London. Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1892.
Hardback volume, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, xii+194 pp., spine very slightly cocked. Text initially "delivered in the form of lectures at the Royal Institution, the Society of Arts, and the Royal Institute, Hull." Frontispiece portrait of the famous 19th century French actor Frederic Lemaitre. The text unfolds sage advice relating to acting technique ("keep one's head...while appearing to give up one's heart)" as well as discussion of scenic devices common on the 19th century stage, such as the illusion of "ice breaking up on a vast sea"; also, the use of elevator stages, etc. An interesting companion to 19th century theatre. Item #54032