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ARTHUR S. SULLIVAN(1842 - 1900) English composer who, in collaboration with William S. Gilbert, wrote the immensely popular comic operas "H.M.S. Pinafore", "The Pirates of Penzance", and "The Mikado". Nice association A.L.S. "Arthur Sullivan" 2pp. 8vo., [London], "Thursday night", [n.d.], to the great actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree, declining an invitation. In part: "...I am vexed and disappointed that I cannot come tonight - but besides being very tired after a five hour rehearsal, and a Savoy Hotel Board meeting, I am not very well...I see that you have arranged the seats of your guests, & so I give you timely notice at once...". Tree (1852-1917), is best remembered for his character roles. Very good condition, and a fine association between two theatrical greats.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000

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