Title: Late-19th and Early-20th Century Theatre ...
Publisher: November 1895 - February 1907, New York
Publication Date: 1895
Book Condition: Very Good
Four volumes, containing the compiler's handwritten notes, as well as tipped-on theatre ephemera (programmes, portraits of the actors). VOLUME 1: Mottled black cloth over boards; 287x216mm; 30 blank cardstock leaves, full, recto and verso, with tipped-on programmes, alongside Luther's handwritten notes (usually the name of the theatre, the date, and who accompanied her). Boards detached, and numerous leaves loose; leaves brittle, and lightly chipped and torn along the edges. /// The remaining volumes are uniform in format (tho not binding material); boards, "Theatre Record" stamped in gilt on upper board; 229x180mm; 81 leaves, numbered on the recto only, with printed headings (programme, picture) and fields (play, theatre, date, accompanied by, seats, impressions of the play, criticism of the performance, criticism of individual actors), filled in by the compiler in a tidy, cursive hand, with tipped-on programmes and portraits of the actors. Nearly every heading has a piece of ephemera; nearly every field has an entry. /// (Condition, briefly.) VOLUME 2: Red morocco. Scuffed along joints and edges. VOLUME 3: Brown morocco. Backstrip perished; boards scuffed along the edges. VOLUME 4: Red cloth. Joints frayed; binding shaken and a few leaves loose. Clearly the work of a devoted fan of the theatre, a treasure trove of hundreds of programmes and images, enhanced by the observations of the compiler, Phoebe Andrews Luther of Carroll Street, in Brooklyn. Luther visits theatres all over the New York City area, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montauk Theatre, Garrick Teahtre (Manhattan), Daly's Theatre (Manhattan), Empire Theatre, Knickerbocker, Lyceum, Broadway Theatre (41 St., Manhattan), Belasco Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, and others. She sees and (observes) Wagner's "Lohengrin" (Mme. Nordica, Mme. Schumann-Heink and Mr. Bispham left nothing to be desired either as to their singing or as to their acting. Mr. Dippel has a beautiful voice but is nothing of an actor, though he looked Lohengrin to perfection); Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" (Helen Burns as Bottom was irresistibly funny); "If I Were King" (One of the best plays I've seen); "Rip Van Winkle" (Joseph Jefferson was as fine as ever, though he does look very old now); and many, many others. Actors include John Drew, Ethel Barrymore, Maude Adams, Viola Allen, Richard Edeson, William Faversham, Francis Hodgson Burnett, Lawrance d'Orsay, Eleanor Robson, amongst others. Bookseller Inventory # D12866
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