“CARRIED THE COMEDY OF MANNERS TO ITS HIGHEST PITCH”
SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. Works. London: John Murray, James Ridgway and Thomas Wilkie, 1821. Two volumes. Octavo, mid-20th century three-quarter red morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $650.
Later edition of Sheridan’s plays, handsomely bound by Birdsall.
“As a dramatic writer Sheridan had no equal among his contemporaries… Sheridan carried the comedy of manners in [Britain] to its highest pitch, and his popularity as a writer for the stage is exceeded by that of Shakespeare alone” (DNB). Includes The Rivals and The School for Scandal, among others. The first collected edition of Sheridan’s works appeared 1792-93.
A fine copy, handsomely bound.