11-18-2018 11-18-2018
Skinner Auctions
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3176B Boston
November 18, 2018 11:00AMCalender

Letterpress Printing, a Collection of Broadsides and Other Ephemera Printed by Adrian Wilson (1923-1988), 1940s-50s.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3176B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 18, 2018 11:00AM


Letterpress Printing, a Collection of Broadsides and Other Ephemera Printed by Adrian Wilson (1923-1988), 1940s-50s. An archive of approximately forty pieces, most related to The Interplayers theatre troupe of San Francisco, including notices of their early seasons, and the performance of works by Lorca, Sartre, Helge Krog, Shaw, Eliot, Vildrac, Ibsen, Chekhov, and others, including playbills, broadsides, and mailers, all uncirculated and unused, together with other material printed by Wilson, including: notice of Minor White's move, an invitation to a welcome party at the Presidio Hill Nursery School, a list of beers served at the Buena Vista Cafe on Hyde Street in San Francisco, notice of Jean Atwood's move, and pre-publication samples of Wilson's The Stadium, and Coffield's The Night is Where You Fly; [together with] several business cards, including two examples Wilson's own, and those of other San Francisco artists; sizes vary, all pieces uncirculated but with some minor signs of handling, toning.
"Begun by four conscientious objectors and Quakers [in 1946], the Interplayers emerged in the 1950s as a reputable force for the presentation of serious drama in San Francisco. Founders Martin Ponch, who had worked with New York's Washington Square Players, Kermit Sheets, Joyce Lancaster and her husband, Adrian Wilson, met and formed a theatrical practice while in Civilian Corps camps. The company's first season, in 1947, featured works by Chekhov, Lorca and Shaw, at the Washington Street Theater in North Beach." (Quoted from the essay, Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco)
Estimate $300-500

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Joyce Lancaster, Jean Atwood, Founders Martin Ponch