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DIBDIN, Charles Isaac Mungo (1768--1833)
The farmer's wife: a comic opera, in three acts. Written by C. Dibdin, Jun. And performed, for the first time, at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, on Tuesday, February 1, 1814. The overture composed by Bishop; the music by Messrs. Bishop, Davy, Reeve, T. Welsh, and Condell.
London: printed for G. and S. Robinson, 1814.
[8], 80 p. ; 22.7 cm. (8º)

Music not included. Imprint on final page: Printed by J. Moyes. Dibdin was a proprietor and acting manager of Sadler's Wells Theatre. From a theatrical family, he was admired for his plays and songs. 'The Farmer's Wife' was one of his better-known works. In a letter of 9 March 1814 Jane Austen refers to an early performance of it as 'a musical thing in three acts'.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title. Bound (1) with two plays by George Soane, The peasant of Lucern, 1815 (q.v.) and The Hebrew, 1820 (q.v.), and James Haynes, Conscience, 1812 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, blind double-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine.

Reference Number 3734


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