SKARBEK, Fryderik Florjan [count]. Teatr. Warsaw, W Drukarni Stanislawa Strabskiego, 1847.
8vo, two volumes. Contemporary Polish black unlettered cloth; pp. pp. , iii, 365, [3, blank], ; [iv], 419, , titles within typographical borders and with wood-engraved vignettes; light rubbing to extremities; spotting in places, p. 228 of volume one with small paperflaw near margin, affecting two words, uncut and largely unopened, the title-versos with Skarbek's name stamps, to guarantee authenticity; provenance: release stamp of the University of Lviv on versos of titles, shelfmarks to front endpapers.
First collective edition, uniting twelve stage plays, mostly comedies commenting on Polish society and mores, written by Count Fryderyk Florjan Skarbek, one of the leading Polish intellectuals of the second third of the 19th century. Skarbek was befriended with and godfather to the composer Frédéric Chopin (1810–49), who had been born on the Skarbek estate in Żelazowa Wola. Skarbek wrote as well on political economy, prison reform, fiction, satires, and an impressive number of plays (a theatre in Lwów/Lviv is named after him), worked on prison reform in Britain, Holland and Russia, and is responsible for the design of the infamous Pawiak prison in Warsaw.
OCLC locates only one copy, in the British Library.