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Quair Books

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Ellen Terry: And her impersonations. An appreciation


Second issue (January, 1899). 8vo, pp. x, 274, [2] + b/w frontis and 31 plates featuring Terry. In the more modest, but still attractive, Gordon Craig-designed blue illustrated cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards lettered and decorated in black, with rose pink highlights to upper board. Rubbed and soiled, bruising and wear to extremities, spine baggy. Endpapers tanned and spotted, rear hinge cracked, front starting, but binding holding firm. Foxed, losses to leading margins of pp. 77-80, 267-8. Inscribed, smudgily, in sepia ink by Terry to fifth plate (opp. p.68, ‘Miss Ellen Terry as “Portia”’): “Yrs. sincerely/ Ellen Terry:”, ink splodges to “Yrs” and fore-edge. A robust copy of Hiatt’s amply illustrated account of Terry’s stellar stage career, unusual inscribed.