London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1786. First edition. Complete with half-title. A little light foxing. A very good copy. Later boards with printed paper spine label, lightly soiled. Octavo. xii, 333, , [1, errata with blank verso] pp. Item #15246
John Henderson (1747-1785), known as “Bath Roscius” was a rival and successor to David Garrick. Of Scottish extraction, he spent his early career in Bath. He acted the parts of Macbeth, Hamlet, and Falstaff, among others. He was instrumental in popularizing the famous ballad, “John Gilpin.” He died of a fever at thirty-eight and was buried close to Garrick in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. The biographer John Ireland (1742-1808) was an early friend and patron.