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Edited by Lionel Carter. Contributions by Ivor Brown, Laurence Whistler, Cecil Beaton, James Agate, James Laver, Christopher Hassall, Anthony Curtis and Sacheverell Sitwell. London. The Curtain Press Ltd. 1946-1949. First editions. Nos. 1-8 in wrappers, No. 9 in card boards. All housed in two slipcases with paper covers designed by Joan Hassall. No. 1 with 16 pages, increasing to No. 9 with 60 pages. Several subscription forms and publishers' notices loosely inserted. Colour and b&w illustrations throughout, including one tipped-in colour plate in No. 9. Illustrations reproducing designs by Rex Whistler, Cecil Beaton, Charles Ricketts, Inigo Jones, Roger Furse, et al. Woodcut engravings and decorations by Joan Hassall in Nos. 6-9. 195 x 130mm (7¾ x 5"). 0.6kg. . English. Near fine; browning to spines, marks to rear white cover of No. 9, lower forecorner of No. 9 knocked; browning and light wear to spines and top and bottom edges of slipcases; in general a lovely set.A complete run of the 9 numbers of The Masque periodical. The Masquewas a post-War publication designed to keep its readers abreast of the latest developments in contemporary theatre. It begun with the intention to devote each issue to a review and illustrations of a recent play, therefore No. 1 is devoted to Laurence Olivier's production of King Lear at The Old Vic. This intention did not hold and No. 2 is dedicated to Rex Whistler's designs for theatre, as were Nos. 4 and 7. The periodical only ran for 9 issues and there are signs by No. 9 that it was flagging - "An Apology : We would apologize to subscribers for the lateness in publication of this issue, but we hope to arrange for more frequent publication in the future.". For No. 9 the reader was offered the opportunity to exchange their paper edition for one bound in board covers (present here). The complete run of issues are: No. 1. The Old Vic. King LearNo. 2. Designs for the Theatre by Rex Whistler (Part 1)No. 3. Oscar Wilde and the TheatreNo. 4. Designs for the Theatre by Rex Whistler (Part 2)No. 5. The Masque of ChristmasNo. 6. Notes on the Verse DramaNo. 7. Designs for the Theatre by Rex Whistler (Part 3)No. 8. New Developments in the French TheatreNo. 9. Theatrical Figures in PorcelainTogether with a copy of A Publishing House in the Parish of St. Martins-In-The-Fields by Harry Beard with some account of The Masque, reprinted from Oxford (Special Number) 1949, a short 8 page pamphlet, illustrated in colour and black-and-white describing the history and purpose of The Masque.