[KEMBLE, Frances Anne and Tyrone POWER.]

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[KACHALOV, Vasili.] An original studio photographic portrait of the actor Kachalov; boldly signed; [c. 1923]. 6" x 9"; minor toning; and wear to margins. $150
A half-length portrait, signed "[V. Kachalov]" across the breast. Kachalov played some 55 roles as a leading actor at the M.A.T. between 1900 and 1948. He was the original Tuzinbach and Trofimov in The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard and the title role in Ivanov; the Baron in the premier of Gorky's The Lower Depths; and Hamlet in the famous Craig-Stanislavsky collaboration of 1912. He also appeared in several new Soviet dramas.


[KACHALOV, Vasili I.] A Russian portrait postcard of Kachalov as Charsky in Griboyedov’s Woe from Wit, [c. 1912]. Very minor soiling; brief inscription to verso. $22
Kachalov was the Moscow Art Theatre’s leading actor after Stanislavski. Here he is shown in the role of Griboyedov’s great restless hero. The inscription to the reverse is dated 1923.

[KAMERNY THEATRE.] [POLITIUESKIE OTKLIKI ZAPADNOY PRESS NA GASTROLI MOSKOVSKOGO POSUDARSTVENNOGO KAMERNOGO TEATRA.] [Moscow]: n. p., 1924. Original printed wraps, slightly worn; stapled; repairs to two tears from gutter of terminal leaf. $250
The sole edition of this collection of “political comments of the Western press” on the tour of Tairov’s Kamerny theatre in 1923. With an introduction and a very detailed list of press notices concerning the Kamerny theatre, divided out by country. Very scarce, not in Dana.


[KEAN, Edmund.] An article on Kean in Scotland, in a complete issue of London’s The Times, 15 April 1819. Large folio; light foxing; tax stamp in red; central horizontal crease. $30
The article states, in part: “Kean... arrived in Dumfries on Saturday... on his way to Edinburgh, where he has been engaged to perform.... In the Edinburgh Theatre on Monday, Mr. Kean appeared as Richard III. The house was full..., we have seen it fuller for Rob Roy.” It goes on to state “... our northern metropolis took no share in his southern squabbles,” and reports on his reception in four other performances.


[KEAN, Edmund.] A playbill for Kean in the name role of Baillie’s De Montfort at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 4 July, [1822]. Pale-blue stock; nearly fine. $85
The fourth night of Kean’s re-engagement and the “last night but two he can possibly have the honour of appearing this season.” This play was revived by Kean in November 1821, but it was not a success (it failed with Kean as it had failed with Siddons and Kemble) and rarely performed.


[KEAN, Edmund.] A Covent Garden playbill announcing Kean as Mortimer in Colman’s The Iron Chest, 10 January, 1828. Minor dusting and foxing, primarily to edges. $60
The second piece on the bill was the pantomime Harlequin and Number Nip which incorporated grand naumachia and rope dancing by Il Diavolo Antonio and “the celebrated Mr. Wilson.”


[KEAN, Edmund.] A Drury Lane playbill announcing Kean as Sir Giles Overreach in Massinger’s A New Way to Pay Old Debts, 29 February, 1816. Merest hint of foxing; near fine. $50
The supporting cast included Holland, Munden, and Tidswell (Kean’s “Aunt Tid”). The second piece on the bill was the first performance of Dibdin’s What Next? Kean first appeared as Overreach the previous month.


[KEAN, Edmund.] A Drury Lane playbill for Kean as Jaffier in Otway’s Venice Preserved, 20 June, 1823. A bit of creasing and toning; original posting hole near head. $50
The cast also included Young and Powell.


KEENE, Donald. BUNRAKU. The Art of the Japanese Puppet Theatre. Photographs by Kancko Hiroshi. With an Introduction by Tanizaki Junichro. Tokyo; Kodansha, 1965. Large folio; blind and gilt-stamped black cloth; tipped-on color frontispiece; ten tipped-on color plates; 360 illustrations, mostly after photographs; flexi-disc in rear pocket; decorative endpapers; near fine. $95
This work stands as the most authoritative and penetrating study of the Bunraku puppet theatre to appear in English -- with a plethora of illustrations, a list of plays, chronology, bibliography, 4pp. musical score, and a flexi-disc recording.

[KELLY, Frances Maria.]  A lithographed portrait, "Miss Kelly as Annette in the Melo Drama of the Maid and the Magpie." [London: Englemann, Graf, Coindet, 1830.] 8" x 10 3/4"; trimmed to platemark; minor dusting to corners; tipped to an album leaf. $25
A full-length portrait of the actress, in costume, standing, arms raised in gesture.


KELLY, [Michael]. The sheet music, “Ah Where Can I Turn for Relief.” Boston: Gaupher, [c. 1815]. Large 4to; removed, two pages of engraved text and music; some wear and reinforcement at gutter. $30
The words and music to the composition “sung by Mrs. Mills in the grand dramatic romance of the Forty Thieves.”


[KEMBLE, Charles.] A lithographed portrait, “Mr. Charles Kemble as Pierre.” [London: J. Dickinson, c. 1830.] 9 3/4” x 13”, plus margins; title and inscription to lower margin. $40
A large portrait of Kemble as Pierre in Otway’s Venice Preserved -- bust, to the front, head turned nearly to the left, wearing a cap with feathers and a chain with medal.


[KEMBLE, Frances Anne and Tyrone POWER.] A Covent Garden playbill for Kemble as Mrs. Beverley in Centlivre’s The Gamester, 11 March, 1830. Frayed at head, affecting letters of headline; two short, closed tears to the right side. $25
Power was also seen in the name role of Rodwell’s Teddy the Tiler.


[KEMBLE, John Philip and Dorothea JORDAN.] A Drury Lane playbill for Kemble in Sheridan’s The School for Scandal and Jordan in Lloyd’s The Romp, 9 February, 1791. $95
Kemble was joined in the cast by Farren, King, and Barrymore.


[KENDAL, Madge.] A sepia photographic portrait of Kendal, mounted to a periodical plate, [c. 1882]. 3 3/4" x 4 1/2"; mount 5 3/4" x 9 1/4"; minor wrinkling. $10
A bust portrait of the actress in Smith's Uncle's Will.


KENNEY, James. TOO MANY COOKS. A Musical Farce. As Performed at the Theatres Covent-Garden and New York. New York: D. Longworth, 1805. Small 12mo; disbound; some foxing. $18
Kenney’s two-act farce, music by King, premiered in London early in 1805. Both the London and New York casts are printed, as well as lines of verse extolling the publisher’s Dramatic Repository.


[KENNEY, John.] THE WORLD. A Comedy... Scales's Edition. London: for J. Scales, n. d. [c. 1808]. 12mo; disbound; title-page embrowned at edges; light offsetting; uncut and partly unopened. $60
A 24-page prose synopsis, sold to accompany the Drury Lane performances of Kenney's comedy. The play has the unhappy distinction of being singled out for Byron's satire in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers: "Kenny's World -- ah! Where is Kenny's wit? -- /Tires the sad gallery, lulls the listless pit." These Scales editions were produced either very hurriedly in advance of the full play texts or cheaply for an indigent readership. Uncommon.


KENRICK, [William]. FALSTAFF’S WEDDING: A Comedy. Being A Sequel to the Second Part of the Play of King Henry the Fourth. The Second Edition. London: J. Wilkes [and others], 1766. 12mo; modern wrappers; foxed; closed tear, from gutter, to terminal leaf; reinforcement to verso of title-page. $40
Kenrick’s preface declares this amusing imitation of Shakespeare was written in 1751, that it remained nine years in manuscript, and then a further six years passed before he allowed it to be published. It premiered at Drury Lane in April 1766, by which time it had undergone considerable changes “to accommodate it to a theatrical audience.”


[KENRICK, W[illiam]. THE WIDOW’D WIFE. A Comedy. A New Edition. London: for T. Davies [and others], 1768. Disbound. $30
First performed at Drury Lane in 1767. Kenrick and Garrick had seemingly settled their quarrels, but another broke out over the division of this play’s profits with the playwright challenging the actor to a duel (which never took place).


[KERHOR, Jean.] The chromolithographed box label and five silhouette sheets to “Glories de France. Ombres..,” [c. 1895]. Label 19 1/2” x 15 1/2”, elaborate decoration and bright colors; silhouette sheets, 12” x 8” to 19 1/2” x 13 1/2”, to tissue stock; the set near fine. $175
The central image of the label is a shadow scenario of galleons at sea and the gold-highlighted stage front is a stylized scene incorporating Japanese motifs and text. The five sheets of shadow puppet scenes are from French history (one with Napoleon). Remarkably fine and well preserved.


KERNDÖRFFER, [H. A.]. CARL DER TAUSENKÜNSTLER, oder; Sammlung einfacher und künstlicher, grossentheils neuer mechanischer, chemischer, magnetischer und kartenkunststücke und arithmetischer Belustigungen, zu angenehmen geselligen Unterhaltung. Leipzig: Carl Cnoblock, n. d. [c. 1830]. 8vo; original decorative tan boards, slightly spotted; ends rubbed; lightly foxed throughout. $525
Authorship is also sometimes attributed to J. Jacob Funke. “A useful introduction [to conjuring] for beginners, used by the grandson of Goethe (Volkmann & Tummers).” The Carl of the title most probably refers to Carl Bosco. First published in 1825. The six plates at the end contain a total of 125 vignette engraved figures. Although Kerndörffer’s Der Kleiner Taschenspieler und Magiker is sometimes encountered (and has been reprinted), this title is uncommon. §Volkmann & Tummers, p. 101.


KING, M. P. The sheet music, “The Poor Orphan Maid, A Balled [sic].” Boston: G. Graupner, [c. 1810]. Large 4to; single leaf; engraved music and text; light toning. $40
The words and music to a piece sung by Mrs. Graupner at the Boston theatres and published by her husband. The Graupners made their American theatrical debuts in Boston in 1794 and 1796.


KLEIST, Christian E. von. DES HERRN CHRISTIAN EWALD VON KLEIST SÄMMTLICHE WERKE. Wein: Joh. Thom. Edl. v. Trattnem, 1784. 2 vols., in l. Small 8vo; early decorative boards; engraved frontispiece; engraved title-page to each volume; ownership inscriptions cut from head of front flyleaf and preliminary blank; leather label; text fine. $35
Seneka, Ein Trauerspiel, is included in the second volume.

[KOSLOFF, Alexis.] A photographic postcard of Kosloff in costume, boldly signed, and dated 12 December, 1912. Verso unused; nearly fine. $100
Kosloff was one of the great male dancers, trained by Tikhomirov, of the Moscow ballet.


KOTZEBUE, [August von]. ADELAIDE OF WULFINGEN. A Tragedy…. (Exemplifying the Barbarity Which Prevailed During the Thirteenth Century.) New York: Charles Smith and S. Stephens, 1800. Disbound; some embrowning. $40
A translation by Charles Smith, produced for John Hodgkinson to perform on tour and in competition to Dunlap’s repertoire of Kotzebue’s plays at New York’s Park Theatre. §Hill 269.


KOTZEBUE, [August von]. FRATERNAL DISCORD; A Comedy.... Translated from the German.... New York: Charles Smith, 1801. Disbound; some foxing; lower (blank) gutter torn to final four leaves. $40
A translation by Charles Smith, produced for John Hodgkinson to perform on tour and in competition with Dunlap’s repertoire of Kotzebue’s plays at New York’s Park Theatre.


KRONACHER, Alwin. DIE KUNST DES REGISSEURS. Ein populärer Vortrag. Heidelberg: Herman Meister, 1913. Printed pale-red wrappers; backstrip sunned and worn; internally very good. $20
An address on the art of the stage director given at Baden-Baden in 1913. Kronacher was at the time the dramaturg and director at the Hoftheater Karlsruhe, he later went on to Leipzig’s Altes Theater (where he directed the first performance of Brecht’s Baal).


[LE KURSAAL.] An illustrated program for Le Kursaal, Paris, the week of 26 September, 1913. Pictorial wrappers, printed in brick red; two halftone portraits. $30
The week’s program featured pantomimists, vocalists, equilibrists, transformation dancers, and much else.


[LABLACHE, Luigi.] A holograph document, signed by Lablache. London: 10 July, 1830. Oblong slip (7 1/2” x 3”); gentle vertical creases; embossed two-shilling stamp. $200
A holograph receipt from Laporte (manager of the King’s Theatre) -- presumably in the hand of the treasurer Rice -- for the singer’s salary for the month of June 1830. Signed in full by Lablache to the lower right. The great bass had made his London debut on 30 March of the same year. He was subsequently engaged at the King’s Theatre for every season but two until 1852.


[LABLACHE, Luigi.] A partly printed document, completed in manuscript, signed by Lablache. Paris: 31 October (?), 1834. Small 4to leaf; creased to quarters; very good. $200
A Théatre Royal Italien payroll receipt from the director Robert for the singer’s “appointements de la présent saison,” completed in manuscript, and signed “L. Lablache.” The great bass was paid the sum of 1000 francs.

LA CHAUSSE, Pierre-Claude Nivelle de. LE PRÉJUGÉ A LA MODE, Comedie. Paris: LeBreton, 1735. First Edition. 16mo; disbound; creasing to fore-edge of title-page. $45
A sentimental verse drama, first produced at the Théâtre Française in February, the third of the author’s comedies larmouantes (tearful comedies) which aimed to satisfy the taste of the bourgeoisie which at the time preferred sentiment to realism. This play led to LaChausse’s election of the Academie Française.

[LACY, Michael R.] A Covent Garden playbill announcing The Coiners, 26 March, 1833. Pale-blue stock. $18
The second performance (it premiered three days earlier) of this opera with music by Auber. It was followed by Jerrold’s Nell Gwynne.

[LACY, M. Rophino.] CINDERELLA: or, The Little Glass Slipper. An Opera.... Music by Rossini. New York and London: Samuel French, n. d. [c. 1875]. 12mo; original printed salmon-colored wraps; some dusting and fraying to covers. $25
The text to Lacy's pantomime adaptation (1831) of Rossini's opera. The cast lists for performances at Barnum's Museum (1856) and the Holiday Street and Chestnut Street theatres are printed.


[LAFERRIÈRE, Aldolphe.] A complete issue of “Le Trombinoscope” devoted to Laferrière. [Paris: F. Debons, 1873.] 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 Leferrière. The first page is illustrated with a caricature of the comedian.

[LAFERRIÈRE. Louis F.] A lithographed portrait of Laferrière in Ancelot’s Madame Roland. Paris: Marchant, [c. 1841]. 6 1/4” x 9 3/4”; trimmed to platemark; near fine. $18
The actor is depicted full length, standing, in costume, right hand inside his coat front and left arm down by his side (hand holding a hat).


[LAFON, Pierre.] A two-page autograph letter, signed, from Lafon to Paul Henry Marron. N. p., 7 July, 1824. 4to; original folds; small portion of integral leaf excised to remove seal. $75
The actor mentions a “Suite de la lecture de la tragedie” and discusses the unsuitability of a play for the French stage. The great tragic actor Lafon took over Talma’s mantel under the Empire.


[LAFON, Pierre.] A lithographed portrait of Lafon "rôle de Dom Pédre dans Pierre de Portugal." Paris: Noël, [c. 1823 (?)]. 10 1/4" x 15 1/2"; light foxing. $25
A full-length portrait of the Théâtre Français actor in costume, standing, and looking to the left. His right arm is held across the front, hand on sword hilt, water and boats are in the background.


LA HARPE, [Jean-François de]. LES MUSES RIVALES.... Paris: Pissot, 1779. First Edition. Disbound; some foxing; signatures separating; engraved headpieces. $25
A one-act play first performed in February 1779.


LAPOMMERAYE, Henri de. LES AMOURS DE MOLIERE. Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1878. 16mo; pale-green printed wraps; dampstained at spine; some dampstaining at foot; in glassine; untrimmed. $30
One of 520 copies. A 46-page booklet issued during the celebration of the Moliere Jubilee the week of 15 May, 1873.


[LAROCHE, Carl.] An engraved portrait of Laroche “als König Phillipp und armer Poet.” Vienna: Theaterzeitung, [c. 1840]. 6 3/4” x 9 3/4”, plus margins; colored by hand; a bit of light spotting and offsetting. $30
The German actor is shown in the costume of two different characters.


[LAURENT, Marie-Luguet.] A complete issue of “Le Trombinoscope” devoted to Laurent. [Paris: F. Debons, 1873.] 4to; engraved decorative-banner title and caricature to front; three stitching holes to left margin; a bit of foxing. $40
The entirety of this four-page satirical periodical is given over to an account of Laurent. The front is illustrated with a caricature of the actress.


LECOMTE, (?). L’ANCIENNE ET LA NOUVELLE COLLECTION DES TOURS DE PHYSIQUE. Les Plus Récreatifs et les Plus Surpresenants mis à la portée de tout le monde. Laterne Magique & Fantasmagorie. Les Renseignements les plus Complets sur la Double-Vue Dévoilée. Le Tout pour s’Amuser et Rire en Société. Enrichi de plus de 50 figures pour en faciliter l’exécution. Paris: LeBoilly, n. d. [c. 1890]. 12mo; modern wrappers; frontispiece; vignette illustration to title-page; numerous figures to plates at the end; untrimmed. $60
This pocket guide includes numerous conjuring tricks, scientific amusements, instructions for magic lanterns, and thaumatropes, ombres Chinoises, etc.


[LECOMTE, L. -Henry.] TALMA EN PARADIS. A-Propos en Vers Libres Composé en 1826, Publié pour la Première Fois avec une Préface. Paris: [for the author], 1900. Original tan wraps; removed from a bound volume; printed to fine paper. $35
#138 of 150 copies. The preface includes a bibliography of more than 70 works related to Talma.


LEEDS, Josiah W. THE THEATRE: An Essay Upon the Non-Accordancy of Stage Plays With the Christian Profession. Philadelphia: the Author, 1886. 12mo; original cloth; title in gilt to upper cover and spine. $30
A Quaker tract condemning the stage, opera, and ballet. §Silvester 297.


[LEFEBVRE, Constance.] A lithographed portrait, “Mlle LeFevre [sic] rôle de Zerline, dans Fra-Diavolo.” Paris: Fernique, [c. 1856]. 8” x 11 1/2”, including margins; colored by hand. $30
The dramatic soprano is shown, full length, in the costume of the heroine of Auber’s opera as presented at the Théatre de l’Opera Comique.


LEFÉVRE, [Pierre F.]. ZUMA, Tragedie…. Paris: Duchesne, 1777. First Edition. Disbound; lightly foxed throughout; bottom fore-corner of terminal leaf cut away with no loss. $30
The last of five tragedies by Lefévre (who retired from playwriting at the age of 30 and became a secretary of the duc d’ Orleans). It was acted 28 times in 1777-87.


[LEMAITRE, Frédérick.] A complete issue of “Le Trombinoscope” devoted to Lemaitre. [Paris: F. Debons, 1872.] 4to; engraved decorative-banner title and caricature to front; four stitching holes to left margin; a hint of foxing. $40
The entirety of this four-page satirical periodical is given over to an account of Lemaitre. The front is illustrated with a caricature of the actor.


LEMAITRE, Jules. IMPRESSIONS DE THEATRE. Sixiéme Série. Paris: Oudin et Cie, 1892. First Edition. Small 8vo; original printed wraps; slight chipping to edges and ends; light foxing. Signed and inscribed by the author. $35
Amongst this important collection of essays are ones on the Théâtre Libre, Shakespeare, Balzac, Rousseau and the theatre, Ibsen, and Euripides. This copy inscribed by the author.


LEMAITRE, Jules. IMPRESSIONS DE THÉATRE. Septieme Série. Paris: Oudin et Cie, 1893. First Edition. Small 8vo; printed wrappers, fragile and worn; uncut and unopened; inscribed. $35
Noted essays and reviews of Ibsen, Racine, Aristophenes, and Zola, amongst others, by the critic and dramatist. Inscribed and signed by the author. §Firkins, p. 26.


[LEMERCIER, Marie.] An engraved portrait, “Melle. Lemercier, rôle d’Estrella, dans Ne Touchez pas à la Reine.” Paris: Martinet, Hautecoeur, [c. 1848]. 6 1/2” x 10”, including margins; colored by hand. $20
The soprano is depicted, standing, in costume in Boisselot’s comic opera (1847).


LEMERCIER DE NEUVILLE, [Louis]. LES JEUX DE L'AMOUR ET DU BAZAR. Comédie de Moeurs.... [Paris (?)]: Partout et Nulle Part, 1883. 12mo; green quarter calf and decorative velvet cloth over boards; marbled endpapers; printed to verge; contents fresh. $95
The scarce edition of this one-act comedy, written by the puppeteer Lemercier de Neuville for the Théâtre Érotique. It opens with an "avertissement" concerning the play and the théâtre érotique. §Not in Ransome.


LEMERCIER DE NEUVILLE, L[ouis]. LE MANDAT IMPÉRATIF. Bordeaux: n. p., 1872. 12mo; original yellow printed wrappers; light ink stains to front cover; frontispiece; partially unopened. $30
A one-act puppet play in verse first performed by the author at the salons du Grand-Hôtel, Paris, 9 February, 1872. This copy out of series, not signed by the author.


[LEMONNIER, Louise T.] A lithographed portrait, "Mme. Lemonnier, Artiste Societaire du Théâtre Royal de l'Opera Comique, Rôle d'Elisabeth dans Leicester." Paris: Noel et Cie, [c. 1825]. 10 1/2" x 15 1/2"; colored by hand. $40
This hand-colored lithograph depicts the actress full length, in costume, one arm to her side and the other raised to her waist.


[LENOBLE, Eustace.] LES DEUX ARLEQUINS, Comedie. Paris: Ruault, 1776. Disbound; engraved vignette to title-page; stain to margins of final signature. $50
One of only three plays written by Lenoble (two written for the Comédiens Italiens). A three-act comedy written largely in vers libres, with “a well-defined plot (Lancaster),” owing something to Plautus’ Menaechmi and Boursault’s Nicandres. It is distinguished by the facts that neither Harlequin is disguised (aside from the mask usually worn by this character) and the use of parody and the presentation of a patois-prattling Pierrot. It was first acted in September 1691.


[LEPEINTRE, Emanuel A.] A lithographed portrait of Lepeintre Jeune in an unidentified role. 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 cut-away coat and dress vest, holding a hat and stick in his left hand and gesturing slightly with his right.


[LE SAGE, Alain-René.] CRISPIN, RIVAL DE SON MAITRE, Comedie.... [Paris: Duchesne, c. 1770.] 12mo; disbound; very good. $16
A one-act comedy, featuring the comic valet Crispin, first performed in 1707.


LESSING, Gotthold E. MISS SARA SAMPSON. Ein Burgerliches Trauerspiel.... Wien: n.p., 1771. Small 8vo; disbound; a bit of foxing to title-page; printer's device to title-page; engraved pictorial head and tail pieces; terminal leaf repaired at gutter. $40
An early edition (written in 1755) of Lessing's domestic tragedy, owing much to George Lillo and the novels of Samuel Richardson. Highly popular in its day it pioneered German bourgeois theatre.


[LESSING, Madge.] A photographic postcard, inscribed and signed, [c. 1903]. Adhesion marks to portions of margins. $10
A full-length image of the Edwardian actress and music hall favorite. Signature difficult to read against dark background.


[LEVERD, Jeanne.] A hand-colored, lithographed portrait, “Melle. Leverd, Artiste Sociétaire du Théâtre Français, Rôle de Célimène dans le Misanthrope.” Paris: Noel et Cie, [c. 1825]. 10 1/2” x 15 1/2”; original hand coloring; light foxing and marginal smudging. $50
A full-length portrait of the actress, seated, a fan clasped in her left hand.


[LEWIS, (?)]. A juvenile drama portrait, “Mr. Lewis as William the Conqueror.” [London]: William Cole, [c. 1824]. Colored by hand, vibrant; mild dusting to edges; else very good. $85
The actor stands, legs apart, in armor and plumed helmet. His arms are upraised, one holding a shield and the other lifting a sword. Fitzball’s William the Conqueror premiered at the Royal Coburg in May 1824. Cole was in business from 1821 and for a time in partnership with Hodgson.


[THÉATRE LIBRE.] LE LIBRE ILLUSTRÉ. Texte par Rodolphe Darzens. Dessins de Lucien Metiret. Soiree du 27 Novembre, 1889. Paris: Dentu, 1889. Original color-printed decorative wrappers; cover edges browned and chipped; one portrait plate; vignette illustrations to text; foxing to margins. $40
This souvenir of the Théatre Libre was issued to accompany the production of Ancey’s L’Ecole des Veufs and Bois’ Au Temps de la Ballade. It includes synopses of both pieces (with numerous vignette illustrations) and biographical sketches of both authors. Inserted is a contemporary holograph document on the publisher’s letterhead.

[THEATRE LIBRE.] LE THEATRE LIBRE ILLUSTRÉ. Texte par Rodolphe Darzens. Dessins de Lucien Métivet. Soirée du 30 Mai, 1890. Paris: Denhu, 1890. Original color-printed decorative wraps; cover edges chipped; tear at lower gutter of front wrapper; two portrait plates; vignette illustrations to text; foxing to margins; unopened. $45
This souvenir of the Théatre Libre was issued to accompany the productions of Ibsen’s Les Revenants (Ghosts) and Céard’s La Pèche. It includes synopses of both plays (with a vignette illustration to each) and biographical sketches of the playwrights (that on Ibsen with one portrait plate and four vignette illustrations).


LINTER, Ricardo. The sheet music to “The Real Scotch Polkas.” Toronto: A. & S. Nordiemer, [c. 1848]. Folio; chromolithographed pictorial and decorative upper cover; removed; moderate staining and finger soiling; four pages of music. $75
“As danced at the ballo and opera houses of Milan, Paris, Vienna, London, &c.” The color-printed cover shows a male and female dancer in Scottish dress. An ornate border of gold scroll, foliage, and thistles surround the image of the dancers.



[LISTON, John.] A lithographed portrait, “Mr. Liston, as Tristram Sappy, in Deaf as a Post.” [London: Ingrey & Madeley], 1824. 9 1/2” x 13 1/2”; colored by hand; creases and soft folds; four short, closed marginal tears (with cellotape reinforcements to verso). $55
A full-length portrait of Liston in Poole’s farce, colored by hand. He is depicted full length, standing, full face, left hand to his chin.


[LISTON, John.] An aquatint portrait, “Mr. Liston in the Character of Lubin Log in Love, Law & Physic.” London: Thomas McLean, 1826. 6 3/4” x 11 1/2”; margins trimmed; colored by hand; window mounted to later album leaf. $95
A whole-length portrait of the actor in character. He stands, looking to the right, hands in trouser pockets. Quotation at the foot. With fine hand coloring.


[LISTON, John.] A playbill for Liston in Planche’s The Legion of Honour, 14 June, 1831. Pale-blue stock; stitching holes to outermost left margin. $15
Liston was also seen in The Illustrious Stranger and Turning the Tables.

[LISTON, John.] A playbill for Liston at the Haymarket, 7 October, 1822. Original posting hole near head; very good. $25
Liston appeared in Pocock's Rob Roy MacGregor, Dibdin's Harlequin Hoax, and Lunn's Family Jars. Mrs. Garrick is also announced in the third piece.


[LITOLFF, Henri.] A complete issue of “Le Trombinoscope” devoted to Litolff. [Paris: F. Debons, 1875.] 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 Litolff. The front page is illustrated with a caricature of the pianist and composer.

LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth (Editor).] MANUEL DE PROVERBES DRAMATIQUES. Portland: Samuel Colman [and] Brunswick: Griffin’s Press, 1830. First Edition. Small 8vo; original cloth, faded, worn, and a trifle stained; upper cover detached; rear hinge tender; paper label to spine, worn; backstrip worn; scattered, moderate foxing; untrimmed. $450
The first edition of Longfellow’s second published work (preceded solely by the Catalogue of the Library of the Peuciniun Society of 1823), selected and adapted by him from Carmontelle’s Proverbes Dramatiques. It contains a five-page preface (in French) by Longfellow, followed by 14 proverb-comedies played (as the editor states) in Parisian social circles at the end of the 18th century, the idea being to guess the proverb from the dialogue and stage representation.


LÓPEZ DE AYALA Y HERRERA, Alderado. EL TANTO POR CIENTO. [San Pedro: Juan Nepomuceno del Valle, 1869.] 4to; disbound; text in double columns; lightly foxed. $45
An unusual Mexican imprint of the Spanish dramatist’s satire (1861) attacking greed and materialism.


[LOVE, Emma.] A Covent Garden playbill announcing Love’s benefit, 21 June, 1825. Central horizontal fold; else near fine. $20
The actress and singer was seen in Payne’s Charles the Second and Clari. The other performers included Fawcett, Foote, Kemble, and Cooke.


[LOVE, Emma S.] A tall broadside playbill for Love’s benefit at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 15 June, 1827. 7 3/4” x 25 1/4”; pale blue stock; scattered light foxing; central horizontal fold; a bit of creasing to edges. $40
Love was featured as Apollo in O’Hara’s Midas, Mary in Payne’s Charles the Second, and singing “Buy A Broom.” An uncommonly tall bill, presumably for posting.


[LOVEDAY, W.] A one-page autograph letter, signed. Canterbury: 29 May, 1804. 4to; original folds; address to integral leaf. $40
Loveday writes to Mr. Smith of the Theatre Royal Plymouth seeking an engagement for himself and his wife and a statement of terms of salary and benefits.


[LÖWE, Johann.] A chromolithographed portrait of Löwe as Alboin. Vienna: Theaterzeitung, [c. 1845]. 9" x 7 3/4", plus margins; colors bright; gentle central, vertical crease. $40
The brightly colored portrait of Löwe in character (with an elaborate costume). He is partially prone, resting on his left arm. His left hand holds the handle of a sword and his right arm is raised up above his head.


LYLE, Gaston. The sheet music to “The Flying Trapeze Song.” New York: C. H. Ditson, [1868]. Folio; engraved pictorial and decorative cover; three pages of engraved music; a bit of fraying to fore-edges and light foxing and finger soiling, primarily to music leaves. $150
The words and music to the well-known song -- credited by Hischack as “arguably the most famous circus song in American popular music.” It was introduced by the British music hall star George Leybourne (who wrote the lyrics) in about 1865. The illustration to the front shows a trapeze artist in mid-flight.