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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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  2. Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.

    Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.

    English Version by Ashley Dukes.
    First edition, specially bound in vellum with hand-painted decorations under vellum (in the manner of Chivers) and watercolour endpapers drawn by Kenneth Hobson (1897-1972) was a British artist, book illustrator, and the managing director and designer at the London bookbindery H. T. Wood, which eventally merged with Sangorski & Sutclifffe, where Hobson introduced a more mordern style of binding. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114806

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  3. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
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    Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.

    A few light scuffs to Slight oxidisation to areas of margin otherwise in excellent condition.
    Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36". An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the Great War: he directed her in the first Broadway production of his play The Philanderer (performed at the Little Theater in 1913-14). Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: [early 1930s]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114626

    Signed: Yes

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  4. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.
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    The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.

    A New Version of an Old Story Arranged as a Play for Mummers in One Act Requiring No Theatre or Scenery.
    First edition, first impression, rare presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To T. H. Riches, from Thomas Hardy. With good wishes. January: 1924". This copy also has an autograph note (3, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, stationery) in the hand of Sydney Cockerell identifying the four dedicatees of the book: "E. L. H. Emma Lavinia Hardy, C. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114519

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Plays in Prose and Verse.

    Plays in Prose and Verse.

    Written for an Irish Theatre, and Generally with the Help of a Friend.
    First edition, first impression, a lovely copy in the scarce jacket. This collection contains Yeats's plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth, The King's Threshold, On Baile's Strand, The Shadowy Waters, Deridre, The Unicorn from the Stars (written in collaboration with Lady Gregory), The Green Helmet, The Hour-Glass and The Player Queen. 1,500 copies were printed, and they do not often survive in the jacket, especially not in such excellent condition. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114421

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  6. Commentaire sur le Cid,

    Commentaire sur le Cid,

    tragi-comédie de Pierre Corneille.
    First and only edition. Auguste Walras (1801-1866), father of the founder of the theory of general economic equilibrium Léon Walras, was a secondary school administrator and amateur economist. Walras wrote Commentaire sur le Cid while he was professor of philosophy at the Royal College in Caen. He published several works on economics, which "have received some limited attention, chiefly because some of his views and economic concepts influenced his son" (The New Palgrave). Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1843

    Published: Caen

    Stock Code: 114115

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  7. Lyrics on several occasions.
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    Lyrics on several occasions.

    A selection of stage & screen lyrics written for sundry situations; and now arranged in arbitrary categories. To which have been added many informative annotations & disquisitions on their why & wherefore, their whom-for, their how; and matters associative.
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Louis Aborn - with all best - From Ira Gershwin". Louis H. Aborn (1912-2005) was the President from 1956 of Tams-Whitmark Music Library, the largest collection of printed and manuscript music then in existence. During Aborn's presidency Tams-Whitmark acquired rights in many of the most popular American musical stage plays and made those musicals available for presentation by schools, community theatres, and professional theatres throughout the world. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113826

    Signed: Yes

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  8. 113620detail

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    An extraordinarily comprehensive collection of first editions of plays and theatrical anthologies printed by British publishing titan Victor Gollancz (founded 1927) from 1928 to 1944. This entire collection (with the exception of two titles brought in to supplement a gap) derives from the publisher's own file copy archive, which accounts for the exceptional condition and completeness of this Gollancz theatrical library, presenting many valuable first editions (a fine first of R. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 113620

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  9. Paroles de Villon.

    Paroles de Villon.

    First and only edition, rare: no copies located by either Copac or OCLC. "Ezra Pound's principal musical composition ['Le Testament de Villon'], a one-act opera (referred to also as ‘Villon' and ‘The Testament of François Villon') was written in Paris during 1920, 1921, and 1922. The libretto is taken from poems of Villon, with ballades and rondeaux providing material for the arias, sung in the original French. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 113618

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  10. The Story of My Life.
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    The Story of My Life.

    First edition, large paper issue, extra illustrated state. One of 1,000 numbered copies of which the first 250 were signed; this copy is number 42 and signed by Terry on the limitation page. An excellently preserved copy. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112379

    Signed: Yes

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  11. South Pacific. A Musical Play.

    South Pacific. A Musical Play.

    Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Adapted from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Tales of the South Pacific.
    First edition, first printing. The book version of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, with three illustrations from photographs of the original cast. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112334

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  12. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

    Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

    First edition, first impression. Number 386 of 500 copies. A collection of letters from Shaw and Yeats to Florence Farr (1860-1917), a London-based actress of great beauty and dynamism. She was deeply involved with both Yeats and Bernard Shaw, both theatrically (acting in plays written by them, often specifically for her) and romantically (more with Shaw than Yeats, for whom she was more muse than lover). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 112230

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  13. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
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    The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.

    Third edition.
    Presentation copy to one of the greats of British television comedy and light entertainment, Ronnie Barker (1929-2005), inscribed on a preliminary blank leaf: "To Ronnie, To say Congratulations on 25 ‘Glorious Years' (contrary to the vicious slur about your age on p. 80) luv Danni (?) 11.11.73". This was clearly signed at a star-studded party celebrating Barker's quarter century in the business (he made his professional debut as an actor on 15 November 1948 as Lieutenant Spicer in a performance of J. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110259

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Beltaine.

    Beltaine.

    An Occasional Publication. Numbers One, Two & Three. 1899–1900. The Organ of the Irish Literary Theatre.
    First one-volume edition, being a re-issue of the journal's three first issues. "The Numbers, in their original wrappers, have been simply encased in boards, for preservation on the bookshelf, with no addition save that of a Table of Contents to Number One" (publisher's note). Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109990

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  15. The Provincetown.

    The Provincetown.

    A Story of the Theatre.
    First edition, first printing, of this history of the avant-garde theatre company, from its inception in 1915 to its close in 1929. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109987

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  16. Il Solimano Tragedia.

    Il Solimano Tragedia.

    First edition of this famous opera about Suleyman the Magnificent's execution of his son Mustafa. "One of the earliest Turkish operas was written in 1619 by the Italian Prospero Bonarelli, whose Il Solimano became the blueprint for many eponymous operas and for other operas that employed elements of its plot" (Berman, German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989, p. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1620

    Published: Florence

    Stock Code: 109664

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  17. Plays based on the stories of Beatrix Potter.

    Plays based on the stories of Beatrix Potter.

    WILLIAMS, E. Harcourt. The Tailor of Gloucester: A play from the story by Beatrix Potter. London: Frederick Warne & Co., [1930] & [c. 1933]. 3 works, octavo. Original buff wrappers, titles and vignette to covers in green. First edition: A fine copy. Later issues: wrappers a little creased, nicked and spotted. One copy of the first edition (no reference to Ginger & Pickles or Mr Samuel Whiskers), and two later issues (with the plays referenced). Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109504

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  18. Les Danses a Bali.

    Les Danses a Bali.

    First edition, first impression. The 6-page essay by Antonin Artaud, who was profoundly influenced by Balinese theatre, was first published in issue 217 of Nouvelle Revue Française (1931); the commentary is by the dancer Béryl de Zoete, author of the standard work Dance and Drama in Bali (1937). Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 109312

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  19. The Servants.
    signed

    The Servants.

    Opera in three acts. Libretto by Iris Murdoch, based on her play The Servants and the Snow. Music by William Mathias.
    First and limited edition, number 61 of 125 copies and signed on the limitation leaf by Iris Murdoch, William Mathias, producer Adrian Slack, conductor Anthony Hose, designers Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe. "Murdoch cut the [original] play by half for the libretto. Two of the original characters are cut... and a chorus of servants is added to reveal the servants' pain and fear giving the opera parallels to Greek tragedy. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 107955

    Signed: Yes

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  20. On the Art of the Theatre.

    On the Art of the Theatre.

    First edition, first impression, trade issue, of Craig's "highly influential book On the Art of the Theatre, in which he expounded his visionary ideas". Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106995

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