Item #2446 [Browning, Robert] Strafford: An Historical Tragedy. Robert Browning.

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[Browning, Robert] Strafford: An Historical Tragedy

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1837.

First edition. Original brown wrappers with original printed paper label on cover. 132pp. Side and bottom edges uncut. With 4pp advertisements at end dated April 15, 1837. A superlative copy, the best copy we have seen in many years. The paper covering on spine is almost completely intact, hinges are integral, contents clean and bright. A near fine copy of Brownings early work, his first play and perhaps his most original: (Michael Peverett) "... the one that is least like a closet drama; five acts and numerous speaking parts. It played for five nights in 1837, with Macready in the title role." Though the performance was critically, rather than well received, it was well attended and certainly contributed to Browning's early popularity and respect in literary circles.

Price: $1,250.00   Item #2446

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