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Context of Proposals for publishing by subscription, dedicated, with permission, to the most noble the Marquis of Salisbury, A complete history of the English stage : Interspersed with a comparative and comprehensive review of the Asiatic, the Grecian, the Roman, the Spanish, the Italian, the Portugese, the German, the French, and Other Theatres from their Origin to the Present Time; and involving Biographical Tracts and Anecdotes, instructive and amusing, concerning a prodigious number of Authors, Composers, Painters, Actors, Singers, and Patrons of Dramatic Productions in all Countries; with an intention to place the Stage in General, and the English Stage in Particular, in an eligible point of view, as an object of national consequence, by considering it as a criterion of taste and a regulator of human manners. The whole written, with the assistance of interesting documents, collected in the course of Five and Thirty Years, by Mr. Dibdin
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