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The first dog drama

The first dog drama

26th July 2017

This is a copy of the first edition of a hugely-successful play, published 1803, thought to be the first ‘dog drama’, which began a vogue for the use of trained animals on the London stage. Playwright Frederic Reynolds (1764–1841) wrote this afterpiece set in bandit-ridden Spain for Drury Lane, where it was first performed on […]

‘Somewhat removed from the text of Shakespeare’

‘Somewhat removed from the text of Shakespeare’

18th July 2017

This was fun to catalogue.  Not only because it’s a triple bill (500 × 735 mm), but because it promotes an extravaganza at London’s Olympic Theatre in April 1853, the highlight of which was a Macbeth burlesque by Francis Talfourd (1828–1862). Multi-production theatricals became increasingly popular throughout the nineteenth century, and this programme of entertainments follows […]

A burlesque Tempest

A burlesque Tempest

5th January 2017

When I put out a list on the theatre last year, this was one of the most sought-after items: excerpts from Ariel, a burlesque stage production based on The Tempest by the prolific playwright, librettist and editor of Punch, Francis Cowley Burnand (1836–1917). Ariel was first performed by John Hollingshead’s company at the Gaiety Theatre […]

Bor’ba in Boston

Bor’ba in Boston

7th October 2016

A bookseller’s year is marked by the book fairs.  Summer is a quiet time, but in autumn everything starts up again.  There was York, then the ILAB Congress in Budapest, and now there’s Grasmere (a first for the ABA), Seattle, Frankfurt, INK in London (another new fair), Boston, and Chelsea.  Obviously, I can’t attend all these, so […]

Greasepaint

Greasepaint

6th September 2016

This is a copy of the first edition of The art of stage make-up.  A visual aid for members of drama groups, drama schools and professional actors by Nikolai Novliansky, with illustrations by Vadim Ryndin, a large book (252 × 362 mm) which details make-up designs for the stage from 1930. Novliansky worked at Aleksandr […]

Congreve, a wanted man

Congreve, a wanted man

26th August 2016

There’s one in every catalogue: one book that everyone wants.  In my recent list on Shakespeare and the Stage, it was this: A 1735 edition of Congreve’s Love for Love, his most successful Restoration comedy, heavily marked up as a prompt book for performances at Norwich’s Theatre Royal. Love for Love opened at Lincoln’s Inn Theatre in […]