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Item #BB2275 [Toy Theater] [Juvenile Drama] The Blue Jackets, or Her Majesty's Service. A Farce, in One Act. Edward STIRLING, Benjamin Pollock, 1856–1937.
[Toy Theater] [Juvenile Drama] The Blue Jackets, or Her Majesty's Service. A Farce, in One Act
[Toy Theater] [Juvenile Drama] The Blue Jackets, or Her Majesty's Service. A Farce, in One Act

[Toy Theater] [Juvenile Drama] The Blue Jackets, or Her Majesty's Service. A Farce, in One Act

[London]: Printed and published by B. Pollock, 73, Hoxton Street, N., [1895?]. Wrappers. A rare, complete nineteenth-century Benjamin Pollock toy theater. Foolscap 8vo (168 x 108 mm): 16pp, with nine hand-colored plates (219 x 173 mm), as called for on title page ("4 Plates Characters, 3 Scenes, 2 Wings [Nos. 5 & 8]"). String-stitched paper self-wrappers; plates still stitched, as issued. Slight marginal chipping to plates, but an excellent example of a scarce survival. Not in Speaight. Fine-. Item #BB2275

The Blue Jackets was first performed at the Adelphi Theatre, in the West End, in 1838. This toy theater, produced as a souvenir of a live performance, was adapted from the original stage production for a young audience. The lithographed plates illustrating characters, costumes, and scenes, as well as "side wings to suit any play," were intended to be cut out and dramatized using the accompany libretto, condensed to 16 pages. Toy theaters were undated, so pinpointing the actual year of this production is difficult, especially because many plates were resold to successive publishers, who reissued the dramas under their own names. (The putative date of this toy theater, as published by Pollock, is from the catalog of Ohio State University's microfilmed copy of the original at the Victoria & Albert Museum.) Pollock’s, one of the oldest toy shops in London, had its origins in Hoxton, in 1851, and was taken over in 1877 by Benjamin Pollock, who ran it until his death in 1937, selling toy theaters for "a penny plain, two pence coloured." The business was struggling until Robert Louis Stevenson visited the shop in 1884 and later wrote in an essay, "If you love art, folly or the bright eyes of children, speed to Pollock's." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books and ephemera in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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