[London]: J. Redington; B. Pollock, circa 1880. Side-stitched octavo pamphlet, measuring 6.5 x 4.25 inches: 16 pp. Set of nineteen hand-coloured lithographed plates, measuring 7 x 8.5 inches. Spine of pamphlet browned, light occasional foxing to plates.
Victorian children’s toy theater adaptation of Timour the Tartar, based on the life of the fierce Central Asian emperor Tamburlaine, and adapted from the sensational 1811 play of the same name by Monk Lewis, who introduced live circus horses into the spectacle at Covent Garden. This adaptation includes a sixteen-page script, and nineteen brilliantly colored plates of characters, scenes, and wings, with instructions for their use in performance. The dialogue is, necessarily, simplified for children: “Have not you planned Agib's escape? Isn't Octar shut up in a dungeon at Teflis?” The script and most of the plates bear the imprint of John Redington, who ran a theatrical print warehouse in Hoxton from 1851 to his death in 1876; the exceptions are the three “side wings to suit all pieces,” printed by Redington’s son-in-law and successor Benjamin Pollock, who took over the business in 1877. Two of the side wings in this set (13 and 39) differ from the numbers specified on the title plate (10 and 19), offering the heroine Zorilda the opportunity to plunge into the Caspian Sea with an English country house in the background. A bright near-fine set.