Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1924. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. 8vo. Black cloth. Frontispiece and photographic plates throughout. 586 pp.
No jacket. Spine rebacked. Ex-library, with card pockets pasted on title page and front free endpaper, stamps on copyright page. Edges quite scuffed and corners bumped. Cup ring on front cover. Some soiling throughout. Closed tear on p. 383 repaired with tape by previous owner. Playbill ephemera laid in.
This is a first printing of Stanislavsky's first book (which wasn't published in his native Russian until 1926). Stanislavsky is widely considered to be the greatest acting teacher of modern theater, originator of the "method" acting style, and a great influence on Brando, De Niro, and many of the great 20th century American actors. A rather scarce printing, though the binding is not ideal.
Laid in is an interesting playbill from a 1940s Lake Zurich Playhouse amateur production of Laburnum Grove. Listed in the role of Mrs. Radfern is future star of stage and screen Geraldine Page. I spoke with the previous owner of this book whose father attended the production and confirmed that this was indeed the pre-fame Oscar- and Emmy-winner who starred in a number of local Chicago-area productions at that time. A fascinating curiosity included with this sale. Good. Item #1644