London: J. Wenman, 1777. Disbound. Fair binding. Item #6461
Octavo. 23, [1 (blank)] pp. Removed from nonce volume and lacking the frontis. Printed in double columns, with head-pieces at the top of the opening page and printed devices between the acts. This copy has been heavily trimmed in some cases removing the final line on the page; the gatherings are loose.
An uncommon edition appearing towards the end of a long run of successful Shakespearean productions at Drury Lane, a couple of years after David Garrick had retired as manager of the theater. A few years before the printing of this edition, David Erskine Baker remarks in his Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse that this may be "the truest pastoral drama that ever was written; nor is it ever seen without pleasure to all present." (Baker II, A-400; 1812 ed). Possibly issued with Colley Cibber's "Damon and Phillida," not present here. ESTC T22526.