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SHAW, George Bernard.

Saint Joan.

A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue.

Published: London: Constable and Company, Ltd., 1924

Stock code: 107660

Price: £675

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First edition, first impression. With a laid-in typed postcard from Shaw, dated 5/11/27 in his hand (franked three days later) and addressed to one C. R. Mason of “Holmleigh”, 17 Hugh Road, Stoke, Coventry, reading: “Mr. Bernard Shaw, who is not and never has been a professional lecturer, is now obliged to restrict his appearances as a public speaker to special and exceptional occasions, mostly of a political kind. He therefore begs secretaries of societies to strike his name from their lists of available speakers …”. Shaw clarifies in his signed holograph postscript that “I cannot take on education: I have said my say about it, and must leave others to specialize on the platform work involved. It is one of many very important subjects which I have to avoid simply because I have not time for everything”. The mid- to late 1920s were a busy time for the playwright: Saint Joan premièred in New York on 28 December 1923 and was widely acclaimed; “Even the Nobel prize committee could no longer ignore Shaw after Saint Joan, offering him the prize for 1925 … During his six-year theatrical hiatus after Saint Joan, Shaw continued to speak out, and to utilize, with artistry and verve, the new medium of radio as a frequent BBC speaker from the middle 1920s into the early 1940s … He also worked on his collected edition of more than thirty volumes and his political summa, The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism (1928)” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom blue cloth solander box. Typed postcard from Shaw with holograph address and postscript laid in (89 114 mm). Bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead to front pastedown. Cloth faintly marked overall, spine toned, free endpapers tanned, a few leaves roughly opened leading to the odd small chip along bottom edge to no loss of text. A very good copy in the dust jacket slightly chipped at head of spine and rear panel to no loss, panels irregularly sunned in places and spine toned as often. Postcard with first words of second and third lines smudged but still legible: very good condition.

Bibliography: Laurence A170

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