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BECKETT, Samuel.

BECKETT, Samuel.

Rare books by Samuel Beckett, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wakem and Murphy.

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who resided for most of his life in Paris. He produced work across both languages throughout his career. After completing studies in French, Italian and English at Trinity College, Dublin, Beckett took a teaching post at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. It was in Paris he met James Joyce, and maintained a working literary relationship with the author, including undertaking research forFinnegan’s Wake.

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  1. The European Caravan.

    The European Caravan.

    An Anthology of the New Spirit in European Literature. Compiled and Edited by Samuel Putnam, Maida Castelhun Darnton, George Reavey, and J. Bronowski. Part I: France, Spain, England, and Ireland.
    First edition, first printing. This was the sole volume published of a far more extensive project designed to bring a cross section of cutting edge world literature to the American public. The venture was never fully realized and perhaps its lasting legacy will prove to have been as Beckett's first appearance in a US publication. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 70895

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  2. The European Caravan.

    The European Caravan.

    An Anthology of the New Spirit in European Literature. Compiled and Edited by Samuel Putnam, Maida Castelhun Darnton, George Reavey, and J. Bronowski. Part I: France, Spain, England, and Ireland.
    First edition, first printing. This was the sole volume published of a far more extensive project designed to bring a cross section of cutting edge world literature to the American public. The venture was never fully realized and perhaps its lasting legacy will prove to have been as Beckett's first appearance in a US publication. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 96870

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  3. More Pricks Than Kicks.

    More Pricks Than Kicks.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published:

    Stock Code: 51262

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  4. Murphy.

    Murphy.

    First edition, first impression, first binding of smooth green cloth, one of no more than 718 copies thus. The book was bound by Webb Son and Co. in three batches: Feb 1938, Nov 1941, and April 1942. The first binding was smooth cloth, as here: according to Federman and Fletcher, wartime shortages may have resulted in later bindings in a coarser cloth. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published:

    Stock Code: 22465

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  5. Murphy.

    Murphy.

    First edition, presentation copy, with Beckett's notably personal inscription to the half-title, "Alan from Sam. Dublin, May 1945". Beckett returned briefly to Dublin at the end of the Second World War, essentially in order to regroup and process what was apparently a particularly difficult war - he had been working for a Paris-based cell of British SOE, liaising between the British Secret Service and the French Resistance. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106594

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  6. Waiting for Godot. Tragicomedy in 2 Acts.

    Waiting for Godot. Tragicomedy in 2 Acts.

    First English language edition, first impression. Originally published in France in 1952. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 88935

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  7. Waiting for Godot. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts.
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 82606

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  8. Fin de Partie
    signed

    Fin de Partie

    suivi Acte Sans Paroles.
    First trade edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "Pour Georges [?] en hommage et reconnaissance Sam Beckett Paris, fevrier 1957". One of Beckett's finest plays. Uncommon with a contemporary presentation inscription. Learn More
    £2,800

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: Paris:

    Stock Code: 34122

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Endgame.
    signed

    Endgame.

    A Play in one Act followed by Act Without Words. A Mime for one Player. Translated from the original French by the author.
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Dan Pope, from Sam Beckett". Inscribed English language copies of Beckett's major plays, such as Endgame and Godot, are rare. Originally published in French the previous year as Fin de partie. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1958

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 87346

    Signed: Yes

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  10. Watt.
    signed

    Watt.

    First US edition, first printing, clothbound issue. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the title page, "for Dan Pope from Sam Beckett" and signed beneath by Barney Rosset (b. 1922), the owner of the Grove Press. Pope is a published author and sometime dealer in rare books. This copy was originally owned by Max Gissen (1909-1984), the chief book reviewer for Time Magazine, with details of publication in pencil on the front free endpaper and some sporadic pencil marginal scoring throughout. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published:

    Stock Code: 62454

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Poems in English.

    Poems in English.

    First edition, first impression. This collection includes Whoroscope, Echo's Bones, Two Poems, and Quatre Poèmes. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96919

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  12. Play.

    Play.

    And two short pieces for radio.
    First edition, first impression. Play was first performed in 1963. The two short pieces are Words and Music, commissioned by the BBC, and Cascando, which was originally written in French in 1961, and subtitled Invention radiophonique pour musique et voix. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96888

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  13. Play.

    Play.

    And two short pieces for radio.
    First edition, first impression. Play was first performed in 1963. The two short pieces are "Words and Music", commissioned by the BBC, and "Cascando", which was originally written in French in 1961, and subtitled Invention radiophonique pour musique et voix. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97890

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  14. Play.

    Play.

    And two short pieces for radio.
    First edition, first impression. Play premiered on 14 June 1963 at the Ulmer Theatre, Ul-Donau, and was performed in German. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112073

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  15. How It Is.
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    How It Is.

    Translated from the French by the Author.
    First and limited UK edition, number 80 of 100 copies signed by Beckett; originally published as Comment c'est (Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1961). Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115937

    Signed: Yes

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    signed

    Comédie et actes divers.

    First French edition, six short plays translated from the English by the author. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 47976

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Assez.
    signed

    Assez.

    First French edition. Number 47 of 100 Hor de Commerce copies, not for sale and to be presented by the publisher/author. Inscribed by Beckett to the writer Andre Marissel and dates "April 66". Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 47977

    Signed: Yes

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  18. More Pricks Than Kicks.

    More Pricks Than Kicks.

    Second edition - the so-called, "Special edition Hors Commerce for Scholars" of which two issues exist. One with the wrappers printed in red and bearing the statement "Limited to 100 copies" and this one more crudely bound, printed in black and with no statement of limitation. Learn More
    £120

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 60798

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  19. L'Issue.
    signed

    L'Issue.

    First Edition, First Printing. From an edition of 154 copies this is one of just 15 numbered in roman. All copies were signed by Arikha on each engraving. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the first blank leaf, "to Dick Seaver with love from Sam Paris May 69 and with love from Avigdor". All this is in Beckett's hand. Laid in is a card inscribed by Arikha. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 40336

    Signed: Yes

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    La Manivelle. Pièce Radiophonique.

    Texte Anglais de Samuel Beckett.
    First English-language edition, first impression. Originally published in Paris in 1960. Learn More
    £60

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published:

    Stock Code: 51146

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