New York: Robert M'Dermut, 1806. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Early edition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. "Master Betty" (1791 - 1874) was a famous English child actor, before leaving the stage at age 17 to attend college. 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." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Heavy chipping to head of spine. Dampstaining to boards and interior. Tears to a few pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Includes three illustrations. Auction record number 230 written in pencil to front endpaper with note "Augustin Daly Collection;" however, record is not present. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2020. Hardcover. Number 15 of 24 copies. Signed and numbered by Pat Sweet. She writes: “The English Toy Theatre” is the first book devoted to this charming souvenir of the Victorian stage since George Speaight’s “A History of the English Toy Theatre” in 1946. With texts by artist and toy theatre enthusiast Tom Knechtel and illustrations drawn from Knechtel’s extensive collection of toy theatre sheets, it is a beautifully detailed portrait of the 19th century English stage as seen through the lens of a children’s pastime.The book is, in itself, a theatrical performance, as it moves from surprise to surprise, from tableau to spectacle. It is the most ambitious book in Bo Press’s history of creating books that entertain us while challenging our preconceptions of what the book is. The three-volume set is in a limited edition of 24, with the first volume (the one with the history) produced as an unlimited edition The book consists of three volumes in a black moire silk-covered slipcase, each volume bound in the Union Jack with black moire silk spines. The first volume consists of a history of the toy theatre and its publishers, a short memoir by Knechtel of how he fell in love with the theatre, and a fragment from a toy theatre play. There are numerous black and white illustrations with colored endpapers drawn from the theatre. The second volume is an elaborate set of black and white pop-up scenes from toy theatre plays, which culminates in an anarchic recreation of one of the surreal pantomimes that are such a feature of toy theatre plays. The third volume is a portfolio which, when opened, reveals a complete toy theatre in glorious color. The theatre includes a curtain which can be raised and a trick in the pantomime taking place on stage. (The proscenium was painted by Knechtel and includes an orchestra of cats.) Below the stage is a small pocket containing a tiny book , “The Toy Theatre in Performance,” which describes how the theatre actually worked." The books are 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches. The slipcase is 3 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/8." In fine condition. PRI/060121. Fine.
New York: American Art Association, 1900. Hardcover. SCARCE. American auction catalog for part of Augustin Daly's enormous collection. An auction in 1880 disposed of much of his collection but this auction still includes several thousand items. There were many autographs as well as manuscripts and books. Augustin Daly (1838 –1899) was one of the most influential men in American theatre during his lifetime. Drama critic, theatre manager, playwright, and adapter, he became the first recognized stage director in America. He was dramatic critic for several New York papers from 1859, and he adapted or wrote a number of plays, Under the Gaslight (1867) being his first success. In 1869 he became the manager of the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 24th St. and in 1873 the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 28th. In 1879 he rebuilt and opened Daly's Theatre at Broadway and 30th Street in New York, and, in 1893, Daly's Theatre in London. Daly formed a permanent company in New York and opened Daly's Theatre in New York in 1879 and a second one in London in 1893. At Daly’s Theatre he assembled a company of players headed by well-known actress Ada Rehan. Some of the best actors of the time owed their training and early successes to him, including John Drew Jr., Maurice Barrymore, Maude Adams, Mrs. Gilbert, Tyrone Power, and Isadora Duncan. Bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing to boards. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front endpaper. Frontispiece portrait of Daly. Pencil annotation on free endpaper says that this was the copy of Douglas Taylor. In very good condition. Measures 8 x 10.5 inches. 381 pages plus 23 page listing of prices realized. BOB/060220. Very Good.
Boston: James Fisher, 1840. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 3726. The story of Mary Anne Paton (1802 - 1864) and her affair (and eventual marriage) to Joesph Wood. At the time this was quite a scandal as she was married to Lord William Lennox. It also includes details about a theatrical scandal involving them that occurred at the Park Theatre in 1836. Both Paton and Wood were opera singers who performed in England and America. This pamphlet includes reprints of correspondence between the two lovers and relevant newspaper articles. 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." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Minor dampstaining to top edges of boards. The top third of most interior pages are dampstained. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record tipped into rear. 36 pages with blanks bound in. DRA/031419. Very Good.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940. Hardcover. This book " brings to work of William Butler Yeats to a full close, comprising over fifty poems written from 1936 to his death in 1939, and two plays, 'The Death of Cuchulain' and 'Purgatory.' This is a book both gay and thoughtful. Were Yeats still living, it would be welcomed as an exciting and vigorous contribution from a mind still in mid-career. As the product of his last years, it is amazing; both poems and plays are rich in individuality, in wit, and in romantic passion." (jacket). Turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed illustration to front board. In matching turquoise jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Minor wear and bumping to spine ends and corners of boards. Previous owner gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to endpapers and penciled tick marks to a few lines of poetry, but clean and bright overall. Chipping to edges and spine ends of jacket, which is now protected in removable mylar cover. Minor sunning to spine of jacket. 126 pages. POE/011521. Very Good / Very Good.