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BROOKE, Henry.
Gustavus Vasa, The Deliverer of His Country. A Tragedy. As it was to have been Acted At the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane.

pp. viii, (xii) List of Subscribers, (ii) Prologue, 81, (iv) Epilogue, (i) blank. Disbound, title with engraved vignette of Tully and without the price at the foot, with the extensive Subscribers List, title slightly darkened, else a very good copy.

*ESTC T798 ........... As intimated on the title, this play was not performed in England, being the first to be banned under the new Licensing Act, 1737. It was a thinly disguised attack on the situation at Court, and particularly on Robert Walpole. Samuel Johnson immediately published a pamphlet attacking this new law; he was listed amongst the Subscribers, as was Jonathan Swift. Brooke, born in Ireland 1703, spent most of his life there, with a brief interval in London, dying in Dublin in 1783. The play, prohibited in England, was subsequently staged in Dublin under the title - The Patriot.

Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully's Head Pall-Mall. London.

Date Published: 1739.

Stock No. 63118

Price: 95.00