London: John C. Nimmo, 1888. First Thus. Limited to 300 numbered copies (this being #222) printed on fine deckle-edge Royal 8vo paper. Three large octavo volumes (251 x 161 mm.). Bound ca. 1970 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Asprey in three-quarter green crushed levant morocco over green cloth boards, ruled in gilt. Spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispieces and plates and wood-engraved text illustrations, including fifty portraits in duplicate, one on Japanese and the other on plate paper, as India proofsDescriptive tissue guards. Wood-engraved tail-piece vignettes. A Fine set.
"Readers are indebted to Dr. Doran in these pleasant volumes, for the first history of the English acted Drama, fitted for ordinary perusal by its moderate length and the amusing nature of its contents. It is sure to become a popular book, as long as the great names of the golden age of the Theatre retain their attraction… Under the triple heading of 'Actors, Authors and Audiences,' Dr. Doran leaves no corner of theatrical history unvisited that could add to the completeness of his picture of the drama in England" (New York Times, 1864).
English Theatrical Literature, 857. (Item #3608)