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Look Back in Anger. A Play in Three Acts.

Published: London: Faber and Faber, 1957

Stock code: 91589

Price: £2,500

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Bethel Solomons, John Osborne”. Bethel Solomons (1885–1965), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown, was an Irish obstetrician and gynaecologist born to a prominent Jewish family. A gifted rugby player, he played internationally for Ireland. His father’s optician practice incidentally featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses: “Striding past Finn’s hotel Cashel Boyle O’Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell stared through a fierce eyeglass across the carriages at the head of Mr M. E. Solomons in the window of the Austro-Hungarian viceconsulate”.

Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Spine gently rolled, endpapers lightly tanned. An excellent copy in a jacket with minor chipping at head of spine panel and faint rubbing at extremities.

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