[DAINTON, Marie.] A photographic postcard, inscribed and
signed, [c. 1903]. Adhesion marks to three margins. $10
The Russian-born actress and music hall mimic is pictured three quarters length, seated. With a bold signature.
[DANGEVILLE, Marie-Anne Botot.] An etched and engraved portrait, Melle dAngeville la Jeune, Représentée en Thalie avec des Génies habillés des différents habits comiques, after Jean-Baptiste Pater. Paris: Louis Surugue, [c. 1732]. 22 1/2 x 18, plus full margins; backed with archival tissue; some expert cleaning, leaving a nearly imperceptible shadow of staining (primarily to upper margin); image very good; central vertical crease. $1000
A portrait of the Théâtre François actress and dancer, after Paters painting, etched and engraved by Jacques le Bas. It depicts her standing in an Arcadian grove, in a full-skirted gown, a mask held in her left hand. Surrounding her are eight putti representing difference comic types. Another putto hovers above Dangevilles right shoulder with laurels. From a theatrical family, Dangeville made her stage debut at the age of eight and was inducted into the Comédiens du Roi at the age of 15 (about 18 months before this portrait was painted).
DANGERFIELD, Fred[erick]. (Editor). THE PLAYGOER. Vol. 1. No. 5. London: Dawbarn & Ward, 1902. Original color-printed blue wrappers; moderate wear to spine; plates and numerous illustrations, mostly halftone. $30
DANIEL, George. MERRIE ENGLAND IN OLDEN TIME. London: Richard Bentley, 1842. 2 vols. 8vo; early half brown morocco and marbled boards; covers rubbed, particularly at extremities; raised bands; moderate gilt to spines; bookplate removed from first volume; etched frontispiece and three plates by John Leech to first volume; missing frontispiece to second volume; 23 woodcuts to text; a very few points of soiling, foxing, and thumbing. $400
A survey of popular entertainments of the 18th and early 19th centuries told in a series of simple stories, much of the historical fact coming out in the extensive footnotes. Daniel touches upon players and playhouses, showmen and mountebanks, dancing, pleasure gardens, royal entertainments, exhibitions, fairs, conjurors, juggling, ventriloquists, strongmen, human anomalies, ancient hostelries, circuses, and much more. A useful sourcebook for information about old fairs, freaks, Philip Astley and his contemporaries (Toole-Stott). With engravings by Leech, Cruikshank, and Gilks and other illustrations -- Caratha the equilibrist, Bartholomew Fair ladder dance, Hallam, Fawkes and his Lilliputian Tumblers, Raree-Show, Mrs. Midnights dancing dogs and monkeys, etc. §LAR 1016. Toole-Stott 189. Toole-Stott (Conjuring) 796.
[DARRELL, Maude.] A photographed postcard, inscribed and signed, 1903. A three-quarters image of the music hall star, with a bold and dark signature. $10
D'ARTOIS, [Achille and Théaulon]. LES PARROQUETS DE LA MÈRE PHILIPPE, Vaudeville.... Paris: Barba, 1818. First Edition. Disbound; a trifle dust soiled; light stain to upper fore-corners. $25
A one-act vaudeville, first seen at the Théâtre des Variétés in June 1818.
DARTON, F. J. Harvey. THE GOOD FAIRY; or, The Adventures of Richard Whittington, R. Crusoe, Esqre, Master Jack Horner, and Others. A Play... with a particular description of a theatre contrived by Albert Rutherson.... London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., n. d. . Tall 8vo; original brick-red wrappers, edges faded; upper cover detached; a hint of foxing to endpapers and fore-edges; lacking color-printed folding insert; vignette illustrations to text at end; presentation inscription to label on front flyleaf. $35
A juvenile drama pantomime which is, according to George Speaight, very amusing, though... far too long and profuse for toy theatre performance. Unfortunately, this copy is lacking the insert of backdrops and characters. The label to the front flyleaf has a presentation inscription from Darton to Mrs. Davis Field.
DAVENANT, William. THE WORKS OF SR. WILLIAM DAVENANT KT. Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed, and Those which he designd for the Press: Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies. London: for Henry Herringman, 1673. First Collected Edition. Folio; early half calf and marbled boards; covers and spine heavily worn; covers detached; spine cracked and broken; lacking front free endpapers and frontisportrait; first signature and rear free endpapers loose; library bookplate and stamps, with deaccession marks; inscriptions to pastedowns; separate title-pages to various parts; repair to upper fore-corner of title-page; minor dusting to text. $175
The first collected edition of one of the major literary folios of the 17th century. It contains the plays, poems, and miscellaneous writings of a successor to Ben Jonson as poet laureate, a close friend of Hobbes, a favorite dramatist of Pepys, and a reputed son of Shakespeare. A printed note from the publisher announces the presence of six new plays (of a total of 16) and hitherto unpublished poems. Both Hobbes and Cowley provided further material published here. Inscribed: Gift of George C. D. Odell. §Wing D320.
A handbill program for W. M. Davenes Allied Attractions at the Park Square Garden and Summer Pavilion Theatre, Boston, 17 June, 1884. 4 x 11 3/4; moderate browning; narrow tears to portions of right blank margin. $45
Amongst the attractions were vocalists, dancers, the equilibrist Edward Earl, the Davenes and other trapeze performers, and the Egyptian juggler Alfred Valjean.
[DAVENE TROUPE.] A complete issue of the New York Clipper, 30 December, 1882. Folio; engraved portrait to front page; illustrated advertisements. $30
This issue of the oldest sporting and theatrical journal features a portrait and biographical sketch of the three circus gymnasts the Davenes, as well as numerous notices for theatres, performers, circus and vaudeville acts, etc. and several associated ads. The French gymnasts and aerialists came to America, to join Barnums Circus, in 1879.
[DAVENPORT, Fanny.] A check in payment of $50 to the actor Frank Willard, boldly signed by Davenport, 4 November, 1894. Pale pink stock; endorsed to reverse; bank's ink stamp and incised cancellation stamp. $25
[DAVENPORT, Fanny.] A check in payment of $88 to Melbourne MacDowell,
boldly signed by Davenport, 5 November, 1894. Pale pink stock; endorsed
to reverse; incised bank cancellation stamp. $25
The actor MacDowell was Davenport's husband at one time.
DAWSON, James. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MR. JAMES DAWSON. Truro: J. R. Netherton, 1865. First Edition. Original dark green, decorative cloth; beveled boards; gilt title and decorative to upper cover; slight rubbing; a few edges unevenly opened. $55
DE CASTO, David.
A CARTERIA DE SATAN. Novo Manual de Theurgia e Prestidigitacao. Porto: Lugan and Genelioux, 1888. First Edition. 8vo; original yellow wrappers; engraved illustration to upper cover; spine starting to split at center, numerous engraved illustrations; mild toning to text; uncut. $125
A Portuguese guide to conjuring and hand shadows including recreations in chemistry, physics, and mathematics; parlor tricks; games; deceptions of Serni, Nicolais, Cumberland, Hermann, and others; and o vasto panorama phantastico of the conjuring arts. With illustrations of tricks and apparatus, a plate of a shadowgraphic performance, and plates with 38 hand-shadow figures.
DECREMPS, [Henri]. TESTAMENT DE JÉRÔME SHARP... Où lon trouve, parmi plusiers Tours de subtilité, quon peut exécuter sans aucune dépense, des préceptes & des exemples sur lArt de faire des Chansons impromptu.... Paris: Granger [and others], 1786. Disbound; lacking frontispiece; cords loosening to spine; some moderate damp staining to margins, causing a bit of erosion to upper fore-corners of a few leaves; woodcut vignette illustrations to text; untrimmed. $125
[DEJAZET, Virginie.] A lithographed portrait, Melle Dejazet, Theatre de S. A. R. Madame. [Paris]: Engelmann, [c. 1845]. 9 x 12, including wide margins; faint, scattered foxing; creased to lower corners. $30
A half-length portrait of the actress (within an oval, 4 1/2 x 5 3/4), seated, looking to the front, right arm resting on the arm of a chair.
A tall playbill announcing Dejazet and the German Opera Company for Bunns benefit, Covent Garden, 31 May, 1842. 9 x 20; central horizontal fold; very good. $35
The German Opera company featured Stoeckel Heinefetter in Beethovens Fidelio. Dejazet appeared as Catherine Biancolelli in Villeneuve and Charles La Fille de Dominique.
[DÉJAZET, Virginie.] A complete issue of Le Trombinoscope devoted to Déjazet. [Paris: F. Debons, 1874.] 4to; engraved title and portrait to front; three stitching holes to left margin; a bit foxed. $40
The entirety of this four-page satirical periodical is given over to an account of Déjazet. The first page is illustrated with a lightly caricatured bust portrait of the actress.
[DELILLE, Octavia.] A lithographed portrait, Melle. Delille rôle de Mary dans Gibby la Cornemuse. Paris: Martinet-Hautecour, [c. 1850]. 6 3/4 x 10 3/4, including margins; colored by hand; a trifle fingersoiled. $30
This Galerie Dramatique portrait shows the French singer, full length, in the costume of her role in Leuven and Lhéries comic opera (Theatre Royal de lOpéra Comique, 1846). Delille became a favorite in America following her first New York concert appearance at Metropolitan Hall in December 1851.
[DELUCA, Giuseppe.] A two-page autograph letter, signed, from DeLuca to a Mr. Davis. N. p.: [c. 1930 (?)]. 4to leaf, folded; bold signature. $40
The Italian baritone writes from onboard the MS Vulcania, sending a note in thanks. Signed in full.
DEMBECK, Hermann (Pseud.). MANAGE FREI! Bit Zeichnungen von Heinz Rammelt. Berlin: Buchmeister, . Pictorial cloth; pictorial dustwrapper, chipped at edges; tear to head of dustwrapper front; light toning to text; illustrated. $20
An account of Continental circus life with a number of line drawings scattered through the text. With the bookplate of George Speaight. §Toole-Stott 205.
[DEMERSON, Anne.] A lithographed portrait, Melle. Demerson, Premier Théâtre Français. [Paris]: Lastdeyerie, [c. 1830]. 5 1/2 x 9, plus wide margins; faintest of soiling to margins. $20
[DE MORODA, Cleo.] A photographic portrait postcard of de Moroda, [c 1904]. Undivided back; light wear at edges; brief Cyrillic inscription to lower corner. $30
A half-length portrait of de Moroda, in costume, with hands held up in prayer-like gesture before her.
[DE MORODA, Cleo.] A photographic pictorial postcard of de
Moroda, [c. 1904]. Undivided back; address, stamp, and postmarks to reverse;
brief inscription to front; gentle crease to two corners. $25
A half-length portrait, in profile to the left, with a facsimile autograph of the celebrated beauty and notorious demimondaine -- the dancer whose career took her from the Paris Opera to the Folies-Bergére and who was painted and celebrated by Lautrec, Muller, and Klimt. This copy with a Montevideo postmark.
DENT, Edward J.
FOUNDATIONS OF ENGLISH OPERA. A Study of Musical Drama in England During the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1928. Red cloth; mild dampstaining to head of covers; spine sunned; musical notation to text. $40
Despite its early date this work, now scarce, is still a standard -- elegant and wide ranging. It deals with, amongst other topics, court masques, amateur productions, plays with music, the influence of French modes, and chamber opera. From the library of Eva Le Gallienne with her bookplate and the inscription To the Lyrical Julie G.D. W. 1931.
DÉPAGNY, J. -B. LES HOMMES DU LEDEMAIN. Comedie.... Paris: Quay, 1830. First Edition. Disbound; engraved frontispiece, colored by hand; a few scattered stains. $25
TOM JONES A LONDRES, Comedie...en Vers, Tiree du Roman de Fielding.... Paris: F.J. Baudoin, 1784. Small 8vo; disbound; stab holes to gutter; engraved head and tail pieces, fine. $85
First performed at the Theatre Italiens on 22 October 1782 with Favard amongst the cast. Cross lists the 1782, 1785, and 1789 editions. §See Cross III, p. 355.
DESMOND, Alice C. BARNUM PRESENTS GENERAL TOM THUMB. New York: Macmillan, 1954. First Edition. Decorative cloth; pictorial dustwrapper, with minor edge wear; illustrations to plates; signed presentation copy. $40
A popularized biography of Charles Stratton, containing some new material, based on unpublished manuscript in the author's possession. §Toole-Stott 2896.
DESPOIS, Eugène and Paul MESNARD (Compilers). MOLIERE ALBUM. Paris: Hachette, 1895. 4to; morocco-backed marbled boards; tips rubbed; marbled endpapers; tipped-on plates throughout; light stain to lower fore-corner of last two plates. $45
A large-paper copy of the plates volume to Despois and Mesnards Ouevres de Moliere. It consists of four engraved portraits, three plates of facsimile autographs and signatures, 19 scenes from 17th-century productions, a facsimile of Lully music, and other plates.
[DIBDIN, Thomas J.]
A Covent Garden playbill for Dibdins The Wigwam; or, The Men of the Wilderness, 12 April, 1830. A bit of fraying (reinforced) at foot; else very good. $35
The melodrama, with Egerton and Tree, was founded on Coopers American novel of The Pioneers and descriptive of a newly established settlement on the banks of the Susquehanna. The other piece on the bill was Rossinis Cinderella.
[DIBDIN, Thomas J.] A Covent Garden playbill for Dibdins The Wigwam; or, The Men of the Wilderness, 13 April, 1830. Minor wrinkling. $35
The melodrama, with Egerton and Tree, was founded on Coopers American novel of The Pioneers and descriptive of a newly established settlement on the banks of the Susquehanna. The other piece on the bill was Rossinis Cinderella.
DIBDIN, Thomas. IL BONDOCANI, or, The Caliph Robber: A Comic Opera. New York: D. Longworth, 1805. Small 12mo; disbound; some embrowning; publishers advertisement leaf. $15
A three-act opera (music by Attwood and Moorhead) as performed at the New York Theatre.
DIBDIN, Thomas. FAMILY QUARRELS. A Comic Opera. As Performed at the Theatres Covent-Garden and New-York. New York: D. Longworth, 1806. Small 12mo; disbound; foxed. $15
The final page consists of lines of verse extolling the publishers Dramatic Repository. Complete with half-title.
[DONIZETTI, Geatano.] A pair of albumen print and colored-tissue stereoview cards showing scenes in Donizettis La Favorite. Paris: B. K. Studios, [c. 1870]. Embossed yellow mounts; tissues well colored and preserved. $35
The real-photograph tableaux showing La Rupture and Palais de lAlcazar -- the latter an animated ballet scene.
DORAT, Claude [and] Claude FAVART.
LA CÉLIBATAIRE, Comedie
. Paris: Didot, 1778 [with] LES MOISSONNEURS, Comedie
. Paris: Duchesne, 1768 [with] ANNETTE ET LUBIN, Comedie
. [N.p.: n.d., c. 1762.] Contemporary decorative paper covered boards, rather rubbed; terminal leaf dusted and frayed at fore-edge; third work wanting title-page; engraved music to three leaves. $50
The first piece, by Dorat, was premiered by the Comédiens François on 20 September, 1775. The second, by Favart and with music by Duni, was first acted on 27 January, 1768 and the third (also Favart) on January 1762 -- both at the Théâtre Italienne.
[DORVAL, Marie.] A lithographed portrait, Mme. Allan Dorval, Théâtre de la Porte St. Martin. [Paris]: Villain, [c. 1830]. 5 1/2 x 9, plus wide margins. $20
A half-length portrait of the actress, within an oval.
DOUTREPONT, Georges. LES ACTEURS MASQUÉS ET ENFARINÉS DU XVIe AU XVIIe SIECLE EN FRANCE. Bruxelles: Maurice Lamertin, 1928. Original printed gray wraps, a trifle toned and frayed at ends; unopened. $30
A 40-page pamphlet containing the text of a paper read by the author, a professor at the Université de Louvain, in 1926.
ON FAIT CE QUON PEUT, NON PAS CE QUON VEUT. Proverbe a Deux Acteurs.... Amsterdam and Paris: Ballard, 1780. First Edition. Disbound; wood-engraved vignette to title-page. $40
This piece premiered at the Variétés-Amusantes in November 1779.
ZINGIS. A Tragedy. London: for T. Becket and P. A. DeHondt, 1769. Disbound; very good. $45
Dows first play, the story taken from the Tarich Mogutistan, or History of the Mogul Tartars, written in the Persian language.
[DRURY LANE.] A Drury Lane playbill for Dances The Emissary, 14 May, 1831. Minor creasing and wear, primarily to side margins. $20
The second performance of the opera. The other two pieces on the bill (Deaf as a Post and Portrait of Cervantes) featured Liston.
[DRURY LANE.] A playbill announcing the reopening of Drury Lane, 1 October, 1834. Central horizontal fold. $30
The first night of the season featured Farren and Sloman in Bickerstaffes The Hypocrite, Sinclair and Proche in Aubers Masaniello and a bolero by Gilbert and Ballin.
[DRURY LANE.] A playbill announcing the opening of Drury Lane, 23 October, 1824. A bit of foxing. $30
The evenings bill was The Marriage of Figaro the music, chiefly from Mozart, adapted and arranged by Mr. H. R. Bishop, who is engaged as composer and Oultons Frightend to Death. The bottom half is taken up with an announcement of Ducrow and his equestrian troop in The Enchanted Courser and an alphabetical list of 50 principal performers engaged for the season.
A brass advertising token from Drury Lanes production of The Armada, 1888. 1 diameter; holed for suspension; fine. $35
The obverse shows two galleons fighting enclosed within Great Drury Lane Drama. The reverse legend reads 1888 The Armada 1588 enclosed within Augustus Harris Company Every Evening.
[DRYDEN, John.] A line-engraved portrait of Dryden, from the collection of the late Earl of Oxford. London: n. p., 1785. 8 x 11 1/2, plus margins; minor wear and thumbing to outermost margins. $40
This portrait, engraved for Harrisons Edition of Rapin, depicts the poet and playwright half length in partial profile. Oval within a decorative frame.
EXHIBITION OF FIRST AND OTHER EDITIONS OF THE WORKS OF JOHN DRYDEN (1631-1700), together with a few engraved portraits and two oil paintings -- commemorative of the two hundredth anniversary of his death. Exhibited at The Grolier Club... March 8th to 24th, 1900. [New York: De Vinne Press, 1900.] 12mo; original wrappers; printed in red and black; ends of backstrip chipped; upper cover nearly loose; contents fine. $30
A chronological listing in three sections: original works, plays, and contributed and translated works. Each entry indicates the form of the title-page and description of the item; some include an annotation or historical comment.
[DUCHENOIS, Catherine.] A short autograph letter, signed, to M. Raymond. Paris: 18 May, 1822. One leaf; original folds; tear around seal of integral leaf. $100
The great tragedienne addresses Monsieur Raymond at the Théâtres Rue Montmartre concerning Jules Ferrand's proposals for Strasbourg.
[DUCHENOIS, Catherine.] A third-person autograph letter, [c. 1830]. One leaf; mounted to a larger leaf. $100
An interesting third-person letter by the great French tragedienne refering to her leaving the theatre for religious reasons and her subsequent financial problems.
[DUCHENOIS, Catherine.] An engraved portrait of Duchenois as Alzire by Aubert, after Hollier, [c. 1810]. 8 1/2 x 11 3/4; one light stain (away from figure); light soiling overall. $45
A hand-colored lithograph portrait of Duchesnois in the title role of Alzire. Paris: Noel et Cie, [c. 1825]. 10 1/2 x 15 1/2; colored by hand; minimal smudging to lower margins. $50
The tragedienne is shown full length, standing, wearing a feathered headdress, short skirt (baring her calves and feet) and a scarf and beads around her neck (suggesting one bared breast).
[DUCROW, Andrew.] A humorous account of Ducrow at Drury Lane in a complete issue of the British Mercury, London, 27 October, 1824. Folio; minor offsetting and marginal foxing; else very good. $22
[DUCROW, Andrew.] An issue of The Theatrical Observer, including a bill for Ducrow and his horses in St. George and the Dragon at Drury Lane, December 1833. 8vo; disbound; some removal wear to gutter. $25
DUFRESNY, Charles. L'ESPIRIT DE CONTRADICTION, Comedie.... [Paris: Duchesne, c. 1770.] 12mo; disbound; lower fore corner of terminal leaf torn. $16
A lengthy one-act comedy first performed in 1700.
[DUMONT, Gabriel P. M.] A group of three engraved plates, one large, depicting theatre designs and/or plans by Dumont. [Paris: c. 1770.] Two are 8 3/4 x 14, third is 17 1/2 x 14; very good; original vertical folds to large plate. $85
This group consists of two longitudinal sections, one plan for a façade, and three floor plans for a proposed theatre. From Diderots Encyclopedie Salles des Spectacles.
DURFEY, [Thomas]. NEW OPERAS [sic], WITH COMICAL STORIES, AND POEMS, ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, Never before Printed. Being the remaining Pieces. London: William Chetwood, 1721. Contemporary full calf; covers and spine rather rubbed; corners and spine ends bumped and abraded; early rebacking; red morocco label; foxing to title-page and preliminary leaves; remainder of text fairly fresh. $175
[DUSSERT, Marie.] A hand-colored lithograph portrait of Dussert rôle de la Duchesse de Metz dans la dame des Belles cousines. Paris: Noel et Cie, [c. 1825]. 10 1/2 x 15 1/2; colored by hand; lightly foxed. $40
The young Théatre du Vaudeville actress is depicted full length, standing, in long white gown and an ermine-lined red cape, a crown on her head. DArtois one-act vaudeville premiered in May 1823. A richly colored portrait.
[DUTCH STAGE.] An engraving De Abdy-kerk, from a Dutch series of stage scenes, [c. 1760]. 16 1/4 x 13 (image size 9 1/2 x 8). $100
The scene shows an open nave with actors as two opposing troops of soldiers, one to either side of the hall, about to set upon one another. To the left a small group of women, priests, and a child retreat toward a doorway.
[DUTCH STAGE.] An engraving from a Dutch series of stage scenes, De Tuin, [c. 1760]. 16 1/4 x 13 (image size 9 1/2 x 8); slight foxing to outermost right edge. $150
The scene is the central promenade of a hedged garden. To the left are actors as courting lovers and to the right a group of actors congregate around another as an old gentleman, seated, with a spilled basket of flowers at his feet.
[DUTCH STAGE.] An engraving from a Dutch series of stage scenes, Het Winter-Bosch, [c. 1760]. 16 1/4 x 13 (image size 9 1/2 x 8). $150
[DUTCH THEATRE.] A sepia-aquatinted plate, Vue de lintérier du théâtre hollandais, à la representation de la tragedie de Gysbert dAmstel, Sujet national. Amsterdam: Maaskamp, [c. 1810]. 8 3/4 x 7 1/2; printed in sepia; central vertical crease. $40
A very good view showing the stage, galleries, pit and decorations of the theatre, with performers and audience, during a performance of Vondels tragedy.
[DUVEYRIER, A. -H.] and [A.-F.] VARNER. L'ART DE PAYER SES DETTES. Paris: Riga, 1832. First Edition. Disbound; engraved vignette to title-page; short tear to gutter of text, not affecting text; stitching loosening. $20
A one-act comedic vaudeville first performed at the Théatre du Vaudeville in December 1831.
[DZERZHINSKY, Ivan I.] [VIRGIN SOIL UPTURNED. Musical Drama....] [Moscow: n. p.], 1937. 4to; stiff wraps; color illustration to upper cover; 1 1/2 tear to head of upper cover; some stains and wear to cover edges; small S.C.R. stamp to cover and first leaf; frontisportrait; 43 halftone illustrations (six full-page); five plates with tipped-on color illustrations; music to two pages. $40
A 46-page publication related to the premier of Dzerzhinskys opera Virgin Soil Upturned at the Maly in 1937. The production was mounted by the State Committee for Artistic Affairs to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Revolution. A series of three articles and a plot synopsis are augmented by several illustrations of performers, costumes, settings, and contextual photographs.