With an Introduction by Charles H. Peake and a Bibliographical Note by Philip R. Wikelund
the play, a brief bibliographical account of The Gamester is offered.
The play was printed separately many times in the eighteenth century. The first edition, in the University of Michigan copy, bears the title: THE / GAMESTER. / A / TRAGEDY. / As it is Acted at the / _Theatre-Royal_ in _Drury-Lane_. / [rule] / ornament / [rule] / _LONDON_: / Printed for R. FRANCKLIN, in _Russel-Street_, / _Covent-Garden_; and Sold by R. DODSLEY, / in _Pall-Mall_. M.DCC.LIII. / The anonymity of the titlepage is half-hearted, for the dedication to Henry Pelham is signed "Edw. Moore." A prologue written by Garrick, an epilogue, and the cast of the original performance precede the eighty-four page text. Francklin and Dodsley brought out a second edition in the same year and a fourth edition in 1755; presumably a third edition had been issued in the interim. In 1771 a fifth and a sixth edition appeared, and in 1776 another London edition came out. In 1784 two more editions made an appearance, the first printed for R.