TAYLOR, TOM. - The Ticket-of-Leave Man. A drama in four acts.
London, French [c1890?]. Octavo printed wrapper. French's Acting Edition 871. ¶ A latish issue probably c1890 judging by the wrappers. One of the great hits of the second half of the century, it is credited with being 'one of the first melodramas to deal with criminal life of London, to take as a hero a man who had suffered imprisonment .. to introduce a detective (Hawkshaw) on the stage, and to break away from the familiar domestic interior sets.' (Nicoll). Doubtless part of the reason for its particular popularity in the colonies. For all this it was based on a French playAUD 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 35.5 US$ 38.31 | £UK 30.75 | JP¥ 4261] Book number 908
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