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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

October 9, 2009

A Record of the Boston Stage by William W. Clapp Jr. 1853 Vintage Book




A rare original edition!  Click here to view.

For Historians, Collectors, Theatre Buffs and Lovers of Boston Memorabilia!

Here is an antiquarian book by William W. Clapp Jr., published in 1853 (Boston by James Munroe and Co.), a treasure trove of information.

This is a basic history for the study of Boston theatre by the "Editor of the Boston Evening Gazette," where these chapters were first published.

There's no denying that this book shows its 156 years. The well-worm cover is frayed along the edges and the spine is faded. The binding showing on the inside of the front and back covers is cracked but remains firmly glued. The left upper corners of pp. 51-68 have been turned, and the back flyleaf is torn. The edges have turned brown with ages, but the pages are unmarked and securely bound.

A previous owner's name - "A. A. Folsom" (?) and the date "Nov. 8, 1879" are written in ink on the flyleaf.

The book is 479 pages long and measures approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" x 1-3/8".

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