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The Expedition.  A Love Story.  Solving the Mystery of a Polar Tragedy

The Expedition. A Love Story. Solving the Mystery of a Polar Tragedy

by Uusma, Bea

London: Head of Zeus. 2014. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Previous owner's details to preliminary pages.Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 280 pages This book is the result of a fifteen year labour of love, won the August Prize in 2013 for best non fiction book. . Reprint. Hardback.
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AU$18.00
All The World's A Stage

All The World's A Stage

by Harwood, Ronald

London: Methuen. 1984. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition. Illustrated with Colour and Black & White Photographs and drawings. 320 pages The development of theatre from Aristophanes to Miller, from Plautus to Beckett. . Reprint. Softcover.
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AU$12.00
Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Comédie en 3 Actes, de Molière, Arrangé en Opéra-Comique par MM Jules Barbier & Michel Carré.

Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Comédie en 3 Actes, de Molière, Arrangé en Opéra-Comique par MM Jules Barbier & Michel Carré.

by Gounod, Charles François

Gounod, Charles François, Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Comédie en 3 Actes, de Molière, Arrangé en Opéra-Comique par MM Jules Barbier & Michel Carré. Musique de Charles Gounod Partition Piano et Chant.
Paris: Colombier, Éditeur, rue Vivienne, No. 6, [1858]. 27.5 cm x 18 cm, [iv ; 190 pages]. In-8vo. Original green wrapper bound-in. Bound in half blue goatskin, with gold lettering on the spine, over blue marbled boards. Slight wear to corners, binding otherwise very good. Internally pristine, printed on... Read more
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$2,000.00
A Register of English Theatrical Documents, 1660-1737

A Register of English Theatrical Documents, 1660-1737

Southern Illinois University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Very Good. Disclaimer:Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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$9.66
Double Broadside for Johann Strauss I and Johann Nestroy.

Double Broadside for Johann Strauss I and Johann Nestroy.

by Strauss, Johann and Johann Nestroy

Fine. Double Broadside for Johann Strauss I and Johann Nestroy. 23 cm x 37 cm. Johann Nestroy appears in his own farce with song, Einen Jux will er sich Machen, as Weinberl, ein handlungsdiener, February 13, 1847, at the Leopoldstadt Theater for the 102nd time. Johann Strauss I, or Johann Strauss the Elder (1804 1849), Kapellmeister of the first Bürger-regiment, is announced as appearing in three final performances at the Sofien-Bad-Saales in 1847. Two broadsides -- still joined on one sheet -- of two... Read more
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$3,000.00
Mammoth Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Mammoth Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

by [Harriet Beecher Stowe]

[Harriet Beecher Stowe] Mammoth Uncle Tom's Cabin. Erie Litho. & Printing Co., Erie, PA. 1916. Two-sided lithographed illustrated theatrical broadside, 27 ¾ in x 10 ¼ in, verso reads, "Grand 1916 Triumphal Tour. New Uncle Tom's Cabin Company." The front has three 6 in x 9 in lithographs by the Erie Lithography and Publishing Company, made famous by Cole & Harris in the 1890s, with Uncle Tom above portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Billed as a live theatrical event not a "moving... Read more
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$1,750.00
The White Devil

The White Devil

by Webster, John

London: New Mermaids / A & C Black,. Paperback. 174pp. Includes critical introduction, biography of author, textual details, bibliography and notes. New Mermaids series. Edited by Elizabeth M. Brennan. Hint of rubbing to edges. Very good copy. . Paperback. 1985.
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£1.50
In Memoriam Max Reinhardt

In Memoriam Max Reinhardt

by Max Reinhardt Memorial Committee

Carnegie Hall Program, Season 1943-1944, Tuesday Evening, November 30, [1943] at 8:30 o'clock, Max Reinhardt Memorial Committee. In Memoriam Max Reinhardt. New York: Alfred Scott, publisher: November 1943. 80 Members of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra Bruno Walter, Conductor, Kerstin Thorborg, Contralto. Address by Ernst Lothar. 16 pages. Sold with a handbill, "In Memoriam Max Reinhardt at Carnegie Hall Tuesday, November 30, at 8:30."
Having collaborated with Max Reinhardt in Europe as... Read more
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$450.00
Bryant’s Opera House 23rd Street, Between 6th & 7th Avenues, (Nearly Opposite Booth’s Theatre.) Eighteenth Season of the World-Famous Bryant’s Minstrels Organized 1857.

Bryant’s Opera House 23rd Street, Between 6th & 7th Avenues, (Nearly Opposite Booth’s Theatre.) Eighteenth Season of the World-Famous Bryant’s Minstrels Organized 1857.

by Bryant, Dan

Bryant's Opera House 23rd Street, Between 6th & 7th Avenues, (Nearly Opposite Booth's Theatre.) Eighteenth Season of the World-Famous Bryant's Minstrels Organized 1857. The Felicity Will Eventuate at 8 O'Clock, With the Following Programme. Part First.—Soiree d'Ethiope. Jubilee Concert, Tin-Pan-O-Ni-On Introducing the Great Burlesque Prima Donna EUGENE. Part Second. --- Varieties. The Mutton Trial! Unsworth in His Original Banjo Songs. Fooling With the Wrong Man! Violin Solo, "The Dream," Descriptive... Read more
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$3,000.00
The Writing of Plays in South Australia to 1950 (Pioneer Books Monograph Literary Series No. 1)

The Writing of Plays in South Australia to 1950 (Pioneer Books Monograph Literary Series No. 1)

by Depasquale, Paul

Warradale, SA: Pioneer Books. 1977. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition - Card Covers. Staple-bound - pamphlet style. Limited edition of 500 copies of which this is number 401. 27 pages A monograph looking at the plays, operettas etc and their authors written and produced in South Australia from the middle of the nineteenth century. Robust, professional packaging and tracking provided for all parcels. . 1st Edition. Softcover.
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AU$15.00
The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy

by Kyd, Thomas

London: A & C Black Publishers,. Paperback. 137pp. New Mermaids series. Edited by J.R. Mulryne. Includes criticial introduction, biography of auhtor, bibliography and information about the staging of the play Heavy pencil annotation in parts. Lightly rubbed with some minor surface marks. Good+, sound copy. . Paperback. 1987.
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£1.25
NOBODY, AND SOME-BODY. With the true Chronicle Historie of Elydure, who was fortunately three severall times crowned King of England.

NOBODY, AND SOME-BODY. With the true Chronicle Historie of Elydure, who was fortunately three severall times crowned King of England.

by [Two Original Woodcuts]

[Smith, Alexander], NOBODY, AND SOME-BODY. With the true Chronicle Historie of Elydure, who was fortunately three severall times crowned King of England. The true Coppy thereof, as it hath been acted by the Queens Maiesties Seruants.
Printed for Iohn Trundle and are toobe sold at his shop in Barbican, at the sign of No-body. Two woodcut illustrations from the first edition of 1606, one is the hand-colored title page woodcut vignette with The Prologue on the verso. The other is of "Somebody," without... Read more
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$1,750.00
Fanny Kemble Leading Lady of the Nineteenth-Century Stage A Biography

Fanny Kemble Leading Lady of the Nineteenth-Century Stage A Biography

by Furnas, J. C

New York: The Dial Press. 1982. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with Black and White plates. 494 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$15.00
Sarah Siddons Portrait of an Actress

Sarah Siddons Portrait of an Actress

by Manvell, Roger

London: Heinemann. 1970. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. A nice copy. Illustrated with black and white plates and drawings. Gift inscription to front free endpaper. 385 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$15.00
Women Beware Women

Women Beware Women

by Middleton, Thomas

London: New Mermaids / Ernest Benn,. Paperback. 112pp. Includes critical introduction, biography of author, textual details, bibliography and notes. New Mermaids series. Edited by Roma Gill. Rubbed to edges with some light reading wear. Good+, sound copy. . Paperback. Reprint. 1980.
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£1.25
Love in a Riddle. A Pastoral. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, By His Majesty’s Servants.

Love in a Riddle. A Pastoral. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, By His Majesty’s Servants.

by Cibber, Colley

London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing Office in Wild-Court near Lincolns-Inn Fields, MDCCXXIX. Hardcover. Cibber, Colley. Love in a Riddle. A Pastoral. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal, By His Majestys Servants. London: Printed for J. Watts, at the Printing Office in Wild-Court near Lincolns-Inn Fields, MDCCXIX [1729?]. Price of 1S. 6d. in square brackets. ESTC Citation No. T38640. 8vo, [iv; 96 pages]. Decorated headpieces, epilogue with engraved musical air and 22 pages of engraved music... Read more
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$950.00
Tragedy.

Tragedy.

by Myers, Henry Alonzo

1 . paperback. Fine. A View of Life. 1st pb ed. Cornell U.P. 1965. Stiff wraps. Fine.
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$10.00
BOMBASTES FURIOSO: A Burlesque Tragic Opera.

BOMBASTES FURIOSO: A Burlesque Tragic Opera.

by Rhodes, William Barnes

Rhodes, William Barnes. BOMBASTES FURIOSO: A Burlesque Tragic Opera. With Designs by George Cruikshank. London: Thomas Rodd, Great Newport Street; and T. Griffiths, Wellington Street, Strand. MDCCCXXX [1830]. Printed by Lowndes and White, Crane Court, Fleet Street. 12mo. 16cm. [1 blank; 34 pages followed by a full-page woodcut , "Tu ral, lu ral, la, /Tu ral, laral, laddi" below three men and a woman dancing and singing; original wrapper front and back, with eleven blank sheets bound in behind]
Nine... Read more
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$450.00
CHARLES  FROHMAN Presents MAUDE ADAMS In a play, In Six Acts, PETER  PAN Or, THE BOY  WHO  WOULDN’T  GROW  UP.

CHARLES FROHMAN Presents MAUDE ADAMS In a play, In Six Acts, PETER PAN Or, THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T GROW UP.

by Barrie, J.M

New York: Empire Theatre, January 1907. Playbill. Fine. CHARLES FROHMAN Presents MAUDE ADAMS In a play, In Six Acts, PETER PAN Or, THE BOY WHO WOULDNT GROW UP. Empire Theatre, New York: [1907, probably after Jan. 21]. 45 cm x 12.5 cm Theatrical playbill-broadside for the complete six-act production of Peter Pan at the Empire Theatre in New York for J. M. Barries play, which had opened at the Empire Theatre in New York November 6, 1905. This production included the mermaids lagoon scenes (Act... Read more
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$1,500.00
Life and the Theatre

Life and the Theatre

by HUDSON, Lynton

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1949. Octavo Size. Very Good condition but no dustjacket. Endpapers foxed. 191pages . 1st Edition. Hardcover.
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AU$10.00
I.C.C. The Inimitable Cacophonic Coons … Madagascar Minstrels Will Positively Appear In Music Hall, Wednesday and Thursday, February 13 and 14, 1889, In Their Catagmatic, Cataphractic, Cataclysmic, and Catachrestic Saltatorial Symphony.

I.C.C. The Inimitable Cacophonic Coons … Madagascar Minstrels Will Positively Appear In Music Hall, Wednesday and Thursday, February 13 and 14, 1889, In Their Catagmatic, Cataphractic, Cataclysmic, and Catachrestic Saltatorial Symphony.

Minstrel Broadside. Boston Music Hall, Boston, Mass., I.C.C. The Inimitable Cacophonic Coons … Madagascar Minstrels Will Positively Appear In Music Hall, Wednesday and Thursday, February 13 and 14, 1889, In Their Catagmatic, Cataphractic, Cataclysmic, and Catachrestic Saltatorial Symphony.Printed by Nathan Sawyer & Son, Boston. 71.5 cm x 20.5 cm. Blue ink on white paper. This copy has undergone a surface cleaning to remove superficial and ground-in dirt, a washing to reduce acidity and some... Read more
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$1,500.00
An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. Reprinted verbatim from the “Westminster Review” with a Prepatory Note on Thackeray as an Artist and Art-Critic by W. E. Church.

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. Reprinted verbatim from the “Westminster Review” with a Prepatory Note on Thackeray as an Artist and Art-Critic by W. E. Church.

by Thackeray, William Makepeace

Extra-illustrated. This copy contains the following, along with those published with the book: 32 portraits, 5 colored; 93 plates and caricatures (32 colored); 20 wood engravings; 6 ALS: Alfred Bunn, Manager of Drury Lane Theatre (2); C.W. Cope, the Royal Academician; R.B. Peake, Dramatic Author; J.D. Harding and Thomas Dibdin; one playbill; two signatures of George Cruikshank. Bound in full red morocco, page edge gilding all around, binding stamp-signed by The Hampstead Bindery, rebound and hinges... Read more
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$7,500.00
Theatrical Broadside for the New Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden, Saturday, March 6, 1811

Theatrical Broadside for the New Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden, Saturday, March 6, 1811

by Kemble, John

Very Good. Theatrical Broadside for the New Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden, Saturday, March 6, 1811, 23.5 cm x 15.5 cm, linen-backed blue paper, with a portrait of John Kemble, engraved by J. Rogers from a drawing by T. Wageman, on the verso. Below the portrait is a cutting of the cast of The Tragedy of Cato. This Present Saturday, March 16, 1811, will be acted (the 10th time) the Tragedy of Cato. To Which will be added, for the 18th time, the GRAND DRAMMATICK ROMANCE of BLUE BEARD; Or, Female... Read more
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$850.00