Actor/manager George Alexander (1858-1918) played Jack in the original 1895 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. He also produced and performed in Lady Windermere’s Fan in 1892 at the St James Theatre, In London.
Following Wilde’s disgraceful arrest and scandal Alexander bought the rights to his plays which he later restored to Wilde’s son Vyvyan Holland. He also staged the first rivals of Wilde’s plays at the St James a decade after his death in 1900.
The book on offer here is one of 1200 special edition copies printed by Methuen as presentation copies (placed on the theatre seats on 1st February 1910) as a souvenir of Alexander’s management of the St James.
As an extra it comes with the cover (only) of the programme- this was pasted into a scrap album.
Condition: Near Fine -pages are bright and clean with no foxing. No markings. Green cloth and gilt text is bright with only a minor bump at the bottom of the spine. Extremely scarce in this condition