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SMITH, James (1775--1839)
Rejected addresses: or the new Theatrum poetarum. Seventeenth edition.
London: John Murray, 1821.
xvi, 139, [1] p. ; 16.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Co-authored by James and Horatio [Horace] Smith. In 1812 the Drury Lane Theatre ran a competition for an address to be spoken at its reopening; this volume, purporting to publish the rejected entries, in fact parodies several major writers of the time, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott and also Byron whose prologue was in fact adopted by the theatre's Committee of Management for the occasion in question. Appearing first on the day of the theatre's opening, in parallel with the The genuine rejected addresses ..., it ran to over twenty-five editions under John Murray's imprint and was widely imitated. Leaf in position of half-title apparently blank.

Copy Notes Lacking initial blank leaf.

Binding C19th half red morocco, blind roll-tooled scallop and rose borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine. Bound by George Richmond for 1s. 6d., 20 May 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

Reference Number 1495


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