The inflexible Captive: a Tragedy... The second Edition... by MORE,…

~ The inflexible Captive: a Tragedy... The second Edition... Bristol: Printed and sold by S. Farley... sold also by T. Cadell, Bookseller, in Wine-street, Bristol; T. Cadell, in the Strand; Carnan and Newbery, and J. Wilkie... London; Frederic and Bull, Bath. 1774.

8vo (193 × 124 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [8], 83, [1]; lower corner of C4 torn away, affecting a few letters, old paper repair to final leaf (with date ‘Novr 1799’ in ms. ink) where lower blank section missing; early ownership inscription of M. S. Cooper to title; recent quarter cloth.

Second edition, a reprint of the first of the same year, of More’s first publication, dedicated to the literary hostess, Fanny Boscawen. All early editions are rare.

‘[More’s] passion for drama was nurtured by Garrick, her favourite actor and increasingly her close friend and mentor, who put on her first play, The Inflexible Captive (a reworking of her Metastasio translation), at the Theatre Royal in Bath in April 1775. The encouraging audience notwithstanding, she resisted Garrick's suggestion to transfer the play to the London stage and instead began writing a new play, Percy’ (Oxford DNB). Jackson, p. 30; Jackson, Women, p, 224 (1b); Roscoe, A368 (2).

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