(26 cm), xx, 190 (2) pp.,  leaves of plates (figs.1-136). Publisher’s red cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - First edition of a classic work on fifteen spectacles produced at the Medici court during the period between the marriage of Cosimo I to Eleonora of Toledo (1539) and that of Ferdinando II to Vittoria della Rovere (1637). The author taught theatre history at Yale University for 30 years, was curator of the Yale-Rockefeller collection of theatre memorabilia, and co-founder and past president of the International Federation for Theater Research. ¶ Discreet Ink stamp on endpaper of Joseph Clemens, Prinz von Bayern (1902-1990); Schneider-Henn, Kunstbücher und Dokumentation aus der Bibliothek Joseph Clemens Prinz von Bayern, Munich, 11-12 May 1992, lot 809. Dust jacket chipped, small losses; otherwise an excellent, fresh copy.