UNCOMMON (AND OCCASIONALLY ODD) BRITISH AND AMERICAN THEATRE BOOKS AND EPHEMERA
We hope you will enjoy perusing our most recent catalog of theatrical ephemera, a substantial portion of which dates from the 19th century. Several items of note include an 1880 color lithographed portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, an informative study titled “The Chinese Drama” published in China and featuring attractive color plates, and a 406 page memoir, “Memories of an Old Actor,” detailing both the tribulations of, and rueful reflections on, a stage career unfolding in the mid-nineteenth century. Regarding oddities, there are more than a few. One such is the verse rendition delineating “The Wonderful Leaps of Sam Patch,” whose... (read more)
1888 NEW YORK CITY THEATRE PROGRAM) Boker, George H.
New York. Star Theatre. 09-17- 1883. Program in four sheets, 13 x 10 inches, for Lawrence Barrett’s production of "Francesca da Rimini." A lengthy synopsis of the play is given on the first page, continuing to page two. The last paragraph states, in part, "the immortal story of Dante is... Item #54133
18TH CENTURY ENGRAVINGS)
London. Richardson, Osborne, et al. No date. Ca. 1750. Two copper plate engravings on single sheet of laid paper 14 ¾ x 9 ¼ depicting two architectural monuments from the age of Augustus-his Mausoleum and his Theatre Erected in Honour of Marcellus. Print signed "I. Bafire Sculp." Excellent clean condition. Item #54117
19th CENTURY LONDON THEATRE) Day, W. C.
Le Fanu, G.B. (illus).
London. Frederick Warne & Co. 1885. Illustrated throughout in black and white, 191 pp. plus  adverts., 7 ¼ x 5 inches decorative paper wrappers. Crease to front cover; tape repair to spine. Contents in good condition. The trials and tribulations of the novice actor, recounted... Item #54037
19th CENTURY THEATRICAL PRACTICE) Fitzgerald, Percy.
London. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. 1892. Hardback volume, 6 ½ x 4 ¼ 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... Item #54032
19TH CENTURY THEATRICAL REMINISCENCES) Leman, Walter M.
San Francisco. A. Roman Co. 1886. Hardcover volume, 8 x 5 ½ inches, xv+406 pages decorative cloth-covered boards. Spotting to lower front cover, ex-libris plate on front paste-down, good or better condition overall; an engaging volume discussing the triumphs (few) and perils of the acting profession in mid-19th century America... Item #54034
19th CENTURY THEATRICAL SCENERY & STAGECRAFT)
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;... Item #54123
ACTOR PROFILES) Hyde, H. M.
Cairo, Illinois. Commercial Distributing Company. 1903. Black and white plates, 128 pp., 6 ½ x 4 inches, decorative cloth-covered boards. Discoloration or toning to 3 or 4 pages. Light soiled spot to rear cover, good condition overall. The book contains 13 short "sketches" originally published in the Chicago Tribune and... Item #54035
ACTRESS RACHEL FÉLIX)
Boston. M. M. Ballou. 09-22- 1855. Weekly newspaper, September 22, 1855, pp 177 to 192. Front page features and extensive illustrated article devoted to the French Actress Mademoiselle Rachel, with the illustration depicting her in the role of Racine’s "Phèdre." Small discolored spot in the image, overall good clean condition... Item #54118
AMERICAN ACTRESS' PORTRAITS)
Clay, John Cecil (illus).
Indianapolis, Indiana. Bobbs-Merrill Company. 1904. Heavy cardboard portfolio 18 ¾ x 14 ½ inches with slightly smaller illustrated paste-down sheet featuring color image of Mrs. Leslie Carter and text identifying publisher and the subjects of the 6 color portraits within. Portfolio is battered, string clasp torn... Item #54042
ASIA - THEATRE) Laufer, Berthold.
Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History. 1923. Booklet, black and white photo illustrations (several fold-out), 59pp, 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, paper wraps (softbound). Covers worn with some small chips to edges; small bookshop label on verso of frontispiece, some short edge tears, small dampstain to upper right corner... Item #48515
Mullock, Dorothy (illus).
London. Cecil Palmer. No date. Ca. 1928. Play script in paper wraps 9.5 x 7.5 inches; 22 pp. plus one page of advertising. Four silkscreen prints by Welsh-born artist Dorothy Mullock. Light foxing to a number of pages, heaviest on title page and the page preceeding, light... Item #49240
BERNHARDT, SARAH LITHOGRAPHED PORTRAIT)
London. The Whitehall Review. 05-28- 1880. Attractive 1880 color lithograph of a seated Sarah Bernhardt in a feathery pink costume, staring directly at the viewer, single sheet from The Whitehall Review of May 1880. Sheet size 15 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches; light creasing in bottom left corner. Overall very... Item #54127
BLACKFACE MINSTRELRY) Johnson, Lee.
San Francisco. Zeno Mauvais Music Company. 1898. Blackface Minstrel Sheet Music, 14 x 11 inches, 6 pp. with image of "Mr. Carroll Johnson, King of the Singing Comedians" in blackface on front cover. Text touts "The Latest ‘Coon Conquest’" from composer Lee Johnson, whose other memorable compositions include "Dewey’s Victory... Item #54139
BOSTON THEATRE ILLUSTRATIONS)
Boston. Maturin Murray Ballou. 11-10- 1855. Weekly newspaper, 15 x 10 ¼ inches, p 189 to p 304. Several small time-tone spots appear in the text, but the illustrations themselves remain clear and bright. An attractive complete issue in very good condition. Featured on two interior pages is an illustrated... Item #54134
BROADWAY MUSICAL) Kober, Arthur, Joshua Logan.
New York. Greenstone and Company. 1952. Theatre program, 11 ¾ x 9 inches; 16 pp. featuring rehearsal and production photos from the long-running musical (June 1952 to November 1953). Book by Arthur Kober and Joshua Logan, Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome, Directed by Joshua Logan with Settings by Jo... Item #54126
CHINA - THEATRE) Johnston, R.F.
Winzer, C.F. (illus).
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore. Kelly and Walsh, Limited. 1921. Six tipped-in color plates, 36 pp, 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches (octavo), gilt lettered red cloth-covered boards with black cloth spine (hardbound). Light wear to extremities, light foxing to title page and prelims, overall very good condition... Item #47978
COLOR ILLUSTRATED THEATRE PROGRAM)
Soudeikine (cover illus).
New York. The Dancey-Davis Press. No date. Ca. 1923. 32 pp. black and white and color-illustrated program (sets by Serge Sudeikine and others) for Balieff’s Chauve-Souris of Moscow ("The Bat" Theatre of Moscow), a touring review that performed extensively in Europe and, as this program announces, was... Item #54101
COMIC OPERA PROGRAM) Stange, S. and J. Edwards.
Portland, OR. Marquam Grand Theatre. No date. Ca. 1905. Program, 6 ½ x 5 inches, 32 pp. including covers, for the San Francisco Opera Company touring production of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," the "Spectacular Military Comic Opera in Two Acts" by Stanislus Stange and Julian Edwards. Featured in the... Item #54131
DANIEL FROHMAN ON AMERICAN DRAMA) "Why Our Plays Fail Abroad".
Fisher, Harrison (cover illustration).
Philadelphia. Curtis Publishing Co. 01-15- 1910. Illustrated magazine, 14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches, 40 pp. Magazine features the article "Why Our Plays Fail Abroad" by theatrical producer Daniel Frohman. Other features in the magazine include a comic short story by Montague Glass titled "The Fly... Item #54124
DRAMA NOVELIZATION) Walter, Eugene & Arthur Hornblow.
New York. G. W. Dillingham Company. 1911. Hardcover volume, 7 ¾ x 5 inches, 347 pp. The "novelization" of Walter's scandalous 1909 New York theatre sensation directed by David Belasco and starring Frances Starr. The story concerns an aspiring actress who, succumbing to the blandishments of an older man, destroys... Item #53985
EDWIN FORREST DIVORCE SCANDAL)
Boston. F. Gleason and M.M. Ballou. 1852- 1855. 1) Gleason’s Pictorial, April 24, 1852, 15 ¼ x 11 inches, pp. 257 to 272 features front page coverage of the stage debut of divorcee "Mrs. Sinclair (late Mrs. Forrest)" playing Lady Teazle in "The School for Scandal" in New York City... Item #54119
ESSAYS ON THEATRE) Cannan, Gilbert.
London. B. T. Batsford. 1913. Hardcover collection of contorted syntax essays by the British novelist and dramatist, 7 x 5 inches, 58 pp, in excellent clean condition. Item #53986
FAUST - SOUVENIR PROGRAM) Hatton, Joseph.
London. J. S. Virtue and Company. No date. Ca. 1887- 1888. Souvenir booklet with pictorial paper-covered boards and cloth spine, 6 ½ x 9 ¼ inches, 32 pp. Numerous illustrations drawn together in the booklet from a variety of sources. The cover of the booklet denotes Irving's US tour with... Item #54057
FOUR ADVERTISING FLYERS)
Midwest USA. Payton Comedy Company. No date. Ca. 1990s? Four flyers approximately 10 ½ x 3 inches advertising theatrical productions as presented by the Payton Comedy Company, a touring troupe operating in the Midwest with Isaac Payton and his wife Mattie Keene as featured players. (The couple married in Centerville... Item #54099
GEORGE CHRISTY, BLACKFACE ENTERTAINER)
Boston. M. M. Ballou. 11-25- 1854. Three black and white illustrations comprising, with text, one half of the newspaper’s 15 x 11 inch rear page. The illustrations depict the blackface performer George Christy, (referred to as "the Noted Ethiopian Delineator") as he appears in life and also in costume as... Item #54137