America: Imre Kiralfy's Grand Historical Spectacle
SCENIC SPECTACLE) Kiralfy, Imre
Price: 175.00 USD
Chicago: Abbey, Schoeffel & Grau, 1893. Program, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 36 pp., illustrated with 6 color lithographic plates (including 3-panel fold-out at rear) for Hungarian-born impresario Imre Kiralfy's "Operatic Historical Spectacle" as presented at the Auditorium (theatre) in connection with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Rear cover of program is missing; spine is abraded; water damage to front cover, otherwise good clean condition. Music was written by Angelo Venanzi; Abby Schoeffel & Grau are listed as "Proprietors and Managers." Program printed by the Strobridge Litho. Company, Chicago. An engaging souvenir item documenting a theatrical entertainment of stunning absurdity featuring, for example, a "Ballet of American Inventions" which involved depictions of such items as the McCormick Reaper, Fulton's Steamboat, Morse's Electric Telegraph, and many more. Image of G. Washington on front cover rolling his eyes.