Hyde, Henry [Viscount Cornbury and Fifth Baron Hyde of Hindon]
The Mistakes; or, The Happy Resentment.
Seller ID: 1518
London: S. Richardson, 1758. First edition (pp. 85). Tall octavo ( 22 cm) in contemporary half calf over marbled paper. Bookseller's note on ffep, "Privately printed by the celebrated actress Mrs. Mary Porter." "Davies paints a romantic picture of her driving in a chaise with only a book and a brace of pistols. In 1731 she had a serious accident in the chaise, having seen off a would-be highwayman, and dislocated her hip. For some time she required the aid of a cane." Nevertheless, she returned to Drury Lane in 1733 and for three seasons played her most popular roles. "Thereafter she gave occasional performances, earning the large sum of �20 per performance, and was still able to draw an audience". Porter's last appearance was her own benefit night, a command performance of The Albion Queen at Covent Garden on 14 February 1743. However, in time her financial situation worsened, as an annuity she had relied upon came to an end. She made some money through the patronage of Henry Hyde (1710- 1753) who allowed her to print a subscription edition of his comedy The Mistakes, the book we here offer for sale (Milling, ODNB). The advertisement was written by Horace Walpole; with the bookplate of well-known antiquarian and book collector James Maidment (1793- 1879). A bit worn at the edges, repairs top and bottom of spine; binding and text are clean and sound. A very nice copy from a famous collector's library.
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