3 March 2004
AMBROSS, Miss E. The Life and Memoirs of the late Miss Ann Catley, the Celebrated Actress, with biographical sketches of Sir Francis Blake Delaval and the Hon. Isabella Pawlet. London: J. Bird, .
8° (201 x 120mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, extra-illustrated with 3 engraved plates, two after J. Roberts. 19th-century half calf (lightly rubbed). Provenance: Julian Marshall (bookplate; two notes in [?]his hand) -- Frederick Forrest Peabody (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The background to the plate entitled 'The Whimsical Duet' is explained by a tipped-in contemporary press cutting from the Oxford Magazine, besides being the subject of a note by Marshall. ESTC states that the frontispiece portrait is dated 11 November, 1789; the frontispiece in this copy is an undated proof. SCARCE.
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