Author "B" Selections from Stock

BABO, James Marcus. OTTO OF WITTELSBACH; or, The Choleric Count. A Tragedy. Translated from the German... by Benjamin Thompson. London: for Vernor and Hood, 1801. 12mo; disbound; fore-corner of title-page creased; scattered soiling; one engraved plate. $15
An early translation of Babo’s gothic melodrama, with an engraved plate illustrating the last scene of the third act. 


[BALIEFF’S CHAUVE-SOURIS.] The sheet music to “Katinka. Translated from the Russian by Itzchok Czarovich. Music by A. Archangelsky.” New York: Harms, 1922. 4to; color-printed decorative covers, slight thumb soiling and marginal wear; backstrip just starting to separate at foot; eight pages of printed music. $30
A decorative cover highlights this sheet music from the first American tour of Balieff’s Bat Theatre of Moscow.


[BANCROFT, Squire.] A sepia photographic portrait of Bancroft, mounted to a periodical plate, [c. 1882]. 3 3/4" x 4 1/2", mount 5 1/4" x 9"; very mild toning to mount. $15
A head-and-shoulders portrait of the actor in Robertson's Caste.


[BANDO MITSUGORO III.] A colored woodblock print of the kabuki actor Bando Mitsugoro III as Takeuji Genso, by Kunisada, [c. 1820]. 10 1/4” x 15”; an excellent impression; not backed and with excellent bleedthrough; very minor wrinkling and dusting to head; one repair to the upper left corner; otherwise very good. $250
This handsome print by Kunisada, pupil of Toyokuni I, is of the famed kabuki actor. He is costumed as the samurai Takeuji Genso, in a reddish-brown kimono and poses before an ornate palanquin (surely intended for a daimyo retinue). This palanquin, with its curly-Q spiral patterns, makes an energetic background for the figure. The print is unusually spare in color, with just touches of austere gray on the palanquin and the color of the kimono. Perhaps this is a nod back to the ben-girai pictures which utilized a similar limited color palette. The image is signed “Gototei Kunisada” and has the kiwame censor seal. Bando Mitsugoro III was a good-looking actor who brought a tasteful elegance to his portrayal of wagoto and wajitsu roles (in artistic rivalry with Nakamura Utaemon III). He was also adept at dance dramas.


[BANNISTER, John.] A Haymarket playbill for Bannister as Captain Surat in Andrew’s Summer Amusement and Compton in O’Keefe’s The Agreeable Surprise, London, 22 June, 1791. Minor creasing. $50
The cast also featured Davies, Palmer, Baddeley, and Wilson.

[BARKER’S PANORAMA.] A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE ISLAND OF ELBA, AND TOWN OF PORTO-FERRAJO; Illustrative of the View Now Exhibiting in Henry Aston Barker’s Panorama, Leicester Square. [London: J. Adlard], 1815. Disbound; engraved vignette illustration to title-page; light foxing. $200
An 11-page guide to the paintings and exhibition making up Barker’s panorama at the Rotunda. “When Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to Elba, Barker dropped in on him to renew their acquaintance and was able to provide the curious London public with an exact reproduction of their defeated enemy’s new abode; here we have an example of the panorama as a forerunner of the tabloid press (Oettermann).”


BARNABEE, Henry Clay. REMINISCENCES OF HENRY CLAY BARNABEE. Being an Attempt to Account for His Life, with Some Excuses for His Professional Career. Edited by George Leon Varney. Boston: Chapple, 1913. Red cloth, lettered in gilt; portrait vignette to front cover; extremities rubbed; light dampstaining to lower fore-corners; illustrations to plates. An inscribed copy. $35
The autobiography of the American actor and singer. The many anecdotes primarily concern his career in musical theatre, especially with Boston’s Ideal Opera Company. This copy is inscribed and signed by the author on the front flyleaf.


[BARNUM, P[hineas] T. BARNUM’S OWN STORY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF AMERICA. Natural History from a New Standpoint, Presenting a Complete and Thorough Study of the Nature, Habits and Characteristics of the Beasts, Birds and Reptiles of the Earth. Together with the Story of their Capture in their Native Wilds, Combining Science, Narrative and Adventure, the Result of the Author’s Life-long Experience and Study, with a Full Account of His Famous Expedition into Central Africa in Search of Wild Animals. Profusely Illustrated with Over Three Hundred Striking and Original Engravings. Chicago: R. S. Peale & Co., 1891. Thick 4to; red cloth with inlaid text and decorations, highlighted in silver and gold; covers scuffed and soiled; corners bumped; various points of wear to edges and extremities; frontisportrait, with tissue guard; numerous illustrations; four color plates; mild toning to text; otherwise internally very good; decorative endpapers. $40
Most of the text and illustrations are pulled directly from the juvenile The Wild Beasts, Birds, and Reptiles of the World (1888). An adventure narrative in which characters go off in search of animals for Barnum’s circus. Barnum had a hand in the planning of this title, but it is very likely it was ghosted by one of his press agents.


[BARNUM, Phineas T.] BARNUM, der Kaufman, Journalist und Raritätenmann. Oder so macht man Geschäfte und so wird man reich. Eine Selbstbiographie. Deutsch von A. Kretzschmar. Leipzig: Otto Wigand, 1855. Small 8vo; modern boards, new endpapers; contents fresh. $70
One of two German editions of Barnum’s autobiography translated and published very soon after its New York appearance. §Toole-Stott 1253.


[BARNUM, Phineas T.] DEN VERLDSBEKANTE BARNUM: Humbugens Konung. Sjelfbiografi. Stockholm: Ulrik Fredriksons Förlag, [1891]. Half blue cloth, rubbed; marbled boards; gilt to spine; contents very good; marbled edges. $65
A Swedish edition of Barnum’s autobiography. Toole-Stott lists another Swedish imprint of the same year, the first year it was published in that language.


[BARRETT, Wilson.] A color-tinted postcard of "Miss Maud Jeffries and Mr. Wilson Barrett in The Sign of the Cross," [c. 1905]. This card is highlighted with pasted-on glitter; slight soiling. $10
Barrett and Jeffries first appeared in this play in 1895.


[BARRETT, Wilson.] A sepia photographic portrait of Barrett mounted to a periodical plate, [c. 1882]. 3 3/4" x 4 1/2"; mount 4 3/4" x 8 1/4"; minor wrinkling. $12
A head-and-shoulders portrait of Barrett in Jones and Herman's The Silver King.


[BARRETT, Wilson.] A photogravure portrait of Barrett as Claudian. [New York]: Gebbie, 1888. 8 1/2" x 11 1/2", plus wide margins. $10
A full-length portrait, standing amongst stage-set pieces.


[BARROILHET, Paul.] A one-page autograph letter, signed, from Barroilhet to Monsieur Stephen de la Madeleine. [Paris: c. 1850 (?).]$125
A good letter, mentioning several roles, from the “French Tamburini.” Barroilhet was considered by many the premier baritone of his day having created the roles of Alfonso in La Favorita, Camoens in Don Sabastiano, and Nottingham in Roberto Devereux. Accompanying the letter is a contemporary portrait of the singer.


[BARROILHET, Paul.] A holograph musical quote and signed inscription from Barroilhet, 1848. Oblong 4to leaf; two small mounting tabs to blank portion. $45
A quote of Figaro’s aria from The Barber of Seville, boldly inscribed and signed by the noted baritone (1805-71).


[BARRYMORE, Anne.] A juvenile drama portrait of Barrymore as "The Brigand Chief's Wife." London: J. Fairburn, [c. 1835]. One gentle crease; slight dusting to edges. $45
The actress is shown as Maria Grazia in Planché's melodrama (Drury Lane 1829). She stands on a mountain path, her right hand raised and her head inclined in a listening attitude. Barrymore was later a dance instructor in Boston, Massachusetts.


BARTHE, [Nicholas-Thomas]. OEUVRES CHOISES DE BARTHE. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1811. 16mo; full period mottled calf, rubbed; gilt to spine; spine rather rubbed and worn at head; morocco label; front joint dry; contents very good; publisher’s advertisements at the start. $25
This collected edition brings together two of Barthe’s comedies, letters, and several poems.


[BARTOLOZZI, Josephine.] A juvenile drama portrait, “Miss Bartolozzi as Apollo.” London: O. Hodgson, [c. 1830]. Colored by hand; near fine. $70
A brightly colored portrait of the actress in costume, standing, a lyre resting against her left arm and hip and her right arm upraised in gesture.


[BEADLE'S DIME DIALOGUES.] BEADLE'S DIME AMERICAN SPEAKER. Comprising Gems of Elocution and Humor, For Schools, Exhibitions, Parlors, Etc. Revised and Enlarged Edition. New York: Beadle and Company, [c. 1863]. 12mo; pictorial wraps, lightly spotted; slight wear to joints; else very good. $25

No. 1. in the Speaker's Series.


BEAUNOIR, [Robineau] de. LE DANGER DES LAISONS. Comedie.... Paris: Cailleau, 1794. Modern wraps; about fine. $50
Madame de Beaunoir’s comedy was the first dramatization of Laclos’ epistolary novel. It premiered at the Théâtre des Variétiés Amusantes in December 1783.


[BEAUVALET, Pierre.] A small engraved portrait, "Beauvalet. Rôle d'Angelo," [c. 1835]. 2 1/2" x 4 1/4"; margins trimmed; one crease; colored by hand. $10


[BEDFORD, Paul.] A program for a complimentary benefit for Bedford at Drury Lane, 2 February, 1865. Decorative embossed borders, some dusting and marginal foxing; small mounting traces to corners of last page. $18
The program featured Bedford and J. L. Toole in Brough and Halliday’s The Area Belle, E. A. Sothern in his My Aunt’s Advice, and Buckstone in Morton’s Box and Cox.


BENAVENTE, Jacinto. LA LOSA DE LOS SUENOS. Comedia. Madrid: Sociedad de Autores Españoles, 1911. First Edition. Original printed wraps; spine ends worn. $25
The author of more than 175 plays, the Nobel Laureate Benavente. His eclectic style and his sharply satirical social comedies marked the fall of the well-made play in Spanish theatre.


BÉNAZET, Alexandre. LE THÉÂTRE AU JAPON. Esquise d’Une Histoire Littéraire. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1901. Original titled wraps; text block slit in center; backstrip toned, with some chipping and brittleness;
light stain to upper fore-corner of preliminary leaves; numerous illustrations and plates to text. $40
An excellent historical survey divided into five major studies: Matzouri et Mystères, Drame sacré, Drama profane, Les Procédés littéraires, and Le Pratique du Théâtre. With a bibliography and numerous plates and illustrations of costumes, masks, scenes, and settings.


[BENNETT, George.] A juvenile drama portrait, "Mr. G. Bennett as Gaspardo." [London]: W. G. Webb, [c. 1835]. Trimmed to platemark; colored by hand (somewhat crudely); very minor surface abrasions; overall light soiling and foxing; paper tape reinforcement to edges of verso. $35
Bennett, in striped pirate costume, stands legs apart, before a castle and shipwreck. He aims a pistol in his extended left hand and holds a curved sword down in his right hand.


[BENNETT, George.] A hand-colored juvenile drama portrait of Bennett as Dionysius in The Grecian Daughter. [London: M. and M. Skelt, c. 1838.] Margins and imprint at foot trimmed; colored by hand; laid down to a portion of an album leaf; rippled slightly. $55
A twopence colored portrait of the actor in the costume of a Grecian warrior (including breastplate and helmet). He stands, legs apart, with a large dagger in his upraised right hand. Behind him is a square surrounded on three sides by a colonnaded building.


[BENNETT, Julia.] A printed advertisement of Bennett’s farewell benefit in Philadelphia, 19 March, [1858 (?)]. 8vo leaf, folded; purple stock; original enclosure folds. $22
Bennett announces her appearance at the Walnut Street Theatre as Viola in Twelfth Night and Gracefull in the extravaganza The Fair One With the Golden Locks.


BENOIS, Alexandre. REMINISCENCES OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET. Translated by Mary Britnieva. London: Putnam, [1941]. Green cloth; pictorial dustwrapper, with some wear to ends; pictorial endpapers; frontispiece and plates. $20


[BERNARD, Claude.] A two-page autograph letter, signed. [Paris]: 18 October, 1823. 4to leaf; engraved heading to recto of stationery; original folds; very minor fraying to one edge (not affecting text). $125
A letter with excellent theatrical content to stationery headed “Theatre Royal. Mr. Bernard, 1ve Basse-Taille et Directeur.” It focuses on engagements for artists for, and management of, the Odéon. Bernard was both an impresario and basso of some note.


[BERNHARDT, Karoline.] A playbill for Bernhardt, “erste künsterin der Magie und Physik,” in Munich, 22 and 23 May, [1829]. 7 1/4” x 8 3/4”; decorative border; three minute stitching holes to left margin; very good. $625
Bernhardt’s exhibitions of mechanical, natural, and physical conjuring are heralded as having been performed before the most esteemed monarchs of Europe. She also offers conjuring lessons to interested laymen and, on-request, a comic ballet by her daughters. An early Bernhardt bill.


[BERNHARDT, Sarah.] A cabinet photograph of Bernhardt. London: W. & D. Downey, [c. 1878]. A hint of dusting and fading; one lower corner of mount creased. $45
A bust portrait of Bernhardt nearly full face to the front.


[BERNHARDT, Sarah.] A check payable to Bernhardt, signed by Henry Abbey, endorsed with her holograph signature on reverse. London: 5 July, 1894. About 7 1/4” x 3”; matted and mounted in a two-sided glazed frame; with a fine albumen cabinet card photograph of Bernhardt. $400
The check, for £100 and drawn on a Covent Garden bank, carries the signatures of both Bernhardt and Abbey. Abbey oversaw (at times in partnership with Edward Jarrett) a number of Bernhardt’s tours, beginning with her first American one (1880-81), and served as impresario to the actress.


[BERNHARDT, Sarah.] A chromolithographed portrait of Bernhardt by Theobald Chartan. [London]: for Vanity Fair, 1879. 9” x 14”; lightest of toning to left margin. $50
Bernhardt is shown whole length, turned to left and seated on a couch, head resting against her right hand, a feathered fan in her left hand.


[BERRY, Edward.] A mezzotint portrait, “Mr. Berry in the Character of Dominic, in the Spanish Fryer.” [London: n. p., c. 1860.] 9 3/4” x 13 3/4”; trimmed to platemark; cracks to image on right edge; short, closed tear to left edge; one small knick to center; faults restored to reverse. $30
A 19th-century reprint of this earlier portrait of Berry (1697-1750) in character in Dryden’s The Spanish Fryer. A half-length portrait, to the left, face to the front, hood of his mantle thrown back, a rosary in his left hand.


BEULLER, J[acob]. COMIC SONGS TO POPULAR TUNES. Fifth Collection. London: J. Beuller, 1829. 12mo; disbound; early repair to one closed fore-edge tear; foxing near gutter of four leaves. $30
A 36-page songster containing the words to 17 adaptations of popular tunes. Some as “sung at Vauxhall Gardens” and one “written for a celebrated Clown.”


BEULLER, J[acob]. COMIC SONGS, TO POPULAR TUNES. Eighth Annual Collection. London: J. Beuller, 1832. 12mo; disbound. $35
A 36-page songster containing the words to 15 adaptations of popular tunes, some as sung at Vauxhall Gardens or Sadler’s Wells. Amongst them are “The Irish Citizen of the World,” “Reform in the Home Department,” and “Reformation In Doors and Out.”


BICKERSTAFFE, Isaac. THE HYPOCRITE, A Comedy. Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1822. 16mo; original printed orange wrappers, moderate foxing to a few leaves; uncut. $15
One of the series of Oxberry’s New English Dramas -- with prefatory remarks and in original wrappers.


[BIDEL, François.] A complete issue of “Le Trombinoscope” devoted to Bidel. [Paris: F. Debons, 1874.] 4to; engraved decorative-banner title and caricature to front; three stitching holes to left margin; light foxing and dusting (primarily to margins). $85
The entirety of this four-page satirical periodical is given over to an account of Bidel. The first page is illustrated with a caricature of the lion tamer (one hand each on a lion and a lamb). Bidel was arguably the most notable and successful European animal trainer and menagerie proprietor in the third quarter of the 19th century.


[BINGHAM, Amelia.] SOUVENIR OF THE AMELIA BINGHAM STOCK COMPANY. Bijou Theatre. New York: R. H. Russell, 1901. 4to; decorative and embossed stiff purple wraps; covers sunned at edges; some wear to backstrip; contents printed to heavy stock; stitching pulled and contents loose within covers; illustrated; internally quite clean and bright. $25
A pictorial souvenir containing 24 portraits of the company’s performers.


BISHOP, H[enry] R. (Arranger). The sheet music to “Common Sense and Genius.” New York: E. Riley, [c. 1823]. Large 4to; removed; three pages of engraved text and music; mild foxing and finger soiling. $25
The words and music to Sir Henry Rowley Bishop’s arrangement of “a popular French air from Moore’s National Melodies.” §Wolfe 592.


BISHOP, Henry R. The sheet music to “Gaily Sounds the Castanet.” Philadelphia: G.E. Blake, [c. 1821]. Large 4to; disbound; two pages of engraved text and music; light offsetting. $30
The words and music to Sir Henry Rowley Bishop’s “popular national melody, with symphonies and accompaniments.” The poetry is by Thomas Moore. §Wolfe 616.


BISHOP, Henry R. The sheet music to “O Well Do I Remember.” New York: Dubois & Stodart, [c. 1818]. Large 4to; removed; three pages of engraved music and text; minor offsetting and finger soiling; early music seller’s stamp to (blank) final page. $25
“Sung by Mr. Pearman in Maid Marian at the Park Theatre.”


BISHOP, H[enry] R. The sheet music to “Pretty Sophy.” New York: W. Dubois, [1817]. Large 4to; removed; a bit of foxing and offsetting. $25
The words and music to Bishop’s song “as sung by Mr. Nichols.” §Wolfe 772.


[BISHOP, [Henry R.] The sheet music to "When Love Was a Child." Philadelphia: G. E. Blake, [c. 1822]. Large 4to; single leaf, engraved text and music to recto; light offsetting. $25
The words and music to Sir Henry Rowley Bishop's "Swedish Air and popular national melody." The poetry is by Thomas Moore. §Wolfe 833.


BJÖRNSON, Björnstjerne. A GAUNTLET. Being the Norwegian Drama En Hanske... Translated into English by Osman Edwards. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1894. Small 8vo; decorative tan cloth; backstrip darkened; frontisportrait. $25
This adaptation of Bjornson’s drama challenging the double standard of sexual morality for men and women premiered at London’s Royalty Theatre in January 1894.


BJØRNSON, Bjørnstjerne. SIGURD SLEBE. Kjöbenhavn: Gyldendalske, 1863. Second Edition. Contemporary half roan, rubbed; spine decorative gilt. $20
A trilogy of history plays (first published the previous year) by the Nobel-prize winning playwright/theatre director.


[BLAKE, Thomas G.] THE WRECK OF TWENTY YEARS. Founded on the Popular Drama as performed, with unparalleled success, at the Theatre Royal, Sadler’s Wells. Tales of the Drama. London: F. Lloyd, [c. 1838]. Small 4to; unbound; engraved illustration to first page; text in double columns; untrimmed; a hint of foxing and dusting. $40
One of a series of Tales of the Drama, prose synopses of contemporary plays, this of Blake’s melodrama which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in July 1838. The illustration depicts Thornton escaping from prison. 


BLISMON, [Anna-Gramme] (Pseud.). LES MILLE ET UN TOURS OU EXPÉRIENCES DE PHYSIQUE AMUSANTE ET DE MAGIE BLANCHE. Physique Amusante, Magie Blanche, Jeux de Casse-Tête, Clé de Rebus, Tours de Cartes, Jeux-Arithmétiques, Ruses de Charlatans, Articles variés. Paris [and] Lille: Delarue [and] Blocquel-Castiaux, n. d. [c. 1850]. 12mo; modern full calf; decorative morocco bands; title in gilt to spine; decorative endpapers; original printed yellow wraps bound in; numerous plates, some folding and some printed in color; vignette illustrations and figures to text; internally near fine. $300
Blismon was the pseudonym of Simon Blocquel. This is a fine example of a compendium of amusements, puzzles, conjuring tricks, card tricks, and the like, well illustrated with "un grand nombre de figures." Three parts in one. §Ruegg, p. 20.


[BLOK, Aleksandr.] [RAMZES. A Drama of Life in Ancient Egypt.][Petersburg: Alkonost ], 1921. First Edition. Original limp card covers, some fraying to edges; small chip to foot of front cover; upper fore-corner torn from back cover; previous owner’s name excised (in ink) to front cover; decorative illustration, after a woodcut, to half-title; one-page Alkonost advertisement at end; contents untrimmed and well preserved for having been printed to pulp paper. $120
Blok’s last play, which was (according to Chukovsky) written to order for one of Gorky’s educational projects in 1919. “It is better not to try to stage them [ie. such scenes from history],” said Blok himself. §Kilgour 133.


[BLONDIN (Pseud.).] An unused letterhead for Jean F. Gravelet and his exhibitions in his "Gigantic Arena," [c. 1862]. Folio leaf, folded; engraved plan to head of first page and letterpress text below; three gentle creases; unused; near fine. $175
A letterhead apparently used by Blondin and his traveling, tented exhibition in the so-called Gigantic Arena. The line illustration details the rigging for the large tent and the tightrope. Two banners, "Blondin", fly from the masts. Below the plan are the explanations of the diagram, measurements, and requirements. An unusual piece of ephemera.


BOISSY, [Louis de]. LES ETRENNES OU LA BAGATELLE, Comedie. Paris: Prault, 1733. Disbound; minor dust soiling; margins trimmed close, affecting a few letters of preliminary text; publisher’s catalogue to terminal leaf. $35
A satire, touching on the contemporary theatre, first performed by the Comediéns Italiens in January 1733. With a lengthy privilege du roy statement.


[BONVAL, ?.] A lithographed portrait, “Melle. Bonval, rôle de Célie, dans L’Ingénue à la Cour.” Paris: Martinet, [c. 1847]. 6 3/4” x 10 3/4”, including margins; colored by hand; faintest of dusting to edges. $20
This Gallerie Dramatique portrait shows the actress, full length, in the costume of her role in Empis’ comedy (l’Odeon, March 1846).


[BOOTH, Junius Brutus.] A gravure portrait of Booth as Richard the Third. [New York]: Gebbie, 1888. 8 1/2” x 11 1/2”, plus wide margins; near fine. $20
A fine image after an earlier portrait.


[BOOTH, Sarah.]  A stipple engraving, "Miss S. Booth as Christine in Love in Humble Life," after M. W. Sharpe. [London]: H. Berthoud, 1822. 6" x 9 1/2", plus margins; mild dusting and foxing, mostly to margins. $25
Booth is depicted standing, in costume, a love letter in her right hand and left hand holding her apron.


BORNIER, Henri de. DANTE ET BÉATRIX, Drame…. Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1853. First Edition. Original printed wraps; very good; untrimmed. $25
A five-act drama in verse.


BORRI, Pasquale. NEPHTE, o, Il Figliuol Prodiga. Ballo.... Milan: Ricordi, [1876]. Small 8vo; contemporary blue pebbled boards, worn; spine ends frayed; mild toning, else contents very good. $50
The scenario to Borri’s six-act ballet of 1865 (music by Giaquinto) as reinterpreted by Cesare Marzagora for performances at La Scala in 1876. The list of principal dancers includes Zucchi, Nardi, Coppi, and Coppini-Bartolini.


BOUCHARDY, J. and E. DELIGNY. HERMANN L’IVROGNE, Drame . . . . Paris: J. -N. Barba, 1836. First Edition. Disbound; light stain at head; publisher’s advertisement leaf. $15
A one-act drama, with music by Chautagne, first performed at the Ambigu-Comique in June 1836.


[BOUCHÉ, ?] A one-page autograph letter, signed from Bouché to a Mons. Escudier. London: 24 July, 1848. Folio leaf, folded; minor dusting to integral blank; light stain to (blank) upper corner; original folds. $75
A lengthy one-page letter (in French) with much good content regarding theatrical matters and some of the Italian basso’s fellow singers. Bouché was associated with the Italian Opera and the Théâtre Historique of Paris.


[BOUDIN, Antoine.] A one-page autograph, signed, from Boudin to Nicolet La Samaisou. [Paris]: 1807 (?). Folio; bifolum; original folds; cut to integral leaf from removal of wax seal; very good. $50
A letter with interesting content from the French singer, mentioning performers at the Théâtre de l’Opéra, to Madame La Samaisou.

[BOURGOIN, Marie Therèse.] A lithographed portrait, “Melle. Bourgoin, Théâtre Français.” [Paris]: Demanne, [c. 1830]. 5 1/2” x 9”, plus wide margins; creasing and faintest of dust soiling to margins. $20
A half-length portrait of the actress, within an oval.


[BOURGOIN, Marie T.] A hand-tinted, stipple-engraved portrait of Bourgoin as Roxelane. [Paris]: Langlois, [c. 1840]. 8 3/4" x 11"; trimmed close to plate mark; color very good. $45
The actress is depicted full length in a floor-length gown and voluminous head scarf, as Roxelane in Les Trois Sultanes at the Théâtre Français.


BOUTERON, Marcel. DANSE ET MUSIQUE ROMANTIQUES. Paris: Le Goupy, 1927. First Edition. 4to; bound by De Thuerry in half straight-grained brown morocco; gilt to spine and raised bands; 1 1/2" chipped from head of spine; gilt-lettered dark morocco labels; marbled endpapers; original pink printed wraps bound in; frontisportrait; plates and illustrations. $85
Large paper, limited to 1115 numbered copies, privately printed on handmade paper for subscribers. A magnificent collection of historical essays on the ballet and opera of the Romantic period. With a frontispiece of Fanny Essler, 16 fine full-page plates, and numerous illustrations in the text. §Magriel, p. 18. Derra de Moroda 450.


[BOUTIN, René.] A lithographed portrait of Boutin “dans l’Ouvier.” Paris: Marchant, [1841]. 6 1/4” x 9 3/4” (plus margins); minor dusting to margins. $30
The popular actor is shown full length in costume -- wearing a stained and worn top hat, long coat, stripped vest, and patched trousers -- hands thrust into the trouser’s pockets.


[BOWERS, Elizabeth.] A photogravure portrait of Bowers as Queen Elizabeth. [New York]: Gebbie, 1888. 8 1/2" x 11 1/2", plus wide margins; light staining to side edges; image near fine. $10


 BOYENSEN, Hjalmar H. A COMMENTARY ON THE WORKS OF HENRIK IBSEN. London: Heinemann, 1894. Pale green cloth, a trifle sunned and soiled; corners bumped; gilt lettering to spine. $40
The first edition in English of this important early study. Boyensen was a prominent scholar of Northern European languages and an author of several works of popular fiction based upon Norwegian culture. 


BOYENSEN, Hjalmar Hjorth. A COMMENTARY ON THE WORKS OF HENRIK IBSEN. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1894. First Edition. An inscribed copy. $40
A very important early study. Boyensen was both a prominent scholar of Northern-European languages and an author of several works of popular fiction based upon Norwegian culture.


BOYENSEN, Hjalmar Hjorth. A COMMENTARY ON THE WORKS OF HENRIK IBSEN. New York: Macmillan and Co., 1894. First American Edition. An inscribed copy. $40
A very important early study.  


[BOYLE, Roger.] TWO NEW TRAGEDIES. The Black Prince, and Tryphon. The First Acted at the Theater-Royal by His Majesties Servants; The Other by his Highness the Duke of York’s Servants. Both Written by... the Earl of Orrery. London: for H. Herringman, 1672. Second Edition. Folio; disbound; separation at two signatures, separate title-page to each part; very minor foxing, mostly marginal, to a few leaves. $200
Two tragedies, first published in 1667 and 1668 respectively, both owning a compositional debt to Corneille. “Both are highly spectacular, both are more restrained than Dryden’s productions,... both approach more nearly to the French drama than de the more well-known heroic plays (Nicoll).”


BOZELLI, [Francesco Paulo]. DELLA IMITAZIONE TRAGICA. Presso Gli Antichi e Presso i Moderni.... Lugano: Ruggia, 1838. 3 vols. Half morocco and marbled boards; some wear to boards; sporadic foxing, primarily to fore-edges; speckled edges. $175
An exhaustive theoretical work on the history and criticism of tragedy. The first volume contains chapters on theories, conceptualizations, and criticisms of tragedy; the second covers Greek, Roman, and Italian tragedy; and the third concludes with discussions of French, English, and German tragedy, as well as a comparison of classical forms with that of the author’s contemporaries. Scarce, the NUC lists two copies only.

BRACHVOGEL, A[lbert] E. NARCISS. Ein Trauerspiel.... Jena: Hermann Costenoble, n. d. [c. 1878]. Disbound. $35
Brachvogel’s first, and best-known, play. Amongst the characters of the drama are Quinault, von Holbach, Grimm, and Diderot. This edition includes a new foreword by the author.


[BRAHAM, John.] A playbill for Braham in O’Keefe’s The Castle of Andalusia at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 11 October, 1831. $20
The program also featured a Chinese Pas Cantorionez by Frampton and Pas Schal by Le Clerq and Burnett.


[BRAHAM, John.] A tall broadside playbill for Braham in Cobb’s The Siege of Belgrade at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 8 October, 1827. 8 1/4” x 25 1/2”; pale blue stock; central vertical crease; light dusting and offsetting. $40
An uncommonly tall bill, presumably for posting.


[BRAHAM, John.] The sheet music to “All’s Well. (New Edition).” New York: Dubois, [c. 1819]. Large 4to; removed; four pages of engraved music and text; light offsetting. $30
The words and music to “the favorite duett, as sung by Mr. Incledon and Mr. Braham,” Incledon made his American debut in October 1817. Braham did not perform in America until thirteen years later. §Wolfe 1027.


BRAHAM, [John]. The sheet music to “All’s Well.” Boston: J. Hewitt, [c. 1820]. Large 4to; removed; two pages of engraved music; minor offsetting. $25
The words and music to a duet by Braham. §Wolfe 1022A.


BRAHAM, [John]. The sheet music to “Behold, in his soft expressive face.” New York: Dubois, [1817]. Large 4to; disbound; two pages of engraved music and text; faint foxing, primarily to margins. $30
The words and music to a piece composed and sung by Braham. §Wolfe 1048A.


BRAHAM, [John]. The sheet music to “Is there a Heart that never Lov’d.” New York: W. Dubois, [1817]. Large 4to; removed; two pages of engraved music and text; light foxing. $30
The words and music to a ballad composed and sung by Braham. §Wolfe 1124A.


BRAHAM, [John]. The sheet music to “ ‘Tis but fancy’s Sketch. The Celebrated Picture Song.” New York: Wm. Dubois, [c. 1818]. Large 4to; removed; two pages of engraved music and text; some foxing, primarily to margins. $30
Composed and sung by Braham. Braham did not make his American debut until November 1840.


[BRAHAM, John.] A Drury lane playbill for the first-night performance of Lacy’s The Casket, 10 March, 1829. Trimmed close at foot; minor dusting. $40
The ballad opera, featuring Braham as Ludolph, was based on music from Mozart (including at least one number from Idomeneo) and for plot from the French play, Les Premières Amour. It was not a success and closed after the second performance.


[BRAHAM, John.] A tall broadside playbill for Braham as Don Alphonso in O’Keefe’s The Castle of Andalusia at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 9 October, 1827. 8” x 24 1/2”; central vertical crease; very good. $40
Braham’s performance featured “The Anchor’s Weighed from the opera of The Americans.” An uncommonly tall bill, presumably for posting.


[BRAHAM, John.] A tall broadside playbill for Braham as Count Bellino in Arnold’s The Devil’s Bridge at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 3 July, 1827. 7 5/8” x 25 1/2”; pale blue stock; central vertical creases; light dusting and offsetting. $40
An uncommonly tall bill, presumably for posting.


[BRAHAM, John.]  A Covent Garden playbill for Braham's benefit, 11 June, 1832. Pale blue stock.  $25
Braham premiered in the roles of Steady in Dibdin's The Quaker
and Mungo in Bickerstaffe's The Padlock. Other performers included Sheridan Knowles and Stockhausen.


[BRAHAM, John.] A tall broadside playbill for Braham’s benefit at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 10 October, 1827. 8” x 24 1/2”; theatre headline not printed at head; two central horizontal creases. $40
Braham was featured as Captain Malcolm in Morton’s The Slave and sang several pieces after the opera. An uncommonly tall bill, presumably for posting.


[BRAHAM, John and John LISTON.] A Drury Lane playbill announcing Braham and Liston in Dibdin’s The Lord of the Manor, 13 March, 1828. Very minor offsetting; wide margins. $20
Braham appeared as Trucmore and Liston as Moll Flaggon. The other pieces on the bill were The Illustrious Stranger and The Lancers. 


BRANDES, Georg. HENRIK IBSEN. Københawn og Kristiana: Gyldendalske, 1916. Contemporary half leather, corners rubbed; stiff-wrapper covers preserved; illustrated. $30
The first important biography of Ibsen, written by his friend, critic, and translator.


BRAY, John. The sheet music to “God is There. A Sacred Melody. Written by a Lady.” Philadelphia: Bacon & Co., [1818 (?)]. 4to; removed; three pages of engraved words and music; a bit of foxing; contemporary music seller’s stamp to head of first page. $65
The first edition of a rare piece, “originally sung at the Oratorios, performed by the Handel & Hayden Society, at Boylston Hall, Boston.” Bray, born in England, came to America in 1804, and lived and worked in Philadelphia and Boston. He was a comedian, playwright-translator, and composer. §Wolfe 1295.


BRAY, J[ohn]. The sheet music to “Soft as yon Silver Ray that Sleeps.” Boston: G. Graupner, [c. 1825]. Large 4to; removed; three pages of engraved text and music; slightest of offsetting. $50
“A song with an accompaniment for the piano forte. The words by Mrs. Rowson.” The title to the contrary, the words are not by Susanna Haswell Rowson (as much as we would like them to be), but by Ann Radcliffe. Nonetheless, this belongs in any serious collection of Rowsoniana. Bray wrote the music for several early American melodramas, including The Indian Princess — the first surviving play based on the story of Captain John Smith and Pocahantas (apparently the earliest play with a Native American theme written by Americans and actually performed). §Wolfe 1346. BAL 7, p. 309.


BRERETON, Austin. THE LIFE OF HENRY IRVING. With Twelve Collotype Plates and Eleven Other Illustrations. London: Longmans Green, 1908. First Edition. 2 vols. Cloth, pictorial gilt; spine ends scuffed; frontisportraits and plates; very good. $45
An authoritative record of Irving’s professional life and triumphs.


BRIDGES, Robert. THE FEAST OF BACCHUS. A Comedy in the Latin Manner and Partly Translated from Terence. London: George Bell & Sons and J. & E. Bumpus, n. d. [c. 1894]. 4to; original gray wraps, lettered in black; light dusting and spotting to covers, primarily to edges; deckled edges. $40
The seventh volume in Bumpus’ series “Plays by Robert Bridges” (consecutively paginated). This comedy had first been issued in a limited private press edition of 105 copies in 1889.


BRIDGES, Robert. THE HUMOURS OF THE COURT. A Comedy.... [London]: George Bell & Sons and J. & E. Bumbus, n. d. [1893]. 4to; original gray wrappers, lettered in black; minor dusting to edges of covers; text in double columns; minor spotting to first few leaves; deckled edges. $55
The first edition of this play in verse form, issued as No. VI in Bumpus’ series “Plays by Robert Bridges” (consecutively paginated). The first one had been issued in 1885 and the next four in 1890. This one, three years later, is the first to bear Bell’s name to the imprint as well. §Colbeck, p. 85.


[BROOKLYN INSTITUTE.] A broadside announcing a complimentary concert to Charles Ferguson at the Brooklyn Institute, 5 May, 1859. 7 3/4” x 18 3/4”; gentle folds; some embrowning and offsetting.


[BROUGHAM, John.] A gravure portrait, "John Brougham as Sir Lucius O'Trigger in Sheridan's Rivals." [New York]: Gebbie, 1888. 8 1/2" x 11 1/2", plus wide margins; hint of light foxing to margins. $10


[BROWN, John.] BARBAROSSA. A Tragedy. London: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, 1755. Disbound; dusting to title-page and terminal leaf. $40
A “terse heroic tragicomedy about the overthrow of an Algerian tyrant (Bevis)” first performed at Drury Lane. The prologue and epilogue are by Garrick.


BROWN, Tom. AMUSEMENTS SERIOUS AND COMICAL AND OTHER WORKS. Edited With Notes by Arthur L. Haywood. London: Routledge, 1927. Large 8vo; blue cloth; illustrated. $35
Reprints the author’s Amusements..., Letters on Several Occasions, and Letters from the Dead to the Living. Amongst the amusements discussed in the first are The Playhouse and Gaming-Houses. The Letters from the Dead to the Living, imaginary letters with fictitious responses, contains several of theatrical interest.


[BROWN, William B.] A pictorial complimentary ticket for “that Comical Brown’s Entertainment,” [c. 1875]. 2 1/2” x 5”; printed in red to recto only; completed in pencil; three horizontal creases. $20
Brown began his career as a showman, in his mid-teens, about 1850. He was a notable vaudevillian, accompanying his comical songs and sketches with improvised violin pieces. The ticket is illustrated with a bust portrait of Brown.


BROWNE, Matthew. An article, “Theatres and Music Halls,” in The Argosy, London and New York, July 1866. Original printed wrappers; minor wear to extremities; plates; contents near fine. $15
This issue also contains “Lotta Schmidt” by Anthony Trollope and “My Chinese Neighbors” by an Australian Settler.


BRUEYS, [David A de]. L’AVOCAT PATELIN, Comedie.... Nouvelle Édition. Paris: Duchesne, 1782. 12mo; disbound; engraved head- and tail-pieces. $16
A three-act comedy first performed in 1704.


BURCKHARD, Max. DAS THEATER. Frankfurt: Rütten & Loenig, [1907]. First Edition. Printed boards; lightly soiled. $35
Vignettes on cover and title-page by Peter Behrens. One large red and black initial and numerous black initials to text by Hermann Kirchmar.


BURKHARDT, Max. DAS THEATER. Frankfurt: Rütten & Loening, [1901]. Small 8vo; printed ivory-colored boards, lightly soiled; decorations to text; printed in black and red. $30
A series of six essays on the art of the theatre and drama, from the art press of Rütten und Loening. The vignettes on the cover and title-page are by Peter Bohrens. One large two-color initial and numerous decorative initials by Hermann Kirchmar.


[BURGOYNE, John.] THE HEIRESS. A Comedy. London: for J. Debrett, 1787. Disbound; early ink deletions to verso of A3, causing tears and affecting text to recto (Preface). $10
First published the previous year. The Heiress was written at Knowsley and dedicated to Lord Derby, a pleasant coincidence in that Miss Farren's performance as Lady Emily so charmed Derby he married her.

[BURNAND, Frank C.] A sepia photographic portrait of Burnand mounted to a periodical plate, [c. 1882]. 3 3/4" x 4 1/2"; mount 5 1/4" x 8 3/4"; slight wrinkling; light stain to left edge of mount. $10
A bust portrait, looking to the right.


[BURNETT, Frances Hodgson and W. H. GILLETTE.] A Park Theatre, Boston, program for the Madison Square Theatre Company in Burnett and Gillette’s Esmerelda, the week of 16 October, 1882. Large 4to; blue-green stock; a hint of creasing and marginal embrowning; minor mounting trace to gutter of back page. $25



[BURROUGHS, Watkins.] A juvenile drama portrait, “Mr. Burroughs as Julian Peveril in Peveril of the Peak, performed at the Surrey Theatre.” [London]: J. Jameson, 1823. Colored by hand; a hint of dust soiling and foxing. $55
The actor stands, in costume, right hand raised and pointing outwards. Fitzball’s dramatization of Scott’s novel premiered in February 1823. Speaight considered the Jameson portraits both “interesting and extremely scarce.”


BYRON, Henry J. THE MAID AND THE MAGPIE; or, The Fatal Spoon! A Burlesque Burletta.... London: Thomas Hailes Lacy, n. d. [c. 1860]. 12mo; disbound. $30
A burlesque of Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, first performed at the Strand Theatre in October 1858. The cast list includes Wilton, Ternan, and Clarke. 


BYRON, Henry J. THE MOTTO: I Am "All There." A New and Original Burlesque. London: Thomas Hailes Lacy, n. d. [c. 1863]. 12mo; disbound; some foxing; marbled edges. $20
"A shameful travestie founded on the Lyceum drama of the Duke's Motto," first performed at the Strand in July 1863.