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(BARKER, Ronnie.) HARTNOLL, Phyllis ed.

The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.

Third edition.

Published: London: Oxford University Press, 1972

Stock code: 110259

Price: £1,750

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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. M. Barrie’s Quality Street). Amongst the many luminaries who have signed are Josephine Tewson and June Whitfield, both of whom performed many times with Barker, Richard Briers, Michael Bates, Michael Hordern, Frank Windsor, Barker’s agent Peter Eade, Joan Sims, and Barker’s long-time partner and co-star of The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett.

Octavo (230 x 145 mm). Presentation binding of purple full morocco for Asprey, decorative gilt spine tooled with the motifs of Comedy & Tragedy, two-line gilt border on sides enclosing single roll tool border with ornamental corner pieces, all edges gilt, two-line gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Spine lightly sunned. A handsomely bound copy.

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