Sign In | Register


RECENT ARRIVALS


Next >
MAGAZINE PORTRAIT OF GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST PLAYWRIGHT ERNST TOLLER SIGNED BY HIM.
seller photo

MAGAZINE PORTRAIT OF GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST PLAYWRIGHT ERNST TOLLER SIGNED BY HIM.

By Toller, Ernst. (1893-1939). German expressionist playwright.

Circa [1933]., [1933].. Good. - Approximately 2-3/4 inch high by 2-1/4 inch wide black-and-white magazine portrait mounted on a 4-5/8 inch high by 2-7/8 inch wide card. Boldly signed on the mount below the portrait in black ink "Ernst Toller". A piece of black paper adheres to the verso, slightly overlapping the edges of the mount, where the card has been removed from an album. Good. The waist-length portrait of Toller depicts him standing aboard a ship, wearing a suit and tie and a broad-brimmed hat with an overcoat or blanket draped over one arm.Ernst Toller [1893-1939] was a German Jewish left-wing playwright best known for his expressionist plays. In 1919 he served for six days as President of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic and was imprisoned for five years for this offense. During his imprisonment he wrote poetry and several plays which were performed in London and New York as well as in Berlin and won him international renown. In 1925 the most famous of his later works "Hoppla, wir Leben!" ["Hoppla, We're Alive!"] was directed by Erwin Piscator in Berlin. In 1933 Toller's modernist work caused the Nazis to exile him from Germany when they came to power. He traveled to London and later to Canada and the United States. Suffering from money woes and from deep depression after hearing that his brother and sister had been sent to concentration camps, Toller committed suicide in New York in May 1939.Provenance: Collection of Seymour Halpern. The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997), who at this time was a young autograph collector, started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co-sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.

$250.00

PROGRAMME OFFICIEL DU THEATRE VAUDOIS: JEAN-LOUIS AUX FRONTIERES. Piece Villageoise en 3 actes et 4 tableaux de M. Marius Chamot.
seller photo

PROGRAMME OFFICIEL DU THEATRE VAUDOIS: JEAN-LOUIS AUX FRONTIERES. Piece Villageoise en 3 actes et 4 tableaux de M. Marius Chamot.

By (Chamot, Marius).

Lausanne,Switzerland: Theatre Vaudois, [1920]., [1920].. Good. - Tall octavo [9-1/2 inches high by 6-1/4 inches wide], bound in pictorial cream-colored self-wrappers. [8] pages. Illustrated with black-and-white photographic portraits and pictorial ads. The top inner corners of the pages are creased & there is staining to their bottom edges. The program has been folded once. Good. The Theatre Vaudois was founded in 1915 by comedian and playwright Marius Chamot [1880-1937] who had already had considerable success with his comedies at the Theatre du Peuple and La Muse in Lausanne. With Auguste Huguenin as director, Gustave Waldner as composer and a company of actors, his theatre created more then twenty-five productions over twenty years. These were light comedies, mocking the minor travails of peasants and mountain people shown in their natural surroundings and speaking their regional dialect. His work appealed to a huge audience, both to city and country people.Chamot created the role "Jean-Louis Baillet, agriculteur" as listed in this program, and his portrait appears on the title page. The contents include a portrait of each of the actors, extracts from reviews, a photo of a dance scene from the play, and numerous ads. The date "7 Jan. 1920" is penned on the title page, probably by a theatre-goer.The text is in French.

$45.00

A VINTAGE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH by SOLOMON depicting a young actor in the role of LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.
seller photo

A VINTAGE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH by SOLOMON depicting a young actor in the role of LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.

By (Solomon); (Russell, Tommy).

New York, [1889]., [1889].. Good. - A 4-7/8 inch high by 3-1/4 inch wide black & white photograph by Solomon of a young actor, possibly Tommy Russell, mounted on a 6-1/2 inch high by 4-1/4 inch wide cream card mount framed with a red border. The image depicts the young long haired boy attired in costume with long lace collar over a dark plush jacket. "Solomon, New York" is printed in red on the mount under the photograph. A list of "Characters in 'Little Lord Fauntleroy'" is printed on the verso above a list of the setting for each scene. The text on the verso concludes with "Under the Management of Mr. T.H. French". There is some minor rubbing to the edges of the recto. There is scattered foxing to the photograph and the mount. Both the recto and verso of the card mount are soiled and darkened with minor wear to the corners. Tommy Russell played the title character in the Broadway production of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" alternating with Elsie Leslie. Born circa 1880, he is believed to be the first boy to play Cedric Erroll in the play. Russell was managed by T.H. French while performing at the Columbia Theatre in May 1889.

$25.00

MORRIS ROSE PRESENTS CHARLES CHERRY AND JUNE WALKER IN SCANDAL / A Play in Three Acts by Cosmo Hamilton. Week Beginning Monday Evening September 20, 1920. The Majestic / The Brooklyn Majestic Theatre Co. (Program).
seller photo

MORRIS ROSE PRESENTS CHARLES CHERRY AND JUNE WALKER IN SCANDAL / A Play in Three Acts by Cosmo Hamilton. Week Beginning Monday Evening September 20, 1920. The Majestic / The Brooklyn Majestic Theatre Co. (Program).

By (Brooklyn Majestic Theatre Co.).

Brooklyn, NY: The Brooklyn Majestic Theatre Co., 1920., 1920.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed gray wrappers with a pictorial ad for Murad Turkish cigarettes on the rear wrap. The wraps are lightly soiled with a stain to each wrap. 32 pages, including wraps. Illustrated with seating plans & numerous pictorial ads. There are small stains to several pages. Good. The date "September 25th 1920" is written on the first page, probably by a theatre-goer. Among the items advertised are player pianos, ladies' face powder, the David Selznick movie "The Sir That Was Him", Stetson hats and Elkhorn cheeses. A column of comic anecdotes includes one from American Legion Weekly in dialect about "Two darkies in a negro regiment boasting about their company buglers."

$10.00

LAMBS SCRIPT. Vol. XII. January and February, 1945. Nos.  1 and 2.
seller photo

LAMBS SCRIPT. Vol. XII. January and February, 1945. Nos. 1 and 2.

By (Golden John L.; et al). Greaza, Walter N.; editor.

(New York: The Lambs), 1945., 1945.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial light green wrappers with a portrait of John L. Golden in black & green on the front cover. There is some minor soiling to the wraps with a small rust stain to the front wrap from the top staple. 28 pages. Illustrated with vignettes in black & green. Good The Lambs, founded as an actors' dining club in 1874, had become by 1925 the most famous theatrical club in the world. Its members were known as Lambs and its presidents as Shepherds. Among the Lambs were such luminaries as Irving Berlin, W. C. Fields, John Barrymore, Will Rogers, and Frank Sinatra who said "When I was made a Lamb I felt as if I had been knighted." The bi-monthly bulletin "Lambs Script" reported on the activities of the club and its members. The lead article in this issue is a glowing biography of American actor, songwriter, author and theatrical producer John Lionel Golden [1874-1955] who was Shepherd of the Lambs from 1942 to 1945.

$15.00

NO TIME FOR COMEDY.
seller photo

NO TIME FOR COMEDY.

By Behrman, S. N.

New York: Random House, (1939)., (1939).. Good. - Octavo, brown cloth. The binding is lightly soiled with a few small stains & the spine is a bit faded. [viii], 215 & [1[ pages. Ther is a previous owner's pencil inscription & ink date on the front endpaper. Good. First edition, first printing.The play opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with Katharine Cornell and Laurence Olivier on April 17, 1939.

$10.00

THIS HAPPY BREED. A Play in Three Acts.
seller photo

THIS HAPPY BREED. A Play in Three Acts.

By Coward, Noel.

Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., (1947)., (1947).. Good. - Octavo, gray cloth backed with black cloth in a price-clipped dust wrapper. The edges of the covers are slightly darkened. The dust jacket is rubbed, soiled & chipped with its spine & the adjacent edge of its front panel faded. There is a small star stamped on the jacket's front flap. 223 pages. Good. First American edition.

$10.00

AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY HELEN HAYES TO CITY CENTER PRODUCER JEAN DALRYMPLE.
seller photo

AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY HELEN HAYES TO CITY CENTER PRODUCER JEAN DALRYMPLE.

By Hayes, Helen. (1900-1993). Actress known as the "First Lady" of American theatre.

[1956]., [1956].. Good. - 14 words penned in blue ink on a 2-1/4 inch high by 3-1/4 inch wide card. Signed "Helen Hayes". The bottom corners of the card are very slightly soiled & there is a hole punched in it at bottom right with 2 tiny chips to its circumference. Good. Helen Hayes [1900-1993] was known as the "First Lady" of American theatre. She writes: "Jean Darling -- / We will do our best for you tonight -- Because we love you." In November 1956 Jean Dalrymple produced a revival of "The Glass Menagerie" at City Center starring Hayes who, as a favor to her friend, performed for Equity minimum. The note was probably attached to a gift or flowers.Jean Dalrymple (1902-1998) was the dynamic producer and director of theater and light-opera at Manhattan's City Center. Dalrymple began her career in Vaudeville, appearing with James Cagney and Cary Grant in the early 1930s. She was a founding member of the American Theatre Wing, the theatre service organization. She worked over the years as a personal manager for the likes of Leopold Stokowski, Mary Martin, Jose Iturbi, Andre Kostalanetz, Nathan Milstein, and Lily Pons. She began her work at City Center with its founding in 1943, serving as a board member, producer, and publicist. Her productions there from the 1940s through the 1960s were a revitalizing influence on the whole New York theatre scene. In 1951, Jean Dalrymple married Major-General Philip deWitt Ginder, commander of the Thunderbirds in Korea. She was a friend to Presidents and entertainment personalities throughout the world.

$45.00

VIOLA ALLEN IN HALL CAINE\'S NEW PLAY THE ETERNAL CITY. Musical setting by Pietro Mascagni. Liebler & Co. Managers. (Souvenir Program).
seller photo

VIOLA ALLEN IN HALL CAINE'S NEW PLAY THE ETERNAL CITY. Musical setting by Pietro Mascagni. Liebler & Co. Managers. (Souvenir Program).

By (Mascagni, Pietro). Caine, Hall.

New York: Meyer Brothers & Company, [1902]., [1902].. Good. - Quarto [approximately 12 inches high by 9-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound into dark tan wrappers with tan cord and with an illustration on the front wrap & decorations on the rear wrap in black & golden yellow. The top inch & the lower 2 inches of the covers are detached & the edges of the wraps are lightly chipped with some light creasing. 16 pages, including color decorations & decorative borders, 9 full-page & 1 textual black-and-white production photographs. The corners and the top & bottom edges of the pages are very lightly creased. Good. Hall Caine and his wife spent four winters in Rome. On their visit in 1901 Caine finished his novel "The Eternal City", which turned out to be his greatest commercial success. After being serialized in Collier's Magazine between February and August 1901 it was immediately published in book form by Heinemann. It sold more than a million copies in English and was translated into thirteen languages. The stage adaptation opened at His Majesty's Theatre in London on October 2, 1902, produced by Herbert Beerbohm Tree with incidental music by Pietro Mascagni. A week later, Caine republished the novel, cutting out the whole political strand concerning the dispute between the Vatican and the Italian state on the temporal power of the Church.This American production opened at the Victoria Theatre in New York City on November 17, 1902 and closed in February 1903. Hall Caine supervised the rehearsals. The production starred Viola Allen as Roma, Frederic de Belleville as Bonelli and Edward J. Morgan as Rossi. The text of the program gives a synopsis of each act of the play. The production photos include many pictures of Viola Allen in a series of magnificent gowns.Rare souvenir program.

$75.00

THE MERRY COUNTESS (DIE FLEDERMAUS). Music by Johann Strauss. Book by Gladys Unger. Lyrics by Arthur Anderson. (Souvenir Program).
seller photo

THE MERRY COUNTESS (DIE FLEDERMAUS). Music by Johann Strauss. Book by Gladys Unger. Lyrics by Arthur Anderson. (Souvenir Program).

By Unger, Gladys; Anderson, Arthur.

(New York: Comstock & Gest, Inc.), [1912]., [1912].. Very good. - Quarto [11-3/8 inches high by 8-1/8 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial cream-colored wrappers with a drawing by the Irish American artist John Frew in brown on each cover. The covers are slightly darkened & lightly soiled with a few tiny chips & some very light creasing. There is a stain to the left margin of the front cover. 16 pages, including 1 page of music & lyrics [the song "Oh! What a Night"] and 11 pages of photographs of the cast members in brown & cream in decorative frames. The contents are very good. The London version of this production opened at the Lyric Theatre on December 30, 1911. The Broadway production was presented by the Shubert Brothers at the Casino Theatre for 135 performances, opening on August 20, 1912 and closing on December 14 of that year. The New York cast of this musical based on "Die Fledermaus" starred Jose Collins as Countess Rosalinda Cliquot, Forrest Huff as Count Max Cliquot and Maurice Farkoa as Gabor Szabo. The Dolly sisters, Yancsi and Rozsika, played Adele and Felice.A rare program.

$150.00

SIGNATURE OF NEW YORKER COLUMNIST AND DRAMA CRITIC ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT ON HIS PRINTED COMPLIMENTS CARD.
seller photo

SIGNATURE OF NEW YORKER COLUMNIST AND DRAMA CRITIC ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT ON HIS PRINTED COMPLIMENTS CARD.

By Woollcott, Alexander. (1887-1943). American drama and literary critic and a columnist for The New Yorker magazine. He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table.

Circa [1940]., [1940].. Very good. - Approximately 4 inch high by 5-3/4 inch wide cream-colored card illustrated with a caricatured sketch of his head at top left and "With my Compliments" printed at bottom right, signed "Alexander Woollcott". The bottom right corner of the card is slightly creased. Near fine. Alexander Woollcott [1887-1943] was an American drama and literary critic a commentator and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. He joined the staff of The New York Times as a cub reporter in 1909 and held the post of drama critic there from 1914 to 1922 with a break for military service. During the First World War he was recruited with other newspaper men, including the founder of The New Yorker Harold Ross, to create the "Stars and Stripes" the official newspaper to bolster troop morale. After continuing as drama critic at The New York Times, and later at the New York Herald and The World, Woollcott wrote a column titled "Shouts and Murmurs" for The New Yorker from 1929 to 1934. Woollcott was also a radio personality, reviewing books, commenting on literary matters and recounting acidic anecdotes on CBS Radio.

$75.00

AUTOGRAPH LETTER ON A GREETING CARD SIGNED BY ACTOR AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST WILL GEER.
seller photo

AUTOGRAPH LETTER ON A GREETING CARD SIGNED BY ACTOR AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST WILL GEER.

By Geer, Will. (1902-1978). American actor and social activist, known for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton in the 1970s TV series "The Waltons".

Circa [1971]., [1971].. Very good. - 66 words penned in red ink inside a 4-1/8 inch high by 5-7/8 inch wide greeting card illustrated with color vignettes of herbs. Signed "Will Geer". A red pencil mark through the body of the letter indicates that the recipient has answered it. Very good. Though not indicated, the card was addressed to City Center producer Jean Dalrymple. Geer writes: "No use calling until my dates are set. Finishing "Scarecrow" for Edith Hamlin. Then 10 days on Glenn Ford's new series -- Then, I hope 4 days in Conn. before 4 weeks in Oregon for Walt Disney. That's my Hollywood schedule...". "The Scarecrow" was a 1972 TV movie on the Salem Witch Trials produced by Edith Hamlin. Geer appeared in one 1971 episode of the TV series "Cade County" starring Glenn Ford. Geer maintained a garden at his vacation home in Nichols, Connecticut and vegetable gardens instead of lawns at his house in California, which perhaps influenced his choice of cards.Will Geer [1902-1978] was a stage, film and television actor, known for his portrayal of Grandpa Zebulon Tyler Walton, the patriarch of the clan in the 1970s TV series "The Waltons". A social activist, he joined the Communist Party of the United States in 1934 and was blacklisted in the early 1950s for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.Jean Dalrymple (1902-1998) was the dynamic producer and director of theater and light-opera at Manhattan's City Center. Dalrymple began her career in Vaudeville, appearing with James Cagney and Cary Grant in the early 1930s. She was a founding member of the American Theatre Wing, the theatre service organization. She worked over the years as a personal manager for the likes of Leopold Stokowski, Mary Martin, Jose Iturbi, Andre Kostalanetz, Nathan Milstein, and Lily Pons. She began her work at City Center with its founding in 1943, serving as a board member, producer, and publicist. Her productions there from the 1940s through the 1960s were a revitalizing influence on the whole New York theatre scene. In 1951, Jean Dalrymple married Major-General Philip deWitt Ginder, commander of the Thunderbirds in Korea. She was a friend to Presidents and entertainment personalities throughout the world.

$125.00

MARK VAN DOREN: THREE PLAYS.
seller photo

MARK VAN DOREN: THREE PLAYS.

By Van Doren, Mark.

New York: Hill and Wang, (1966)., (1966).. Very good. - Octavo, yellow boards backed with gray cloth in a dust wrapper. There is a tiny stain to the rear joint. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed with a tear to the head of its spine. Very good. First edition.The three plays are "Never, Never Ask His Name" "A Little Night Music" and "The Weekend That Was".

$10.00

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY DRAMA CRITIC WILLIAM WINTER, ASKING ACTOR FRANCIS WILSON IF WILSON CAN OFFER HIM SEATS FOR ONE OF HIS PERFORMANCES.
seller photo

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY DRAMA CRITIC WILLIAM WINTER, ASKING ACTOR FRANCIS WILSON IF WILSON CAN OFFER HIM SEATS FOR ONE OF HIS PERFORMANCES.

By Winter, William (1836-1917). American drama critic and author.

New York: September 21, 1896., 1896.. Very good. - Letter penned in black ink & filling one side of an 8-12 inch high by 5-1/2 inch wide cream-colored sheet of New-York Tribune letterhead with a vignette in black at the top. Signed "William Winter." Two words are partially faded. There are 3 small fragments of paper adhering to the verso where the letter has been removed from an album. Folded twice for mailing. Very good. Winter writes asking a favor of actor Francis Wilson: "My young people are wishful to see your performance, and -- at some risk of tiring your kindness - I write to ask for a Box at the Knickerbocker Theatre...for next Saturday evening...".William Winter [1836-1917 was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He moved to New York City in 1859 and began his career as literary critic of the Saturday Press, then of the New York Albion [1861-65]. For the following forty years [1865-1909] he was drama critic of the New York Tribune. Brooks Atkinson, in his history of American theatre, deemed Winter an intolerable prude for denouncing modern dramatists such as Ibsen and Shaw and foreign stars like Sarah Bernhardt and Eleanor Duse for their personal lives. He credited Winter, however, with his remarkable memory which enabled him to leave vivid descriptions of the work of Edwin Booth, Henry Irving and others; and for his sometimes discriminating reviews of highly popular dramas [he regarded "East Lynne" as a piece of claptrap].Francis Wilson [1854-1935] was an American stage actor, born in Philadelphia, who was the founding president of Actors Equity [1913-1920]. After several years playing in comedy and comic opera and making a great success in "Erminie" [1886], Wilson made his first appearance as a star in "The Oolah". He formed his own theatre company in 1899. He was also an author, writing several plays, a memoir of Joseph Jefferson, an autobiography, and "John Wilkes Booth, Fact and Fiction of Lincoln's Assassination" [1929], which he wrote with information from his close friend Edwin Booth.

$25.00

UNSIGNED LIST OF PERFORMERS SHE CAN MIMIC HANDWRITTEN BY SCOTTISH ACTRESS AND VAUDEVILLIAN CECILIA LOFTUS FOR THE POND LECTURE BUREAU.
seller photo

UNSIGNED LIST OF PERFORMERS SHE CAN MIMIC HANDWRITTEN BY SCOTTISH ACTRESS AND VAUDEVILLIAN CECILIA LOFTUS FOR THE POND LECTURE BUREAU.

By Loftus, Cecilia. (1876-1943). Scottish actress, mimic and music hall performer.

(New York): circa [1924]., [1924].. Good. - List of performers Loftus can mimic penned by her in black ink & filling most of the verso of a 10 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheet of The Embassy hotel, New York City letterhead. The list is unsigned. There is a partial paper-clip mark to the top edge of the paper with some light creasing to the bottom edge. Folded twice for mailing with a tiny tear to the right edge of the first fold. Together with 2 copies of a flier promoting Cecilia Lofus special matinees presented by J. B. Pond. Good. Prepared for her lecture manager, J. B. Pond of the Pond Lecture Bureau, this unsigned "List of Imitations" informs him of performers Cecilia Loftus can mimic. Among them are Sarah Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, Caruso, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Harry Lauder, Yvette Guilbert and Fanny Brice.Cecilia Loftus [1876-1943] was a Scottish actress, mimic and music hall performer. The 17-year-old Loftus [also known as "Cissie"] made her debut at the Oxford Music Hall in London in 1893. In the following year she appeared in vaudeville at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City. She had a successful career both in burlesque as an accomplished mimic and on Broadway. While touring America in vaudeville in 1899, she caught the attention of Sir Henry Irving who was so impressed by her that he engaged her to appear with him in roles that Ellen Terry could no longer play. In 1905 she successfully played the role of Nora in Ibsen's "A Doll House". Later that year she appeared to great acclaim as Peter Pan in the second British production of J. M. Barrie's play.

$75.00

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY AMERICAN STAGE AND SCREEN ACTOR HOWARD KYLE INVITING J. B. AND MRS. POND TO ATTEND A DINNER HONORING THE ACTORS' FIDELITY LEAGUE.
seller photo

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY AMERICAN STAGE AND SCREEN ACTOR HOWARD KYLE INVITING J. B. AND MRS. POND TO ATTEND A DINNER HONORING THE ACTORS' FIDELITY LEAGUE.

By Kyle, Howard. (1861-1950). American stage and screen actor, a founding member of Actors' Equity and later secretary of the rival organization The Actors Fidelity League. He was a sixty-year member of The Players Club.

Baltimore, MD: 3rd November, 1919., 1919.. Very good. - Closely written letter penned in black ink and filling one side of an 11 inch high by 8-1/2 wide sheet of Hotel Kernay, Baltimore letterhead with the hotel pictured in black at the top. Kyle has written in above the printed address "Academy of Music". Signed "Howard Kyle". Pond's "date answered" stamp is placed above the text of the letter. Folded 3 times for mailing. Very good. <p>Kyle writes from Baltimore where he is appearing in "a new play, 'All the King's Horses' by Louis K. Anspacher". He is inviting J. B. Pond of the Pond Lecture Bureau in New York City and his wife to attend a dinner to be given by the Society of Arts and Sciences in honor of the Actors Fidelity League. "I sent your name in as one of my friends who should be given the opportunity to attend....It should be an interesting affair to say the least....It could be arranged, I think, so you would sit at my wife's table, if desirable to you."<p>Howard Kyle [1861-1950] was an American stage and screen actor and lecturer for more than fifty years. He was a founding member of Actor's Equity and served as its first recording secretary, resigning in 1919 over a dispute involving the direction the organization was going. Later he served as secretary of The Actors Fidelity League, a rival organization headed by George M. Cohan. He was a sixty-year member of the Players Club and was best remembered for his starring role in turn-of-the-century plays "Way Down East", "Nathan Hale" and "John Ermine of the Yellowstone".

$150.00

TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT E. SHERWOOD SIGNED BY JARED A. BROWN, THE AMERICAN BIOGRAPHER OF ALFRED LUNT AND LYNN FONTANNE.
seller photo

TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT E. SHERWOOD SIGNED BY JARED A. BROWN, THE AMERICAN BIOGRAPHER OF ALFRED LUNT AND LYNN FONTANNE.

By (Lunt, Alfred; and Fontanne, Lynn). Brown, Jared A. American theatre biographer. Professor of Theatre at Western Illinois University.

Macomb, IL: April 22, 1985., 1985.. Very good. - Typed letter filling an 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheet of Western Illinois University / College of Fine Arts / Theatre letterhead with a device printed in yellow at top right. The edges of the letter are very lightly creased with a tiny chip & a paper-clip mark to the top edge. Folded twice for mailing. Very good. Brown writes to Madeleine Sherwood, the widow of playwright Robert E. Sherwood. The date the letter was answered is noted in ink below the address. Jared A. Brown is writing a biography of the famous acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and seeks permission from Mrs. Sherwood to quote from letters to the Lunts from herself and Robert Sherwood. He also asks if he may quote from Robert Sherwood's letters to others about the Lunts' activities, which appear in a book by John Mason Brown. Jared Brown offers his credentials, explaining that he is a former actor, director and playwright who is in charge of the Directing,Theatre History and Playwriting programs at Western Illinois University and is also director of the university's graduate theatre program.

$15.00

THE WOMEN OF GREEK DRAMA.
seller photo

THE WOMEN OF GREEK DRAMA.

By Young, Sherman Plato.

New York: Exposition Press, (1953)., (1953).. Very good. - Octavo, black cloth titled in gilt in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is lightly chipped & rubbed with some soiling to its rear panel. 174 pages. Very good in a good dust wrapper. First edition.

$10.00

TWELVE GREAT ACTRESSES.
seller photo

TWELVE GREAT ACTRESSES.

By Robins, Edward.

New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, the Knickerbocker Press, 1900., 1900.. Very good. - Octavo, light green cloth titled and decorated in gilt and black on the front cover and the spine with a depiction of a stage in gilt and black on the front cover. The top edge is gilt. The covers are slightly soiled with minor wear to the head and tail of the spine. [iii], x, 446 & [2] pages, illustrated with 20 plates, including 11 photogravures, each with a tissue guard. Very good. First edition.Biographies of Sarah Siddons, Margaret Woffington, Anne Oldfield, Frances Abington, Frances Ann Kemble, "Perdita" Robinson, Rachel, Charlotte Cushman, Adelaide Neilson, Ristori, Dora Jordan, and Anne Bracegirdle.

$20.00

SIGNATURE ON A PIECE OF CARD OF AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS MARY ANDERSON.
seller photo

SIGNATURE ON A PIECE OF CARD OF AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS MARY ANDERSON.

By Anderson, Mary. (1859-1940). American stage actress, billed as Mary Navarro during her silent film career.

1883., 1883.. Good. - An unevenly cut piece of gray card, approximately 4 inches high by 6-3/8 inches wide, is boldly signed in black ink: "Mary Anderson / 1883".the card is unevenly darkened with a crease to the bottom edge. A strip of paper adheres to the verso where the card has been removed from an album with 2 pieces of reinforcing tape on the verso's bottom edge. Good. American stage actress Mary Anderson [1859-1940] made her debut in the role of Shakespeare's Juliet at Macauley's Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, her family's home town. Further appearances at St. Louis, New Orleans and John McCullough's theatre in San Francisco led to a contract with John T. Ford. After starring as Lady Macbeth in his Washngton theatre in 1877, she began an extensive U.S. tour, culminating with a New York engagement in Edward Bulwer Lytton's "The Lady of Lyons". She immediately became popular with the public as "Our Mary" and thereafter enjoyed a twelve-year career of unbroken success in New York and on tour. After collapsing on stage from nervous exhaustion in 1889, she retired to England, married Antonio Fernando de Navarro and started a family. She resisted encouragement to return to the stage apart from some benefit performances during World War I. Between 1912 and 1918, she appeared in a number of silent films under the name Mary Navarro.

$45.00

Next >