Welch, Deshler. The Theatre: An Illustrated Weekly Magazine, Drama, Music, Art (Volume I); Cover title: The Theatre: A Weekly Record of the Stage. New York: The Theatre Publishing Company, 1886. Vol. I. No. 1. - No. 26; March 20, 1886 - September 13, 1886. 
Bound in half black sheep with green marbled boards, wrappers bound in, with a general title page and table of contents for this volume. Binding is worn at the edges with some scuffing, yet remains tight. 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, private college bookplate inside front, blue ink name stamp on the general tp, rest clean. 582 text pp. Adverts on the wrappers, illustrated with drawings and from photographs. Good. Hardcover.
The first volume of this brilliant theater journal that was in print from 1886-1893. Contributors to this volume include Deshler Welch, Barnett Phillips, Charles B. Wells, George E. Montgomery, H. S. Hewitt, C. M. S. McLellan, Dering Fosdick, Alfred Ayers, and many others. With articles on actors, managers, theater houses, theater-goers, European theatres, poetry, &c. Includes weekly reports of the plays showing at such theaters as Wallack's, Madison Square Theatre, Daly's Theatre, Star Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Union Square Theatre, Fifth Avenue Theatre, the Casino, and the Bijou.
This volume has 68 cartoons, illustrations, and sketches.
Deshler Welch (1854-1920), b. & d. at Buffalo, NY; journalist and author. Mr. Welch started in the newspaper business as a reporter for the Buffalo Evening Post in 1872. During the Centennial exposition in Philadelphia he was correspondent for the New York Graphic and the Buffalo Commercial. In 1878 he became editor of the Buffalo Every Saturday.
"A few years after Mr. Welch went to New York where he won fame as a journalist on several New York papers. In New York he also did much work as a theatrical critic, short story writer and as foreign correspondent for American newspapers and magazines. For several years he lived in Switzerland and England. Mr. Welsh had a wide acquaintance among notables in the theatrical and newspaper worlds. His name was known throughout the country for his newspaper work and his short stores...Among the books written by Mr. Welch, which gained fame throughout the country, was The Life of Grover Cleveland, The Chafing Dish, The Story of Louise, and The Reincarnation of David Damien." - The Buffalo Enquirer, Jan. 8, 1920.