The Padlock Metadata

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  • Main Title The Padlock


  • Author: Bickerstaff, Isaac, 1735-1812.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: W. Griffin
    Place of Publication: London, England
    Additional Info: Printed for W. Griffin, at Garrick's Head in Catherine Street, Strand.


  • Creation: 1768


  • English


  • Content Description: This is a copy of a ca. 1768 edition of Isaac Bickerstaff libretto for the two-act English comic opera "The Paddlock" by Charles Dibdin. The plot is an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes's "El celoso extremeño" (translated as, The Jealous Estremaduran). The t.p. features a vignette signed by IJ Taylor [possibly by the London engraver Isaac Taylor (1730-1807)] with four infants. The one at the center is holding several keys and is playing horse riding with a walking stick that has a padlock attached to it. In the story, Don Diego, a rich old man, hopes to marry the young Leonora and locks her inside his house using a large padlock on the front door. After bribing the servants, the younger suitor, Leander, climbs over the garden wall to court Leonora. Don Diego returns unexpectedly and catches the lovers, but allows the young couple to wed acknowledging that he is too old for Leonora.
  • Physical Description: vi, [2], 31 p. ; 20 cm.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Operas -- Librettos.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Libretto -- English Opera.

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source


  • Name: Virtual Music Rare Book Room
    Code: VRBR


  • Name: UNT Music Library
    Code: UNTML

Resource Type

  • Book


  • Image


  • OCLC: 1447451
  • Call Number: ML50.2.P13 D4 1768b
  • UNT Catalog No.: b1853120
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc31510


  • Display Note: Full title as it appears in the t.p., "The Padlock, a Comic Opera as it is Perform'd by His Majesty's Servants t the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane."
  • Digital Preservation: creationAppName: Omniscan creationAppVersion: 11 creationHardware: Zeutschel OS 10000