Stuttgart: Julius Hoffmann, 1899. First edition. Hardcover. Small Folio. 16pp., 30 plates with tissue guards. Original light brown cloth with stamped brown decor and lettering on cover and laid down halftone photograph. Decorative floral endpapers. Rare textbook for character actors. The portrait photographs demonstrate various facial expressions which are arranged according to emotional states: malice, gentleness, disgust, desire, self-confidence, servility, joy, pain, tension of the soul (sleeping, musing, observing, tension, fear, stupidity, etc.) and tension of the senses (seeing, smelling, tasting and hearing).
Albert Borée (1864–1910) worked at the theaters in Plauen, Bromberg, Göttingen and Neu-Strelitz. From 1893 on he worked at the City Theater in Strasbourg as a character comic and as director. Illustrated with 119 halftone portrait photographs showing an actor posing with various expressions. A catalog of expressions at front is divided into the respective emotional states with detailed instructions as to the facial variations for each state.
Text in German. Binding with very light wear along edges. Light age toning of block not affecting visuals. Binding and interior in overall very good to near fine condition. Very good. Item #42188