CARUSO, Enrico. Friars Club Dinner Programme.

New York. The Friars Club November 26 1916.

£2250


Foiio, original printed wrappers sewn as issued. Illustrated with cartoons of Caruso by Ryan Walker Repaired closed tear to fore-edge of one page, otherwise a very good copy.

The programme for the dinner given in homour of Enrico Caruso by the Friars Club on Sunday November 26th 1916. The evening included a rendition of the Friar Song and an Entertainment arranged by Irving Berlin and Jean Havez.

With a broadsheet, 220 x 305mm, printed for the event. On one side is a photographic portrait of Caruso surrounded by a collection of cavorting cartoon Friars by Ryan Walker. The reverse shows a printed cartoon of Caruso dancing on a grand paino by Hoban. This is inscribed in ink by Caruso ""To Pizzarello / Merry / Christmas / Enrico Caruso". Pale spotting and some minor edgewear, very good.

Also, with another broadsheet with a printed caricature of Caruso in costume banging a drum, by F.T. Richards, inscribed: "To Pizzarello / Happy New Year / 1916 Enrico Caruso", verso with a printed self caricature by Caruso in monk attire,, by the Pusey Press, NYC; pale spotting and minor edgewear, very good. This broadsheet would appear to be Caruso's "Thank You" note to the Friars Club with the text "Monday, My dear Mr Cohen, Delighted! Thanks! Yes. Cordially Enrico Caruso."

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