Working Copy for a New Edition of The History of the Greek and Roman Theater
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1955. 465 pages. The author's copy of the first edition, rebound in buckram and paper-covered boards, and annotated for a revised edition.
Bieber (1879-1978) was pioneering female art historian and archaeologist. She was one of the first women to earn a full professor position in her native Germany (see Dictionary of Art Historians). She left for England and then the United States in 1933 when the Nazis fired her and many other Jewish academics from their teaching positions. While she published extensively--her last book saw print when she was 97--this is her major work, the leading book on ancient Greek and Roman theater for three decades.
This copy is extensively marked up for the second edition, published in 1961. There are revisions on nearly every page, totalling many thousands of words written in pencil holograph. There are also a number of loose sheets, typed and handwritten, and two drawings. The notes and additions are in English, with a few exceptions written in German. A one-of-a-kind look at a major scholar's process of revision. ISBN: 281AIB1039088.