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Russell, John.  Don Carlos; or, persecution. A tragedy, in five acts. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1822. 8vo (22 cm, 8.7"). xvi, 119, [1] pp.
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Based on Schiller's play (which also served as the basis for Verdi's Don Carlos), this tremendously popular piece portrays Don Carlos as a romantic hero brought down by the machinations of both the power-hungry Spanish Inquisition and his tyrannical father, King Philip II. This is the second edition, following the first of the same year — in fact, the work was so successful that it went through six printings in that year, although contemporary critics were not universally fond of either the text or its actual stage performance. The author, Lord John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, was better known as a reformist politician than as an author, serving twice as Prime Minister. Here he gives a brief overview of the historical circumstances in the preface, although he ruefully admits that "the two main props upon which the following attempt at a play is built, have no solid foundation in history" (p. v): that is to say, the Prince's devoted passion for the Queen (first promised to him, then married to his father), and the malign intervention of the => Inquisition.
        Provenance: From the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

NCBEL, III, 1138; NSTC 2R21229. Contemporary tree calf, covers framed in small floral gilt roll, spine with gilt-stamped red and green leather title and author labels, spine compartments with gilt-stamped floral decorations, board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls; minor rubbing to spine, joints, and extremities. Light foxing. => An interesting piece, in distinguished dress.  (39827)   Please RESHELVE This.


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