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MASON, William (1724--1797)
Elfrida, a dramatic poem. Written on the model of the ancient Greek tragedy. By Mr Mason. The sixth edition, corrected.
London: printed for J. Knapton, 1759.
[4], xix, [1], 80 p. ; 20.8 cm. (8° in 4s)

Originally published in 1752. Includes 'Letters Concerning The following Drama', pp. i--xix. The letters explain and defend the deployment of a chorus. The drama concerns the historical Aelfrida, mother of Aethelred the Unready, Aethelwold and King Edgar. The play, translated into Italian in 1774 and into German in 1776, was adapted by Colman and performed at Covent Garden in 1772 with incidental music for the Chorus set by Thomas Arne. Mason, a poet and garden designer who also wrote satirical verse under the pseudonym Malcolm MacGreggor, and Thomas Gray's literary executor. The title-page is printed in red and black. ESTC t20797; Straus 368.

Binding C18th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1458


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