1899. Paperback. (VIRGINIA) A.P.V.A. SOUVENIR OF THE MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. (Richmond: Walthall Bros.), 1899. Oblong 4to. Printed gilt wrappers, with gold tie. 32 pages. A scarce Virginia piece. OCLC only records four copies in American libraries with only three in Virginia - Library of Virginia, Lynchburg Public Library, and the University of Virginia. A souvenir program sponsored by the APVA for a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The program is filled with numerous local Virginia business advertisements primarily in Richmond. Interspersed are photographs of scenes and actors from the production, along with portraits of the APVA committee members overseeing the production as well as photographs of important historic buildings in Virginia associated with the APVA - the "Old Powder Horn" in Williamsburg, the old church tower at Jamestown. Other photographs include sites in Richmond - the Capitol Building, the City Hall Building, and Murphy's Hotel with advertisement. A brief history on the founding of the A.P.V.A. is interspersed through the advertisements followed by a summation of the play and roster of the actors in the play. Other advertisers include Thalheimer's Bros., The Valentine Museum; Daughters of the Confederacy, State Bank of Virginia, as well as the Colonial Inn in Williamsburg. Edges chipped; wrappers worn with front cover detached. (Inventory #: 39658)
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