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"The Richard the Second Souvenir": Souvenir Rose in Original Illustrated Envelope

For more on Charles Kean's 1857 production of Richard II, see: Wilson, M. Glen. “Charles Kean’s Production of ‘Richard II.’” Educational Theatre Journal, vol. 19, no. 1, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967, pp. 41–51.

London, England: Joseph, Myers & Co., [1857]. A remarkable survival: one of the souvenir roses, in original illustrated envelope, from Charles Kean's 1857 production of Richard II at the Royal Princess's Theatre in London. Offered together with accompanying bifolium program, which describes the impetus for the souvenir rose: "By the kind permission of Mr. Kean, the publishers of the Souvenir Roses have been enabled to present the public herewith miniature tableaux from almost all the scenes as represented at the Princess' Theatre ... it is hoped that the 'Richard II' Rose will thus form a pleasing Souvenir of the grand revival of the play." The program goes on to summarize the play, and advertise the publisher's other souvenir roses. The final page is a list of publications, educational models and toys available from Joseph, Myers & Co.

The souvenir itself has been die-cut and chromolithographed to resemble a small cluster of roses: pink roses on the recto, and white roses on the verso. When unfolded, the souvenir reveals 14 different illustrated vignettes from the play, labeled with locations and corresponding Acts and Scenes. It measures approx. 4.75" by 3.25" when folded, and 9.25" in diameter when unfolded. The accompanying chromolithographed envelope measures 3.25" by 5.75", and depicts the interior of the Royal Princess's Theatre. The program measures 8.25" by 5.25" Very good to fine. Minimal rubbing to envelope; letter folds to program.

Price: $725.00

Item #221000894