Two Old Comedies: The Belle's Stratagem [by Mrs. Cowley] and The Wonder [by Mrs. Centlivre] Reduced and Re-arranged by Augustin Daly for Production at Daly's Theatre During the Season 1893-94

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Privately printed from the prompt books of Daly's Theatre, 1893 - 118 pages
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