Wags of the Stage 1902 Joseph Whitton No 55 of Edition of 500 Copies
Wags of the Stage, 1902 by Joseph Whitton, this hardcover book is a rare, highly collectible edition of an important historical book, No. 55 of a Limited DeLux Edition of 500 illustrated copies. Concerned with American theater, actors' biographies and the drama of the period, it discusses 17 actors whom author Whitton knew well.
You'll find in the 264 pages of this antiquarian book a treasure trove of memorabilia, entertaining anecdotes and information on such notables as Junius Brutus Booth, father of actors Edwin Booth and the notorious John Wilkes Booth; John Brougham, the "genial" Irish & American actor-dramatist and after dinner speaker; John Drew, scion of the grand family of actors related to the Barrymores; and P. T. Barnum, of circus and theatrical fame.
There are also 15 glossy black and white portraits, including one of the author "in his salad days." It measures 6 inches by 9 inches by 1 inch.
Fully half of the book is an essay entitled "William Wheatley: And an Episode of Nicaraguan Life," the interesting story of a trip which Whitton took with the actor.
For its 120 years, the book is in worn condition, with some of the pages loose or partly loose from the binding, and some bent corners. The pages are all there, clean and unmarked. The red cover is worn, especially along the edges and spine, binding weakened and torn at covers and there is an ancient bookplate of a previous owner on the inside front cover.