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SELBY, Charles (1802?-1863)

[AUSTRALIA]. Harold Hawk ; or, The convict’s vengeance : an original domestic drama in two acts

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/ by Charles Selby, comedian. London : Samuel French [for Thomas Hailes Lacy], 1858. Series: Lacy’s Acting Edition of Plays, 38. Octavo, disbound, the publisher’s imprint on the first page, Samuel French, publisher, 89, Strand, partially concealed by the contemporary label of the Chicago bookseller J. McGrath, pp 1-26, the second and third pages being a lithographed reproduction of the original bill for the play’s first performance at the Royal Surrey Theatre, 27 September 1858 (small sections of loss at centre margin); a clean copy. Ferguson, 15554b.

The second act of Selby’s theatrical melodrama is set in a log house in Australia.

The only copy of French and Lacy’s playscript recorded in Australian collections is held in the National Library of Australia (NLA also holds a copy of a playbill for a performance at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in 1864).