by [Theatrical Broadside - on Satin]: [Carleton, William, et al]
Chicago: Times Printing House, 1881. Folio (47 x 29 cm plus 5 cm embroidered gold fringe all around the perimeter). Printed in red and blue. Old folds, numerous instances of vertical splitting and fraying, old adhesive tape mends at borders and on verso where there's some residual fragmentary paper backing, some soiling; a very weary but largely intact example. A deluxe broadside on satin attending the "Grand Inaugural Performance" of Carleton's play at the Grand Opera House in Chicago ("The most Safe, Perfect, Substantial and Handsomest Theatre in the Country!"), featuring "The Gas of the Theatre Ignited by the Celebrated Electric Process." Emmet played the lead in the adaptation, and composed the music. A special prologue, "The Masque of the Muses," by Thomas E. Garrett, is printed in full in double columns on the broadside. An identical broadside, but with a blue fringe, is located in the Duke Theatrical Collection, (Inventory #: WRCLIT76867)
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