Buffalo: Courier Company, N.d. (1890). Attractive program for the 1890 Boston production of Imre Kiralfy's celebrated spectacle, produced for Barnum & Bailey, of "The Fall of Babylon," a production which, in the words of one historian, "brought spectacle entertainment to new levels of installation...the productions integrated advance electronic effects and stage mechanics with eye-popping pizzazz. They employed thousands and cost upwards of half a million dollars...the widespread appeal of open-air commercial spectacles...translated Judeo-Christian religious narratives into edifying historical reconstructions" (Susan Tenneriello, Spectacle Culture and American Identity 1815-1940. NY:2013).
Includes numerous ads for Boston-area businesses and a full synopsis of the production. Rear wrapper is a color advertisement for B.A. Atkinson &Co., "Largest House Furnishers in the World." A terrific documentation of the 19th-century fad for religious spectacles, and uncommon. Small quarto; original lithographic wrappers; 31pp; illus. Folding chromolithographic frontispiece in three panels, opening to 9" x 24". Light soil; horizontal closed tear into margin of title page, a few other brief tears and nicks to page edges; still a complete, Very Good copy.