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Bell's British Theatre
(full name: Bell's British Theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays)
Publisher: John Bell. Country: United Kingdom. Date: 1776- .


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One of the first pages (not the frontispiece) of Volume Eight of Bell's British Theatre series


BELL'S BRITISH THEATRE (JOHN BELL)
Series Note: This series was published by the English bookseller, printer and publisher John Bell (1745-1831). Initially there were 21 volumes and later (by 1802) 46 volumes in the series.

"140 plays, issued separately, each with special title page, engraved general title page, representing a scene from the play, and a frontispiece showing an actor in a leading part. Most of the plays are preceded by bibliographical sketches of the authors, criticism of the play, etc. and dramatis personae, giving the names of the players. Some of the later plays have imprint : London : John Cawthorn, and London : George Cawthorn."
-- SLNSW-ALMA database


Arranged by volume number

1.

Bell's British Theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the first. Being the first volume of tragedies. Containing Zara, by Aaron Hill, Esq. Venice preserved, by Mr. T. Otway. Jane Shore, by N. Rowe, Esq. Siege of Damascus, by Mr. Hughes. Distressed mother, by Mr. A. Philips

2.

Bell's British theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the second. Being the first volume of comedies. Containing The provok'd wife, by Sir J. Vanbrugh. Every man in his humour, by Ben Jonson. The beaux stratagem, by G. Farquahr, ... The old batchelor, by W. Congreve, ... The committee, by Sir R. Howard

5.

Bell's British theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the fifth. Being the third volume of tragedies. Containing All for Love, by Mr. Dryden. The Orphan, by Mr. T. Otway. Tancred and Sigismunda, by Mr. Thomson. George Barnwell, by Mr. Lillo. Isabella, altered by Southerne.

7.

Bell's British theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the seventh. Being the fourth volume of tragedies. Containing The royal convert, by N. Rowe, ... Alexander the Great, by N. Lee, ... Mahomet, by the Rev. Mr. Miller. Theodosius, by N. Lee, ... Lady Jane Grey, by N. Rowe

8.

Bell's British theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the eighth. Being the fourth volume of comedies. Containing The Funeral, by Sir Richard Steele. Love for Life, by William Congreve, Esq. The Careless Husband, by Colley Cibber, Esq. The Tender Husband, by Sir Richard Steele. The Busy Body, by Mrs. Centlivre.

9.

Bell's British theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the ninth. Containing The Beggar's opera, by Mr. Gay. Polly, by Mr. Gay. Achilles, by Mr. Gay. The gentle shepherd, by Allan Ramsay. Comus, by John Milton.

20.

Bell's British theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays. Volume the twentieth. Being the tenth volume of comedies. Elvira, by Mr. Mallet. Boadicia, by Mr. Glover. Creusa, by W. Whitehead, Esq. Douglas, by Mr. Hume [Home]. Roman Father, by W. Whitehead, Esq.


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