Theatrical and Circus Life; or, Secrets of the Stage, Green-Room and Sawdust Arena
first edition Hardcover
1883 · Hartford
by Jennings, John J.
Hartford: Park Publishing Company, 1883. First edition. Hardcover. fair to g+. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 3/4"). 608pp. Original gold-, black-, blind-stamped illustrated blue cloth, with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Color frontispiece. "This work embraces a history of the theatre from Shakespeare's time to the present day, and abounds in anecdotes concerning the most prominent actors and actresses before the public; it also contains a complete exposition of the mysteries of the stage, showing the manner in which wonderful scenic and other effects are produced; The origin and growth of negro minstrelsy, as well as the most astonishing tricks of modern magicians, and a history of the hippodrome, etc.., etc.." (From the Publishers). This volume is illustrated with numerous b/w engravings as well as color plates. Binding heavily rubbed along edges, with head and tail of spine partly frayed. Front and back hinges starting. Binding in overall fair, interior in good+ condition. (Inventory #: 45903)