Very Good+ No Jacket. 4to-over 9æ"-12" tall. Hardcover, burgundy cloth lettered in gold, no dust-jacket. 224pp. Appendix, Index. 197 illustrations. First printing thus of this reprint of the original 1938 edition. No previous ownership marks. "The masque was a form of festive courtly entertainment that flourished in 16th-and early 17th-century Europe, though it was developed earlier in Italy, in forms including the intermedio (a public version of the masque was the pageant). A masque involved music and dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate stage design, in which the architectural framing and costumes might be designed by a renowned architect, to present a deferential allegory flattering to the patron. Professional actors and musicians were hired for the speaking and singing parts. Often, the masquers who did not speak or sing were courtiers." [Wikipedia] A clean, square, unmarked copy. Very good+.
Very Fine in Very Good+ original acetate jacket. 4to, in wrappers. Features illustrations and photographs. This volume, devoted to the study of the staging of the Stuart Masques produced at Whitehall under the supervision of the Lords Chamberlain to King James I and King Charles I, is respectfully dedicated to the right honorable the Earl of Cromer.
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