London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1886. Hardcover. First edition of the first book of criticism by Archer (1856-1924), a prominent literary and drama critic of his day. Bound in original dark red cloth with gilt title and author to spine and front cover. Some bumping and rubbing, slight chipping to spine corners otherwise in nice condition. Front and rear hinges are somewhat cracked and there are a few loose signatures. Light foxing throughout. Includes full page illustrations of some famous actors of the time such as Henry Irving, Edward Terry, Mary Anderson, and Sarah Bernhardt. 350 pages including index. DRA/071709. Very Good.
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Boston: The Cornhill Company, (1917). Hardcover. SCARCE. Very good in brown cloth backed and beautifully illustrated black and tan paper covered boards. Gilt title to spine and black title to front board. Wear to exterior includes minor fading to spine, two very small holes to cloth at front hinge, bumping to spine ends and corners, and minor rubbing. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. A few light spots of foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright. 73 pages. Drama. DRA01/12099. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1859. Hardcover. Two volumes. Charles Keen (1811 - 1868) was an English actor and stage manager known for his revivals of Shakespearean plays. Three quarter red leather bound with red cloth covered boards. Gilt title and decoration as well as raised bands to spines. Minor rubbing to exteriors. Marbled endpapers. Light browning to edges of end pages. Very light foxing to first and last few pages. Inscription to front free end pages of both volumes. Else is clean and bright. Frontis engraving of Kean. Embroidered cloth bookmark laid into volume I. Vol. I: 368 pages, Vol. II: 398 pages. Drama. DRA4010201. Very Good.
London: The Society for Theatre Research, 1967. Softcover. First Edition. A comprehensive bibliography of Craig, the multi-talented theater designer, producer, actor, and writer. Included are books by and illustrated by Craig; texts of plays he produced, periodical contributions, and play programs. In stiff yellow paper wrappers with title to spine and cover. In very good condition. 117 pages. BOB/111516. Very Good.
London: Chappell & Co., Ltd., No date (circa 1911). Paper Wrappers. 8vo. Side-stapled beige paper wrapper with grey title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of panels. Closed tear along spine, though binding remains secure. Clean, bright interior with minor browning to edges of some pages. 48 pages. DRA/100306. Very Good.
Centerville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. Inscribed By Author. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. 8vo. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Author's inscription to front free end page. Very clean interior with tight binding, though there is a stamp and crossed out number on the title page indicating that the book had once belonged to a historical society. The stamp has been crossed out with a black marker that has bled though to the dedication page. Else is in fine condition with photographic illustrations throughout. Maroon and black dust jacket with illustration that wraps around spine panel. Black title to front panel and Maroon title to spine panel of dust jacket. Very slight edgewear to dust jacket. DRAMA/071305. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Centerville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. 8vo. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Illustrated maroon and black price clipped dust jacket with black title to front panel and maroon title to spine panel. Index, 288 pages. DRA/031912. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
New York: Saxton, Torrey & Co., 1870. Paperback. Pale blue paper wraps, with illustration of Marie Seebach on front cover. Back cover is missing. Small holes to edges of pages, but mostly only to cover and and first 10 pages. Minor browning to pages but text remains bright. In both English and German. 52 pages. Drama. DRAMA01/110399. Very Good -.
London: George Allen & Unwin, (1927). Hardcover. SCARCE. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Henry James. 12mo. Beige cloth backed light blue paper covered boards with black title to title labels of front board and on spine. Minor soiling to boards and minor toning to spine. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright. 93 pages. DRA/072711. Very Good.
London: John Lane, 1900. Hardcover. First edition of this scarce book. Bound in original grey cloth with title, author, and decorative ornaments to front cover. Marks and a few stains to covers, bumped corners, and faded spine. Interior pages clean with sporadic foxing. 95 pages. DRA/090411. Very Good.
Ireland: Gallery Press, (1993). Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. An adaption of Chekhov's masterpiece in which Kilroy has transported the story from Russia to West Ireland. Kilroy's first novel "The Big Chapel" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won both the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Grey dust jacket with white title to spine. 87 pages. DRA/012908. Fine / Fine.
[London]: The Mermaid Theatre, . Paperback. Theatre program. Benito Cereno is the third part of the trilogy "The Old Glory." It is based on a short story by Herman Melville, which was based on a true account of a slave ship. In addition to a list of the cast and crew, the program includes a biography of Lowell, an extract from "Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere" by Amasa Delano (1817), a biography of Melville, a diagram of the slave ship, a reproduction of an ad for slaves, and an article "Slavery Today" by Patrick Montgomery. Bound in black and white printed wrappers. Includes yellow insert. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] DRA/111716. Fine.
New York: Robert M. de Witt, . Paperback. Very good in beige paper wrappers with black title to front cover. There are a few large chips to the edges of all pages of this pamphlet but the text is not effected. Browning throughout and light marking to front cover, else clean. 50 pages. DRA/011513. Very Good.
Newark, DE: Proscenium Press, 1978. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 1 of 100 copies. Magee (1939 - ) received the Rooney Prize in Irish literature in 1976. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Pink dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Minor fading to spine of jacket. 75 pages. DRA/012908. Near Fine / Near Fine.
London: Richard Bentley, 1839. Hardcover. Charles Mathews, (1776 —1835, Plymouth, Devon), prominent English stage personality and theatre manager who, renowned for his genius at mimicry and for his wit, was among the leading comedians of his day [Britannica]. This typical theatrical memoir of the period was written by his wife. Second edition of volumes I and II, and first editions of volumes III and IV. The four volumes were issued as a set when the last two volumes were published. Bound in three quarter blue leather with marbled paper boards, endpapers, and page edges. Leather is scuffed and chipped and gilt decorated spines have faded. Scattered foxing and spotting to text pages and plates but still very good. There is a steel-engraved frontis to each volume and thirteen other plates. Five of these are exceptional double-page tinted lithographs of theatrical scenes. Octavo volumes. Volume I: 433 pages; Volume II: 469 pages; Volume III: 650 pages; Volume IV: 503 pages including an appendix listing all of the over 600 characters played by Mathews. Very Good.