LIBRETTO ADAPTED BY GARRICK FROM SHAKESPEARE AND SET TO MUSIC BY HANDEL'S ONLY PUPIL

[SHAKESPEARE, William, & John Dryden] [GARRICK, David, adapted by] THE TEMPEST, AN OPERA. As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. The songs from Shakespeare, Dryden, &c. The music composed by Mr. [John Christopher] Smith. London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, 1756. First edition - the libretto only, no music. Octavo. [ ]4,B-G4. 20 x 12 cm. [8],47,[1] pp. Bound in Roxburghe style red quarter morocco with red linen sides. Elegantly designed and printed. Small ink smudge on p. 35 with offset to 34, else a very clean and attractive, near-fine copy. This adaptation is still commonly attributed to Garrick despite his denial. The music (not included here) was by John Christopher Smith, Handel's only pupil, who had already composed a popular opera , "The Faeries' (1755), based upon Shakespeare's `A Midsummer Night's Dream.' (ESTC T49920; Jaggard p. 463)
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