Eighteenth-Century Comic Operas
Brooke, Frances, 1724?-1789. Rosina, a comic opera, in two acts: as performed at the Theatre, New-York. New-York: Printed for Berry and Rogers,  Evans 20244
O'Keeffe, John, 1747-1833. The poor soldier, a comic opera, in two acts - as performed - at the theatre, New-York. New-York: Printed for Berry and Rogers, [1787?] Evans 20608
Hoare, Prince, 1755-1834. No song no supper: an opera, in two acts - 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, Dec. 5, 1792. Evans 24400
Our record of the early American musical theater is significantly
enhanced by the acquisition of these three libretti, each previously
known in only one copy. AAS now possesses over 80 per cent of all
published in the United States before 1801.
Purchased from Norman Kane. Nancy Burkett Collection.
-David Whitesell, Curator of Books
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS