The History of The Scottish Stage, From its First Establishment to The Present Time; with A Distinct Narrative of Some Recent Theatrical Transactions. The Whole Necessarily Interspersed with Memoirs of his Own Life, by John Jackson, Ten Years Manager of The Theatre Royal of Edinburgh.

  • Jackson, John
  • Edinburgh: Printed for Peter Hill 1793
  • Not in ESTC.


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8vo, pp. [3]-16, 424, 46, [2]. Half-title discarded. Old half calf, green patterned paste-paper boards, spine divided by gilt rules, second compartment dyed black and lettered in gilt direct. A little spotting. A little rubbed, extremities worn, leather surface lost from foot of spine, joints sometime repaired, hinges relined. Ownership inscription of W. Chisholme to title-page.


A seemingly unrecorded variant of a polemical and idiosyncratic history with a complicated production history. ESTC records 3 variants: N48, with text on pp. 295-6 present and a full appendix with documents numbered 1-25; T36525, with text on pp. 295-6 present and a shorter appendix omitting items 18-22; and T141375, with text on pp. 295-6 omitted and the same shorter appendix omitting items 18-22. This copy could be described as the missing variant from the above list, having the fuller appendix with all documents present but omitting the text on pp. 295-6.
Copies with the full text on pp. 295-6 survive in greatest numbers, ESTC listing 62 holdings (split between full and expurgated appendices), against only three with the text omitted, all of those having the expurgated appendix.

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