The Orphan of China, a Tragedy,As is perform'd at the Theatre-Royal, in Drury-Lane.
8vo., later plain wrappers; pp. [viii]+96.
A play by the Irish barrister & writer Arthur Murphy (1727-1805), based on the 'L'Orphelin de la Chine' (1755) by Voltaire, in turn based on a story in Du Halde's 'Decription of China'. The work includes a dedication to John, Earl of Bute ('Groom of the Stole'); a Prologue by William Whitehead, Poet Laureate; a cast list, including Garrick; and an admiring letter to Voltaire. As a barrister, Murphy is thought to have coined the legal term "wilful misconstruction" whilst representing the Donaldson v. Becket appeal to the House of Lords in against the perpetual possession of copyright, 1774.
From the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd.
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