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Autograph of Ethel Merman
1 Autograph of Ethel Merman
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa early 1950s. A Merman autograph written in pencil on a folded white sheet of paper. Merman was the pre-eminent star of the Broadway musical theater from her legendary debut belting out "I've Got Rhythm" in "Girl Crazy" until her stunning dramatic turn as Mama Rose in "Gypsy". Known for her thrilling and crystal clear diction that could be heard in the last row (and the lobby, and quite possibly, on the sidewalk), Merman was in numerous movies but seldom was able to excite movie audiences as she did live time and again. On stage, she had close to a perfect track record, with her hits including "Anything Goes", "Panama Hattie", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Call Me Madam", "DuBarry Was a Lady", and on and on. In her later years she was a regular presence on television, where she would belt out one of the innumerable hit songs she first introduced. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Biographical Sketches of Count and Countess Philippe Nicol and their son Philippe Jr. The Midgets Palace [together with] a postcard from the Midgets' Palace entitled "Le Bebe Rare, The Rare Baby"
Wraps Fine 
Two items in all relating to the Midgets' Palace, a "small" house museum in Montreal which was in operation from 1913 until 1990, although Philippe Nicol himself, whose customized house it was, died in 1940, his wife, in 1964. (The family actually lived in the house, and visitors would pay when the museum first opened 5 cents to view the family as it went about its business.) The primary brochure is 12mo, 32 pp., French and English, with each cover serving as the front, depending on the language, and the English upside down from the French half. No date for any of these items, but the primary brochure was issued after the death of Philippe Nicol. Based on the age toning of the postcard especially, we would place these items as circa 1940s. (We assume both were acquired together.) 
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Fan with College and Preparatory School Names along with Place Names, Restaurant Names, Hotel Names, Monograms, Crests, Emblems, etc. Labels Pasted On
3 Fan with College and Preparatory School Names along with Place Names, Restaurant Names, Hotel Names, Monograms, Crests, Emblems, etc. Labels Pasted On
1900 N.A. Very Good 
Quirky homemade souvenir fan with many stickers pasted on from New England and New York State towns, colleges (Yale, Harvard, Boston University, Amherst), fraternities, Prep Schools (Andover, Exeter), restaurants, hotels, clubs and other points of interest and monograms. While there is no definitive dating, this kind of fan was a popular hobby at the turn of the twentieth century. The stickers are on both sides of the fan, and the effect is same as on luggage with stickers from all the places the owner has traveled, except on the fan the stickers are much smaller. Given the preponderance of schools, we would conjecture that this particular fan was created by a young person, perhaps for his/her own enjoyment or conceived as a gift for a friend. Surely it was done as an act of love, and its very oddity must have been a source of fun for its creator. The fan has nine wooden spokes that fan out to 49 cm, and closed the fan is 26 cm tall. The labels and tags are pasted onto a black mackintosh fabric which has a luster. There is virtually no space available for additional tags, and so the project was fully realized by its creator. Solid and well-preserved. 
Price: 240.00 USD
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Fan with College and Preparatory School Names along with Place Names, Restaurant Names, Hotel Names, Monograms, Crests, Emblems, etc. Labels Pasted On
4 Fan with College and Preparatory School Names along with Place Names, Restaurant Names, Hotel Names, Monograms, Crests, Emblems, etc. Labels Pasted On
1900 N.A. Very Good 
Quirky homemade souvenir fan with many stickers pasted on from New England towns, colleges (Dartmouth, Wellesley, Mt. Holyoke College, New England Conservatory of Music, Williams College), prep schools (Phillips Exeter, hotels, and other points of interest. While there is no definitive dating, there is one sticker with the date of 1900 and another for "The Aegis: Dartmouth College Class of 1901. The stickers are on both sides of the fan, and the effect is same as on luggage with stickers from all the places the owner has traveled, except on the fan the stickers are much smaller. Given the preponderance of schools, we would conjecture that this particular fan was created by a young person, perhaps for his/her own enjoyment or conceived as a gift for a friend. Surely it was done as an act of love, and its very oddity must have been a source of fun for its creator. The fan has nine wooden spokes that fan out to 48 cm, and closed the fan is 26 cm tall. The labels and tags are pasted onto a black mackintosh fabric which has a luster. There is virtually no space available for additional tags, and so the project was fully realized by its creator. Solid and well-preserved. 
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Handwritten Letter from Ellen Terry to Mr. Lutt (?)
5 Handwritten Letter from Ellen Terry to Mr. Lutt (?)

The letter reads: "I have sent so many recommendations lately to the various managers who are my friends, that they cry "Halt"! To Mr. Alexander however I enclose a line, as I believe he is going to do some Shakespere [sic]. Edward is at home how & starts for Berlin again in September. With all good wishes Yours very truly Ellen Terry." The letter is sent from 215 Kings Road, Chelsea, where the actress lived from 1904 to 1920. It is unclear to us to whom the letter was directed. While Terry's handwriting is far from neat, it is throughout the letter thoroughly legible with the exception of the name of the addressee, which might alternatively be "Ludt", or quite possibly something else, and regardless, we have no information on anyone with either surname. It would seem, though, that whomever was an actor or someone with some kind of stagecraft career. Mr. Alexander undoubtedly refers to George Alexander, a highly successful actor and theater manager of the day with whom Terry had worked. The Edward in the letter is her son, Edward Gordon Craig, an important theatrical personality (actor, director, scenic designer) in his own right. 
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6 Japanese Leporello of 55 Original Watercolored Demonic Masks
Leporello. Fabric on boards. Very Good 
Fabulous collection of watercolors showing Japanese masks of demonic characters. The shapes of the heads are all essentially the same. Varying from one to the next is the colors used, the swirls and lines and other creepy attributes endowed onto the head-shape. N.d., circa 1900 (based on the paper and boards). Closed, 25 by 18 cm. 55 panels with one mounted watercolor on each. Light soiling to the fabric covering the boards. 
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Jno. B. Doris' Great Inter-Ocean Circus Museum Menagerie.  12 Shows! Combined in One America's Greatest Amusemewnt Enterprise.  Always the Best.  Larger than Ever!  A Carvnival of Novelty!  A Festival of Merriment
7 Jno. B. Doris' Great Inter-Ocean Circus Museum Menagerie. 12 Shows! Combined in One America's Greatest Amusemewnt Enterprise. Always the Best. Larger than Ever! A Carvnival of Novelty! A Festival of Merriment
St. Louis Great Western Show Pr. Eng. and Litho. Co. 1886 NA Very Good 
Folded sheet, with four pages. Closed, 54 by 35.5 cm. Nine illustrations, one of Doris, the others, of equine, acrobatic and snake charming acts. Chock-a-block with agressive promotional flim flammery and puffery, with so much set forth as to thwart the eye settling on any one thing, all meant to overwhelm the senses, as a prelude to the circus itself. Hurdle races, elephant races, camel races, dog races, 100 arenic stars, huge tableau cars, Kris Kringle, all brand new band chariots, the glories of Ancient Greece and Rome -- this is just a fraction of the attractions being touted! The lay-out of the promotion is the quintessence of the genre from that era, of course, but with the courier-style broadside perhaps more extensive than typical. The biggest star of the circus appears to have been James Robinson, the champion bareback rider, or "The Jupiter of the Arenic Firmament!" Condition: a few minor edge closed tears and chips, yet overall remarkably well-preserved given the thin and pulp-y newspaper paper used. 
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Kamishibai -- Japanese Paper Theater.  Picture Story Show of Ikkyu-san
8 Kamishibai -- Japanese Paper Theater. Picture Story Show of Ikkyu-san
1941 NA Very Good 
Scarce intact Japanese kamisibai paper theater stage, glass screen and complete set of 14 pictorial cards. Kamishibai frame was illustrated by Koide Shin'ichi. The text and illustrations of the Ikkyu-san story by Kiyohar Takashi. Kamishibai, or Japanese paper theater, was a phenomenon of the first half of the 20th century, until the lure of television killed it off. The Kamishibai performers -- mostly men -- were itinerate street storytellers who eked out a living by selling candy to their audience members. Daily they would travel from place to place via bicycle, with their stage and stock of sweets in tow, and they would clap two wooden sticks to announce their presence and draw children to them. As they narrated their story, they would slip one card after another into the grooves on the stage to illustrate the action. The typical Kamishibai story had a strong moralistic message. During the Second World War, not surprisingly, the stories took on more patriotic themes. The performer would conclude a day with a cliffhanger, and so the listeners would have to return the following day to hear what happened. While Kamishibai is a thing of the past, its influence is evident in the work of many manga artists. The central character of the three stories contained in the cards on offer here, Ikkyu-Sojun, is a Buddhist priest of Daitoku-ji Temple, a figure well-known to Japanese audiences of the time as a clever, crafty problem solver. Paper theater has suffered minor insect damage, with occasional marks. Top card is creased. Scattered foxing and soiling of cards besides. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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9 Leporello of Original Paintings Depicting Characters of the Noh Theater
Leporello. Cloth (silk) cover. Outer case of clo Very Good 
Simple and straightforward presentation of stock characters from Japanese Noh Theater, all appealingly colored. N.d., 19th century. 24 by 18.5 cm. 24 pp of colorful character portraits. Several are double paged and are a bit more dynamic. Noh is a traditional form of Japanese musical drama that first arose in the 14th century and employs masks heavily in its ritualized performances. Scattered light foxing, never disconcerting. Blue cloth case with color fading, moderate wear, title label partially obliterated (the upper layer with lettering is perished). 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Letter Signed by Audrey Hepburn, June 18th, 1954
10 Letter Signed by Audrey Hepburn, June 18th, 1954
1954 NA Very Good 
The typed letter is written from the 46th Street Theatre where Hepburn and her future husband, Mel Ferrer, were appearing in "Ondine". In the letter, addressed to a Mr. Sus, Heburn writes" "Thank you very much for your letter of June 14th. I would be very happy to help you to see the play if you will let me know which performance you and your friend would like to come to. Audrey Hepb . . ." The latter part of the last name is dropped, as typical of Hepburn signatures of the period. Hepburn had already made her stunning movie debut in "Roman Holiday". Ahead of her were her many other memorable movies, and thus this is an early autograph of Hepburn. 
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Noticias biograficas de la enana alemana Doņa Elena Briggs, la muger mas chiquita del mundo
11 Noticias biograficas de la enana alemana Doņa Elena Briggs, la muger mas chiquita del mundo
Havana 1857 Wraps Good 
8vo. 32 pp. The biography of Ellen Suter Briggs, which the booklet asserts was the smallest woman in the world. Briggs was born in Germany in 1821 and immigrated with her father to Ohio in 1830, soon afterward embarking on a career as a touring circus attraction. The Spanish language pamphlet describes her friendship with Major Stevens and Tom Thumb and concludes with several pages of translated press notices from American newspapers. The curious thing about Briggs is that we have been unable to find any record of her career in English or other sources. The pamphlet is manifestly scarce, with no copies turning up on OCLC, Palau or other references. With an inserted photograph of Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) and his wife Lavinia Warren Stratton. Lacking front wrapper, with rear worn. Soiling to the title page. Moderate dampstaining. The bottom corner, final leaf, cut out, with slight loss of text. 
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12 Opportunity Hour for Amateurs. The New Party Game with a Thousand Laughs.
New York American Toy Works (Atwo Product) 1937 First Edition NA Very Good 
Colorful, fun spoof on amateur showbiz! An uncut game sheet on linen-like paper measuring oblong, 46 by 55 cm (18 by 22 inches). Depicted on a theater stage are a juvenile crooner, a banjo-playing cowboy, two svelte girl singers, a burlesque comedian, a performer in black face and a slick announcer. The playing pieces, shaped like microphones, are to be cut out from the top of the page, with directions at the base. Included is the original envelope, which measures 23.5 by 29 cm. The characters are send-ups of theater types of the day, but one can not say that any of the characters are specific caricatures of say, Jolson or Frank Fay. Scarce, with no copies found elsewhere. Light wear. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Painting, over a photograph, of Nineteenth Century Actresses Ada Rehan and Edith Kingdon
13 Painting, over a photograph, of Nineteenth Century Actresses Ada Rehan and Edith Kingdon
NA Very Good 
Unusual medium of paint over photograph, depicting two major dramatic actresses of the period sitting at tea. What is shown might be from a stage performance, or it might simply be a picture of these two celebrities socializing as themselves. Both women were a part of the Augustine Daly company. Ada Rehan (1859-1916) was born in Ireland as Delia Crehan. She became one of the leading Shakepearian heroine of her day, and she had many successes in other roles, both classic and contemporary. Edith Kingdon (1864-1921) retired from acting when she married George Gould, the son of Robber Baron Jay Gould. Pictorial part of work measures 12 by 16.5 cm. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Proctor's Ladies Club Theatre.  23rd Street, Near Sixth Ave.  Wait for Living Pictures . . .
14 Proctor's Ladies Club Theatre. 23rd Street, Near Sixth Ave. Wait for Living Pictures . . .
1895 NA Very Good 
Vaudeville program of 1890s featuring that novelty, motion pictures, then called "Living Pictures", and here a very hyped highlight of the otherwise live entertainment mix that characterized Vaudeville or more broadly, variety shows fo the day. Proctor's Theatre was clearly targeting the carriage trade made of well-heeled lady shopper out on a shopping expedition in the Ladies' Mile shopping district of New York, which ran along Sixth Avenue in today's Chelsea. This was where the better department stores were based back then, but a hint that better retail was beginning to migrate uptown is evident with a full page ad taken out by Bloomingdales which had just opened its operation at its present location, although it didn't then occupy the entire block as it does today. The program is chock-a-block with smaller ads for a wide variety of businesses, and many of these are interesting in and of themselves, such as one promising to cure addiction to morphine, opium and oher drugs without the patient having to relinquish possession of the nefarious substance, or a hat ad for hats to suit. But theater most definitely dominates. Proctor's also promotes its other properties, and generally promises "Fresh novelties every week". At the show occurring at the Ladies Club Theatre, the program includes a 17 inch tall 18 year old woman, the Three Romas -- human horizontal bars and Marvels of Muscular Development, acrobats, animals, song and dance, comedians, etc. Scarce, with the only copies of Proctor's programs from this time at the University of Florida, according to OCLC First Search. Condition: cover with two inch long crinkle along side margin. Occasional soiling. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows and the Newly Added $500,000 Spectacle with 1200 People:  Joan of Arc
15 Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows and the Newly Added $500,000 Spectacle with 1200 People: Joan of Arc
1913 Wraps Very Good 
Scarce, with no copies of this program found on OCLC -- and only a few copies of advertisements for the spectacle, including digital copies. 4to. 25 by 17 cm. Unpaginated, 32 pp., plus wraps. Twelve pages within are devoted to hyping the spectacle, including a biography of Joan of Arc, descriptions of the performances, assertions about the scale of the production, details about its genesis and its credits, including the cast. Accompanying the text are many illustrations, which are not necessarily tied into the production itself. It would seem that this elaborate production was a direct precursor of the movie epics that were to be released in the twenties, with the size of the cast, the pageantry and costume, the choreographing of horses and the musical scoring (silent movies were always played with music) were intended to dazzle audiences. The puffery and hyperbole is fully in the circus tradition and well captured by the loose title of the program. The program is also promoting other acts in the circus, a few given a page or more, and these include Schuman's German horse circus, Capt. Huling's Arctic jugglers, strongman Arthus Saxon and the Saxon trio, Hodgini the Equestrian Marvel, acrobats and gymnasts, aerialists, clowns, wild animals, etc. Condition: the program is well-preserved. Being printed on the typical pulpy paper used for such ephemera, the pages are very browned, but otherwise the pages are clean. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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16 Schadumbeelden Jan Klaassen Spel
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. This shadow theater is of relatively uncommon Dutch origin. The way shadow theater works is a light is cast onto a screen or scrim, behind which figures are moved and seen by the audience as shadows. The pieces in the case of this theater are moved from below so that the audience doesn't see the intrusion of a human arm, etc. The stage for this set is brightly colored and somewhat naive in its detailing. The figures are cut on card. The stage itself has some light foxing. The figures are all in good repair although it is unknown how complete the set is. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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17 Sharpe's British Theatre (13 volumes, the first 13, of 18 issued)
London John Sharpe 1804 First edition Half Morocco. Marbled paper on boards. Very Good 
Miniature, or near miniature, 11 by 6.5 cm. Plays include Arthur Murphy's "The Grecian Daughter", "All in the Wrong", T. Southern's "Isabella", Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer", Henry Brooke's "Gustavus Vasa", Arthur Murphy's "The Way to Keep Him", Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved", Colman and Garrick's "The Clandestine Marriage", Thomas Otway's "The Orphan", Congreve's "Love for Love", Ambrose Philips' "The Distrest Mother", George Farquhar's "The Beaux Strategem", and Dr. Brown's "Barbarossa". While this is not the full set, it is the first 13 volumes of the set, and they are so numbered. Some rubbing to the leather, but overall, an attractive, if incomplete, set. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Short inscribed note from Actress Julie Harris (1925-2013)
18 Short inscribed note from Actress Julie Harris (1925-2013)
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa early 1950s. The note says: "To Jana My Best always. Julie Harris." Jana was Jana Vasatova, who was, we believe, a Czech emigre who first resettled to London, then New York, and the note was found in a friendship album she was keeping around 1950. Julie Harris was arguably the leading dramatic actress of the Broadway stage of her generation, having won the Tony Award five times, including for "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln", "The Belle of Amherst", and "Forty Carats". While remembered primarily for her stage work, she also made a number of notable appearances in the screen, including her recreation of her first major stage role (and Tony award) in "The Member of the Wedding", "The Haunting" and her co-starring with James Dean in "East of Eden", and on television she was a part of the cast of "Knot's Landing". 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Souvenir of Werba and Luescher's The Spring Maid
19 Souvenir of Werba and Luescher's The Spring Maid
New York A. W. Young Wraps Very Good 
Photo illustrated souvenir program of an American version of the Viennese operetta "Die Sprudelfee". Book and lyrics by Harry B. and Robert B. Smith, from the German of Julius Wilhelm and A. M. Wilmer, to the music by Heinrich Reinhardt, and staged by George Marion. N.d., circa 1912 (based on Broadway opening in 1910, and this, a program from a subsequent tour, refers to the "Two year sensation in New York). 8vo. 21.5 by 14 cm. 8 pp., plus wraps. Now a forgotten work, and a type of operetta once popular but not staged in decades -- the type of work satirized, for instance, in the Cole Porter song, "Wunderbar" -- bars from four of the show's most infectious songs decorate the top of pages full of pictures showing scenes and the actors from the operetta. Condition: light wear. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Tabarin Album Souvenir Tabarin presente le plus Parisien des Spectacles "Reflets"
20 Tabarin Album Souvenir Tabarin presente le plus Parisien des Spectacles "Reflets"
Paris First Edition Presumed Near Fine 
Racy souvenir from an erstwhile rival of the Moulin Rouge in Montmartre. N.d., circa 1950. Unpaginated, 28 pp., plus wraps, which have a suede or felt surface. 10.5 by 8 inches, 27 by 21 cm. The nightclub opened in 1904 and continued in business until 1953 when it was bought and closed by Moulin Rouge. The club was known for its elaborate thematic floor shows, which mixed ballet, cheesecake and spectacular costumes designed by the likes of Erte. A new show was presented each year. After the club closed, it served as the basis of a 1958 movie entitled "Tabarin". The album features color illustrations, all done with a fluid, loose hand, and black and white photographs, which are set amid monochrome sketch work that captures the theatrical flavor of Tabarin. Also six pages of evocative ads, some of which are in keeping in spirit with the rest of the album in their artwork, etc. From the photos one is easily transported back to the pageantry and risque panache of the show. The pages are clean. The suede wraps have light soiling. Minor abrading by staples on spine. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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