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Author Name:    BALDWIN, Peter SPEAIGHT, George

Title:   Toy Theatres of the World. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Zwemmer, London, 1992, ISBN:0302006141 

Seller ID:   110806

BALDWIN, Peter. Toy Theatres of the World. Foreword by George Speaight. (London) : Zwemmer, (1992). First Edition. Pp (7),8-175,(1). Ilustrated. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "For over 150 years, throughout the world and by whatever name it is known, the toy theatre has been a source ofenjoyment for children and adults alike. Perhaps the reason for this endur ing popularity has been the ability to provide - in terms of preparing stages, characters, sets, lighting and lines - an excitement akin to that of the real thestre. This extensively illustrated book is the first publication in English to cover the subject of toy theatres worldwide. The section on the English Juvenile Drama studies the designs and work of the leading British toy theatre publishers, such as William West and Benjamin Pollock. This is folowed by a comprehensive examination of toy theatres on the Continent,particularly in Denmark, which still boasts a thriving Toy Theatre Society , and Germany, where the strong interest in the Papiertheater was closely linked to a prolific toy manufacturing industry based in cities like Nuremberg, Neuruppin and Berlin. Especially interesting is Peter Baldwin's study of the toy theatre in America, which provides new evidence to suggest that at least one major New York publisher produced designs that were copied directly from children's journals in England. Finally, the book discusses the influence of the Juvenile Drama on great literary figures such as Chesterton, Dickens,l Thackeray and Mann, as well as providing important practical information on the design and construction of toy theatres." (from the dj). Contents : Foreword. Introduction. 1. The Toy Theatre in England. 2. Papiertheater in Germany. 3. Dukketeater in Denmark. 4. The Kindertheater in Austria. 5. Imagerie Franšais. 6. Spain and El Teatro de los Ninos. 7. Other Continental Variations. 8. North America. 9. THrough a Child's Eyes. Appendix I - Pollock, Webb, Diaghilev and The Triumph of Neptune. Appendix II - Basic structures of toy theatres. Notes. Chronological list of toy theatre publishers. Bibliography. Public collections of toy theatres and prints. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 150.00


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