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Lot 298: Bohemian Grove plays 1904-05; 1907-2013

Est: $4,000 USD - $6,000 USDSold:
PBA Galleries Auctions & AppraisersNovember 16, 2023Berkeley, CA, US

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Heading: (Bohemian Club)
Author:
Title: Bohemian Grove Plays - complete run 1907-2013 with plays from 1904-05
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher:The Bohemian Club
Date Published: 1904-2013
Description: 106 volumes. Illustrated. Sizes, formats and bindings vary. Printers include John Henry Nash, the Grabhorn Press, Arion Press and more.Several copies are signed by authors, composers, performers, and/or camp members. The collection includes several seldom-seen early Grove plays from San Francisco's famed Bohemian Club whose early members included Jack London, George Sterling, celebrities, politicians, and business magnates. From the Foreword to The Cave Man (1910), "The Grove Play of the Bohemian Club is the outgrowth of [The Cremation of Care] an illuminated spectacle produced annually among redwood trees in California. In The Man in the Forest, at the Midsummer Jinks of 1902, this spectacle first became a play, the text being the work of one author and the music the work of one composer. Since then, the music drama has been steadily elaborated." The elaboration included privately printed books by some of the great masters of West Coast fine press printing including John Henry Nash, The Grabhorn brothers, Arion Press and others. The collection does not include the plays from 1902 (The Man in the Forest), 1903 (Montezuma), or 1906 (The Owl and Care). 1904. The Hamadryads: A Masque of Apollo by Will Irwin. Composer: W. J. McCoy. Wrappers. Signed and inscribed by McCoy with a holograph line from the musical score. (Tear to wrappers at rear). 1905. The Quest of the Gorgon, A Musical Drama  by Newton J. Tharp. Composer: Theodor Vogt. 1907. The Triumph of Bohemia: A Forest Play by George Sterling. Composer: Edward F. Schneider. Director: Porter Garnett. 2 copies. Pictorial wrappers. One copy with wrappers detached and separated, verso of front cover bearing a signature and inscription to Edward J. Duffey by George Sterling and another by Porter Garnett. Edward Scheider has also made an inscription to Duffey on verso opposite the "Synopsis of the Music" with a holograph line from the musical score. Other inscriptions to Duffey within as well. 1908. The Sons of Baldur: A Forest Music-Drama by Herman George Scheffauer. Composer: Arthur Weiss. Wrappers with pictorial cover label. 2 copies. One inscribed by Herman Scheffauer to Lella Cotton "Queen of Bohemia". Lella Cotton's bookplate. Second copy with multiple inscriptions and drawings (some with watercolor) to Edward Duffey "Master of Lights" for the production. 1909. St. Patrick at Tara by Harold Morse Stephens. Composer: Wallace Arthur Sabin. Wrappers. 2 copies. One is standard issue but signed with inscriptions by both Stephens and Sabin. The other "For the Use of the Members of the Cast Only." 1910. The Cave Man, A Play of the Redwoods by Charles K. Field. Composer: W. J. McCoy. Ed Duffey's copy with signed inscription on title page by cast member David Bispham. Additionally signed by Bispham and fellow cast member Orrin A. Wilson at "Persons in the Play" page. (Wrappers splitting). 1911: The Green Knight, A Vision by Porter Garnett. Composer: Edward G. Stricklen. 2 variant copies. Standard copy in vellum-backed boards is signed by Porter Garnett with inscription to Edward F. O'Day. Second copy is one of 25 copies bound in full vellum and printed on hand-made paper.  1912.  The Atonement of Pan, A Music-Drama by Joseph D. Redding. Composer: Henry Hadley. 3 copies (1 wrappers, 2 in original boards). 1 copy with signature and inscription on title page by Joseph D. Redding. 1 copy (with perishing spine) is that of David Bispham who played the character of Pan. Inscriptions from several cast members including composer Henry Hadley and others. Full page watercolor drawing by W.A. Bryant. 1913. The Fall of Ug: A Masque of Fear by Rufus Steele. Composer: Herman Perlet. 3 copies, 2 of which are 16.8x13 cm (6½x5") the other is 18.1x13 cm (7¼x5") and has the imprint of John Howell on title page. The Howell edition is inscribed on front free endpaper. "with cordial regards from the publisher, his first book. John Howell, San Francisco Calif. Sept. 5 1934". Other 2 volumes are in the original boards , one with signed inscription by the artist of the frontispiece Granville Redmond and the other is signed and inscribed by Rufus Steele. (One volume with chip at head of spine, one with front joint starting). 1914. Nec-Natama (Comradeship): A Forest Play by J. Wilson Shiels. Composer: Uda Waldrop. Pictorial wrappers. 1915. Apollo, A Music-Drama by Frank Pixley. Composer: Edward F. Schneider. Boards. 1916. Gold, A Forest Play by Frederick S. Myrtle. Composer: Humphrey J. Stewart. Cloth-backed boards, pictorial cover label. Edward H. Benjamin's copy signed by Frederick S. Myrtle and Humphrey J. Stewart. Stewart has written an inscription to "our beloved chief" Edward H. Benjamin. 1917. The Land of Happiness, A Music-Drama by Charles Templeton Crocker. Composer: Joseph D. Redding. Boards with pictorial cover label. 1918.  The Twilight of the Kings by Richard M. Hotaling. Composer: Wallace Arthur Sabin. Wrappers. Inscribed by the author. 1919.  Life by Harry Leon Wilson. Composer: Domenico Brescia. Wrappers. 1920. Ilya of Murom by Charles Caldwell Dobie. Composer: Ulderico Marcelli. Wrappers. 2 copies. One signed and inscribed by Charles Caldwell Dobie. The other is Ed Duffey's copy with laid in note by Dobie's brother Clarence W. Dobie. 1921. St. John of Nepomuk by Clay Meredith Greene. Composer: Humphrey J. Stewart. Pictorial wrappers. 1922. The Rout of the Philistines, A Forest Play by Charles Gilman Norris. Composer: Nino Marcelli. Wrappers. Signed and inscribed by Charles G. Norris. 1923. Semper Virens by Joseph D. Redding. Composer: Henry Hadley. Wrappers. Ownership marks of W.A. Sabin. 1924. Rajvara by Roy Neily. Composer: Wheeler Beckett. Wrappers. 1925. Wings by Joseph S. Thompson. Composer: George Edwards. Wrappers. 2 copies. One with production notes within. Other with variant wrappers. 1926. Truth, A Grove Play by George Sterling. Composer: Domenico Brescia. 2 copies. One in pictorial wrappers 18x11.5 cm (7x4") inscribed by George Sterling. Other copy is bound in linen-backed boards, cover and spine labels, 24.1x16.3 cm (9½x6½") published by The Bookfellows in Chicago, 1923. No. 263 of 285 copies signed by George Sterling. 1927. Saint Francis of Assisi by Irving Pichel. Composer: Charles Hart. Wrappers. Prompt copy in pencil on front cover. Pencilled production notes in margins within. 1928. Nanda by Garnet Holme. Composer: Edward F. Schneider. Pictorial wrappers. 1929. A Gest of Robin Hood by Charles Gilman Norris. Composer: Robert C. Newell. Pictorial wrappers. 2 copies. One is the Frank Deering copy signed by both Charley Norris and Bob Newell with laid-in folding program for the fifty-first Midsummer Encampment. Second copy with library call number label taped on spine, Bohemian Club bookplate. 1930. Birds of Rhiannon by Waldemar Young. Composer: Edward C. Harris. Boards, paper spine label. Signed and inscribed by Edward Harris. 1931. Joan by W. B. Garthwaite. Composer: Charles L. Safford. Signed and inscribed by W.B. Garthwaite. 1932. Sorcerer's Drum by Daniel W. Evans. Composer: Charles Hart. 2 copies. First copy, bound in original boards with paper spine label, is signed and inscribed by both Dan Evans and Charles Hart. Second copy, bound in wrappers is a production copy with ownership marks of R.L. Oliver on front cover. 1933. The Legend of Hani by Junius Cravens. Composer: Henry Hadley.  Boards with paper spine label, plain paper jacket. Signed by both Junius Cravens and Henry Hadley with inscriptions. 1934. St. Patrick at Tara by Harold Morse Stephens. Composer: Wallace Arthur Sabin. Boards, paper spine label. Ownership marks of Kendrick Vaughan on front free endpaper. 1935. The Quest by Wilburt Hall. Composer: Roderick White. 2 copies. First is signed by Roderick White with inscription and holograph line from the musical score (spine perished). Second copy contains production notes inked in margins. 1936. Ivanhoe by Charles Gilman Norris. Composer: Harry I. Wiel. Boards, paper spine label. Signed with inscription by Charles Norris among others. 1937. Lifkronan by Kenneth G. Hook. Composer: Ulderico Marcelli. Production notes inked in margins of "Synopsis of the Music" section. Frederic C. Cordes' copy with his bookplate. (Coffee cup circle on front cover, binding shaken). 1938. The Piper by Dan Totheroh. Composer: Eugene Heyes. Boards, paper spine label. 2 copies. First is signed by both Dan Totheroh and Eugene Heyes. Second copy with a full-page pencil drawing of "The Lamp of Friendship" signed by artist Ferdinand Burgdorff. 1939. The Golden Feather by Waldemar Young. Composer: Uda Waldrop. 1940. Saul by Benjamin Allen Purrington. Composer: Charles Hart. 1941. The Golden Talisman by Charles Caldwell Dobie. Composer: Alec Templeton. 1942. The American Scene by Carlton E. Morse. Composer: Michael Raffetto. 1946. Johnny Appleseed by Dan Totheroh. Composer: Wendell Otey.        1947. The Yester-Years (a compilation of past Grove Play scenes).             1948. Maternus by Kenneth Ferguson. Composer: Wendell Otey.         1949. The Cosmic Jest by C. B. Kelland. Composer: Frank R. Denke. 1950. Tetecan by Howard A. Muckle. Composer: Hugh D. Brown. 1951. Fools in the Forest by Dan Totheroh. Composer: Peter Heyes. 1952. Tandem Triumphans by Alexander T. Case. Composer: Ulderico Marcelli. 1953. A Romany Legend by Harris Allen. Composer: Antonio de Grassi. 1954. A Gest of Robin Hood by Charles Gilman Norris. Composer: Robert C. Newell.    1955. Don Quijote, an Adventure of that Ingenious Gentlemen of La Mancha by Alexander T. Case. Composer: Ulderico Marcelli. 1956. The Beggar by Gordon Steedman. Composer: Philip Boon.  Signed with inscription by Gordon Steedman. 1957. Diablo by Bauer E. Kramer. Composer: Frank R. Denke. Ownership marks of Orville Taylor on front pastedown. 1958. Aloha Oe by Earle C. Anthony. Composer: Ulderico Marcelli. Signed with inscription by Ulderico Marcelli including a holograph line from the musical score. Signed by several Bohemians on the first 3 preliminary blanks. 1959. Cortez by Howard A. Muckle. Composer: Hugh D. Brown. Signed by Howard A. Muckle, Hugh D. Brown and director Rob England. 1960. Rip Van Winkle by Dan Totheroh. Composer: Charles Hart. 2 copies. One signed with inscription by Dan Totheroh. Other signed with inscription by Charles Hart. 1961. A Soldier and Mr. Lincoln by Alexander T. Case. Composer: Ulderico Marcelli. 2 copies. One signed with inscription by Alexander Case (Chips at spine ends). Other with laid in card from the Jinx Committee and a copy of the Bohemian Club Library Notes. 1962. Agincourt by True Tourtillot. Composer: Robert B. England. 1963. The Green Mountain Boys by Richard L. Breen. Composer: Raymond W. Hackett.   1964. The Buccaneers: a Grove Play based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island by David Bickersteth Magee. Composer: Leon C. Radsliff.  2 copies. One signed with inscription by David Magee. Other copy inscribed by Magee is one of 30 large paper copies. 1965. Sancho Panza by Alexander T. Case. Composer: Leigh Harline. 2 copies. First copy with Bohemian Club bookplate, Sancho Panza program laid in. Second copy with production notes in margins (spine perished). 1966. The Valley of the Moon by Ralph Moody. Composer: Raymond W. Hackett. Signed with insciption by Ralph Moody. 2 copies of the program laid in. 1967. Will by John Brent Mills. Composer: Wendell Otey. 2 copies, One signed with inscription by John Mills. Other with production notes in margins (spine perished). 1968. Omar by Harry Anderson. Composer: Charles G. Dant. Program laid in. 1969. St. John of Bohemia by Neill Compton Wilson. Composer: Leigh Harline. Signed with inscription by Neill C. Wilson. 1970. The Bonny Cravat by David Bickersteth Magee. Composer: George Shearing. 2 copies. One with program laid in. Other is inscribed by the author and is no. 13 of 25 large paper copies.  1971. Red is the Grass by Francis Xavier Fogarty. Composer: Francis Xavier Fogarty. 2 copies. One with ownership marks of Alfred C. Bach. Laid-in is a copy of the program and a slip reading "I attended the sneak preview of Red is the Grass in a Bach yard in San Rafael, 1971".  Other is signed with inscription by Francis Fogarty 1972. The Centennial Grove Play, (1872–1972) by Robert B. England. Composer: Charles G. Dant. Signed by Dan Thotheroh. 1973. The Golden Cave by David Bickersteth Magee. Composer: George Shearing. 2 copies. One signed with inscription by David Magee. Second with 4 color photographs from the production (one of which is mounted to the front free endpaper).     1974. Armada by John Brent Mills. Composer: Dale Wood. Program laid in. 1975. Allegory: An Odyssey in Time and Space by Will A. Parker. Composer: Carl J. Eberhard. Program laid in. 1976. Noah by Robert B. England. Composer: Frank R. Denke.        1977.  El Dorado by Louis E. Felder. Composer: Louis F. Bush. Signed with inscription by Louis Felder. Laid in is a program and a flyer for the President Ford Breakfast at Owl's Nest Camp, July 23, 1977. 1978. Siddhartha by Alan Hammond Nichols. Composer: Earl Zindars. Program in pocket at rear. 1979. The Flying Spear by Alexander T. Case. Composer: Charles G. Dant. 2 copies. One signed with inscription by Alexander Case. Other signed with inscriptions by Bud Dant and Alexander Case. 1980. Olympus by Peter R. Arnott. Composer: Carl J. Eberhard. 2 copies. One with slip from Henry S. Morgan reading "Returning with the attached to be used as you wish." Other with laid in production outline. 1981. Taj Mahal by Francis N. Marshall. Composer: Raymond W. Hackett. Signed with inscription by Francis Marshall. Laid in is the Production outline. 1982. Saint Francis of Assisi by Irving Pichel. Composer: Charles Hart. 1983. Ciao Venezia by James L. Benington. Composer: Carl J. Eberhard. 1984. Maximilian! by Donald L. Winks. Composer: Charles M. Denton.     1985. Solferino by George S. Prugh. Composer: Parmer Fuller.   1986. Galileo by Rod McManigal. Composer: Carl J. Eberhard. 1987. Talleyrand by John Brent Mills.    1988.  Robert the Bruce by Howard Guy Ervin. Composer: William P. Snyder.      1989. Pompeii by Rod McManigal. Composer: David A. Bowman. 1990. The Prophecy by J. Thomas Rosch. Composer: William Whitney Pursell.  1991. Tyburn Fair by Donald L. Winks. Composer: Richard B. Evans.        1992. Cristoforo Columbo by Nello Pace. Composer: Jack Rogers.        1993. Qin Shihuang-Di; The First Emperor by Sonny Bing Gee. Composer: Herbert A. Goodrich.     1994. The Leonardo Betrayal by Mac McCandless. Composer: Kenneth B. Baggott. 1995. Marco Polo by Rod McManigal. Composer: Jack Rogers. 1996. Runnymede by John Brent Mills. Composer: Allyn Ferguson.       1997. Time and Again: A Compendium of Highlights from Grove Plays over the Years by Donald L. Winks. Composer: Charles M. Denton. 1998. Alexandre Dumas and His Musketeers by Charles L. Morey. Composer: E. R. McCandless.       1999. Merlin by Richard C. Dehmel. Composer: Herbert A. Goodrich.        2000. Je suis Lafitte by James C. Crimmins. Composer: Allyn Ferguson.         2001. Marius of the Populares by Kenneth B. Baggott. 2002. Emperor Norton by Howard Guy Ervin III. Composer: Richard Walsh. With laid-in invitation designed as Emperor Norton's currency. 2003.  Fort Ross by Peter O'Malley. Composer: Peter R. Arnott. 2004. Concord Fight by Paul Downey. Composer: Nolan Gasser. 2005. Bully! by Richard C. Dehmel. Composer: Jeffrey Haskell. Signed with inscription by Richard C. Dehmel. 2006. Allegory by Will A. Parker. Composer: Carl J. Eberhard. 2007. Leprechaun by Mark W. Cleary. Composer: Richard B. Evans. 2008. The Count of Monte Cristo by Charles L. Morey. 2009. Gaijin by David Pettus. Composer: Greg Pliska. 2 copies. Stab-bound hardcover and wrappers variants. 2010. Atlantis by Kenneth B. Baggott. Composer: Brett Strader. 2011. Casanova by Howard Guy Ervin III. Composer: Richard B. Evans. 2012. Tchaikovsky's Masque by Herbert Goodrich. Composer: Shinji Eshima.  2013. Longbow by William Bentley. Composer: Brett Strader. Additional shipping charges may apply

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Condition varies, near fine overall.

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