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COOKE, William (ca. 1740--1824)
Memoirs of Charles Macklin, comedian, with the dramatic characters, manners, anecdotes, &c. of the age in which he lived: forming an history of the stage during almost the whole of the last century. And a chronological list of all the parts played by him. By William Cooke, Esq. The second edition.
London:, printed for James Asperne; by Thomas Maiden,, 1806.
[8], 444 p., engr. frontis. port. ; 21.2 cm. (8º)

Originally published anonymously in 1804. Stipple tint portrait of Macklin engraved by William Ridley, wood-engraved device of James Asperne's 'Oriental and Military Library' on p. [8] by Richard Austin. Macklin (born MacLaughlin in Ireland) was one of the most famous and long-lived actors of his time, still performing into his seventies. The author, William Cooke, was a barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple whose biography of the actor Samuel Foote is also in Soane's library (q.v.).

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink by James Asperne on verso of title-page: A Testimony / of respect / from Jas Asperne / to / John Soane Esqr / Cornhill / 4th. Novr. 1812.

Binding C19th polished calf, gilt-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spine, maroon morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 2s. 10d., 5 December 1829. (Archives 7/10/17).

Reference Number 166

Additional Names Hutchinson, Edwin; Macklin, Charles (1697?--1797) - Biography; Asperne, James (1757--1820), donor

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