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Peg Woffington and Her World - Janet Dunbar

Heinemann, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Peg Woffington was ‘the first topic of every tongue’ during her brilliant career on the London stage in the first half of the eighteenth century. Beautiful, witty, gay, with her own code of private morals and a complete dedication to the business of the theatre, this girl from the Dublin slums made herself into one of the most accomplished actresses of her day.

She met David Garrick at the beginning of his career. They acted together, and were hailed as the two brightest stars in the theatrical firmament. Inevitably, they fell in love, and set up house together. Garrick might have married Peg, but she was an individualist, and there were other lovers…

Here is Peg Woffington’s story, set in the glittering world of the Georgian playhouse, where coaches and sedan-chairs carried the jewelled and brocaded Quality to see the latest play by Farquhar or Colley Gibber, with the matchless Woffington and the new actor, Garrick, in the leading roles. When the curtain went down at the end, and the candles in the gilded sconces were snuffed — then began the real drama between these two.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 245 pages.
£6.50

This one has already found a new owner.