Book of Words: Pageant of Italian Renaissance, 1909 Thomas Wood Stevens
Book of Words A Pageant of The Italian Renaissance, 1909, and a Preliminary Edition Pageant of the Renaissance (no date, no author*), both paperback, are bound together as a single book.
This rare and collectible first copy of Book of Words was published by the Society of the Antiquarians and indicates that the pageant was produced at the Art Institute of Chicago January 26 & 27, 1909.
This is a paperback with a colorful cover, a number of wood cuts, two in red. It measures 6 inches by 9 1/4 inches by 3/8 inch and has 85 pages. The cover is poorly attached to the glued binding, but there are no marks or tears. The back paper cover has a ragged edge.
The second paperback, entitled Preliminary Edition Book of Words Pageant of the Renaissance, is both glued and stapled, but the plain brown cover is loose. There is no publishing information. It measures 6 inches by 8 3/4 inches by 1/4 inch and has 66 pages. It is in fine condition: age related sepia coloration of pages, but clear, without marks or tears.
* Someone has written in the Preliminary Edition: "by Thomas Wood Stevens." Stevens (1880-1954) was a prominent writer and director of pageants in early 20th century America. He developed the first in the nation academic theater program at Carnegie Institute while actively writing and directing pageants, as did George P. Baker at Yale and Frederick Koch at the University of NC. Stevens also collaborated with Percy Mackaye in creating the a pageant of Saint Louis with 7000 participants.