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The Flyleaf                                                                                              March 2016    
The Monthly Newsletter of the IOBA
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Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, and tomorrow
creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterdays have alighted fools
the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle,
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that
struts and frets his hour upon the stage...

(and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an
idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.)

Ok, so in high school (which was a few short years ago) I had to memorize some Shakespeare.  There was Romeo & Juliet in freshman year  -- I don't remember much of it and the play itself seemed like a Harlequin Romance on steroids and with poison (remember, I was a freshman - everything was stupid then).  Sophomore year was MacBeth -- and for some reason, this particular speech stuck in my mind. I always loved getting to the end.... Signifying NOTHING!!!    Callow sophomores have no idea about life, but we sure do love dramatics!

(Julius Caesar was junior year and the Ides of March are coming upon us... but I'll leave that for the issue on espionage)

Mostly high school students spend a great deal of time strutting and fretting, stage or no, and Shakespeare is probably better served being taught to adults who've had a few years under their belts and have a glimmer of an idea what he was talking about -- but no matter what, he knew how to put on a show.  

This month IOBA's newsletter features Drama and the Theatre (not just Shakespeare) in all its forms: tragedy, comedy, musical, avant garde, and whatever new format has come down the pike this year.  


Adventure in the Theatre
...A history of the early years of the experimental Théâtre de l'Oeuvre in Paris, opened in 1893 under the direction of its founder Aurélien Marie Lugné (known as Lugné-Poe, a stage- and pen-name adopted in homage to Edgar Allan Poe), an actor and scenic designer. The "forerunner of the Symbolist school of French drama and [the] rallying point for its celebrated fighting spirit," it was instrumental in spearheading the aesthetic revolt against realism in the theatre. The book covers only the first phase of the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre's existence, during which it presented more than 50 programs -- including the debut of Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Roi" in 1896 -- and had toured England, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium. (Disillusioned with the work of the Symbolists, Lugné-Poe closed the theatre in 1899; revived in 1912, it presented several works by Dadaist and Surrealist writers, then had its operations disrupted by World War I...

The Life of Edmund Kean

London: Edward Moxon, 1835. Very Good. 2 volumes (xlvii, [1], 216, vii, [1], 280 p.): frontispiece portrait of Edmund Kean, signed Stump and Edwards; 20 cm. 19th-century binding: half red polished calf with brown marbled paper over boards. Gilt-tooled spine with title, volume number, and decoration. Top edges gilt. Marbled endpapers matching boards. Small bookbinder's stamp on vol. 1 free front endpaper verso for Neumann. First edition. This biography of the esteemed English actor Edmund Kean was published not long after his death in 1833. The English first edition is much less common than the American edition by Harper the same year.

They Die in Vain

Hackettstown, New Jersey: Authors Peace Society/Hackettstown Gazette Publishing Co.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1937. Softcover. Presents three plays: Barriers, Tomorrow and White Comrade. Rose wraps, Cover Design by Howard T. Knapp, each play preceded by a photograph (blue). The plays were first produced at Centenary Junior College by the Centenary Players; the photos are from their productions. This copy with an inscription to a cast member of a different play on the front free endpaper penned and signed by the author (H. Graham Du Bois). An uncommon title remembering the first world war created in the shadow of the second.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

New York: Atheneum, 1962. 1st Edition, Stated. Cloth. Very good/good +. 242p. Top edge of cover lightly sunned, price clipped jacket has small black dots and a smudge on front with small chips and tears to edges. 1963 Tony Award for Best Play with original cast of Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Melinda Dillon, and George Gizzard; film adaptation directed by Mike Nichols starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis.
Victoria Regina
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, n.d. (ca 1936.) First US printing. Good only in a fair dust jacket. (stain to front cover of book, dust jacket is price-clipped, quite edgeworn, and has some loss in the middle of the spine.) Sheets printed in England. Illustrated throughout with drawings by Ernest Shepard. The basis of Housman's most successful play. A unique copy, SIGNED by Laurence Housman with the words "his signature" underneath (in Housman's hand) the words "Harry Essex, his book." Essex (1910-1997) was a writer, movie director and film producer. This copy is also SIGNED by Helen Hayes (1900-1993), whose starring role in this 1936 Broadway play was perhaps her greatest role ever. Hayes' signature is followed by the words, "his friend" with a line going up to Essex's name. 470 pp.
No-isho _ Japanese no-play costumes...

Tokyo: Meiji-Shobo. Very Good-; 12 x 16 (41 cm) 2-volume Japanese cloth bindings in worn . folding case which lacks one (of two) bone clasp. Plates and text are . clean and bright as are the cloth bindings. Each plate accompanied by a . guard sheet with descriptive letterpress in Japanese. Title leaves in . English.. [1934]. Portfolio. Illustrated by 100 color halftone plates; Noh or Nogaku is a major musical theater style that has been performed since the 14th century, the longest major theater art still regularly preformed today. While the costumes originally reflected the dress of the day by the 16th century they became infused with symbolism and were elaborately woven and embroidered in silk.

In the Shadow of the Great White Way

New York,: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989. Book. Fine. Hardcover. No flaws or blemishes. Dust jacket in protective Mylar sleeve. ---- Introduction by Cicely Tyson. Black and white photographs throughout. - Documents the history of Black theater from 1957-1984. Since the early 1950s photographer Andrews has been capturing the activity of the black theater in New York..
The Lion in Winter

NY: Ronark Program. Very Good+. 1968. First Edition; First Printing. Stapled Wraps. Unpaginated pages; Very Good Plus condition. Approximately 32 pages. Just a bit of shelf rub at spine edge. Several light creases to back cover. Solid, clean. In front of the camera: King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) ; Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn) ; Princess Alais (Jane Merrow) ; King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton) ; Prince Richard the Lionhearted (Anthony Hopkins) and many more.

The Magic of Light

Little, Brown and Company, Boston / Theatre Arts Books, 1972. 6th Printing. Large Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. Kinsella, Marion. 6th printing. Jacket reverse lightly foxed, page ridges faintly foxed. 1972 Large Hardcover. ix, 256 pp. A review of the career of Jean Rosenthal, considered the premier lighting designer in modern theater, who pioneered creative uses of light to accomplish more than just simple illumination.

The Lady in the Dark

A very nice copy. The only damage is to the very top of the spine where it has been taken off the shelf. Ex-Library. Very light marks in pencil throughout, little lines, lightly drawn curved lines from one speech to another, not exactly underlining. Photo of Carol Lawrence facing the title page, review glued inside front cover. Aside from the library stickers , stamps, and the damage to the very top of the spine, this is a tight copy with very little wear. Lists the 1941 cast, Including Danny Kaye.
The Vegetable

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1923. First. First edition. Spine lettering dull, a very good copy lacking the dustwrapper. For reasons unknown to us, this copy is Inscribed by Harold H. Knerr, probably the foremost illustrator of the Katzenjammer Kids: "With kindest wishes & best wishes from yours sincerely, Harold H. Knerr." Beneath his inscription, Knerr has drawn his two greatest creations, the mischievous Katzenjammer Kids, Hans and Fritz. Originally created by Rudolph Dirks in 1897, and based on the "Max und Moritz" cartoon pranksters and bad boys created by German artist Wilhelm Busch. Knerr took over the cartoon in 1914, after a lawsuit between the Hearst and Pulitzer papers, and continued until his death in 1949, and created the version of the Katzenjammers best known today. A pleasing little inscription drawing connecting the "bad boy" comic icons to the infant terrible of the 1920s literary world. Fitzgerald's only play. .

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Until Next Month...

Your assignment for next month, class, is to memorize a speech from your favorite play (musical, one-man show, opera, what-have-you) and post it to the IOBA website as a selfie.... GO!

Just kidding.  However, it would be a hoot to see what such a wide variety of dealers could come up with.  And how many of you would include costumes, backdrops, extras, etc.  I can visualize so many different types of selfie monologues... maybe we should really give it a try.

Personally, I'll find a way to sing "The Egg" from 1776 (one of my all time favorites - if you haven't seen this wonderful musical, go YouTube it!)


In the make things easier department:

Here's the theme for next month's Newsletter:

Satire & Humor

submissions for items or catalogues are due by the 12th of April. 


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