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Handmade toy theater character set

Publication Date: 1800
From Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA (Boston, MA, U.S.A.)

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Set of twenty early nineteenth-century hand-drawn and hand-colored toy theater characters, mounted on wires. This set of characters is crafted in the tradition of the "penny plain, twopence colored" toy theaters sold throughout Europe in the nineteenth century. These ready-made kits would include all the parts for reproducing a pared-down version of a popular play, including a script, characters, backdrops, and prosceniums. Printed onto paperboard sheets, children or hobbyists could color, cut out, and assemble the set at home. This particular set was made to emulate these mass-produced toy theater kits. The characters are drawn in ink and hand-colored, some showing the original pencil sketches on the backs of the figures. Many come equipped with movable parts attached to wires. While the kits were specific to one particular play, this set includes a large cast of characters that could be used to act out a variety of stories. The cast includes soldiers, women engaged in household tasks like churning butter (complete with movable arms), beggars young and old, merchants, "mon jardinier" pushing a wheelbarrow, and a beautiful young noblewoman in gray. One two-figure piece depicts a quarreling couple: the wife attempts to hit her husband with a broom, while he brandishes a stool. The cast also includes two different Pierrot clown characters, all in white. One is much closer to the original Commedia dell'arte concept with overlong sleeves and a broad-brimmed hat, and the other is more akin to later whiteface clowns with an oversized ruff and a conical hat. Characters are stored on three sheets of Bois & C. paper, sandwiched in a marbled paper-covered portfolio with green ties, detached at the spine. A fine, unique set. Bookseller Inventory # 26626

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Title: Handmade toy theater character set

Publication Date: 1800

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Owned and operated by Anne and David Bromer, who have been in the business of fine books for nearly half a century, Bromer Booksellers specializes in rare and beautiful books. We carry a diverse selection of highlights in literature, illustrated books, finely printed books, and special artistic bindings, and we are noted for our fine selection of miniature books. We invite you to search or browse our entire inventory here, or please contact us directly if you wish to consult with our staff to find the perfect rare book for you.

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All books are guaranteed as described and may be returned, with prior notice, within ten days. All bills are payable within thirty days from the date of the invoice. Shipping and insurance are additional. Overseas shipments will be sent by air mail unless otherwise instructed. Bromer Booksellers, Inc. 607 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 Email: books@bromer.com Phone: 617-247-2818 Fax: 617-247-2975 Authorized representative: Philip C. Salmon

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