SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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British Theatrical Gallery, A Collection of Whole Length Portraits, With Bibliographical Notices.

Contains 20 engraved portraits by R. Cooper of famous contemporary actors and dancers, including Sarah Siddons as Lady Macbeth, Edmund Kean as Richard III, Samuel Simmonds as Baron Munchausen, dancers Lisa Noblet, Felicite Hullin, and Etienne Le Blond, opera singer Giuseppe de Begnis, and Henry Gattie, Maria Theresa Bland, Sarah Booth, Frances Copeland, and Charles Young.

London: H. Berthoud, 1825.
Colas 2862; Abbey Life 418 (coloured and uncoloured copies); Bobins II 727; Tooley 483.
London: H. Berthoud, 1825.

4to. 1/2 straight-grained maroon morocco over marbled boards. Front joint professionally repaired. Plate margins a little age-toned; occasional minor spotting; colouring fresh and robust. With 20 hand-coloured engravings of actors, actresses, singers, and three ballet dancers, including Mrs. Siddons, Mr. S. Booth Knight, Mr. Simmonds, Mmes Copeland & Hullin, Mr. Le Blond, and Mlle. Noblet. Biographical notices to each. A fascinating pictorial record of the London stage in 1822. Bookplate of James Paul Jr. to front pastedown. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. Mrs. Siddons, as Lady Macbeth, in the Tragedy of Macbeth. 2. Mr. Kean, as Gloucester, in the Tragedy of King Richard III. 3. Mr. Young, as the Stranger. 4. Mr. Harley, as Caleb Quotem, in the farce of The Review. 5. Mr. Knight, as Hodge, in the Opera of Love in a Village. 6. Mr Gattie, as Monsieur Morbleu, in the Farce of Monsieur Tonson. 7. Mr. Dowton, as Doctor Cantwell, in the Comedy of the Hypocrite. 8. Mr. Wilkinson, as Michael in Free and Easy. 9. Mr. Fitzwilliam, as Looney Mactwolter in the Farce of the Review or the Wags of Windsor. 10. Mr. Cooper, as Clement Cleveland, in The Pirate. 11. Mr. George Smith, as Robin, in No Song No Supper. 12. Mr. Simmons, as Baron Munchausen, in the Pantomime of Harlequin Munchausen. 13. Signor de Begnis, as Don Geronio in Il Turco in Italia. 14. Monsieur Le Blond. 15. Mrs. Bland, as Mme. Morbleu in Monsieur Tonson. 16. Miss Sarah Booth, as Christine in Love in Humble Life. 17. Miss Smithson, as Miss Dorillon, in Wives as they were, and Maids as they are. 18. Miss Copeland, as Fanny, in Maid or Wife. 19. Mlle. Noblet, as La Paysanne Supposee. 20. Mlle. Hullin.