BELL, John (1745-1831). British Theatre, Consisting of the most esteemed English Plays, London: John Bell, 1776-78. 20 volumes, 8° (196 x 110mm). Engraved frontispieces, titles and plates. (Occasional spotting and staining.) Contemporary mottled calf gilt, spines gilt in compartments with red and green morocco lettering-pieces (rubbed and scuffed with some erosion to heads and feet of spines, a few lettering-pieces lacking). Provenance: Sir Robert Johnson Eden, Bart. (armorial bookplate).
With 10 other works in 41 volumes, including Bell's Shakespeare (London, 1783-88, 20 vols.), Henry Fielding's Pasquin. A Dramatick Satire on the Times (London, 1736, FIRST EDITION, bound with various other plays), Charles Churchill's Poems (London, 1766, 2 vols., third edition), Theatre of Education. Translated from the French of the Countess de Genlis (London, 1781, 4 vols.) and Joanna Baillie's A Series of Plays: in which it is attempted to delineate the stronger passions of the mind (London, 1806-12, 3 vols., mixed editions), all bound in contemporary calf gilt (some wear). (61)