Philadelphia: 1833. 65,pp. 12mo. Original self-wrappers, stitched. Worn at edges, corners rounded and wrappers rubbed. Lightly foxed, stain to rear cover. Contemporary notation to list of Dramatis Personae; previous ownership inscription torn away at top of p.7 affecting first few lines on p.8; contemporary ownership inscription on p.54. Light foxing and toning throughout, a few leaves worn. Good. Item #1601
A working copy of an early American edition of Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's most loved tragedies. Published by Turner's American Stage, "printed from the acting copy, with remarks, biographical and critical. With a description of the costume; cast of characters; and the whole of the stage business, as now performed in the London and American Theatres." The present copy seems to have been used by Harry R. Kinnear who has inked his name in near those listed as having played Romeo; presumably it is his name and inscription which have been torn away by a later owner. The only record we find for a Harry R. Kinnear is from the Civil War -- mustered in at Philadelphia in 1863 and died at Petersburg in 1864. We locate four copies of this edition of the play in OCLC, at Harvard, the American Antiquarian Society, the Folger, and DePauw University. A rare and early American edition of this famous work.