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SHAW, George Bernard.

Rare books by George Bernard Shaw, including first editions of Pygmalion and signed first editions, original pamphlets and political tracts.

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  1. 73696comp
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    Cashel Byron's Profession. A Novel.

    First separate issue, larger untrimmed variant, inscribed by the author. Originally printed in the April 1885-March 1886 issues of "To-Day", this first edition was printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the original setting for the journal. This is the larger, variant issue, with the preliminary blank leaf bound at the beginning. Shaw explains the variant this way: "The size of the bigger copies is due to the fact that they reproduced not only the type but the format of To-day. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 73696

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Cashel Byron's Profession. A novel.
    signed

    Cashel Byron's Profession. A novel.

    First edition, first impression, second issue with the blank leaf bound at the rear. With the author's long signed inscription to the title page dated 1921 giving interesting bibliographical information regarding the printing of the first impression and of the writing of this book. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published:

    Stock Code: 47045

    Signed: Yes

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  3. 73683

    Widowers Houses.

    A Comedy. First Acted by the Independent Theatre in London.
    Shaw's very scarce first play, published in an edition, according to Laurence, of "not more than 500" copies. It was not an overwhelming bestseller. Shaw wrote to John Lane (quoted in Laurence) that the publisher "never advertised it even once; and the sale, which was only effected by great perseverance & determination on the part of the purchasers, was 150 copies. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73683

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  4. 73675
    signed

    On Going to Church.

    First edition, pirated by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft movement. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "I repudiate all responsibility for this bowdlerised piracy. Elbert Hubbard, who perpetrated it, is dead. Why not bury it with him? G. Bernard Shaw. 27/5/22." Additionally inscribed by Hubbard on the front free endpaper, "To Leonard D. Learn More
    £1,400

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: East Aurora, NY

    Stock Code: 73675

    Signed: Yes

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  5. 73692

    Love Among the Artists.

    The first edition in book form of Shaw's novel written in 1881; he had neglected to secure its American copyright. Learn More
    £280

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 73692

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  6. 72041

    Three Plays for Puritans.

    The Devil's Disciple; Ceasar & Cleopatra; & Captain Brassbound's Conversation.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72041

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  7. 72064

    Three Plays for Puritans.

    The Devil's Disciple; Ceasar and Cleopatra; & Captain Brassbound's Conversation.
    First edition, first impression. With the bookplate of noted collector John Quinn. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72064

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  8. 73386

    Novels of His Nonage No. 4: Cashel Byron's Profession.

    Newly revised.
    Third UK edition, revised. Originally published in 1886. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73386

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  9. 73698

    Mrs. Warren's Profession. A Play in Four Acts.

    First separate edition, with a new preface be the author. "The text of the play was reprinted, without repagination, from the plates of Plays Unpleasant, 1898" (Laurence). Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: Edinburgh,

    Stock Code: 73698

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  10. 73691
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    Man and Superman. A Comedy and a Philosophy.

    First edition, first impression. Arthur Symons's copy, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper and a two page autograph note on the first blank and half title on Shaw's buffoonery. "Shaw is a mind without a soul, a whimsical intelligence without a body. He is one of those tragic buffoons who play with eternal things …" Learn More
    £1,575

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73691

    Signed: Yes

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  11. 72039

    2 copies of The Common Sense of Municipal Trading.

    First and second editions. The second edition with a new preface. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72039

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  12. 73482

    The Author's Yearbook and Guide for 1904.

    Including some 600 names and addresses of publishers and publications to whom manuscripts may be sold. Gathered and arranged by W. E. price.
    First edition, first impression. Containing an unauthorised publication of Shaw's essay "How to Make Plays Readable". Learn More
    £80

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 73482

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  13. Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction;

    Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction;

    or, the Fatal Gazogene. A Tragedy. In Harry Furniss's Annual. 1905 First Year.
    First edition, first impression. In addition to Shaw's contribution, this annual features stories by several popular authors, including Rider Haggard and George Sims. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 72031

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  14. 72069

    The Author's Apology.

    From Mrs. Warren's Profession. With an Introduction by John Corbin.
    First US edition, first printing. Unauthorised. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 72069

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  15. 73417

    The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.

    [In] The English Review, January 1911.
    First English language edition, first impression. This issue also contains works by Joseph Conrad, Arnold Bennett, and Sidney Webb. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73417

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  16. 73702
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    Passion, Poison, and Petrification; or, The Fatal Gazogene.

    First appearance in print, excerpted from Harry Furniss's Christmas Annual. John Quinn's copy of an extract of Passion, Poison, and Petrification, a one-act play to benefit The Actor's Orphanage, taken from Harry Furniss's Christmas Annual for 1905. Against Shaw's objection bookseller Charles Farmer offered such excerpts, though in a different binding than our example (cf. Learn More
    £160

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: [London

    Stock Code: 73702

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Dramatic Opinions and Essays.

    Dramatic Opinions and Essays.

    Containing as well a word on the dramatic opinions and essays by James Huneker.
    First edition, first impression. This unauthorised edition contains 113 of Shaw's criticisms published in the Saturday Review between 1895 and 1898. The first authorised edition was published in 1907. This set is in lovely condition and contains the bookplates of noted collector John Quinn. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1906

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 72065

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  18. John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara.

    John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara.

    Also How He Lied to her Husband.
    The scarce book club edition, one of only 500 copies issued uniform with the first edition. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73350

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  19. 73479

    John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara:

    also How He Lied to Her Husband.
    The scarce Book Club issue, one of only 500 copies published in the same year as the first edition. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73479

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  20. 73707
    £185

    Date of Publication: [1907]

    Published: Christchurch

    Stock Code: 73707

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