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Photographic Archive Covering the Career of Circus Performers Jim and Renee, "The Darings" (aka Edith & Joseph Gieringer)
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Photographic Archive Covering the Career of Circus Performers Jim and Renee, "The Darings" (aka Edith & Joseph Gieringer)

Collection of original photographs and related ephemera chronicling the vaudeville and circus career of "The Darings" and, later, "Jim Daring's Chimps", comprised of 77 original photographs, 8 photo postcards, and 6 additional pieces of assorted ephemera including flyers for the RKO Palace in New York and the former Rocky Point Park in Rhode Island; with approximately half of the photographs being mostly professional 8"x10" photographs and half smaller-format (5"x7" or smaller), a number being amateur and candid snapshots of circus scenes and performers, including a handful signed by Renee and/or Jim Daring, and several inscribed to the Darings from fellow performers. About half of the photographs are captioned to verso in pencil, with notes providing further information and context. Uniformly well-preserved, images generally fresh and unfaded, some with mild edge-creasing, minor rubbing to corners, or slight soiling. Housed in two modern photograph albums. N.p., n.d. (circa 1940-1955). "The Darings" (aka Edith and Joseph Gieringer) began as a daredevil act in the late 1930s, and by the mid-1940s had switched their act to running a successful troupe of performing chimpanzees, following the death of several of their high-wire colleagues. With their new act, "Jim Daring's Chimps", they appeared on nationally-televised broadcasts such as The Arthur Godfrey and Gary Moore Shows. The majority of this collection chronicles the Darings' career in vaudeville and then later with the chimpanzees, while a number of photographs and postcards document other contemporary vaudeville and circus performers who operated within the Darings' circle. Many of these are professional promotional photographs, with several signed to the Darings. Some of the other performers depicted include Miss Luxem, the Stratosphere Girl; Texas Tommy and Baby Doll; the Billetti Troupe; Burt Northrup & Bess; Lillie Greenwood; La Flottes 'Rhapsody on Wheels'; the circus clown Polidor; Aquarena; and others. A fascinating and delightful archive from the worlds of vaudeville and the circus.

$3500.00

Arthur Kampf: Zwanzig Radierungen zu Shakespeares Werken
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Arthur Kampf: Zwanzig Radierungen zu Shakespeares Werken

By Rosenhagen, Hans (introduction)

Kampf. (IV) pp. introductory text and biographical material on the German artist who headed the School of Visual Arts in Berlin from 1915 to 1924, list of plates, and 20 fine etched plates showing scenes from Shakespeare plays. Large folio. 3/4 cloth and boards portfolio. Berlin (Wegweiser) n.d. (ca. 1925). Signed by the artist in pencil on colophon page.

$850.00

Les Femmes de Théatre du XVIIIe Siècle
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Les Femmes de Théatre du XVIIIe Siècle

By Leclère, Tristan

127 pp. text on actresses and dancers, mainly French, of the 18th century, colored title vignette, 39 fine plates (13 in color) after Pesne, Pater, Fragonard, Cosway, Romney, Van Loo, et al. Large 4to. 3/4 leather, raised spine, original wrpps. bound in. Paris (Piazza) 1911. One of 600 copies.

$575.00

Baroque and Romantic Stage Design

By Scholz, Janos, ed

24 pp. text on a selection of drawings for stage designs from the 17th to 19th centuries, including designs by the Bibienas, Juvarra, Galliari, Belotto, Pian and Schinkel, introduction by A. Hyatt Mayor, bibliography, 99 plates. 4to. Cloth, d.j. with slight tears. New York (H. Bittner) 1950.

$60.00

Nogaku Komenshu.  Onshi Kyoto Hakubutsukan Tokubetsu Tenkan
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Nogaku Komenshu. Onshi Kyoto Hakubutsukan Tokubetsu Tenkan

By Kyoto. Imperial Museum

Unpaginated (6) pp. title and introductory matter, including list of exhibited works, accompanying 57 plates (3 in superb color) showing excellent photographs of dramatic Noh masks, most from the collections of private individuals (mainly patriarchs of Noh acting families) and a few held by National museums. Folio. Paper-covered boards, tie-bound, covers sl. rubbed, housed in later cloth case (worn). Kyoto (Onshi Kyoto Hakubutsukan) 1933. A superbly printed work, published shortly after a major exhibition at the Kyoto Imperial Museum in 1930.

$575.00

"Noh" Masks Treasured in the Kwanze Family.  Japanese title: Kanzeke Denrai Nomenshu
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"Noh" Masks Treasured in the Kwanze Family. Japanese title: Kanzeke Denrai Nomenshu

By Katayama, Kuroemon (introd. essay)

89, 13 pp. text (in Japanese with English summary) and descriptions, 100 plates showing a fine collection of masks as used in Noh plays. Sm. 4to. Cloth, d.j. (chipped). Kyoto (Hinoki) 1954.

$150.00

20 Jahre Friedrich Wolf Theater
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20 Jahre Friedrich Wolf Theater

Presentation of twenty-three 15 3/4" x 12" photographs showing images from various traditional and modern productions put on in the theater, including close-ups and long shots with views of the scenery, list of plays laid in. Photographs loose as issued in boards and wrpps. portfolio. N.p., n.d. (circa 1974). During its history, the theater, located in Neustrelitz, has had several name changes. When it opened in 1928, it was called the Landestheater. After its reconstruction following damage sustained during World War II, it opened in 1954 as the Friedrich Wolf Theater. In 1990, its name was changed to the Landestheater Mecklenburg. As of April 2018, WorldCat is unable to locate any holdings of this title.

$275.00

Le Théatre Français au XVIe et au XVIIe Siècle, ou Choix des Comédies les Plus Curieuses Antérieures à Molière..

By Fournier, Edouard

XI, 583 pp. texts of early French comedies, with biographical sketches of the playwrights, introd., notes, 20 color plates repr. drawings by Maurice Sand and H. Allouard of some of the characters in their costumes. Sm. 4to. 3/4 leather, corners and edge somewhat rubbed. Paris (Laplace, Sanchez) n.d. (ca. 1871). Second ed. A fine collection of comedies by Jodelle, Rémy Bellau, François d'Amboise, François Perrin, Rotrou, et al.

$300.00

Cronache di un Grande Teatro: Il Teatro Manzoni di Milano
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Cronache di un Grande Teatro: Il Teatro Manzoni di Milano

By Mezzanotte, Paolo, Renato Simoni, & Raffaele Calzini

539 pp. text on the theater from 1872 to the mid-20th century, indices, num. text illus. primarily from theatrical cartoons and programs, 44 plates, many presenting photographs of principal players. Large 4to. Boards, spine chipped and cracked. Milan (Banca Nazionale del Lavoro) 1952. Limited edition.

$100.00

Traité de Perspective Linéaire, Contenant les Tracés pour les Bas-Reliefs et les Décorations Théatrales, Avec une Théorie des Effets de Perspective
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Traité de Perspective Linéaire, Contenant les Tracés pour les Bas-Reliefs et les Décorations Théatrales, Avec une Théorie des Effets de Perspective

By De La Gournerie, Jules

2 vols., XXVI, 198 pp. text on the use of linear perspective in the design of theatrical sets, notes, 40 plates (8 double page) including set designs, geometric figures, etc. Opening plates slightly foxed. Vol. I: 4to. Wrpps, slightly chipped on outer edges; Vol. II: Folio. Plates loose as issued in boards portfolio. Paris (Gauthier-Villars et Fils) 1898. Third edition.

$850.00

Le Théatre Français avant la Renaissance, 1450-1550: Mystères, Moralités et Farces
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Le Théatre Français avant la Renaissance, 1450-1550: Mystères, Moralités et Farces

By Fournier, Edouard

VII, 462 pp. text, ext. expl. notes, 20 beautiful plates in color, each showing a costumed character from one of the plays. Small 4to. 1/2 leather, ends of spine and lower edge sl. rubbed. Paris (Laplace, Sanchez) n.d. (ca. 1873). Second ed. A fine copy of the excellent critical edition of French miracle plays, morality plays, and farces of the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

$300.00

Cento Anni di Vita del Teatro di San Carlo, 1848-1948

By De Filippis, Felice, ed

219 pp. history, by De Filippis, Domenico Moscati, et al., of one of the most famous Italian theaters, after the transformations and revolutionary events in its early history, and of its musicians, singers, decorators, distinguished visitors and their opinions, the cartoonist Delfico, etc., notes, list of first performances, 90 text illus. (1 in color), 4 color plates. Large 4to. Orig. dec. cloth. Naples (Ente Autonomo del Teatro di San Carlo) 1948.

$150.00

Buhnentechnik der Gegenwart
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Buhnentechnik der Gegenwart

By Kranich, Friedrich

2 vols., 370, 397 pp. text, notes, bibliography, indices, 644 text illus., 18 plates (many folding, some in color). 4to. Cloth, covers warped. Munich (Oldenbourg) 1929-1933. A most comprehensive work on modern stage technique and on the practical aspects of staging by the technical director of the Bayreuth festivals.

$600.00

Gerhart Hauptmann und Seine Werk
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Gerhart Hauptmann und Seine Werk

By Marcuse, Ludwig, ed

Hauptmann. 220 pp. collection of tributes and essays, by German and Russian contemporaries, on the work of the Nobel-Prize-winning dramatist, novelist, and poet (1862-1946), decorative initials, frontispiece portrait (an original etching by Emil Orlik), 7 other plates showing striking set designs by Hans Leistikow for Hauptmann plays and a Breslau theater. Sm. 4to. Orig. gilt-ornamented cloth, spine faded. Berlin (Schneider) 1922. Hauptmann began the realistic movement in the German theater but later turned to romanticism and mysticism. His dramatic writings were a significant part of German culture for decades and were also influential at the famous Moscow Art Theatre of Chekhov and Gorky.

$300.00

Instruction in der Teatralischen Architecture und Mechanique
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Instruction in der Teatralischen Architecture und Mechanique

By Fabris, Jacopo

39 pp. introduction (in Danish with summary in German) by Torben Krogh, 20 plate facsimile of the manuscript and drawings by the 18th century theater designer on theater architecture, set design and stage engineering, each with a facing page of commentary (in German). Lg. 4to. Wrpps, slightly soiled. Copenhagen (Levin & Munksgaard) 1930.

$275.00

Chefs-d'Oeuvre de Tchikamatsou, le Grand Dramaturge Japonais
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Chefs-d'Oeuvre de Tchikamatsou, le Grand Dramaturge Japonais

By Miyamori, Asatoro

Chikamatsu. XI, 417 pp. translation of six classical puppet plays by Chikamatsu Monzaémon, the great Japanese playwright (ca. 1652-1724), introd. text on Japanese literature and theater in general, the life and works of Chikamatsu, and his contemporaries, notes, 74 plates. Large 8vo. Wrpps. Paris (Leroux) 1929. This French translation, by Charles Jacob, of the English edition prepared by Miyamori was published under the auspices of the Yamato Kai Society, Tokyo.

$175.00

Henri-Louis Le Kain de la Comédie-Française
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Henri-Louis Le Kain de la Comédie-Française

By Olivier, Jean-Jacques

346 pp. biography of the French actor (1729-1778), most noted for his association with the Comédie Française during the tenure of Voltaire, including discussions of his dramatic and comedic roles, bibliography, index, 66 plates. Signed by author. Sm 4to. Boards. Paris (Société Française D'Imprimerie et de Librairie) 1907.

$200.00

Scenotecnica
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Scenotecnica

By Prampolini, Enrico

179 pp. survey of the works by over 200 Italian and international theater designers exhibited at the Milan Triennale, 1940, including set designs, costumes and marionettes, index, profusely illustrated. 8vo. Wrpps. Milan (Ulrico Hoepli) 1940. (Quaderni della Triennale).

$225.00

Historia del Teatro Espanol: Comediantes, Escritores, Curiosidades Escénicas
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Historia del Teatro Espanol: Comediantes, Escritores, Curiosidades Escénicas

By Diaz de Escovar, Narciso, et al.

2 vols., 467, 551 pp. history of the theater arts in Spain, with particular consideration of regional theater in Catalonia and Valencia, 65 plates showing theater buildings, interiors, portraits, etc. Sq. 8vo. Dec. cloth, spine sl. faded. Barcelona (Montaner y Simon) 1924.

$150.00

Il Museo Teatrale alla Scala, 1913-1963

By Milan. Museo Teatrale alla Scala

414 pp. essays documenting the museum's history (from its inception--the museum was previously the theatre), acquisitions, and collections of theatre objects pertaining to music, dance, scenery, decorative arts, etc., notes, bibliographies, index, numerous illus. from photographs, paintings, prints, written documents, etc. (a few full-page, in color, or tinted). Large 4to. Dec. cloth, d.j. Milan 1964. The fifteen essays by A. Mandelli, E. F. Palmieri, F. Arese, et al.

$100.00