Author: John Gay
Publisher: London, William Heinemann, 1923
First Nicholson illustrated edition. One of 350 copies for sale, signed by Nicholson, this copy no. 101. Illustrated title page, text embellished with musical scores, vignettes and tipped-in colour plates.
4to., original blue cloth, decorative block in silver to upper cover, spine in silver and black, top edge gilt, others uncut. A very good copy.
A ballad opera, with text by John Gay and music by Johann Christoph Pepusch. A sequel to Gay’s ‘The Beggar’s Opera’. Due to censorship, ‘Polly’ was not performed during Gay’s lifetime. It would eventually premiere in June 1777, at the Haymarket Theatre in London.