The Surprising Life and Death of Doctor John Faustus. To which is now added, The Necromancer, or, Harlequin Doctor Faustus; As Performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden. Truly translated from the original Copies

The Surprising Life and Death of Doctor John Faustus. To which is now added, The Necromancer, or, Harlequin Doctor Faustus; As Performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden. Truly translated from the original Copies
The Surprising Life and Death of Doctor John Faustus. To which is now added, The Necromancer, or, Harlequin Doctor Faustus; As Performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden. Truly translated from the original Copies

London: For H.W., 1766. First edition thus. Duodecimo (144 x 86 mm), pp. 131, [1] bl. Contemporary "school" cloth, spine expertly repaired. Old stain, probably tallow, affecting the lower outer portion of the first dozen leaves, paper still sound, fore-edge margin a little close, a good copy. Apparently the first edition under this title (adding "Surprising"), although this immortal story appeared in English at last as early as 1592, as The Historie of the damnable Life, and deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus (where it is described as "Newly imprinted"), an edition which is often called The English Faust Book. The prose narrative of Faustus's adventures here gives many details omitted from Christopher Marlowe's play. Helen of Troy, for example, is reported to have borne him a son. The Necromancer, or Harlequin Doctor Faustus, was first performed in late 1723 and printed in various iterations in 1724. It was one of several successful musical entertainments in which John Rich (1692–1761), under the stage name Lun, performed the mute role of Harlequin. The addenda here, occupying the last 10 pages, is a truncated version, with two scenes set in a study and "The Doctor's School of Magick" respectively. This edition is institutionally rare, with three locations only in ESTC: University of Hull, Pierpont Morgan, and Yale. ESTC T147278. (Item #1949)

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