STRAFFORD: An Historical Tragedy. Robert Browning.

STRAFFORD: An Historical Tragedy

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1837. First Edition. Hardcover. Browning's first play, written at the behest of English actor William Macready, who declared "Write a play, Browning, and keep me from going to America" during a dinner given by Thomas Talfourd in 1836. Strafford played for five nights in 1837, with Macready in the title role and Helen Faucit playing Lady Carlisle. It was critically well received, well attended, and it might have played for more, but the actor who played Pym had another engagement and Macready (who thought the play needed drastic changes) was content to let it drop. Octavo. In a lovely full burgundy morocco binding, with decorative gilt stamping, green morocco spine labels, five raised bands, ornamental dentelles, marbled endpapers, and a ribbon marker. Lacking the advertisements at the rear. Small bit of offsetting to the title page; else near fine. Near fine. Item #68468

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