London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1927. First edition, 1/525 copies. 4to. vii, 165 pp. Illustrated, as issued, with plates and facsimiles of letters, and additionally extra-illustrated with the addition of portraits, prints, and 21 autographs, as follows: (1) Mark Lemon ALS to Charles Kingsley; (2) Mark Lemon autograph quote; (3) Joseph Grimaldi clipped signature; (4) John Forster ALS from 1848; (5) R.B. Peake autograph quote; (6) J.P. Harley ALS; (7) Fanny Stirling autograph closing and contemporary portrait photograph; (8) Fanny Stirling ALS to M. Hindley; (9) Watts Phillips carte-de-visite, with ANS verso from 1870; (10) Watts Phillips illustrated ANS; (11) Watts Phillips ALS; (12) I.P. Cooke ALS; (13) Fanny Stirling autograph quote; (14) Ben Webster ALS; (15) John Poole ALS; (16) Thomas Greene autograph quote; (17) Henry Bishop ALS from 1833; (18) J.R. Planche ALS; (19) J. R. Planche ALS; (20) Henry M. Stanley ALS to Mrs. Dickens; (21) Henry Compton ALS from 1871. Very good extra-illustrated copy. Later Spanish calf (rubbed, head of spine a little chipped), gilt-stamped spine label. (#6230). Item #57568
Added letters’ writers are mostly authors and performing artists: Mark Lemon (1809-1870) was the founding editor of both "Punch" and "The Field," as well as a prolific playwright. Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. Forster (1812-1876) was the celebrated biographer of Charles Dickens. Peake (1792-1847) was a British dramatist best known for his stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." Harley (1786-1862) was a British actor who starred in the title role of Dickens's "The Strange Gentleman." Mary Ann (Fanny) Stirling (1815-1895) was an English actress successful in many Shakespearean roles. Phillips (1825-1874) was an English novelist, playwright, and illustrator who studied under George Cruikshank. Poole 1786-1872) was an English playwright especially known for his comic dramas. Bishop (1786-1855) was an English composer, best known for "Home Sweet Home!" Planche (1796-1880) was a British dramatist who wrote, adapted, or collaborated on 176 plays. Stanley (1841-1904) was a Welsh journalist and African explorer who "found" Dr. Livingston. Compton (1805-1877) was an English actor best known for his Shakespearean comic roles.