London. Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme. 1809.
Two pages of engravings, 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches, depicting state-of-the-art mechanisms for producing scenic effects in theatres of the late 18th century. One sheet depicts the "wheel and chariot" device for moving scenic flats from the wings to the stage proper; also, the locations of trap doors on the stage floor for "non-traditional" entrances and exits. The other sheet depicts the mechanism for producing the illusion of waves on the ocean and a device for showing a sailing vessel moving through the sea; also, a chariot moving across the heavens. Plates state "Engraved by Wilson Lowry." Very good clean condition. Desirable visual additions to a theatrical library with an emphasis on stagecraft. Item #54123