AMBERG, George.

Author "A" Selections from Stock


[ACROBATS.] A chromolithographed poster, "The Popesco." Paris: Affiches Louis Grace, [c. 1912]. 31" x 49"; minor crease marks; linen backed; overall very good. $600
This chromolithographed poster shows several acrobats of the troupe "in their sensational act of seven horizontal bars" They perform on bars on a platform surrounding the earth. Below this an acrobat is shown, in several steps, vaulting and turning between sets of bars over a steamship sailing through a rocky passage, the leap illuminated by lighthouse beams crossing from either shore. At the head the name of the troupe is spelled out by the skywriting of an early biplane.


[ADAM, Adolphe.] A Covent Garden playbill for Farley and Adam’s His First Campaign, 3 October, 1832. Pale blue stock. $30
The second performance of the military spectacle “founded on an incident in the early life of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough,” composed during Adam’s political exile in London. Also performed was Knowles’ The Hunchback, featuring Ellen Tree’s debut in the role of Julia. At the head of the playbill is a notice of the theatre’s new central chandelier.


[ADAM, Adolphe.] A Covent Garden playbill for Farley and Adam’s His First Campaign, 10 October, 1832. Pale blue stock. $30
A military spectacle “founded on an incident in the early life of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough,” composed during Adam’s political exile in London. Also performed was Knowles’ The Hunchback with Knowles, Tree, and Payne.


[ADAMS, Maude.] MAUDE ADAMS IN J. M. BARRIE’S PLAY THE LITTLE MINISTER. With Drawings by C. Allan Gilbert. New York: R. H. Russell, 1899. 4to; decorative blue wrappers; fraying to fore-edge of upper cover; signs of removal from bound volume to backstrip; contents printed to heavy stock; stitching loosening; illustrated; internally clean and fresh. $25
An “Edition De Luxe Souvenir” with a frontisportrait (after a photograph) and 14 scenes from Barrie’s play as produced by Charles Frohman.


ADDISON, Joseph. THE MISCELLANEOUS WORKS, in Verse and Prose.... With Some Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, by Mr. Tickell. London: for J. and R. Tonson, 1765. 4 vols. Contemporary full speckled calf; decorative gilt panels; elaborate gilt to spine compartments; morocco title and volume labels (but missing three of the original oval numbering over-labels); varied wear to joints and ends; frontisportrait and portrait plate to first volume; three engraved plates to Vol. 2 and 30 to Vol. 4; marbled endpapers; later facsimile printings tipped in at the end of one volume; marbled edges. $200
The second volume contains the dramatic works.


ALLEN, Arthur B. THE MODEL THEATRE. Redhill: Wells Gardner, [1950]. Small 8vo; tan cloth, slightly rubbed and dust soiled; figures, plates, and illustrations to text; previous owner’s name to half-title, title-page, and upper edge; a hint of foxing. $15
Instructions on building the model theatre: “a point or two of history”; constructing figures (some shadows), marionettes, and string puppets; and details of staging plays. Included in the book is a new Punch and Judy play. Illustrated with diagrams and patterns.


{ALSDORFF], David Holmes. THE MAGIC ART. [Kansas City]: the Author, [1920]. Green cloth, lettered in gilt; illustrated. $25
The only volume in a proposed library on magic. It is well illustrated and includes a wealth of general conjuring and a section on arranging an act.


ALTICK, Richard D. THE SHOWS OF LONDON. A Panoramic History of Exhibitions, 1600-1862. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1978. Large 4to; publisher’s buckram; color pictorial dustwrapper, with one small tape repair; previous owner’s name to front flyleaf; text in double columns; well illustrated; near fine. $175
An absorbing and immensely useful resource detailing such exhibitions as waxworks, trained animals, human anomalies and anthropological oddities, museums, automata and mechanical ingenuities, scientific demonstrations, menageries and zoos, conjurors, and dioramas and cycloramas. It almost unfailingly turns up information on minor characters and short-lived attractions throughout the period. It is made further impressive by the more than 180 illustrations from contemporary sources.


ALTROCCHI, Rudolph. GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO, POET OF BEAUTY AND DECADENCE. [Chicago]: The Chicago Literary Club, 1922. Original decorative wraps; an inscribed, presentation copy. $12


AMBERG, George. ART IN MODERN BALLET. [New York]: Pantheon, [1946]. 4to; Hessian boards; cloth spine; illustrated; very good. $35
An informative, superbly illustrated record of the principal achievements of ballet design in the first half of the 20th century (stressing the contributions of the Ballet Russes). The 202 plates are accompanied by an introductory essay; indexes of designers, composers, and choreographers; and a 69-page survey of 833 ballets, 1909-45, with production data.

[AMPHITHEATRE.] An engraved plate, “Theatrum Cornelli Balbi Gaditani,” [1612]. 9 1/4” x 7”, plus margins; near fine; matted. $100
A handsome engraved plate, from a series on the “splendors of Rome,” (1612). It depicts the ancient Roman amphitheatre. With descriptive text to the bottom and the reverse.


[AMSTERDAM SCHOUWBURG.] A group of four engraved plates, each with two views, of the exterior or sets at the Schouwburg, Amsterdam, [c. 1775]. 8” x 13” (to 11 1/2” x 18” sheet); slight dusting and fraying to some edges; fresh, strong impressions. $400
Each of the eight individual engravings measures 8” x 6 1/2”. They show the façade and the inner courtyard of the old Schouwburg (1772 -- the year it was destroyed by fire) and six (fairly elaborate) stage settings. One scene involves wood demons rising up from trapdoors, one a flying Mercury, and one a pair of deus ex machina. The performances represented date between 1760 and 1771.


[AMUSEMENTS.] A series of column advertisements for amusements in a complete issue of the New York Daily Tribune, 4 February, 1848. Folio; central horizontal fold; signs of removal to backstrip; minor foxing and creasing. $40
The advertisements include ones for the Astor Place Opera House, tableaux vivants at Palmo’s Opera House, Christy’s Minstrels, Lewis’ Indian Portrait Gallery, Brunetti’s model of Jerusalem, Barnum’s American Museum, and Banyard’s panorama of the Mississippi. Amongst the news reports is one of Edgar Allen Poe’s lecture on “The Universe” and another on Lola Montez’s increasing favor at the Court of Bavaria.


[AMUSEMENTS.] A four-page advance promotional flyer for the "Second Tour of America of the Famous Girard & Volkes' World's Celebrities" at the Rutland Bicycle Club Rink, 29 August, [1885]. Folio leaf; blue stock; gentle central horizontal crease; short tear to foot of fold; overall very good. $80
Three of the pages have the program for the first American tour of the "renowned Mid-Summer-Night Carnival" featuring Prof. Fred. Hinds ("wizard bicyclist"), Prof. W. H. Chivers ("skatorial phenomenon -- England's most famous champion skater"), and Mlle. Zetta ("bewitching Parisian artiste -- skatorial queen"). Each with fulsome praise for their act. The fourth page contains two columns of press notices.


ANCELOT, [Jacques]. LOUIS IX, Tragédie.... Seconde Édition. Paris: J.-N. Barba, 1820. Disbound; publisher’s advertising leaves at the end; very mild dampstaining to edges of a few leaves; foot and some fore-edges untrimmed. $20
A neoclassical tragedy, dedicated to Louis XVIII, first performed at the Théâtre Français in November 1819.


ANCELOT, [Virginie]. ISABELLE, ou Deux Jours d'Experience, Comedie.... Magasin Theatral. Paris: [and] Bruxelles: Marchant [and] Librairie Belge-Française, 1838. Thin 8vo; decorative green wraps; engraved vignette to head of first leaf; text in double columns; unopened. $25
This piece premiered at the Théatre-Français in March 1838. The vignette to the first page illustrates a scene in the play.


ANDREWS, Miles Peter [and Frederick REYNOLDS] . BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. A Comedy. London: for J. Ridgeway, 1790. Disbound; half-title loose. $35
Written jointly with Reynolds, whose part is not acknowledged, and with the aid of Edward Topham. Andrews, in an advertisement, thanks Kemble for his “skilful arrangement, and liberal attention” and Mrs. Jordan for her “wonderful exertions.” The play is dedicated to the Duchess of Leeds whose husband wrote the prologue.


[ANDRIEUX, François G. -J. -S.] LES ETOURDIS, ou, Le Mort Supposé, Comedie.... Paris and Bruxelles: J. L. DeBoubers, 1788. First Edition, Disbound; near fine. $45
The second of only two plays by Andrieux, a three-act verse comedy first performed at the Theatre Italiens in December 1787. It would appear to have been quite popular with Brenner recording several subsequent performances. §Barbier II, 305.


[ANIMAL SAVANTS.] A lithographed plate of a group of animals of an itinerant troupe, by Moulleron, after J. Stevens. Paris: Berlauts, [c. 1860 (?)]. 7 1/2" x 10", plus wide margins; near fine; in modern light mat. $65
In an inn yard two costumed monkeys sleep on the back of a horse, behind two dogs (one in costume) rest by the showman's drum.


[ANONYMOUS.] The sheet music, “The Soldier’s Bride.” [New York]: W. Dubois, [c. 1818]. Large 4to; two pages of engraved text and music; marks of removal to gutter; mild foxing. $35
A piece of three verses “as sung by Mr. Phillips at the N. York Theatre.”


[ANONYMOUS.] CHANTEURS, MUSICIENS, ET DANSEURS. Bibliothéque des Curiosities. Paris: Lebrigre-Duquesne, 1868. 12mo; original printed wraps, frayed at edges; shaken; scattered light foxing; unopened. $40
The essays include “origine de la musique,” “Neron,” “L’inventeur des operas,” “danses Grecques et Romaines,” “Taglioni et Essler,” “Nourrit et Romaines,” “physiologie de la danseuse,” and “les Chinois.”


[ANONYMOUS.] DÉNONCIATION AU PUBLIC, A l’occasion de quel ques Écrits anonymes, particuliérement d’une Comédie ayant pour titre, La Cour Pléniere, calomnieusement attribués à Monsieur Bergasse; Avec des détails sur sa retraite en Suisse, l’epogue & les motifs de cette retraite; des Reflexions sur le danger de ce qu’on appelle Bulletins A La Main, &c.; & les moyens sourds qu’emploie une cabale pour favoriser & faire renaître les anciens abus de la Police. Suivis de la Lettre Circulaire Aux Notables. Paris: n. p., 1788. 8vo; contemporary wrappers, stained and worn; upper margins of text embrowned. $80


[ANONYMOUS.] JOHNNY HEADSTRONG’S TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND. Drawings by W. Bruton. [New York]: McLoughlin Bros., 1882. 4to; stiff chromolithographed wrappers; color illustration to upper cover; publisher’s advertisements to rear cover; 1 1/2” tear to upper fore-corner of upper cover and first leaf; a bit of wear to cover edges; archival-tape reinforcement to spine and hinges; a hint of discoloration to gutter of first and last leaf; chromolithographed plates and illustrations to text; contents fairly clean and bright. $175
A charming McLoughlin pictorial juvenile relating little Johnny’s misadventures at Coney Island, including falling from the steamer, visiting the sideshow of human anomalies, having his hair pulled by menagerie animals, and causing a girl to plummet from a carnival ride. With 17 chromolithographed illustrations, some in full-color and some in sepia, most full-page and one double-page.


[ANONYMOUS.] THE MIDNIGHT HOUR; or, War of Wits. A Farce. Translated from the French... Represented Seventy Successive Nights at Paris, and Now in Rehearsal at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden. London: for H. D. Symons, 1787. 8vo; disbound; lightest of dusting and foxing; crease to upper fore-corner of terminal leaf. $60
The first edition of this version of Damaniant’s Ruse Contre Ruse, different from that by Elizabeth Inchbald (Nicoll confuses the two). Scarce.

[ARNAULT, Gabrielle.] A lithographed portrait, “Mme Arnault, Rôle de Margarita, dans Les Adventures de Maudrin.” Paris: Godard, [c. 1856]. 8” x 11 1/2”, including margins; colored by hand. $25
A full-length portrait of the actress in role as the Théâtre de la Gaite. She stands, head turned slightly to the left, one hand on a hip.


[ANTIER], Benjamin. LES FEMMES, ou Le Mérite des Femmes, Comedie.... Paris: Pollet, 1824. First Edition. Disbound; early repair to gutter of title-page (affecting cast list to verso); scattered foxing. $25
Antier’s comedy, with music by Alexandre, premiered at the Théatre de la Gaieté in April 1824.


[ARBENIA, S. R.] A Russian portrait postcard of Arbenia, [c. 1910]. Unused; near fine. $20
The beautiful actress is shown seated in a decorative chair in the costume of Princess Gryozy.


[ATKYNS, ?.] A juvenile drama portrait, “Mr. Atkyns, as Alwyn the Saxon Chief.” [London: n. p., c. 1825.] Some fraying to margins; very light stain to lower left corner. $50
A fairly early print by an unidentified publisher. The actor stands, legs bent and apart, in battle armor and plumed helmet. He holds a sword up in his right hand and a shield before him in his left.


[AUBER, Daniel F. -E.] A double-page playbill for the "new opera of Mansaniello" at Drury Lane, 9 May, 1829. Faint offsetting; minor fraying to central fold. $45
Auber's first English production, it premiered only five days earlier. The cast included the singers Braham as Masaniello and Alexandrine "(from the Opera House, Paris)" as Fenella, as well as the dancers Byrne and Angelica.


[AUBER, Daniel F.-E.] A playbill for Auber’s opera Der Schnee at Stuttgart’s Königlisches Hof-Theater, 10 March, 1830. Near fine. $20
The opera (La Neige) was given in German, the translation by Castelli.


[AUGIER, Guillaume-Victor.] A complete issue of “Le Trombinoscope” devoted to Augier. [Paris: F. Debons, 1874.] 4to; engraved decorative-banner title and caricature to front; three stitching holes to left margin; light foxing and dusting. $40
The entirety of this four-page satirical periodical is given over to an account of Augier. The front page is illustrated with a caricature of the playwright.


[AUTOMATA AND CONJURING.] An illustrated broadside for an exhibition of Weiss’ automata, Munich, 24 and 25 November, 1832. 9 14” x 15 3/4”; two woodcut illustrations at the head; near fine. $650
The showman Johann Weiss presented his mechanical figures to a musical accompaniment at a tavern on the Odeonsplatz. The figures of a trick equestrian and an acrobat are given emphasis on the bill. Also featured were a selection of the newest pieces of magic and tricks in physics. Although Weiss is advertised as “aus Paris” it is doubtful he was of French origin. The first woodcut depicts a clown and horse and the second two trick equestrians on horseback.