[New York: n. p., 1834]. First edition. Ticket of admission on white coated card stock, 3 x 4.13 inches, printed in black and tan ink. Some trifling dust-soiling and wear; in fine condition. Item #18936
“In 1834 the 28-year-old star sailed for Europe, sent off by the elite of New York, who feted him as a symbol of American culture” (ANB). A handsome bit of American decorative printing, with characteristic period display typefaces and a geometric border, well-suited as the admission ticket to a lavish testimonial dinner in celebration of America’s leading actor. (See the July 29, 1834 number of the New York Evening Post—the number of toasts alone no doubt insured a convivial dinner; per the Post, the first toast, from the chair of the dinner president, William T. McCoun, lauded dinner committee member William Dunlap, “to him the American stage owes a three-fold debt. Its director, his liberality elevated it into consequence. Its dramatist, his genius peopled it with admired creations. Its historian, he has embalmed the memory of its professors, and given permanence to their fame.” (Dunlap’s groundbreaking History of the American Theatre appeared in 1832.).