London: Printed for the author and sold by J. Bell, at the British Library, Strand, 1785.
Hardcover. Very good. Third edition, complete in five volumes, with all half-titles present. 12mo, uniformly bound in nineteenth century full-leather, re-backed with spines laid down. Wear to boards, bindings tight, text clean. Provenance: Bookplates of prominent early Los Angeles physician Walter Lindley, and his son, Francis Haynes Lindley, on front pastedown of each volume, ownership signature (E. Jutté [?]) dated 1785 on the half-titles. Memoirs of the stage career and private life of a prominent British actress. ODNB: "In 1745 [Bellamy], by all accounts beautiful, with fair skin, blue eyes, and dark hair, moved to Dublin to perform at the Smock Alley Theatre, where she remained until 1748. Between 1748 and 1759 she was engaged at both Covent Garden and Drury Lane, then in 1760–61 was back at Smock Alley. She acted in Edinburgh from 1762 to 1764, and made a brief appearance in Glasgow in May 1764. Although she was never considered a truly great actress, George Anne was nevertheless highly esteemed....Mrs Bellamy was plagued throughout her life by debts incurred from gambling, living well beyond her means, and entertaining lavishly, as well as, if she is to be believed, her naïvely trusting and generous nature and her propensity for being swindled. The actress's latter years were spent writing begging letters to old friends and acquaintances. Although assistance was generally forthcoming...such money immediately disappeared in the payment of debts. A benefit was held for her on 24 May 1785 at Drury Lane, but by 4 May 1786 George Anne, by now a frequent resident in sponge-houses, was once again destitute. During a life in which she moved repeatedly from fashionable to unfashionable addresses, from Richmond and Parliament Square to Soho and St James, her last residence was in Eliot's Row, St George's Fields, where she lived under the rules of the king's bench prison. She died there on 16 February 1788."