Memoirs of the life, public and private adventures, of Madame Vestris; formerly of the Theatre Royal San Carlos; and now of the Theatres Royal Drury Lane and Covent Garden. With interesting & curious
1st ed. Port. frontis., vi, 7-74, 87-98, 75-86, 99-168p + 6 col. plates. Perished remains of original calf; front board becoming loose. Pages 75-86 mis-bound. Crease to frontis;; spotting to title and occasionally in text especially outer edge of top margins. At head of title: John Duncombe's edition.
Lucia Elizabeth Bartolozzi Vestris (1797-1856) was the grand-daughter of the engraver Francesco Bartolozzi. She achieved considerable fame as an actress, contralto opera singer and, more notably as theatre manager and producer. However, as the title of this work suggests, she achieved some notoriety for her connections and for popular assumptions made about actresses in her day.
Author Arthur Griffinhoofe (pseud. George Colman).
Condition A decent copy of an uncommon work.