signed first edition
1853 · Boston & Cambridge
by [THEATER - BOSTON] CLAPP, William W[arland]
Boston & Cambridge: James Munroe & Company, 1853. First Edition. First printing. 12mo (18cm). Publisher's decoratively embossed brown cloth, titled in gilt on spine; pale yellow endpapers; xiii,-479; 2pp publisher's prospectus for Works of Shakespeare inserted before title page. Presentation copy, inscribed: "W.C. Lear / with the Best Wishes of W.W. Clapp," undated but apparently contemporary with publication. Chipping to spine ends and mild rubbing to joints (external); internally quite fresh and clean.
Historical survey of dramatic performance in Boston, beginning with the first recorded theatrical production in the city, General John Burgoyne's The Blockade of Boston (1776). Originally appeared as a series of essays in the Boston Evening Gazette. SABIN 13231.
(Inventory #: 51714)