London: for the author by Charles Dudley, 1861. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 2787. First edition. An humorous account of the author's trip through North America on a wager that he could support himself with his talent. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front pastedown. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Includes the following four plates: frontispiece portrait of the author, An Iceberg by Moonlight, "Now then what do you want?", and A Sketch at Newport. Lacks the portrait of Catharine Lucette. Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Tear to leather on front top corner. Original yellow wrappers bound in. Typed information about the author pasted down, but partially removed on title page. Offsetting from plates, else clean interior. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record tipped into rear. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
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