The Theatre of Tomorrow (Signed copy)
Signed by Kenneth MacGowan to Ralph F Colin.
First US edition, hardback bound in the original black cloth with gilt titling to upper board (and faded to spine). 24.5 × 16.5cm, 302pp.
This copy has been signed and dedicated by Kenneth MacGowan to Ralph F Colin to the half-title, and dated 1924. Ralph Colin was an attorney for Columbia Artists Management Inc. for 50 years and was active for 63 years in the New York law firm of Rosenman, Colin, Freund, Lewis & Cohen. He was also a theatre director along with Eugene O'Neill, of the Provincetown Playhouse and the Greenwich Village Theater. Later, he was a director of the Actor's Theater and the Broadway Theater Alliance. In 1924 he was invited by Marshall Field, then chairman of the board of the Philharmonic Society of New York, to join the board and he served for many years as trustee and vice president. In publishing, he was a director of Alfred A. Knopf from 1938 to 1966. The book has also been signed by Ralph Colin to the front pastedown.
A study of the theatre and stagecraft, its current state and its future. The books is illustrated with plates and has a colour frontispiece of Robert Edmond Jones' design for Pelleas and Melisande. The author was a film director who also ran the Provincetown Playhouse as its producer.
A rough but complete copy. The cloth binding is a little faded to the spine and rubbed to the edges. The inner binding is weak at the front hinge, with the rear hinge starting. The front endpaper has detached. However, it is a nice collectible copy with MacGowan's signature and is readable with a little care.