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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!

May 17, 2010

Memoir of Actor James H. Stoddart - Recollections of a Player

 For everyone who loves the theatre and the 19th century, here is a rare first edition.

Published in 1902, Recollections of a Player is filled with memories and anecdotes as told by the English-born actor James H. Stoddart, who came to America and made his career on the American stage.

Included in its 256 pages are portraits of contemporary players and illustrations of playbills.



For it's more than 100 years, the book is in very good condition. The gold embossed green cloth cover shows some normal wear, especially at the edges and corners, and there is a dark stain that looks like ink on the back cover. Where the back cover meets the spine is a small tear about 1/4" across. The pages are clear and unmarked, and the thirty-seven
illustrations are in excellent condition, although one of them is loose from the binding. One page has a 1" tear at the outside edge, and the lower page corners are turned.  The dimensions are about 8-1/4" x 5-1/4" x 1-1/4".
$25.00
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