Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]. Charles Dickens, George Cruikshank, Rare Theatre Poster for Oliver Twist Play.
Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]
Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]
Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]
Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]
Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]
Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]

Fagin the Jew; [Oliver Twist]

Hartford, Conn: Calhoun Print Co., [Circa 1880]. [Presumed First Edition]. [No Binding]. A beautiful example of this RARE woodblock Theater Poster advertising a Play based on the Great Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist" [the author's second novel] created from individual boxwood blocks produced separately for each color, and being a brilliant example of late 19th century woodblock technology. The novel was first published as a serial in Bentley's Miscellany [Feb. 1837 - March, 1829] with illustrations by George Cruikshank. In 1846, Bradbury and Evans published the novel in 10 monthly Parts, also with illustrations by Cruikshank. The images depicted on the Poster were taken from the original wrapper of Part II of "The Adventures of Oliver Twist" by Dickens and illustrated by Cruikshank. The novel tells the story of an orphan ("Oliver") living in the seamy underside of the London criminal world. The main image shows Fagin in Jail on this last night alive. In addition to the main image, the Poster hosts two vignettes of other scenes from the tale. The Poster was produced in three pieces using woodblocks and would have been glued to a wall to advertise the Play to the public. The three pieces would be posted overlapping each other at the interior margins to produce what appeared to be a massive Poster with only the outer margin and the images remaining visible to the viewer. Each of the three sections measures approximately 28 inches X 42 inches, and the three sections combined would produce a massive Poster measuring nearly 7 feet X approximately 3 ½ feet. As this example of the Poster was never used, the colors remain remarkably brilliant. The Poster shows some chipping, particularly to the margins, and there are a few modest closed tears. Each of the three pieces has been placed on an archival poster board and protected by shrink wrap, and each section can be removed from its host board. Examples of the Poster are exceedingly difficult to find and are especially hard to find in a condition as nice as is that of this example -- which remains in an unsophisticated -- and remarkably nice -- condition. [A later printing of the image from the 1920s is considerably smaller, lacks the margins, and is printed on paper that is prone to turn brown.] Another beautiful copy (located on the ABAA web site -- which, as of the drafting of this listing is, as best we can determine, the only other copy of this Poster on the market) appears to be in a condition quite similar to that of this example (but, of course, is not ours). We have had only one other copy. A remarkable example of a genuinely RARE 19th CENTURY THEATER POSTER for a Play based on the great Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist". A REMARKABLE SURVIVAL AND A COLLECTION-DISTINGUISHING ITEM. RARE INDEED. Very good +. Very good +. Item #3034

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