London: The Punch Office, 1846. 87 pages. Frontispiece and numerous wood-engravings by John Leech. Twelvemo (6 1/2 x 4 inches); half-green morocco by Lauriat of Boston; spine faded to brown, hinges showing wear. Item #1658
First edtion. A'Beckett's biting satire on the contemporary British stage. While contributing to "Punch" and his famous "Comic Histories," A'Beckett became active in writing and producing plays. During his short life (1811-1856) he wrote fifty to sixty plays. Amongst those parodied in the above work are Leigh Hunt, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Dion Boucicault and Douglas Jerrold. ~Lowe (Arnott & Robinson) 927.