CUMBERLAND, Richard. ~ The Banishment of Cicero. A Tragedy. London: Printed for J. Walter. 1761.
4to (252 × 202 mm), pp. 95, , without half-title; preserved in modern marbled wrappers.
First edition of dramatist Richard Cumberland’s first play for the theatre written ‘after recently reading Conyers Middleton's biography of Cicero (1741). The manuscript of the play, in the conventional five acts, was seen by Lord Halifax who recommended it to David Garrick for representation. Garrick politely declined the honour, and although the play was published in 1761 it was never staged’ (Oxford DNB). Rothschild 702.