[handbill for Edwards family s 1859 Christmas party]
THEATRE DES EDWARDS.
The never-to-be sufficiently appreciated, and ineffably-aspiring Managers of this
GORGEOUS HISTRIONIC WALLHOLLER,
Hereby announce to an admiringly-paralyzed solar system, that they have at an immense
outlay, involving the exhausting of seventeen California Gold Mines, five Peruvian
ditto, three Russian Malachite ditto, the sale of several blocks Landed Property, on
the contraction of an Enormous Loan from BARON SOLOMON ROTHSCHILD, who
arrived in this Country, for that express object, they have, they repeat, after years of
and labor, succeeding in procuring
A Drama of Stupendous Interest!
Such as even the Immortal Shakspeare never dreamed of, much less hoped to realize.
Wonderful Production will be presented to a delighted universe on
Which, by permission of E. Merriam, Professor of Weather-glassology, Secretary to the
in the Moon, and Tide-waiter-in-Chief to the U.S., has been fixed for this occasion only,
Monday, December 26th, 1859.
In accouncing which, the aforesaid Managers wish to state, incidentally, that upwards
of FOUR MILLION SEWING MACHINES, animate and inanimate (the former the
prettiest and most skillful that could be got for love or money,) have been unremittingly
employed, day and night, for FOURTEEN YEARS, involving the breakage fo Seventy-
Million Four Hundred Thousand Needles; the utterance of Two Hundred Million Dear
My Graciouses! and How Provoking s! on this WONDERFUL DRAMA, in
the indispensable and inconceivable
While a Gorgeous Galaxy of Artistic Auxilaries have devoted their utmost energies
and largest paint brushes to the
The Reds, Blues, Yellows, Purples, Greens, and other changefuly-irridescent colors
upon said scenery have been imported expressly from the RAINBOW and AURORA
BOREALIS, by PROFESSOR LOWE, (which undertaking prevented his recently
journey to Europe.) These colors were mixed by the two hands of
D. F. TIEMANN, Esq.,
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
The mere mention of the name of
SCHYLUS BOURCICAULT SHAKSPEARE WELLS, ESQ.
Author of Pick-nickery Poeticised, an Historic Poem, in Sixty-three Cantos;
a mystery; A Joke, in Three Volumes; The Behemoth of the Baffin s Bay; Shaving
and Shavers; Nebechudnezzar the Noseless and Nobbles, his Dog; The Haunted
Humguffin! Pellucid Warblings; The Bul-bul in Boots, or Puffs from a Narghile;
The Skinned Kangaroo, or the Spectral Shrimp Eater; etc., etc., will vouchsafe for its
While the world-famous appellation of
Stanfield Telbin Apelles Tommaso Nast,
Scenic Artist-in-Chief to His Majesty of Dahomey, the Grand Llama, etc., will speak
tongued as to the surpassing merits of the mise en scene. To do justice to the
Might tire the Tongue of Eloquence itself while the Wing of Fancy droops despairingly
attempt to scale the Empyrean Heights of Sartorial Effulgence attained in this
Suffice it to say, that the looms of Tyre, Sidon, Manchester, Lowell, Nineveh, Tinicum
Communipaw, have been ceaselessly engaged upon them. Omitting further prelude then,
Managers beg to announce that this UNASSUMING TRIFLE will be entitled
The Baffled Buffer of the Bosphorus.
A LEGEND OF THE ORIENT.
The following is the Cast of Characters:
Barbazure, Bashaw of Bobinabobinople, subsequently the Baffled Buffer,
Signor Haynau Heynhi.
Bibbobobobubble, His Valet and Barber, - - - - Signor Nastonetti.
Mahmoud Mahomet, Brother-in-law to Barbazure, - Monsieur Melbien.
Fatty-ma, Bride to Barbazure, - - - - - - Mlle. Nedwelsini.
Anne, Sister to Fatty-ma, - - - - - - - - Mlle. Jacques.
Flibbertygibbet, Small Brother of Fatty-ma, - Master Gnickgneddles.
We subjoin an Ode to the Gifted Author, by a Bard no less endowed with the
riches of genius:
A Noad, to the Author of Barbazure.
BY MR. K. N. PEPPER, ESQ.
Tremendous Genus! Whair kin you discuvver
Your ekal for a show? We see you huvver
Like a grait Vulture, over all the crowd
Of uther Potes, a yellin verry loud.
You spread yourself into the Air so bammy,
Becos you ve got a Talon for the Drammy.
You sale ahed of all the uther Bards,
And maik a Drammy that aint got no Weds;
You drop it onto the grait Theatre Des Edwards,
And like the most royal berds,
Screech in triumph.
Subsequent to BARBAZURE, will be achieved a
GRAND PAS FANTASTIQUE, By Mlle. JOLLI-JAMBE.
ARIA from Ill Trovatorem By Signor AMODIO NASSOLETTI.
SONG from the Maid of Milan, By Signorina SQUALINI.
THE TRAGEDY OF
THE CANDY BAG,
And the Humorous Divertisement entitled
In both of which the entire Company will join.
As the Management is in favor of early hours, the performances will not be
after 4 A. M.
P. S. Seats can be secured for Ten Years in advance.
Reserved Seats, - - - - - - - $1,000
Private Boxes, - - - - - - 12 Cents.
Orchestra Sears, - - - - - - - Free.
N. B. The audience is expected to find its own bouquets, as those furnished by
Management last season, were never thrown to the performers.
P. P. S. The audience is further requested to ascertain the places for applause
without any help from any quarter.
P. P. P. S. Any one laughing during the progress of the Farces, or weeping while
Tragedy is being enacted, will be supplied with a copy of the Irving Magazine, and will
be obliged to read it.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and fifty-five|
|Description:||Handbill for the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.|
|Subject:||Christmas; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Nast, Thomas; Theater; Welles, Edward|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven|
|Description:||Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, New York|
|Note:||Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.|
|Publisher:||Missouri History Museum|
|Rights:||Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.|
|Source:||Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.|