The Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson [SOLD WITH] My Years on Stage -- Two Volumes, Both Inscribed by the Authors to Otis Skinner
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Two volumes sold together, wonderful association copies for 19th century New York theater. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOSEPH JEFFERSON, published by Century in 1897; full calf; 4to; rebacked, with original gilt-lettered backstrip. Inscribed by Jefferson to Otis Skinner, and with the bookplate of Cornelia Otis Skinner on front paste-down. A bit scuffed along the edges; prelims and terminals lightly dust-soiled; VG+, an excellent copy. MY YEARS ON THE STAGE, published by Dutton in 1922; half gilt-ruled red morroco and marbled paper, gilt-stamped lettering on spine, original gilt-lettered cloth backstrip bound in at rear; 4to; enriched with the addition of plates, invitations, Autograph Letters Signed, a telegram, and more. Inscribed by Drew to Otis Skinner, and with Otis Skinner's bookplate on front paste-down. Scuffed along joints; chip at head of spine; crack in gutter after half-title-p., though binding is otherwise nice and tight. Both volumes warmly inscribed by the stars of New York theater to fellow actor and friend Otis Skinner. Skinner was associated with Jefferson's troupe from 1895, where he perfected his famous Shakespearean roles as well as his signature role as Hajj the beggar in the Broadway's Kismet which he performed for over 20 years and starred in its 1920 and 1930 film versions. This volume, Skinner's own enriched copy of the work of his close friend, actor and stage manager, Drew, includes a Western Union Telegram by Drew to Skinner, thanking him for his kind review of this book, Chicago, 7 November 1922. Among 4 Autograph Letters Signed by Drew is an amusing one to Otis's wife Maud Skinner, thanking her for a letter and mentioning Otis: ". . . thank him for me and say, à propos of the `dead hand of Ethelberta' of happy memory, that after being in the sea for 15 minutes - even on the hottest day - all circulation stops in my fingers & they become waxen - so that I am known as `Francis Frozen-fin, the gelid wonder.'" 4 pages, folded 8vo, inlaid to size. On Kyalami, East Hampton stationery 9 August, 1923, and a few others to Otis in the 1920s mentioning various productions they were involved with. Also included are caricatures of John Drew, the commemorative dinner program celebrating Drew's 50th year on the stage, photographic plates from productions, and the memorial service program and letters to Skinner concerning Drew's death. The service took place on November 13, 1927 at The Church of the Transfiguration, known as "the actor's church" on 29th Street in New York City. A touching memorial compiled by Skinner, celebrating his friend and the golden age of American Stage Acting. Bookseller Inventory # JC4958
Title: The Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson [SOLD ...
Publisher: The Century Co. / E. P. Dutton & Co. 1897 and 1922, New York
Publication Date: 1897
Book Condition: Very Good+
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