DIBDIN, Thomas John.
DIBDIN, Thomas John. A metrical History of England; or, Recollections, in Rhyme, of some of the most prominent Features in our national Chronology, from the Landing of Julius Caesar, to the Commencement of the Regency, in 1812 … London: Printed for the Proprietor, by Joseph Hartnell … and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne … By R.W. Elliston, at his Establishment in Bristol; and by all other Booksellers. 1813.
2 vols, 8vo (226 × 138 mm), pp. xvi, 17–294, [2]; 329, [3]; with an engraved frontispiece by Scriven, after Reynolds and Caboit respectively, in each vol.; uncut and partially unopened, light browning to prelims; recent boards.
First and only edition of ‘an eccentric aide-mémoire for schoolchildren of historical events’ (Oxford DNB), from Ancient Britain to the defeat of Napoleon (‘To conquer Russia Bonaparte assumes, / And his high full-fledg’d eagle moults her plumes, / Flies back quite stripp’d of each victorious feather, / All which, France says, is owing—to the weather’). Thomas John Dibdin (1771–1841), illegitimate son of Charles Dibdin and godson of David Garrick, began his career as an actor and playwright as a four-year-old playing the role of Cupid in his godfather’s revival of The Jubilee at Drury Lane, 1775–6 (Oxford DNB). Outside of the theatre, Dibdin published several essays and short pieces for the New Lady’s Magazine, the Gentleman’s and Lady’s Pocket Magazine, and The Biographic; beginning in 1798 he also briefly edited the Monthly Epitome. Throughout his life he would publish plays prodigiously, culminating in a lively autobiography of his life in the theatre.
Jackson, p. 369.
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