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MURPHY, Arthur (1727--1805)
The life of David Garrick, Esq. By Arthur Murphy, Esq. Vol. I. (II.)
London: printed for J. Wright, by J. Foot, 1801.
2 vols ; 21.1 cm. (8º)
I: [4], xxv, [1], 389, [1] p., engr. port.
II: [4], xvi, 387, [1] p.

Includes an engraved portrait of Garrick by Luigi Schiavonetti after Sir Joshua Reynolds. Murphy had a brief career as an actor and a longer one as an essayist, playwright, and lawyer at Lincoln's Inn. 'With Arthur Murphy, later his biographer, [Garrick] had a love-hate relationship of real complexity.' (See Peter Thomson, 'Garrick, David (1717–1779)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online ed., Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10408, accessed 17 February 2012]). Murphy's tragedy The orphan of China, 1759 (q.v.) is also in Soane's library.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the portrait.

Binding C19th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt triple-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels. Bound by Hood & McCullock for 6s., 24 May 1826. (Archives 16/12/38).

Reference Number 162


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