Cinna's Conspiracy. A tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, by Her Majesty's Servants.
London. Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1713. First edition in English.
Quarto. , 55p, . Without half-title. Later half-vellum, marbled boards, contrasting black morocco lettering-piece. Extremities lightly rubbed and discoloured. Foxed.
The first edition in English of French dramatist Pierre Corneille's (1606-1684) tragedy Cinna (1643), a thinly veiled commentary on the absolute power enjoyed by Louis XIV, and the third work in what is termed his 'Classical Tetralogy', following Le Cid (1637), and Horace (1640), and preceding Polyeucte (1643). The prologue to this English edition is 'spoken by Mr. Cibber', that is Colley Cibber (1671-1757), the likely translator.
ESTC T144633.£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 19176