Chicago: Herbert S. Stone, 1899.
First edition. 4to. Original beige paper covered boards with large orange lettering, black vignette on cover. Title page and 19 tipped-in color, black and white, and tinted plates of actors from the English stage. With superb typed letter signed on Herbert S. Stones red letterhead stationary to Edith Terry, Ellen Terry's daughter, dated March 23, 1900. In part, "My Dear Miss Terry, I hope you will forgive me for not answering your letter sooner... I hope you have quite recovered from your illness and are feeling fit again... As to your son and his book: I have sent a check (30 pounds) to our London representative for him, and I hope there will be occasion to send others before long. The book has started off fairly well in this country. We had hoped in the beginning that it could be sold in the theaters, but Mr. Bram Stoker got ahead of us with a book of his own so that we have to rely entirely on the book shops. The public seems to like the pictures, and I think numbers of them are being sold to be framed..." Laid in are a couple sheets with pencil notes, one of which states, "This must be to Edy Craig. It was in her copy of the book "in Question." Ellen Terry (1847-1928) was Gordon Craig's mother and the greatest actress of her day. She worked with Henry Irving and his company for many years and both her children, Edith "Edy" and Edward, appeared in the company's plays at the Lyceum Theatre. The publisher's letter to Ellen Terry concerns book sales, he states that he has sent a cheque [for £30] for Craig, and hopes to send others before long, to which Craig has added the comment "one other will do. That to be £120." Spine paper worn away, otherwise, very good.
Price: $650.00 Item #4484