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THE PSYCHEDELIC THEATRE PRESENTS [caption title]
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THE PSYCHEDELIC THEATRE PRESENTS [caption title]

By [Leary, Timothy]

[New York: Timothy Leary Defense Fund, 1966]. First Edition. Broadside. Very good. Broadside, 8 x 16 inches, folded into four printed panels. Verso bears "Timothy Leary Defense Fund" return address inkstamp, postmark, and printed label addressed to Ned Polsky. Four pairs of staple holes, some wear and uneven toning. Good to very good. Mailed flyer promoting a benefit for Timothy Leary's legal defense fund on May 22, 1966, at the Open Stage on St. Mark's Place, with a performance of the Psychedelic Theatre. Leary had been sentenced in March to 30 years in prison and and fined $30,000 for carrying a small (and disputed) amount of marijuana across the Mexican border into the U.S. His conviction would be overturned in 1969. The Psychedelic Theatre was a multimedia show that had recently emerged at the Hitchcock Estate in Millbrook, New York, Timothy Leary's highly-trafficked residence of the mid-1960s. While Leary was traveling in India in 1964, photographer Arnie Hendin appeared at Millbrook and showed a series of slides from two projectors accompanied by music and mirrors (and LSD) to Michael Hollingshead, the Harvard researcher who had introduced Leary to LSD three years earlier. Astonished by Hendin's work, Hollingshead asked if he knew "any other photographers who were his peers in these realms," learned about a man named Gabi living in the East Village, and left the next day to pick him up in Manhattan. After Hollingshead returned to Millbrook with Gabi, a Tibetan monkey, an iguana, and a crow, the multimedia show developed further and began drawing additional collaborators. The Psychedelic Theatre's first public performance took place at the Village Vanguard on April 5, 1965, featuring, among others, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Alan Watts, Charlie Mingus, Leary's daughter Susan, and a dancer named Mario. Hollingshead later wrote in his memoirs, THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD (London, 1973), that the "Psychedelic Theatre arose out of something like the cave-paintings of primitive man interested in constructing a piece of reality from the flux. It was a theatre of controlled spontaneity, offered not as a virtuoso performance by a signature-artist, but as a sensory embrace." In its brief text, the present mailer refers to the threefold energy of creation, negation, and reconciliation, as expressed by the Hindu Trimurti, "the Einsteinian matra E=mc<2>," and Hermann Hesse's Glass Bead Game (and, by extension, the Castalia Foundation at Millbrook). A scarce Leary ephemeron, addressed to Ned Polsky (1928-2000), sociologist of mid-20th-century American counterculture and author of HUSTLERS, BEATS, AND OTHERS (Chicago, 1967).

$75.00

THE WONDERFUL ALBINO FAMILY, RUDOLPH LUCASIE, WIFE AND CHILDREN, FROM MADAGASCAR. THEY HAVE PURE WHITE SKIN, SILKEN WHITE HAIR AND PINK EYES!! HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED AT BARNUM'S MUSEUM N.Y. FOR THREE YEARS. NOW WITH BUCKLEY AND COUP [caption title]
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THE WONDERFUL ALBINO FAMILY, RUDOLPH LUCASIE, WIFE AND CHILDREN, FROM MADAGASCAR. THEY HAVE PURE WHITE SKIN, SILKEN WHITE HAIR AND PINK EYES!! HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED AT BARNUM'S MUSEUM N.Y. FOR THREE YEARS. NOW WITH BUCKLEY AND COUP [caption title]

By [Lucasie Family]

New York: Currier & Ives, 1860. First Edition. Broadside. Good. [1860] Color lithographic broadside, image approximately 12 x 9 inches. Top half-inch of image trimmed, not affecting pictorial content. Toning, small chips and closed tears, early soft folds. Good. Early Currier & Ives portrait of the albino Dutch Lucasie family, whom Barnum brought to New York from Amsterdam in 1857, advertised for years at the American Museum as natives of Madagascar, and contracted for tours, as advertised here. Scarce.

$225.00

MRS. DR. STANLEY : THE GREAT ENGLISH PALMIST AND PHRENOLOGIST .... MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY IS LIFE! DR. STANLEY IS ENDOWED WITH GREAT POWER AND TREATS WITH NEVER-FAILING SUCCESS ALL FEMALE DISEASES ... [caption title]
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MRS. DR. STANLEY : THE GREAT ENGLISH PALMIST AND PHRENOLOGIST .... MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY IS LIFE! DR. STANLEY IS ENDOWED WITH GREAT POWER AND TREATS WITH NEVER-FAILING SUCCESS ALL FEMALE DISEASES ... [caption title]

By [Phrenology]

[Manchester, N.H.?: s.n., 1890]. Very good. [ca. 1890s] Broadside, 10 x 5 3/4 inches. On green paper. Small discoloration, affecting a few characters of text, light horizontal fold, very minor chipping at edges (affecting no text). Very good. Broadside advertising the services of palmist, phrenologist, and clairvoyante "Mrs. Dr. Stanley," who exhibited the "Strange Gift of Prophecy" and specialized in counseling on matters of marriage and healing of women's afflictions. The lower portion of the broadside is completed in print with the fees (fifty cents to two dollars) and address of her current engagement: No. 188 Merrimack St. (likely in Manchester, New Hampshire). Newspaper records show Dr. Mrs. Stanley touring the Midwest, the Northeast, and California between 1890 and 1902. In late 1890 and early 1891, she was the subject of some controversy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The November 30, 1890, issue of the NEWS-DEALER there reported that she and another woman, both "alleged fortune tellers and 'trance mediums'," became the targets of "the eagle eye of that great guardian of public morality Con[stable] McGroarty," who brought them before the mayor on the basis of "an absurd old law." The mayor was forced to fine and expel them, despite the fact, as the paper remarked, nobody had "ever complained that these two ladies did any harm." Six weeks later, Stanley's name reappeared in the NEWS-DEALER when a Mrs. Ludwig from nearby Pittstown poisoned herself with an ounce of arsenic. Local rumors circulated that family troubles were the cause and that "Mrs. Ludwig thought that her husband did not treat her as a husband ought to." Mr. Ludwig, however, denied "all of the above and claims that the cause was due to what Mrs. Dr. Stanley, the fortuneteller who was driven out of Wilkes-Barre recently, had told Mrs. Ludwig that Mr. Ludwig would desert her and that she would never see him again."

$275.00

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