London and Dublin: H. Saunders, E. Lynch, W. Sleater, et. al. 1772. Hardcover. Two volumes bound together. Appears to be extra-illustrated with 10 bound in illustrations of varying sizes from multiple sources. Ownership inscription of Edw. T. Mason of New York dated 1864 in pen to front free endpaper with an inscription from his daughter, Louise Hurlbut Mason to the top of the half title page. E.T. Mason was an editor. Bound in full leather with raised bands to spine and gilt title label to spine. Front cover is no longer present. Leather is cracked along rear hinge, but board remains securely attached. Clean interior overall with occasional spots of foxing and browning. An table of contents listing all of the biographies is included. 106 / 122 pages. DRAMA/122719. Good.
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Hong Kong: Ford Press, 1969. Hardcover. 149 of 500 copies, numbered and signed by Alla Ford. A miniature facsimilie edition of the Christmas-time drama. Bound in dark green leatherette boards with gilt title to front cover. Printed on pink paper with dark green type. Illustrated. Clean and bright. 46 pages. Size: 2.5 x 2 inches. DRA/011320. Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Number 4 of 20. At his height, Henry Irving (1838 - 1905) was the greatest actor in the world (and the first to be knighted). He was much more than an actor, he was an actor-producer, which in those days meant that he was responsible for everything, what we would call the artistic director, the director, the production manager, the production designer, and also the lead actor. And the scale of his productions at the Lyceum Theater in London were gorgeous and spectacular, using the latest technology in staging and special effects. Irving led the English theater for over thirty years, and died as he would no doubt have wished, still acting. I came upon his obituary in the Times, and it was a wonderful piece of writing, but also a very good valuation of his art and his place in theatrical history, which isn't so easy to do so near an actor's own time. The old joke used to run that he was an actor who would never play Faust when he could play Mephistopheles. He changed the status of the theater forever, bringing it from the shady demimonde of the 18th century to the height of a recognized and respected form of art. Everyone at the Lyceum called him the Guv'nor, a term of both affection and a well-founded wariness of his perfectionism. If in a former life I had worked as a costumer in his company, I would have been proud to do the same. This miniature book is bound in a gray paper with horizontal slubbed gold lines, and a black and gold marbled paper that wraps around the back to form a small pocket inside filled with theater memoribelia: programs, autographs, advertising posters, and other souvenirs. 2 7/8" x 2", 64 pages. Fine.
Baltimore: (2001). First Edition. Paperback. 8vo. Fine in blue paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and to spine. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations of each woman profiled. Article about the book's release is laid in at front. Includes a bookmark advertising the book. 107 pages. BALT/121619. Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Cloth Backed Paper Boards. FIRST TRADE EDITION. 8vo. Wood-cut frontispiece by Cimino. Black cloth spine with blue paper covered boards. Pastedown title to spine. Boards are rubbed and browned along edges with minor wear to spine ends and corners. Interior is very clean with light browning to margins. Bookplate and previous ownership signature. 132 pages. DRA/091819. Very Good.
Bisbee, AZ: Pequeno Press, 1997. Number 19 of 16 copies, signed by Pat Baldwin, the designer and publisher. This charming miniature book is designed as a folding box with an accordion style folded out sheet. When the box is opened it reveals a silver figure of Queen Mab riding in her polymer clay carriage with silk reins. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the character Mercutio jests with Romeo by musing that Mab, the bringer of dreams, has visited his lovesick friend. Mab first seems like a whimsical creation like the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but it soon becomes clear that Mercutio's Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes "unchaste" ladies. Pat Baldwin established the Pequeno Press in 1984 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She moved the press to Bisbee Arizona in 1990. The press published 71 limited edition, hand bound miniature books, two of which won the Miniature Book Society's Distinguished Book award. Book measures 2 inches square inches in a box that measures 2.25 inches square. In fine condition. MINIAT/111319. Fine.
New York: Robert M. De Witt, (1870). Hardcover. "Each individual will find that the perusal and study of this book, though it may fail to render him a Demosthenes or a Cicero - will yet so quicken and improve his natural gifts that his one talent may be increased to ten; he will find his attitude more graceful; his gestures more expressive, his voice more powerful, and his whole physical powers improved" (preface). Very good in purple cloth boards with gilt title to front cover and spine. Gilt illustration of a Grecian man to front cover. Fraying and wear to spine ends, edges of boards, and corners. Occasional spots of foxing and soiling to interior, but clean overall. Previous ownership markings in pen to first two endpapers. Small chips and creasing to some pages. Includes 15 illustrations including grief, dislike, modesty, cursing, patriotism, invocation, and more. 192 Pages. DRA/010220. Very Good.