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    Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land.

    An Ambience / Almost Free Playscript.
    First and limited edition, number 580 of 1,000 signed by the author on the title page. It was published to coincide with the first performance of these paired plays for the Ambiance Lunch-Hour Theatre Club at Almost Free Theatre in London on April 6, 1976. This is a commercially and institutionally rare edition; the later trade edition, published when the production transferred to the Arts Theatre in June, is far more common. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116775

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116718

    The Kings Threshold.

    Being Vol. V of the Abbey Theatre Series.
    First Irish edition, first impression, these copies were for sale in Ireland only. The King's Threshold was first performed in Dublin by the Irish National Theatre Society in 1903 and first published in New York in 1904. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 116718

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  3. 116717

    The Kings Threshold.

    Offprint from Plays in Prose and Verse, which was published in 1922, with a new title page. One of 1,000 copies. The King's Threshold was first performed in Dublin by the Irish National Theatre Society in 1903 and first published in New York in 1904. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116717

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  4. 116597

    Exiles.

    A Play in Three Acts.
    First US edition, first printing. First published in the same month in London by Grant Richards. As Joyce's only play, Exiles did not receive its first English-language production until February 1926, when it opened at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1918

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116597

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  5. 116534

    Sophocles King Oedipus.

    A Version For The Modern Stage.
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies issued. The play premiered on 7 December 1926 at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116534

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  6. 116497
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    The Collected Works:

    Vol.II: The King’s Threshold. On Baile’s Strand. Deirdre. The Shadowy Waters; Vol.III: Countess Cathleen. The Land of Heart’s Desire. The Unicorn from the Stars; Vol.IV: The Hour-Glass. Cathleen Ni Houlihan. The Golden Helmet. The Irish Dramatic Movement; Vol.V: The Celtic Twilight. Stories of Red Hanrahan; Vol.VI: Ideas of Good and Evil; Vol.VII: The Secret Rose; Rosa Alchemica. The Tables of Law. The Adoration of the Magi. John Sherman and Dhoya; Vol.VIII: Dicoveries. Edmund Spenser. Poetry and Tradition; & Other Essays.
    First collected edition of Yeats's work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of volume four (very scarce thus), one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher's imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. The signature to the half title of volume four reads "W. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116497

    Signed: Yes

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    Billy Liar.

    A play in three acts, adapted from the novel of the same title by Keith Waterhouse.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author and his co-writer on the front free endpaper. The play was first performed at the Cambridge Theatre, London, in 1960 with Albert Finney in the title role. Billy Liar was Waterhouses second novel, originally published in 1959. From the library of Dr Philip Murray, Irish bibliophile and author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011); the sale of his library was Irelands largest ever single sale of first edition books. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116339

    Signed: Yes

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    Equus.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to a pasted in card to the title page, "For Dr Murray, with all good wishes, from Peter Shaffer, August 1985". From the library of noted Irish bibliophile, Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Dr. Murray had a number of books signed by Shaffer in this manner. Equus was produced as a film in 1977 starring Richard Burton. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116290

    Signed: Yes

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    The Private Ear and The Public Eye.

    Two One Act Plays.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to a pasted in card facing the title page, “Dr Murray, with all best wishes & thanks for asking, Peter Shaffer”. From the library of noted Irish bibliophile, Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). The plays were presented in May 1962 at the Globe Theatre; both starred Maggie Smith and Kenneth Williams, who feature on the dust jacket. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116279

    Signed: Yes

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  10. 116239

    The Winters Tale.

    Printed complete from the Text of Sam. Johnson and Geo. Steevens, and revised from the last editions; with: Annotations by Sam. Johnson and Geo. Steevens, and The Various Commentators Upon The Winter's Tale, Written by Will. Shakespeare.
    Bell's edition of The Winter's Tale, which here includes a second work, Johnson and Steeven's substantial annotations upon the text, in which it is suggested The Winter's Tale be seen, "in reality, [as] a second part of Henry the Eighth... intended (in compliment to Queen Elizabeth) as an indirect apology for her mother". Learn More
    £120

    Date of Publication: 1786 & 1787

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116239

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  11. A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Edited with an introduction by Israel Gollancz.
    First edition thus, Shakespeare's classic fairy comedy with illustrations and designs by prominent Arts & Crafts figure Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933). Bell's charming production is quite a scarce edition, especially in nice condition with the original decorated cloth, as here. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116102

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  12. The Works.

    The Works.

    A handsomely bound set of Goldsmiths works. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116025

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  13. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on paper, with the first initial hand-illuminated in green Edward Johnston, this copy finely bound by René Kieffer (1875-1964), who worked for ten years at the famed Chambolle-Duru bindery in Paris before establishing his own workshop in 1903, and going on to become one of the leading binders in Paris. The binding is signed in gilt by Kieffer on the front pastedown, and also bears his binders ticket to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: June 1889

    Published: Hammersmith

    Stock Code: 115991

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  14. The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles.

    The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles.

    Limited edition, number 284 of 300 numbered copies; first published by Putnam's in London and New York in 1923. This was one of "a series of six books done by eminent American printers at the invitation of The Grolier Club" (colophon); in this case T. M. Cleland. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1924

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115895

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  15. Loot.

    Loot.

    First edition, first impression, first hardcover issue. The play is a wild parody of detective fiction, adding the blackest farce and jabs at established ideas on death, the police, religion, and justice. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115824

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  16. Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It.

    Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It.

    Extracted from The Plays of William Shakespeare, with the purest text, and the briefest notes. Edited by J. Payne Collier.
    An lavish and extraordinarily thoughtful Golden Wedding Anniversary gift, privately printed versions of Shakespeare's romantic plays Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It bound together in a fine Ramage binding, with 9 carat gold clasps bearing the initials of the married couple engraved in them. The front board bears an apposite quotation from Romeo & Juilet, "That book in many's eyes doth share the glory, / That in gold clasps locks in the golden story", and the rear one from As You Like It, "'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, / And after one hour more ‘twill be eleven; / And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115593

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  17. The Plays.

    The Plays.

    From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens.
    First Heath edition in book form. originally issued in parts by Robinson between 1802 and 1804. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy (1789), Vancouver's A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798), Bruce's Travels (1790) and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell's Life of Johnson (1790). Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115551

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    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    Edited by J. Dover Wilson Litt.D. from the text of the second quarto printed in 1604–5 ‘according to the true and perfect coppie’. With which are also printed the Hamlet stories from Saxo Grammaticus and Belleforest and English translations therefrom. Illustrated by Edward Gordon Craig.

    First edition in English, copy B of seven copies printed on vellum, with three extra sets of loose proofs signed by the artist, marked A to G. This is the most luxurious presentation of one of the most remarkable printed books of the 20th century. There were also printed for sale 15 copies on imperial Japanese paper with one set of loose proofs signed by the artist, numbered I to XV, and 300 copies on handmade paper. Learn More

    £250,000

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: Weimar

    Stock Code: 115397

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  19. Shakespeare's Tragedy of Hamlet.

    Shakespeare's Tragedy of Hamlet.

    Illustrated by W. G. Simmonds.
    A handsomely bound copy of this attractively illustrated edition. William G. Simmonds (1876-1968), who studied under Walter Crane at the RCA, later assisted with tank and aircraft design during the Great War. The introduction is by Arthur Quiller-Couch. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: [c.1910]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115390

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  20. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works.

    Revised from the original editions. With historical and analytical introductions to each play, also notes explanatory and critical, and a life of the poet: By J. O. Halliwel, Esq., F.R.S., F.S.A.
    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays including his poems and sonnets. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: [c.1890]

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 115219

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