Johnson, Samuel. Irene, a Tragedy. London: Printed for R. Dodsley and Sold by M. Cooper, 1749. First edition. 86pp. 8vo. Boards with leather and gilt title on spine. Small repair to title page and first few leaves lightly spotted, otherwise a very good copy, with the advertising leaf. Johnson’s only play was published a dozen years after its completion, as a consequence of Garrick’s offer to stage it when he took over Drury Lane. It was first performed on February 6, 1748. The following variations are present in this copy: the word “cene” appears on pages 14 (rather than “scene”). Rothschild 1231.