First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Brecht’s wife Helene Weigel on the front free endpaper, “Dear Mr. Clark, many thanks, Helene Weigel”. Tipped-in to the front pastedown is a postcard also inscribed by Weigel to Clark, “Dear Mr. Clark, please accept these as a small token of thanks and friendship for your help during our stay in London. With greetings! Yours Helene Weigel and ‘The Berliner Ensemble'”. The Berliner Ensemble is a theatre company established by Brecht and Weigel in Germany in 1949 and still operating today. The troupe visited London during the late summer of 1956, only a few weeks after Brecht’s death, where they performed Mother Courage, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Trumpets and Drums at the Palace Theatre. Critic Michael Billington later recalled it as one of the pivotal moments in post-war British theatre. Though Clark’s identity is unknown, he was obviously instrumental in assisting Weigel and her colleagues during this important visit. A very nice presentation.
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Octavo. Original cream cloth, titles to spine and upper board in red. With the dust jacket. Boards a little rubbed and toned with some slight spots to the lower cover, contents tanned. A very good copy in the rubbed and nicked jacket.