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The Resource Physiognoscopography : Burton's anatomy of the stage : 288 changes!!!

Physiognoscopography : Burton's anatomy of the stage : 288 changes!!!

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Physiognoscopography : Burton's anatomy of the stage : 288 changes!!!
Title
Physiognoscopography
Title remainder
Burton's anatomy of the stage : 288 changes!!!
Title variation
Burton's anatomy of the stage
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Contributor
Designer
Lithographer
Publisher
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Cataloging source
HLS
Characteristic
picture
Technique
not applicable
Label
Physiognoscopography : Burton's anatomy of the stage : 288 changes!!!
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Publication
Manufacture
Note
  • An illustrated stiff brown card having four circular openings, through which may be seen 24 hand-colored lithographed faces of actors and actresses painted on a revolving disc attached on the back of the card with a grommet--similar to a volvelle. By turning the disc, the faces visible in the circular frames can be rotated. A second concentric disc, also attached on the back of the card, contains 12 lithographed costumes and headresses, thus allowing the user to rotate not only the faces of the actors and actresses, but also the costumes they are wearing. According to the title, 288 different combinations of costumes, hair and faces are possible. Four of the faces have been identified as famous actors of the day Charles Kemble (1775-1854); Charles Kean (1811-1868), son of Edmund Kean; Ellen Tree Kean (1805-1880), wife of Charles Kean; and Charles James Mathews (1803-1878)
  • The front of the card is illustrated with engravings of a theater curtain open to reveal a multitude of theatrical characters in costumes, musical instruments, and illustrated medallions representing famous dramatists such as George Coleman the Elder and Coleman the Younger; Shakespeare; Milton; and Richard Brinsley Peake
  • The two titles in Burton's Physiognoscopography series--the present one, and the "Anatomy of Grimace"--were advertised as "just published" in Cruikshank's "Comic almanac for 1836" (printed in 1835). According to an advertisement in The Spectator (volume 13 (1840), page 1239), Burton's Anatomies are "amusing toys for Christmas consisting of two cards with apertures forming frames to a succession of grotesque heads that produce two hundred and eighty-eight changes in each card by means of two revolving discs, one with twenty-four faces, the other with twelve head-dresses, that lit one into the other, and thus cause most laughable incongruities."
Carrier category
card
Carrier category code
no
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
hand colored
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 20 cm
Extent
1 card
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in pamphlet binding. Purchase, Michael Laird Rare Books, 2017, with funds from the Theresa G. Aaron Endowed Collection in Children's Literature.
Other physical details
illustrations (engravings, hand-colored)
Primary support material
cardboard
Specific material designation
activity card
System control number
  • (OCoLC)82984528
  • ucoclc82984528
Label
Physiognoscopography : Burton's anatomy of the stage : 288 changes!!!
Publication
Manufacture
Note
  • An illustrated stiff brown card having four circular openings, through which may be seen 24 hand-colored lithographed faces of actors and actresses painted on a revolving disc attached on the back of the card with a grommet--similar to a volvelle. By turning the disc, the faces visible in the circular frames can be rotated. A second concentric disc, also attached on the back of the card, contains 12 lithographed costumes and headresses, thus allowing the user to rotate not only the faces of the actors and actresses, but also the costumes they are wearing. According to the title, 288 different combinations of costumes, hair and faces are possible. Four of the faces have been identified as famous actors of the day Charles Kemble (1775-1854); Charles Kean (1811-1868), son of Edmund Kean; Ellen Tree Kean (1805-1880), wife of Charles Kean; and Charles James Mathews (1803-1878)
  • The front of the card is illustrated with engravings of a theater curtain open to reveal a multitude of theatrical characters in costumes, musical instruments, and illustrated medallions representing famous dramatists such as George Coleman the Elder and Coleman the Younger; Shakespeare; Milton; and Richard Brinsley Peake
  • The two titles in Burton's Physiognoscopography series--the present one, and the "Anatomy of Grimace"--were advertised as "just published" in Cruikshank's "Comic almanac for 1836" (printed in 1835). According to an advertisement in The Spectator (volume 13 (1840), page 1239), Burton's Anatomies are "amusing toys for Christmas consisting of two cards with apertures forming frames to a succession of grotesque heads that produce two hundred and eighty-eight changes in each card by means of two revolving discs, one with twenty-four faces, the other with twelve head-dresses, that lit one into the other, and thus cause most laughable incongruities."
Carrier category
card
Carrier category code
no
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
hand colored
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 20 cm
Extent
1 card
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in pamphlet binding. Purchase, Michael Laird Rare Books, 2017, with funds from the Theresa G. Aaron Endowed Collection in Children's Literature.
Other physical details
illustrations (engravings, hand-colored)
Primary support material
cardboard
Specific material designation
activity card
System control number
  • (OCoLC)82984528
  • ucoclc82984528

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