1887 Photogravure Hamlet Act III Scene II Shakespeare Tragedy Play Theatre SAS1


This is an original 1887 photogravure of Act III, Scene II, the "play with the play" scene, in William Shakespeare's The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene II. Attached is a brief descriptive note about the scene with Hamlet's instructions to the players --please see both images.

Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of hand-pulled, museum quality photogravures of English and American actors of the stage from the time of Shakespeare through the 19th century. This group of original, museum-quality photogravures, produced by Gebbie & Husson Co., Ltd., are among the finest available in the world. Their condition is unsurpassed. The artistry in the creation of these photogravures has produced the most clear, detailed, and broad tonal ranges that we have ever seen. The intaglio process used for this collection is far superior to the more mechanical photogravures and rotogravures that we often see. We have inspected these under 10x magnification --the detail is exceptional and the stock, flawless (with noted condition exceptions). The plate impressions are deep and very visible to the naked eye but do not show up well on the digital image. Each photogravure includes a separate page of descriptive text, with halftone images, about the play and/or the actor. This collection will be of interest to collectors of theatrical memorabilia and students of theatre history.


This 124+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light foxing - top right corner. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 15.5 x 10.5 inches; 39 x 27 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)