(POLLOCK'S JUVENILE DRAMA.) STIRLING, Edward.
The Blue Jackets, or Her Majesty’s Service. A Farce, in One Act.
An extremely unusual complete copy of one of Pollock’s adaptations for the juvenile drama, or toy theatre. Stirling’s play was originally produced around 1835. Stirling himself is probably best known as the first theatrical adapter of Dickens, and as acting and stage manager of the Adelphi. The putative date is drawn from the cataloguing of Ohio State University’s microfilmed copy of that at the V&A on OCLC, which shows just two copies of the original, Brown and Huntington. No copies on Copac.
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Text duodecimo (168 108 mm), together with plates landscape octavo (219 173 mm). Both stitched as issued. 9 hand-coloured plates as called for; “4 Plates Characters, 3 Pl. Scenes, 2 Pl. Wings, No. 5 & 8.” Plates a little browned, and with very slight marginal chipping, but overall very good indeed.