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Book Description
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Large 8vo, pp. [x], 322, [2] + b/w portrait frontis and plates. Green cloth, gilt stamped lettering to spine and Ernest Benn’s device to upper board, blind double ruled. Spine, joints and top edges sunned, spine ends frayed, 3.5cm split to head of bottom joint, chip to upper leading edge. Benson’s almost illegible inscription – he would have been 72 when his memoirs were published – in pencil to ffep: “[?]/ Yours gratefully/ Frank R Benson,” smudged patch to front pastedown (removal of POI?). Else, clean. Unusual with Benson’s inscription.
Dealer Notes
Sir Frank R. Benson (1858-1939), the leading English actor-manager, had a “zealous, missionary passion for Shakespeare,” which he bore to “countless provincial towns” and revived many plays that had gone unperformed for years. Despite early support from both Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, plus “his noble Roman appearance,” Benson was unremarkable as an actor; instead, his “great talent was for nurturing other actors [...] and creating a theatrical nursery [... while], perhaps his greatest contribution was laying a solid foundation for theatrical performances at Stratford” (ODNB).
Author BENSON, Sir Frank
Date 1930
Publisher London: Ernest Benn Limited
Condition Good

Price: £75.00

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