French and European Comedic Theatre
Various 19th C. Leather-Bound Books
French and European Theatre Books

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[French and European Comedic Theatre]
La Comedie Française 1680-1880
Le Théâtre Français avant la Renaissance 1450 - 1550. Mystères, Moralités et Farces
Princesses de Comédie et Déesses d'Opéra
Floegels Geschichte des Grotesk-Komischen
Galerie Historique des Comédiens de la Troupe de Nicolet … depuis 1760 jusqu'à nos jours
Various French and German publishers: 1859-80
1/4 leather bindings with marbleized or cloth boards
Provenance: Estate of Sidney (“Palmer”) Edison
$125 to $450 each

Interesting gathering of 19th century books on theater history, mainly covering the rich tradition of French comedic theater.  One book, in German, is a general study of the comic and grotesque that includes theater.  Some are illustrated. Read the descriptons in the Inventory Viewer above, or the list below.

La Comédie Française 1680-1880
Arsène Houssaye (author)
Librairie d'Art Ludovic Baschet, Paris: 1880
1/4 brown leather binding with marbleized boards.
$450

History of the Comédie Française, the French state theatre, published on the 200th anniversary of its founding.  Handsomely printed on heavy paper and illustrated with 33 large photogravures by Goupil of "Sociétaires" (members of the troupe granted special status) from photographs in character, along with a number of smaller illustrations.  Houssaye was a prominent French man of letters.  Provenance: Estate of Sidney (“Palmer”) Edison.

Condition, contents:  Generally very good internally with the usual expected toning, handling, wear.
Condition, binding: Covers and bindings good.  Hinges with some wear but still sound.  Various abrasions, and wear to leather.  Some light chipping to head and heel of spine.

Le Théâtre Français Avant la Renaissance 1450 - 1550. Mystères, Moralités et Farces
French Theater Before the Renaissance, 1450-1550: Mysteries, Morals and Farces
Edouard Fournier (author)
Laplace, Sanchez et Cie, Paris: 1872
1/4 red leather binding with marbleized boards
$250

Collection of late medieval French plays with brief commentaries by Edouard Fournier, a prolific author, editor and playwright, who also adapted early French plays for the 19th century stage. Provenance: Estate of Sidney (“Palmer”) Edison.

Condition, contents:  Generally very good internally with the usual expected toning, handling, wear.
Condition, binding: Covers and bindings good.  Hinges with some wear but still sound.  Various abrasions, and wear to leather.  Some light chipping to head and heel of spine.

Floegels Geschichte des Grotesk-Komischen
Floegel’s History of Grotesque Comedy
Friedrich W. Ebeling (editor)
H. Barsdorf, Leipzig: 1887
1/4 red leather binding with marbleized boards
$125

Description: Carl Friedrich Floegel first published his landmark study of farces and popular comic performances, such as medieval folk festivals, in 1788.  In 1862, Friedrich W. Ebeling brought out an expanded edition, updated to the present, with additional text of his own.  Ebeling's revised edition had five printings.  A notable feature of this book is a movable plate showing three puppets whose costumes can be changed by flipping parts of the picture. Provenance: Estate of Sidney (“Palmer”) Edison.

Condition, contents:  Generally very good internally with the usual expected toning, handling, wear.
Condition, binding: Covers and bindings good.  Hinges with some wear but still sound.  Various abrasions, and wear to leather.  Some light chipping to head and heel of spine.

Princesses de Comédie et Déesses d'Opéra
The Princesses of Comedy and the Goddesses of Opera
Arsène Houssaye (author)
Henri Plon, Paris: 1860
1/4 red leather binding with cloth boards
$125

Description: Profiles of actresses and opera singers by a prominent French man of letters, published by Henri Plon, the Imperial publisher. Provenance: Estate of Sidney (“Palmer”) Edison.

Condition, contents:  Generally very good internally with the usual expected toning, handling, wear.
Condition, binding: Covers and bindings good.  Hinges with some wear but still sound.  Various abrasions, and wear to leather. 

Galerie Historique des Comédiens de la Troupe de Nicolet … depuis 1760 jusqu'à nos jours
[Historical Gallery of the Comedians of the Nicolet Troupe … from 1760 to the Present Day]
E.D. de Manne and C. Ménétrier (authors);  Frédéric Hillemacher, (illustrator)
N. Scheuring, Lyon: 1859
1/4 calf leather binding with marbleized boards
$125

This theatrical history discusses the actors and mimes of the troupe established in 1760 by Jean-Baptiste Nicolet (c. 1728-96), a French acrobat and entertainer, who specialized in lighthearted entertainments. Provenance: Estate of Sidney (“Palmer”) Edison.

Condition, contents:  Generally very good internally with the usual expected toning, handling, wear. Condition, binding: Covers and bindings good.  Front hinges with some wear but still sound.  Rear hinge cracked, rear cover still held fairly firmly on though stiff. Various abrasions, and wear to leather.  Some light chipping to head and heel of spine.

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