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MURPHY, Arthur (1727--1805)
The orphan of China, a tragedy, as it is perform'd at the Theatre-Royal, in Drury-Lane. The second edition.
London: printed for P. Vaillant, 1759.
v, [3], 96 p. ; 19.1 cm. (8°)

First edition 1759. The dedication to John, Earl of Bute is signed by Arthur Murphy and dated April 30, 1759. Born in Ireland, Arthur Murphy had a brief career as an actor and a longer one as an essayist, playwright, and lawyer at Lincoln's Inn. This, his first tragedy, draws from the same source as Voltaire's L'orphelin de la Chine (first acted at Paris in 1755), namely 'Tchao chi con ell; or, The little orphan of the family of Tchao' from vol. III of Jean Baptiste Du Halde's Description géographique, historique ... de l'empire de la Chine, 1735 (cf. Murphy's letter to Voltaire, pp. [89]--96). See A. Nicoll, A history of English drama, 1660--1900, 1952, vol. 3, p. 289. ESTC t45410.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with two other pamphlets.

Binding Later C19th half sheep, grained binder's cloth. Numbered '100' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 4215


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