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GAY, [John]. Achilles. An opera. As it is Perform'd at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden...

London. Printed for J. Watts, 1733. First edition.
8vo. [6], 68pp, [4]. Without half-title. With three final pages of publisher's advertisements. Handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in later blind-tooled straight-grain red morocco, lettered in gilt, A.E.G. Joints and corners rubbed. Marbled endpapers, bookplate to FEP, title page a trifle dust-soiled, else internally clean and crisp.
A handsomely bound copy of the first edition of poet and playwright John Gay's (1685-1732) final work. Gay delivered the manuscript for Achilles to the Covent Garden playhouse less than a month before his sudden death; it premiered in February 1733 and received nineteen performances that season.
ESTC T1728.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 19206