedrich Halm, the pseudonym of the Austrian dramatist and novella writer, Baron von Münch-Bellinghausen (1806-71). The play is a romantic drama in which female love triumphs over rude strength and was later made into a short silent film by D. W. Griffith in 1908. Maria Lovell (1803-77), actress and playwright, was born into a theatrical family. The opening remarks are by George Daniel (1789-1864) and a list of the original cast with descriptions of their costumes are included. As the author’s dedication is dated 1851, the year of the first performance, this undated copy must be from that year and is therefore a first edition in an attractive presentation binding.
Author LOVELL, MARIA.
Publisher Davidson, Peter’s Hill, Doctors’ Commons, between St. Paul’s and Upper Thames Street.
Condition A very good copy