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THE OUTCAST SEED OR BANDIT SPERM BANK [caption title]
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THE OUTCAST SEED OR BANDIT SPERM BANK [caption title]

By R.O.T. [i.e. Richard Oviet Tyler]; Ronald Short (ill.)

New York: Uranian Press, 1961. First Edition. Broadside. Very good. Broadside, approximately 11 x 8½ inches. Contemporary inkstamp of Uranian Tract Society and contemporary blindstamp of Uranian Press. Two early horizontal folds, lightly toned near edges, else near fine. An early Uranian Press broadside, composed by founder Richard Tyler and illustrated with a deep-etch relief print by apprentice Ronald Short. Fears of "population explosion" have led to fears of population control, which should "prompt all Right Thinkers to immediate culmination of the generative function as a medium of creativity." The revolutionary in the scenario is the Custodian of Creativity who defies banking only "approved seed" for insemination - that "Renigade figure" is a "Custodian of Creativity. . . eternally opposed to collectivist categoriseing, & ready to outlaw breeding balance activity underground!" Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) established the Uranian Press in 1958 in the basement of a tenement on the Lower East Side where, by 1960, he had installed four printing presses. Under the Uranian imprint, Tyler, his wife, Dorothea Baer, and friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books that Tyler would sell from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church at Washington Square Park (a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England). Tyler, Baer, and their circle soon began developing a pyschedelic, quasi-religious artists' collective that would have a major (if still little-known) impact on the New York avant-garde of the early 1960s, particularly in performance and book arts.

$150.00

IDÉES SUR LE GESTE ET L'ACTION THÉÂTRALE PAR M. ENGEL, DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DE BERLIN; SUIVIES D'UNE LETTRE, DU MÊME AUTEUR, SUR LA PEINTURE MUSICALE. . . . TOME PREMIER [-SECONDE].
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IDÉES SUR LE GESTE ET L'ACTION THÉÂTRALE PAR M. ENGEL, DE L'ACADÉMIE ROYALE DE BERLIN; SUIVIES D'UNE LETTRE, DU MÊME AUTEUR, SUR LA PEINTURE MUSICALE. . . . TOME PREMIER [-SECONDE].

By Engel, [Johann Jakob]

Paris [et al.]: Chez Barrois . . ., 1788. First edition in French. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes. [4],324; [4],295 pp. plus 34 plates. Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt, gilt eather labels, edges red. Calf worn at edges, corners, and joints, spine ends chipped. Toning in margins of endpapers and title pages, affecting some text, light scattered foxing. Very good. 1788-1789. First edition in French, after the German first edition of 1785-1786, "Ideen zu einer Mimik." Johan Jakob Engel (1741-1802) was a popular German Romantic philosopher, playwright, and, from 1787 to 1784, chief director of the Royal National Theater of Berlin. Illustrated with thirty-four fine etchings by Jacques-Louis Copia (1764-1799) of stage characters, male and female, in various poses, costumes, and scenes.

$700.00

THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY-LANE. THIS PRESENT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1808. . . THE NEW OPERA IN 4 ACTS OF KAIS; OR, LOVE IN THE DESERTS. . .
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THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY-LANE. THIS PRESENT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1808. . . THE NEW OPERA IN 4 ACTS OF KAIS; OR, LOVE IN THE DESERTS. . .

By [Braham, John]; [Layla and Majnun]

[London]: Lowndes, Printer, [1808]. First Edition. Broadside. Fine. Broadside, approximately 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, untrimmed. Portion of bottom line of text unprinted. Small remnants of paper tape on verso, else fine. Broadside advertising the twelfth performance of the opera, KAIS, OR, LOVE IN THE DESERTS, at Drury Lane, starring and produced by the renowned English tenor, John Braham. John Braham (ca. 1774-1856) rose from poverty and orphanhood in London to the heights of European opera, where he celebrated as one of the great voices of his age. As a British Jew, he also represented a major shift in Jewish status and social potential during the late Georgian era, becoming not only an artist of acclaim but also eventually the father-in-law of several English aristocrats. KAIS was based on the ancient Arabian love story of Layla and Majnun, which had been adapted into a famous work by Persian Poet Nizami Ganjavi in the 12th century, which in turn became the source for numerous later poets and mystics throughout the Middle East and Central and South Asia. The story gained great popularity in Europe after Isaac D’Israeli published an English translation in the early 19th century. It was upon this translation that Isaac Brandon based the libretto for KAIS. Braham and William Reeve composed the music for the opera, which opened in 1807.

$350.00

THE LAMBS PUBLIC GAMBOL : FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MISSISSIPPI FLOOD SUFFERERS [caption title]
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THE LAMBS PUBLIC GAMBOL : FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MISSISSIPPI FLOOD SUFFERERS [caption title]

By [The Lambs Club]

[New York: The Lambs, 1927]. Softcover. Very good. W. Spencer Wright. Quarto. [8] pp. Pictorial self-wrappers. 78 unique contemporary ink autograph signatures on front and rear wrappers. Early soft vertical fold (affecting all leaves), minor soiling to wrappers, with two-inch stain in rear wrapper. Very good. Program for the Lambs Club's 1927 Public Gambol, held May 15 at the Knickerbocker Theatre, benefiting the victims of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The cover art, by W. Spencer Wright, features a nude satyress with a shepherd's crook and a lamb at her feet peering through a crack in a fence. The program is signed by Wright and 77 fellow Lambs, including such stage luminaries as Walter Catlett, Bill Desmond, Leon Errol, Lew Fields, Eddie Foy, David Warfield, and "Shepherd" Tom Wise.

$300.00

THE FOUR GREAT BIG ATTRACTIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON. NO FAIR, TROTTING EVENT OR OUTSIDE EXHIBITION COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE OR ALL OF THESE FEATURES. . . [caption title]
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THE FOUR GREAT BIG ATTRACTIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON. NO FAIR, TROTTING EVENT OR OUTSIDE EXHIBITION COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE OR ALL OF THESE FEATURES. . . [caption title]

By [Baldwin, Thomas Scott]

[Massachusetts?], 1880. Broadside. Near fine. [ca. late 1880s]. Broadside, 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Two neat vertical folds and one neat horizontal fold. Light contemporary pencil note ("What prizes & railroad facilities?") in lower margin. Half-inch closed tear in horizontal fold, not affecting text, else fine. Unrecorded broadside advertisement of agent M. J. Finn of Natick, Massachusetts, for a great variety of outdoor entertainments available for hire to fairs and other exhibitions. The broadside most significantly features T. S. Baldwin and his GRAND BALLOON ASCENSION AND JUMP FROM AN ALTITUDE OF 5000 FEET. Baldwin (1860-1923), a U.S. Army Major and pioneering aeronautical performer and engineer, designed and operated parachutes, balloons, and airplanes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, creating the famous California Arrow dirigible, which was exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair, and numerous other flying machines, used variously for entertainment, military, and navigational purposes. Also advertised in this broadside are Jeakles Wonderful Hippodrome Chariot Races, Miss Loui Cassini, Champion Lady Equestrienne, Finns Running Dogs, Mlle. Carlotta, Lady Aeronaut (i.e., Mary Hawley Myers, an important figure in her own right, who performed throughout the 1880s), a Mounted Sword Contest, Abdallah Ben Saids Troupe of Bedouin Arabs, Rowing Tricycle Races, Mlle. Maretta Meyers, wire walker, globe runner, juggler, slide for life by the hair and teeth, and a variety of other unusual performers. A very early and extremely rare Baldwin ephemeron, in remarkably good condition.

$200.00

BREAD
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BREAD

By [Schumann, Peter]

Glover, Vermont: Bread and Puppet, 1984. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Peter Schumann et al.. Quarto. [16] pp. including illustrations. Original pictorial self-wrappers, stapled. A fine copy. First edition of Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann's essay on and recipe for Silesian bread, illustrated with numerous photographic and woodcut images.

$50.00

ERDO, THE FAMOUS OLD GYPSY QUEEN; WHO, IN ANCIENT TIMES, BY HER TRUE PREDICTIONS AND READING OF FATE, WAS KNOW THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, HAS MATERIALIZED IN THE SPIRIT OF A MOST BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY DESCENDANT, GERTRUDE ERDO. . . [caption title]
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ERDO, THE FAMOUS OLD GYPSY QUEEN; WHO, IN ANCIENT TIMES, BY HER TRUE PREDICTIONS AND READING OF FATE, WAS KNOW THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, HAS MATERIALIZED IN THE SPIRIT OF A MOST BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY DESCENDANT, GERTRUDE ERDO. . . [caption title]

By [Erdo, Gertrude]

[n.p.], 1890. Broadside. Good. [ca. 1890s]. Broadside, approximately 9 x 6 inches. Margins heavily chipped, but affecting only two characters in first line of text; paper toned and brittle; soft early folds; else good. An unrecorded broadside advertising the Gypsy fortune teller, "Gertrude Erdo," spiritual descendant of the original Erdo, the "famous old Gypsy Queen" and clairvoyante. The broadside describes Madame Erdo's various supernatural powers, partly in verse, and states that she will be available "in your city for a short time only" at 37 West Long Street (likely Columbus, Ohio).

$35.00

WARNING : BOIL DRINKING WATER : DUE TO A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY, ALL CONSUMERS OF WATER FROM THE PUBLIC SUPPLY ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED TO BOIL ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING OR COOKING, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE [caption title]
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WARNING : BOIL DRINKING WATER : DUE TO A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY, ALL CONSUMERS OF WATER FROM THE PUBLIC SUPPLY ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED TO BOIL ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING OR COOKING, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE [caption title]

By [Connecticut State Department of Health]

[Hartford], 1950. Broadside. Fine. [ca. 1950s]. Broadside, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fine. "OS. E. 8 (2-43) 2M." Water-quality warning broadside issued by the Connecticut State Department of Health. OCLC lists one copy, at the Connecticut Historical Society.

$40.00