The Playboy Of The Western World. A Comedy In Three Acts.
Maunsel and Co., Ltd.
8vo. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. vii + [i] + 86 +  pp. Bound in original quarter buff cloth over maroon boards. Deckled edges. Foxing of preliminaries, edges and margins; otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate, Roberti Comitis de Crewe. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece. The second printing, soon after publication of the first in the same year, of the the famous play by John Millington Synge (1871-1909). It has the author's preface and a cast list of the first performance at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in January 1907. Copy owned by Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes Earl of Crewe, (1858-1945), British statesman. He succeeded (1885) his father as Baron Houghton and was created earl (1895) and later Marquess (1911) of Crewe. A Liberal, he held a succession of high offices, including those of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1892-95), Colonial Secretary (1908-10), and Secretary for India (1910-15). As Liberal leader in the House of Lords from 1908 he played an important role in securing passage of the Parliament Act of 1911, which deprived the Lords of its veto. He was later ambassador to France (1922-28)
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