Memoirs of Samuel Phelps. [Extra illustrated with associated playbills and ephemera]. Samuel PHELPS, John COLEMAN, Edward.

Memoirs of Samuel Phelps. [Extra illustrated with associated playbills and ephemera].

London: Remington and Co., 1886. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED. In two volumes. Large folio, pp.200; pp.201-331. Pages of the original book disbound and mounted on large thick card, interleaved with over 100 playbills and posters, many shakespearean, as well as numerous portraits, engravings etc. In recent navy half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles to spines and blue cloth boards. Very good indeed. One of the most significant and versatile actors of the mid-ninteenth century, Phelps' most enduring legacy continues to be the huge success of the Shakespearean plays he staged at the Sadler's Wells theatre in Islington during the 1840's and 50's. Though Shakespeare had been performed throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, these performances were typically adaptations by the likes of Nahum Tate, Colley Cibber and David Garrick. Phelps staged many of his plays using the original text for the first time in over a century, and in some cases since their premiers at the Globe. He was also responsible for the revival of several plays which had not been performed at all for over a century, including 'Anthony and Cleopatra' and 'Pericles'. This unique compilation contains hundreds of original playbills, as well as engravings and contemporary newspaper clippings charting Phelps' remarkable career from as early as 1837. Item #48582

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