A Theatrical Trip for a Wager! Through Canada and the United States.
Rhys, Captain Charles Horton (Captain Morton Price).
8vo. 140pp. Gold-and blind-stamped blue cloth. Bound upside down with rear board in front. Two frontispieces with portraits of the author and Catharine Lucette, both signed in facsimile, interleaved with tissue guard. Captain Charles Horton Rhys (1824-1876) was one of the most well known 'gentlemen amateur' actors of the 1850's and 1860's. He was also known under his stage name Captain Morton Price. One of his fellow actors was Catherine Lucette, who went on to accompany Rhys as his leading lady on his 1859-60 American - Canadian tour. The tour was based on a bet between Rhys and attendees of a dinner party. The actor claimed that he could earn 500 pounds a year (above expenses), performing on stage in a foreign country with an amateur theater group. This book is a humorous travel account of that tour. Illustrated with 5 lithographed plates by C. J. Culliford. Frontispieces are tinted; the other three are colored lithographs. Sporadic foxing to frontispieces, margin and verso of plates. Heavy age wear and staining on binding. Split along parts of joints, small closed tears along head and tail of spine. Signed and dated on free front endpaper. Binding in poor, interior in overall good condition.
Edition: First edition
Book ID: 23818