Theatre on the Frontier 1965, William B Carson 2nd edition New Introduction
Theatre on the Frontier, 1965 by William B. Carson, this 2nd edition with a New Introduction, is an Illustrated history of Theater in St. Louis and the Mississippi Valley. From 1814 to roughly mid-century. Carson traces the efforts of Noah Ludlow, Sol Smith and James Caldwell, three theater entrepreneurs of the MIssissippi River Valley.
This book is the hard to find hardcover second edition; the first edition was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1932. There are 16 illustrations in this collectible text, one of them a loose page.
This is a basic reference text for the American theater and drama historian, enhanced by a thoughtful introduction and supported by careful documentation and an appendix listing performances from 1815 through 1839.This book is in good vintage condition, firm in binding and clean except for a signature of a previous owner on the flyleaf and a shaggy dusk jacket. With 321 pages, the book measures 6 1/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches by 1 14 inches.