Illustrierte Theaterzeitung

With Fifty-Five Engraved Plates, Mostly Hand-Colored,
Depicting Theatrical Life in Vienna

[BÄUERLE, Adolf, editor]. Illustrierte Theaterzeitung. Herausgeber und Redacteur: Adolf Bäuerle. Nos. 1 and 2-No. 313 (Mittwoch den 1. und Donnerstag den 2. Jänner 1845-Mittwoch den 31. December 1845). Achtunddreissigster Jahrgang. Vienna: [Gedruckt bei J.B. Sollinger], 1845.

First edition. Bound in two large quarto volumes (14 7/16 x 10 13/16 inches; 366 x 270 pp.). 624; [625]-732, [729]-732, [737]-940, [945]-1260 pp. Lacking issue Nos. 183 (pp. [733]-736) and 235 (pp. [941]-944), but with issue No. 182 (pp. [729]-732]) duplicated. Text in three columns. With fifty-five engraved plates (including four double-page) by André Geiger, J.W. Zinke, and Zechmayer, after Cajetan and Edmund Mahlknecht. With an additional plate “Das Fest der Handwerker” from Gallerie drolliger und interessanter Scenen (5t. Jahrgang No. 11) at the end. All of the plates, except for three of the double-page plates, are hand-colored.

Contemporary dark green morocco-grain cloth. Smooth spines ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Some occasional minor foxing. A few short tears in the outer margin(where the pages were once folded), some neatly/discreetly repaired. An excellent copy.

There are twenty-four plates from the series “Modebilder zur Theaterzeitung” (Nos. 704-727); thirteen plates from the series “Satyrisches Bild” (Nos. 43-55); nine plates from the series “Rebus. Beilage zur Theaterzeitung” (Nos. 12-19 and 21); four plates from the series “Costume Bild zur Theaterzeitung” (Nos. 102-105); and four plates from the series “Besondere Bilderbeylage zur Theaterzeitung” (Nos. 1-3 and 3). According to a pencilled note on the front pastedown of the first volume, plate No. 101 from the series “Costume Bild zur Theaterzeitung” is lacking. However, there is no mention in the text of a plate No. 101, and facing p. 164 in issue No. 40 (where plate No. 101 should be bound), is an added engraved title: “Wiener Allgemeine Theaterzeitung Sieben und Dreissigster, Jahrgang, Wien, 1844.” Plate No. 20 (which should be opposite p. 956 in No. 238) from the series “Rebus. Beilage zur Theaterzeitung” is lacking.

Adolf Bäuerle (1786-1859), “was the author of more than seventy plays in the style of the Viennese popular theatre…In 1806 he founded the Theaterzeitung, which appeared until 1860 and provided him with a livelihood. In 1813 he wrote his first play, Kinder und Narren reden die Wahrheit, for the Theater in der Leopoldstadt, in which his plays were to be acted for the next thirty years. He wrote three or four plays a year until 1827. From then until 1848 he restricted himself mainly to journalism” (The Oxford Companion to German Literature).

Hiler, p. 19 (under Allgemeine Theaterzeitung und Originalblatt für Kunst, Literature, Musik, Mode und geselliges Leben). Item #00342

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