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Memoirs of Charles Mathews, Comedian

By Anne Jackson Mathews

1838-9 - London - Richard Bentley

9" by 6"; i, xi, 438pp; ii, xi, 472pp; xiv, 650pp; iv, xii, 503pp

DETAILS

An attractively bound four volume set of the memoirs of Charles Mathews by his wife Anne Jackson Mathews.

In signed bindings by C. Lewis.

Collated complete.

Charles Mathews (1776-1835) was an English theatre manager and comic actor, well known during his time for his gift of impersonation and table entertainment. His play, At Home, in which he played every character, was the first monopolylogue and the defining work in the genre.

Mathews started off in his career by playing bit parts in plays, but in 1803 he made his first London appearance at the Haymarket as Jabel in Richard Cumberland's The Jew and as Lingo in The Agreeable Surprise. His gift for mimicry enabled him to disguise his personality without a change of costume. His originality and versatility were best displayed in his one-man show entitled At Home or, Mathews At Home, which he initiated in the Lyceum Theatre in 1908. The show combined mimicry, storytelling, recitations, improvisations, quick-change artistry and comic song.

Each volume contains a frontispiece. Volumes I and IV each contain two plates. Volumes II and III each contain 4 plates.

CONDITION

In signed calf bindings by C. Lewis. Externally, sound with some shelfwear, handling marks and light spotting to boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright with some occasional spotting. Previous owner's bookplates to front pastedowns of each volume. Overall: VERY GOOD.


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