[ODRY, Jacques-Charles.] A wood engraving of the clown/pantomimist
Odry by Theodore Maurisset. [Paris: n. p., 1839.] 6" x 9"; title
added in pencil at foot. $40
A charming wood engraving done after a terracotta caricature portrait by Jean-Pierre Dantan. Odry stands on a crate inscribed "Eau de Riz." Unusual.
[OFFENBACH, Jacques.] A Boston Museum program for Offenbachs The Grand Duchess, 9 July, 1883. 4to; minimal dusting; minor mounting trace to gutter of back page. $20
The right column of the front page announces several highlights of the inauguration of the 43rd Dramatic Season at the Museum.
[ONOE KIKUGORO IV.] A shinie woodblock print of the onnagata Onoe Kikugoro IV, by Utagawa Toyokuni III, . 9 1/2" x 14"; color woodblock; decorative pink background at head; not backed; eight minute pinholes to left edge; one neat repair to verso along a portion of right margin, probably to fix some thinning paper; excellent colors and bleedthrough. $200
A shinie (memorial print) displaying the recently deceased onnagata actor Onoe Kikugoro IV (1808-1860). He is depicted in a circular cartouche in the upper right, wearing the purple cap of an onnagata actor and a striped robe. Below is an image of a woman, perhaps his wife, who wears a plain blue robe and kneels before him. The background is a soft pink, with white clouds left in reverse. Over these is the actor's year of death, his death name, his place of burial, and a death poem (probably imagined by the maker of the print). Onoe Kikugoro IV was a pupil of Nakamura Karuku. His features and physique made him an extremely popular player of female roles, particularly the classic middle-age women of the history plays. The shinie (literally "Death Pictures") were a unique genre within Japanese prints, portraying a recently deceased person as a living spirit. They served as both an announcement of the death and a means of eulogizing the subject.
[OPERA / BALLET.] An albumen print and colored tissue stereoview card of a theatre scene. [Paris: c. 1870.] Embossed yellow mount; very good. $25
A behind-the-scenes tableaux depicting three female dancers, a male singer, and one other figure. The backs of stage flats hiding the performers are shown, as well as part of the house to the back -- with original hand coloring.
[ORATORIOS.] A Covent Garden playbill for oratorios and other musical performances, 23 March, 1825. Minor mounting traces to verso. $45
[ORATORIOS.] A tall broadside playbill for oratorios and a grand sellection of ancient and modern music at Drury Lane, 18 April, 1835. 7 5/8 x 19 1/4; pale blue stock; 1 1/4 torn from upper right corner (affecting a portion of one letter); otherwise nearly fine. $175
[OSBALDISTON, David.] A juvenile drama portrait of Osbaldiston as Hofer in Fitzballs Hofer, The Tell of the Tyrol. London: W. G. Webb, [c. 1830]. Lower corners creased; small ink stamp to verso. $35
Osbaldiston stands, legs apart, looking upward, a dagger in his upraised right hand, a drum on the ground behind him.
[OSBALDISTON, David.] A tinseled juvenile drama portrait of "Mr. Osbaldiston as Grindoff." [London: Hodgson, c. 1830.] 7" x 8 3/4"; original trimming down to image; colored by hand; cloth-backed cut aways; cloth hand tinted; tinsel applied; mounted to contemporary light card; backed with same; overall very good. $400
Osbaldiston is shown in the role of Grindoff, the miller turned robber chief, in Pocock's The Miller and His Men. He stands, legs apart, in breastplated costume, a large plumed hat on his head. His arms are thrust out, a dagger in his right hand and a pistol in his left. A hand-colored portrait, including backdrop, with cloth-backed cut aways, elaborate small tinseling, as well as fully tinseled breastplate, dagger, and pistol.
[OSBALDISTON, David.] A tinseled juvenile drama portrait
of Osbaldiston as William Tell. [London]: W. G. Webb, [c. 1840].
Trimmed to image and laid down; hand colored; cloth and tinsel applied;
mounted to contemporary card, with additional watercolors to background;
in recent beveled wood frame. $400
Osbaldiston stands, legs apart, a crossbow gripped in his right hand and his left arm raised in gesture. His costume is decorated with cloth-backed cut aways, with additional hand tinting and tinsel highlights. Many portions of the portrait are well tinseled.
[OTWAY, Thomas.] A line-engraved portrait of Otway, "in the
possession of Gilbert West, Esq." London: n. p., 1785. 7 3/4"
x 11 1/4"; gentle creases to corners. $40
This portrait, "engraved for Harrison's Edition of Rapin," depicts the playwright half length. His right elbow sits on a table, the hand supporting his head. An oval image within a decorative rectangular frame.
PLAYS WRITTEN BY MR. THOMAS OTWAY.... London: for J. and R. Tonson [and others], 1736 [and 1744]. First Edition Thus. 2 vols. Modern half calf, gilt; general title-pages; engraved frontispieces; an excellent set. $100
A collection rather than a collected edition, made up of general title-pages with contents leaves, all but one of the individual plays printed in 1735-36. Venice Preserved is a Strahan edition of 1744.
[PALMIERI, Maria.] A one-page autograph letter, signed, from Palmieri to a Signore Marcheti. Turin: 17 February, 1865. 8vo leaf; original folds; very good signature. $75
A very good letter from the noted Italian soprano, signed in full.
[PALMER, (?).] A juvenile drama portrait, Mr. Palmer as Richard Coeur de Lion. London: M. & M. Skelt, [c. 1840]. Short tear to lower left corner. $30
[PALMER, (?).] A twopence-colored portrait, Mr. Palmer as Ahasuerus in the Triumph of the Jewish Queen. London: J. Reddington, [c. 1864]. One corner creased; 1 1/2 triangular piece torn away from blank margin; colors bright. $30
[PANTOMIME.] A playbill for the second night of the Drury Lane Christmas pantomime, Harlequin & Cock Robin, 27 December, 1827. Pale-blue stock; minor dusting and creasing to corners. $20
PAOLI, Carlo. DER VOLKOMMENE KARTENKÜNSTLER UND RECHENMEISTER.
Eine Sammlung der vorzüglichen und wirkungsvollsten Karten -- und Rechenkunstlücke
zur Unterhaltung in geselligen Kreisen.... Neutlingen: Ensslin und Laiblin,
n. d. [c. 1918]. 16mo; wraps; chromolithographed pictorial front cover;
slight soiling to light-colored edges of covers; contents tight and fresh.
A near-fine example of this 64-page booklet of conjuring, card tricks, and puzzles. The chromolithographed cover consists of a red rectangle, lined in black, in a floral surround. Within the rectangle a bemonocled gentleman holds up four European-style aces. §Volkmann & Tummers, p. 131.
[PAREPA-ROSA, Euphosyne.] OBERON, The Music by Weber. Parepa-Rosa Grand English Opera. [New York]: New York Printing Company, 1870. Pale-green wraps; some foxing to text. $20
The libretto to accompany Webers Oberon as sung for the first time in New York, in English, on 29 March and 1 April, 1870.
[PARK THEATRE.] A lithographed view, Park Theatre & Park Row, 1831. New York: G. Heyward, 1855. 6 x 4; margins trimmed; mounted to later, larger leaf of light card. $20
PASCOE, Charles E. (Editor). OUR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. The Dramatic List. A Record of the Performances of Living Actors and Actresses of the British Stage. Revised and Enlarged Edition. London: Temple Publishing, n. d. [c. 1884]. Red decorative cloth, lightly soiled; spine sunned; a trifle shaken. $50
A dictionary of British actors and actresses biographies recording their performances during the third quarter of the 19th century. §LAR 2252.1.
[PATTI, Adelina.] A carte-de-visite photograph of Patti. Paris: Reutlinger, [c. 1862]. Lightest of wear to bottom of photograph; mount and image very good. $45
PATTI, Adelina. A process-print portrait of Patti, from a photograph by H. N. King, [c. 1864 (?)]. 9 1/4 x 12, plus margins; two short, closed tears to margin; light stain (1/2 x 3 1/2) to left edge, away from portrait. $50
[PATTI, Adelina.] A chromolithographed portrait, Figaro Cartoon -- Cards of the Day -- Adelina Patti. [London: Figaro, c. 1874.] 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, including margins. $60
[PAVLOVA, Anna.] A Russian portrait postcard of Pavlova in Paquita, [c. 1912]. Very minor foxing to foot; verso unused. $45
[PAYNE, John Howard.]
The sheet music to Home! Sweet Home! Sung by Miss M. Tree in Clari, or the Maid of Milan at... Covent Garden. Baltimore: John Cole, [c. 1824]. 4to; three pages of engraved music; foxed. $35
The music was composed by Henry Bishop. This is a very early American edition of Paynes song. Clari premiered in London in April 1823 and in New York six months later.
[PAYRET CIRCUS.] A broadside bill for the Gran Circo Payret, [Santa Clara (?), Cuba, c. 1905.] 6 x 17 1/4; salmon-colored stock; closed tear near center; 2 at (blank) head tipped to foam core, backing the entirety of the bill. $50
PEMBERTON, T. Edgar. JOHN HARE, COMEDIAN. 1865 to 1895. A Biography. London: Routledge, 1895. Pictorial ivory boards, soiled slightly; frontisportrait; portrait plates. $35
PENDLETON, Ralph (Editor). THE THEATRE OF ROBERT EDMOND JONES.
Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, . First Edition. Oblong 4to;
pictorial cloth; plates (some color); worn slipcase. $50
Essays on various aspects of Jones' life and work, by Stark Young, M.H. Furber, Lee Simonson, Jo Mielziner, Donald Oenslager, Kenneth Macgowan, and John Mason Brown, plus 51 plates, and an extensive chronology of his career.
[PERIGA, Louise.] A lithographed portrait, Melle. Périga, Rôle de Noëma, dans le Paradis Perdu. Paris: Godard, [c. 1856]. 8 x 11 1/2, including margins; colored by hand; light foxing. $20
A full-length portrait of the Abigu actress, in costume, arms across her front.
[PETERS-WRIGHT, Anita.] A pictorial promotional card for Anita Peters-Wrights Rhythmic Dancers at the California Theatre, [San Francisco, 1919]. 6 1/4 x 3 1/2; card stock; halftone illustration and text to recto; verso blank. $25
[PETIT, Stephan.] A tall playbill for Petits benefit at Philadelphias Chestnut Street Theatre, 7 February, [1831 (?)]. 6 x 20 2/3; a trifle chipped and creased down (blank) left margin; one minute hole (from former verso mounting) to (blank) upper margin. $75
The bill featured the first and only night of selections from the grand ballet of La Belle au bois Dounent... the new Bolero El Marica,,,, [and] La Cracovienne by Mad. Stephan Petit & Mons. Sylvain.
[PETIT THEATRE.] A chromolithographed poster for Le Petit Theatre, Paris, designed by Paul Balluriau. [Paris]: La Lithographie Nouvelle, . 31 3/4 x 45; one central vertical crease; three horizontal creases; very light surface soiling; a bit of creasing to edges; four small mounting marks (two holes and two triangles) to outermost left edge; linen backed and well preserved. $650
A Ralluriau art noveau poster for the reopening of La Petit Theatre (on the Boulevard de Clichy) in October 1901. The theatres specialties of ombres, comédies, intermedes are announced. The poster features the figure of a muse to the center who stands holding masks in her upraised hands. The decorative background design incorporates a representation of an ombres Chinoises show of Napoleon in Egypt and the outlines of audience members. The poster is printed in several colors.
[PFLANZ, Sofia.] A sepia-tone studio portrait of Pflanz by Saul Bransburg, signed, [c. 1913]. 5 1/2 x 8 1/8; tipped to embossed light-card mount; overall toning; signed to lower mount. $150
A head-and-shoulders portrait of the dancer in profile to the left, her head tilted back and looking upwards. She holds a vase in her upraised hands. Signed to the mount below the photograph.
[PHELPS, Samuel.] A gravure portrait of Phelps as Cardinal Wolsey
in Henry the Eighth. [New York]: Gebbie, 1888. 6 3/4" x 9 1/2",
plus wide margins; sepia tone. $10
A three-quarters length portrait.
[PHILLIPS, Louisa Anne.] A juvenile drama portrait, Miss Phillips as Claudia in Rienzi. [London: M & M Skelt, c. 1837.] Trimmed at foot, touching imprint; some dusting to upper margin; two pinholes to upper (blank) margin; image near fine. $50
PIAVE, F[rancesco] M. ERNANI. Dramma Lirico....Musica di Guisepe Verdi. Milan: G. Ricordi, n. d. [c. 1889]. Disbound; publisher's advertisements at the end. $12
PICARD, L[ouis] B. LE VOYAGE INTERROMPU, Comedie.... Paris: Migneret and Vente, . First Edition. Disbound; early holograph name in ink to foot of title-page. $40
PILON, Frederick. HE WOULD BE A SOLDIER. A Comedy.... The Second Edition. London: for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1786. Disbound; light dustsoiling to title-page. $35
Pilons final play, first performed at Covent Garden in November 1786.
PIPER, Maria. DIE SCHAUKUNST DER JAPANER. Dramen, Szenenbilder, und Schauspielerportraets des altjapanischen Volkstheater. Berlin and Leipzig: de Gruyter, 1927. Original stiff wrappers, a bit foxed; color-pictorial upper cover; joints rubbed; numerous illustrations; contents very good. $30
[PITT, Cecil.] A hand-colored juvenile drama portrait, Mr. C. Pitt as Caleb Crook. London: J. Redington, [c. 1855]. Minor creasing; short tear to one (blank) corner; colors bright. $30
PLANCHE, J[ames] R. The sheet music, Oh Tis Love. New York: Dubois & Stodart, [c. 1822]. large 4to; removed; four pages of engraved text and music; minor foxing and thumb soiling. $30
PLANCHÉ, J[ames] R. YOUNG AND HANDSOME. A New and Original Fairy Extravaganza.... London: Thomas Hailes Lacy, n. d. [c. 1860]. 12mo; disbound; marbled edges. $25
[PLAUTUS, Titus Maccius.] LES COMEDIES DE PLAUTE, Nouvellement Traduities en Stile Libre Natural & Naif; Avec des Notes & des Reflexions enjouées, de Critique, dAntiquité, de Morale & de Politique; par. Monsr. Gueudeville. Leide: Pierre Vander Aa, 1719. 10 vols. 12mo; full contemporary speckled calf; lightest of wear; expertly rebacked; red morocco labels; engraved title-page (with oval vignettes) extra to each volume; general title-pages in red and black; double-page engraved frontispiece to the first volume; engraved frontispiece to each individual play; upper fore-corner of first volumes front flyleaf; one signature loosening from final volume; a bit of foxing; speckled edges. $1250
A rather attractive set of this critical edition of Plautus translations. Nicolas was, in his youth, a Benedictine monk at Jumieges in Normandy, but was later unfrocked for his anticlerical stance devoting himself to study and writing. With several fine engraved plates.
PLAUTUS, [Titus Maccius]. PLAUTUSS COMEDIES, Amphitryon, Epidicus, and Rudens, Made English: With Critical Remarks upon each Play. By Laurence Echard. The Second Edition Corrected. London: for Timothy Child and William Taylor, 1716. 12mo; full speckled calf; gilt and blind panels to covers; extremities a little worn; decorative gilt to spine compartments; lacking label; engraved frontispiece; internally very good. $200
The first English translation of Plautus, originally published in 1694. Plautus in English was a long time coming as his comedies were generally considered coarse and stylistically far inferior to those of Terence. Echard dedicated this work to Sir Charles Sedley and produced a substantial preface discussing Roman comedy and substantial literary commentary to each play. There is also a commendatory poem by Nahum Tate.
[PLAY PICTORIAL.] THE PLAY-PICTORIAL. No 58. [London: Stage Pictorial, 1911.] 4to; color pictorial wraps; stapled; minor fraying to edges of wraps; spots of discoloration around staples; numerous half-tone illustrations; printed music. $20
This issue of the London theatrical periodical features Thompson and Courtneiges comic opera Tom Jones. With 26 illustrations of the cast and production (halftones after photographs) and the music to three of the songs. Tom Jones was portrayed by Hayden-Coffin.
[PLUNKETT, Adeline.] A tall playbill for an appearance of Plunkett at Covent Garden, 11 June, 1845. Bright yellow stock; a bit of creasing. $50
The celebrated dancer performed in both Auber's Les Diamans de la Couronne and the first act of Helevy's Guido et Ginevra performed by the operatic company of the Theatre Royal, Brussels, under the especial patronage of the King of the Belgiums.
The playscript of a one-act shadow-puppet piece by the well-loved 19th century puppeteer and author of childrens stories. It is illustrated with eight silhouettes.
POINSINET, Antoine-Alexander. TOM JONES, Comedie Lyrique... Imitée du Roman Anglais de M. Fielding. La Musique par A. D. Philador. Nouvelle Edition. Paris: Ducesne, 1778. Small 8vo; disbound; stab holes to gutter; engraved head and tail pieces; engraved music to one leaf. $70
[THEATRE DE LA PORTE ST. MARTIN.] An engraving, Theatre de la Porte St. Martin. London: Jennings, 1829. 8 x 5 3/8, plus narrow margins on three sides; colored by hand. $18
A hand-colored view of the front of the Paris theatre. The home of the Academic Royale de Musique ou Opera, it was restored in 1814.
An engraved portrait, Potier rôle de Mr. Croque-Mitaine, de la Pièce de ce nom. Paris: Martinet, [c. 1820]. 5 x 8; trimmed to platemark; colored by hand, bright; laid down to a stiff album leaf. $35
A full-length portrait of the comedian, standing and stepping forward, nearly in profile, as the monster of French folklore. His costume, reminiscent of Don Quixote, incorporates a shaving-bowl hat with long peacock feathers and knee boots. On a sash is a lengthy rapier and in his hands he wields a lance and a shield. In the background children flee in terror. At the foot are six lines of an air from the piece as performed at the Theatre des Varietes.
[POTIER DE LILLE, L.] JUSTIFICATION DES COMÉDIENS FRANÇOIS. [Paris: Potier de Lille, 1790.] Unbound, but with tab of some early wrapper to (blank) verso of terminal leaf; uncut; minor dusting and fraying to edges of protruding leaves; else very good. $40
POTTER, George (Editor). THE MONTHLY RECORD OF EMINENT MEN. January 1891. Records and Portraits of Mr. Henry Irving, Earl Cadogan, William Rathbone, Sir William Houldsworth, Mr. Tom Harrop Sidebottom. London: George Potter, 1891. Half maroon calf and pebbled boards; extremities rubbed; gilt to compartments; morocco label; original pink pictorial wraps bound in; plates. $30
[POWER, Tyrone.] A playbill for the first night of
Peake's The Chancery Suit,
Covent Garden, 30 November, 1830. Tear from original posting at head; very
Power took the role of Murphy O'Doggrely. Also on the bill was Buckstone's The Pilot (based on Cooper's novel).
[POWER, Tyrone.] A Covent Garden playbill for Power as Larder in Beazleys Gretna Green, 1829. Minor creasing. $30
The interlude was Mons. Drouet performing God Save the King with new variations on the flute, composed by himself.
PRODHOMME, J.-G. LOPERA (1669-1925). Paris: Delagrave, 1925. Small 4to; original wraps, foxed; vignette illustration to upper cover; institution stamps to upper cover and preliminary leaves; untrimmed; contents very good. $25
Description du Nouvel Opéra Historique Salles Occupées par lOpera Directions Répertoire Principaux Artistes Bibliographie. With bookplates and stamps of Croix-Rouge Française Section Prisonniers de Guerre and Bibliothek Stalag VII.
PRUNIERES, Henry (Editor).
LULLY ET LOPERA FRANÇAISE. Numero Spécial de la Revue Musicale. Paris: La Revue Musicale, 1925. Original printed wraps; toning and scuffing to spine; frontisportrait; numerous plates and illustrations; printed music at end. $50
The essays include: LAcademie royale de musique et de danse, LOpera Française au XVIIe siècle, Les danseurs de Lully, and Quinault poète dopera. The musical supplement consists of songs from Proserpine and Acis et Galatée. With numerous plates and illustrations of performers, costumes, and designs.
[PUPPETRY MOVEABLE.] LE POLICHINELLE DES CHAMPS-ELYSÉES. Paris: Guérin-Müller, n. d. [c. 1880]. Folio; cloth-backed chromolithographed pictorial boards; slight wear to cover edges; eight leaves with tabbed and moveable figures; figures and frames chromolithographed; minimal thumbing and finger soiling; slightly shaken; minor repairs to moveable springs; all tabs and moveable parts working well. $1800
A rather good example of a 19th-century childrens moveable. Each leaf consists of a chromolithographed puppet booth with a bass-drum playing showman in front and accompanying text of the puppet play. The articulated figures are of Punch, Judy, Baby, Beadle, Clown, North African, Toby, and Judys Ghost.
A hand-colored aquatint and engraved print les Petites Marionnettes, by J. P.M. Jazet, after J. Burnet. Paris: Jazet et Aumont, [c. 1860]. 13 x 15 1/2, plus very full margins; overall moderate toning; hand colored; in light mat. $200
A genre scene showing a Scottish cottage interior where a preadolescent showman plays on his whistle and drum while operating a pair of dancing puppets on a planchette (by means of a horizontal string attached to his leg), to the amusement of an infant, family, and dog, as well as a pair of children peering in from the doorway to the left.
[PUPPETRY.] A chromolithographed, popup Bon Marché trade card, Theatre Guignol, [c. 1900]. 7 x 4 3/4 (when open); image to front; pictorial advertisement to back. $150
The front of this folding card shows the face of a Guignol and the title, when opened a Guignol puppet rises from a booth to the amusement of a group of children and women (a three-dimensional effect). The Paris department stores advertisement is to the back.
A pair of clippings, a typeset title and engraved illustration, the Thumb Family, or, Italian Fantoccini, to the inside boards of a wallet or book cover, [c. 1870]. Cloth-backed patterned black cloth; cover 5 1/2 x 9; text clipping 5 x 3/4 and illustration 5 x 3 1/2; clippings of yellow stock. $65
The engraving shows six puppets on stage.
[PYROTECHNICS.] A half-penny juvenile drama sheet depicting the exterior of a pyrotechnics rocket manufactory after an explosion, Harlequin Guy Fawkes, Trick For Sc. 12. London: J.K. Green, [c. 1855]. Minor dusting to corners. $35