London. The Stage Pictorial Publishing Company. 1913.
No. 135. Vol. XXII. Illustrated magazine of presumed theatrical interest; 11 3/4 x 9 inches; pp 101-120 plus front and back matter pp i-xvi. Very good condition. Heavily illustrated with photos from the "pageant play" starring Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Jacob) and Maxine Elliott (Zuleika) with Tree pictured on front cover in make-up evoking an enraged garden gnome. Sobering full-page photos of the production's painted scenery and stupefying costumes, with text captions such as this query from Zuleika: "Did'st thou think a woman scorned was so easily appeased?" followed by the command "Into the nethermost pit with him..." Should focus on the magazine's coverage of the play becomes wearisome, there is advertising to peruse, such as a volume by Lord Alfred Douglas ("Ready Shortly--Order Now") titled "Oscar Wilde and Myself," or a full page endorsement from actor Sir George Alexander touting the "invigorating powers" of Hall's Wine--"the Supreme Tonic Restorative"--highly effective in combating the debilitating effects of Anemia, Depression, Insomnia, etc. A quick slurp before the play commences no doubt a blessing. Item #53621