[THEATER]; [PEG WOFFINGTON]; Daly, (John) Augustin
Title WOFFINGTON. A TRIBUTE TO THE ACTRESS AND THE WOMAN
Book Condition Very good +
Publisher Philadelphia Globe Printing House 1888
Seller ID 880
Elephant Folio (11 ” x 15¼”). pp. 181. Limited edition. No. 4 of 150 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. An unsigned binding design in gold on light green cloth of repeated intertwined shamrocks in gold with the Comedy and Tragedy Masks in the upper left corner and a banner across the center that reads Woffington. The shamrocks continue across the spine as does the banner; watered silk endpapers; printed for the author by the Globe Printing house; t.e.g. Includes frontis. and 15 full page illustrations, each with captioned tissue guard. The volume is extra-illustrated with 13 additional contemporary 10” x 14” prints of persons named in the text. Each additional print was carefully labeled with the name of the person represented in the print and the page number where the print was to be placed.The first major biography of Margaret "Peg" Woffington (1720 - 1760), a popular and well known Irish actress in Georgian London, written 128 years after her death by Augustin Daly (1838 - 1899), a drama critic, theater manager, playwright, and the first recognized stage director in America who was one of the most influential men in American theater during his lifetime. Daly was also an avid collector whose valuable literary and art collections were the subject of a number of major auctions in 1900. It was Daly's collection that supplied the majority of the prints and documents used in the volume, some of which are here published for the first time. The extra illustrations may have been supplied by Clarence S. Bemens, a major collector in his own right and whose bookplate appears on the front paste-down.A very good + copy with wear to the corners, light to moderate wear to the extremities and some soiling to the rear cover; the armorial bookplate of Clarence S. Bemens on the front paste-down.