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Gilbert and Sullivan

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Here we bring you a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan treasures — you can explore and discover books, programmes, libretti, photographs, costumes, and all sorts of ephemera related to the lives and works of Arthur Sullivan and William S. Gilbert. Other items relate to Richard D'Oyly Carte, his company, their productions and theatres, and to members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (with an occasional item on the Victorian theatre in general).

Click to see our 2023 .pdf list of entitled
"A Gilbert and Sullivan Miscellany"

We hope that
"Every moment brings a treasure
Of its own especial pleasure"!

Gilbert Vanity Fair

Sullivan Vanity Fair

Most pieces have been photographed or scanned, with others being added as time allows. These images are all accessible through our Gilbert & Sullivan Image Gallery, or they can be viewed directly from links in the individual descriptions.

To begin searching, select from the list below. These links will take you directly into the Gilbert and Sullivan list

"So, buy of your Buttercup — poor Little Buttercup;
Come, of your Buttercup buy!"

Books and Printed Works:

Red dot  Books
Red dot  Libretti, Scores, & Sheet Music
      White dot  Sullivan Without Gilbert
Red dot  Posters
Red dot  Original Vanity Fair Caricatures
Red dot  Periodicals, Newsletters, etc.


Red dot  D'Oyly Carte Productions (including season souvenirs)
      White dot  New D'Oyly Carte Productions
Red dot  Other Productions
Red dot  Gilbert Without Sullivan
Red dot  Sullivan Without Gilbert
Red dot  Other Victorian Programmes ("Windsor Theatricals". 1850-54)

Ephemera and Artifacts

Red dot  General Ephemera
Red dot  Artifacts
Red dot  Letters, Autographs, etc.
Red dot  Cigarette Cards
Red dot  Photographs
      White dot  Photographic Postcards
Red dot  D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Ephemera
Red dot  D'Oyly Carte Company Costumes

The Kenneth Sandford Archive

Material from the private papers of this beloved Savoyard,
best remembered for his portrayal of the "Pooh-Bah" roles.

We would like to thank the many Gilbert and Sullivan scholars whose work has been so helpful in preparing this list, with special thanks for the articles and websites of David Stone, John Cannon, Brian Jones, Hal Kanthor, John Bush Jones and Marc Shepherd.

D'Oyly Carte Vanity Fair

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Wilfrid M. de Freitas
P.O. Box 232, Westmount Station
Westmount, Quebec, Canada H3Z 2T2
Tel: (514) 935-9581
E-mail: Wilfrid@deFreitasBooks.com

Last updated: 1/14/23
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