“THE GENUINE ARTIST SURVIVES THE TEST OF EVEN FIERY CRITICISM”
McKECHNIE, Samuel. Popular Entertainments through the Ages. London: Sampson Low, Marston, . Octavo, modern three-quarter scarlet morocco gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. $400.
First edition of McKechnie’s survey and celebration of British entertainment, from medieval “gleemen” and mimes to modern circus clowns and Charlie Chaplin, handsomely bound by Frost.
The author traces the history of English entertainment from the days of wandering minstrels through the early 20th-century circus, viewing mystery plays, "Punch and Judy" puppet shows, Christmas pantomimes and Charlie Chaplin films along the way. Illustrated with 38 plates (four in color).
A fine copy, handsomely bound.