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  1. Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays. 1817

    £500

    First edition, Chandos Leigh’s copy, of “the first ever economically priced critical survey of all Shakespeare’s works” (ODNB), and “the first of Hazlitt’s books to achieve immediate success” (Keynes). With the bookplate of poet and literary patron Chandos Leigh, first Baron Leigh (1791-1850), to the …Read more

  2. Saint Joan.
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    Saint Joan. 1924

    £450

    First Ricketts edition, one of 750 copies printed on hand-made paper. Read more

  3. House of Games.
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    House of Games. 1985

    £325

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Mamet on the title page. Read more

  4. The Collected Works:
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    The Collected Works: 1908

    £5,000

    First collected edition of Yeats’s work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of volume four (very scarce thus), one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher’s imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition …Read more

  5. The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. 1930

    £250,000

    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. …Read more

  6. Fin de Partie
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    Fin de Partie 1957

    £2,800

    First trade edition, first impression. With the author’s signed presentation inscription, “Pour Georges [?] en hommage et reconnaissance Sam Beckett Paris, fevrier 1957”. One of Beckett’s finest plays. Uncommon with a contemporary presentation inscription. Read more

  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1895

    £250

    First edition thus, Shakespeare’s classic fairy comedy with illustrations and designs by prominent Arts & Crafts figure Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933). Bell’s charming production is quite a scarce edition, especially in nice condition with the original decorated cloth, as here. Read more

  8. Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz. 1928-44

    £3,250

    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 …Read more

  9. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. June 1889

    £1,750

    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on paper, with the first initial hand-illuminated in green Edward Johnston, this copy finely bound by René Kieffer (1875-1964), who worked for ten years at the famed Chambolle-Duru bindery in Paris before establishing his own workshop in …Read more

  10. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    The Importance of Being Earnest. 1899

    £39,500

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 87 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Wilde’s Swedish translator, Michael Gripenberg, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s last play, opened to …Read more

  11. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts. 1937

    £6,000

    First edition in play form, first printing. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a close friend on the front free endpaper: “For Guy G. B. Reedy, John Steinbeck”. Steinbeck met Reedy when he moved to New York in the early 1920s; both …Read more

  12. Loot.

    Loot. 1967

    £225

    First edition, first impression, first hardcover issue. The play is a wild parody of detective fiction, adding the blackest farce and jabs at established ideas on death, the police, religion, and justice. Read more

  13. The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles.

    The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles. 1924

    £250

    Limited edition, number 284 of 300 numbered copies; first published by Putnam’s in London and New York in 1923. This was one of “a series of six books done by eminent American printers at the invitation of The Grolier Club” (colophon); in this case T. …Read more

  14. They Also Serve.

    They Also Serve. Friday February 1956

    £225

    Single sheet folded once (250 x 180 mm), text printed in black. Three horizontal creases where once folded, extremities a little worn and a few minor marks. In very good condition. Read more

  15. Play.

    Play. 1964

    £125

    First edition, first impression. Play was first performed in 1963. The two short pieces are Words and Music, commissioned by the BBC, and Cascando, which was originally written in French in 1961, and subtitled Invention radiophonique pour musique et voix. Read more

  16. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works. [c.1890]

    £500

    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare’s plays including his poems and sonnets. Read more

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

    The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse. 1923

    £3,500

    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 …Read more

  18. The Plays.

    The Plays. 1807

    £4,750

    First Heath edition in book form. originally issued in parts by Robinson between 1802 and 1804. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater’s Essays on …Read more

  19. Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Hamlet.

    Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Hamlet. [c.1910]

    £875

    A handsomely bound copy of this attractively illustrated edition. William G. Simmonds (1876-1968), who studied under Walter Crane at the RCA, later assisted with tank and aircraft design during the Great War. The introduction is by Arthur Quiller-Couch. Read more

  20. Look Back in Anger.

    Look Back in Anger. 1957

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “John Osborne, 8.9.89.” From the library of Dr Philip Murray, Irish book collector and author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), though unmarked as such. Read more

  21. Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.

    Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes. 1931

    £975

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For William with my love, Noel.” The recipient was William Armstrong (1882-1952), director and producer of the Liverpool Playhouse from 1922-1944, where he directed several Coward plays in the 1930s. He received an honorary MA …Read more

  22. The Queen was in the Parlour.

    The Queen was in the Parlour. 1926

    £475

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce jacket. This early Noel Coward play was written in 1922, but not produced until 24 August 1926, when it premiered at the St Martin’s Theatre. This first edition was printed as Volume L in the Contemporary British …Read more

  23. Waiting in the Wings.

    Waiting in the Wings. 1960

    £400

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For Harry from Noel.” Read more

  24. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    The Collected Works in Verse And Prose. 1908

    £2,250

    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher Chapman & Hall’s imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakesepare Head Press. As a production, this …Read more

  25. The Works.

    The Works. 1881

    £4,250

    Edition de luxe, one thousand numbered copies of which this is number 828. Read more

  26. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    The Importance of Being Earnest. 1899

    £3,850

    First and limited edition, out-of-series copy out of an edition of 1,000 copies. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine’s Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde’s failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. …Read more

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

    Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes. 1931

    £375

    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 …Read more

  28. The Plays.

    The Plays. 1813

    £3,500

    A very handsomely bound set of a later issue of the edition generally known as the first variorum, first published in 1803. Reed’s revision of Johnson and Steevens’s 1773 edition was first published in ten volumes in 1785. The edition was then reissued, with Steevens …Read more

  29. Ben Jonson.

    Ben Jonson. 1888

    £200

    Symonds’s appreciation of the playwright Ben Jonson, an early edition handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf with the original cloth preserved at the rear. Read more

  30. Plays in Prose and Verse.

    Plays in Prose and Verse. 1922

    £975

    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 …Read more

  31. The Rock.

    The Rock. 1934

    £500

    First edition, first impression, a superb copy. One the earlier of Eliot’s works to be more-or-less dominated by Christian doctrine (and created in collaboration with a veritable synod of churchmen), The Rock envisages the modern era with Eliot’s characteristic brand of scornfully sweeping bitterness – …Read more

  32. The Confidential Clerk.

    The Confidential Clerk. 1954

    £675

    First edition, first impression, signed by Eliot on the title page. This copy has an ink inscrption in another hand to the half title verso, noting that this copy was “Signed by Eliot at the London Clinic April 1954”. In the month after the Confidential …Read more

  33. A Streetcar Named Desire.

    A Streetcar Named Desire. 1947

    £500

    First edition, first printing. The winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, and the basis for the 1951 film of the same name directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter. Read more

  34. Seven Plays.

    Seven Plays. 1935

    £475

    First UK edition, second issue binding with stiff boards. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Seven Plays includes an introduction by Toller and the first editions in English of Transfiguration, Draw the Fires! and Mary Baker Eddy (co-written with Hermann Kesten, and …Read more

  35. Icaro.

    Icaro. 1933

    £275

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator Ruth Draper, inscribed on the front free endpaper “To Walter Oakley, with the regards of Ruth Draper. October 1931.” Oakley was the US-based sales manager of the Oxford University Press. A lovely …Read more

  36. Comedie;

    Comedie; 1582

    £4,750

    First edition of this collection of comedies by the Florentine poet and playwright Anton Francesco Grazzini, called “Il Lasca”, (1503–1584), who was an important practitioner of the commedia erudite, the sixteenth-century popular drama that spurned the classicizing taste of the age and the refined artistic …Read more

  37. Conversation in the Mountains.

    Conversation in the Mountains. 2008

    £200

    First edition, number 51 of 400 copies signed by Banville on the limitation page, of which 350 were for sale. Conversation in the Mountains reproduces the text of Banville’s radio play Todtnauberg, an account of the 1967 meeting between Paul Celan and Martin Heidegger, and …Read more

  38. Night and Day.

    Night and Day. 1978

    £225

    First edition, first impression, case-bound issue. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Read more

  39. Salomé.

    Salomé. 1893

    £2,750

    First edition, limited issue, one of 50 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. There was also a trade issue of 600 copies. Salome was composed by Wilde in French and not published in English until the following year. Read more

  40. Beltaine.

    Beltaine. 1900

    £475

    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). Read more

  41. James and the Giant Peach: A Play.

    James and the Giant Peach: A Play. 1982

    £95

    First edition, first impression, of the play adaptation. The more uncommon casebound issue. Read more

  42. The Duchess of Malfi.

    The Duchess of Malfi. 1945

    £275

    First Ayrton-illustrated edition, deluxe issue. Number 194 of 200 specially bound copies. Read more

  43. Doctors of Philosophy.

    Doctors of Philosophy. 1963

    £45

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  44. The Rose Tattoo.

    The Rose Tattoo. 1951

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing, first issue binding (rose cloth), signed on the front free endpaper by Williams. The Rose Tattoo was the basis for David Mann’s 1955 film starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster. Read more

  45. Adam i Eva [Adam and Eve].

    Adam i Eva [Adam and Eve]. [c. 1961]

    £2,750

    1961 samizdat of the play, which was originally published in 1931. Read more

  46. Long Day’s Journey into Night.

    Long Day’s Journey into Night. 1956

    £425

    First edition, first printing, of O’Neill’s masterpiece and one of the great plays of the 20th century. Read more

  47. The Boy Friend.

    The Boy Friend. 1955

    £150

    First US edition, first printing. The play opened up in New York City on September 30, 1954 at the Royale Theatre starring Paulette Giard and also featuring Julia Andrews. Read more

  48. Don’t Drink the Water.

    Don’t Drink the Water. 1967

    £225

    First edition, first printing of the author’s first book. The play was first performed November 17, 1966 at the Morosco Theatre in New York City starring Dick Libertini and House Jameson. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    HAZLITT, William. HAZLITT, William.

    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.

    £500

  2. New Arrival
  3. New Arrival
    House of Games.
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    MAMET, David. MAMET, David.

    House of Games.

    £325

  4. New Arrival
    The Collected Works:
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    YEATS, William Butler YEATS, William Butler

    The Collected Works:

    £5,000

  5. New Arrival
    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    (CRANACH PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE, William. (CRANACH PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE,...

    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    £250,000

  6. New Arrival
    Fin de Partie
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    BECKETT, Samuel. BECKETT, Samuel.

    Fin de Partie

    £2,800

  7. Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.
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    (GOLLANCZ THEATRE.) (GOLLANCZ THEATRE.)

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    £3,250

  8. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William. SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    £1,750

  9. The Importance of Being Earnest.
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    WILDE, Oscar. WILDE, Oscar.

    The Importance of Being Earnest.

    £39,500

  10. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.
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    STEINBECK, John. STEINBECK, John.

    Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    £6,000

  11. The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles.
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    (GROLIER CLUB.) DUNSANY, Edward Plunkett, Lord. (GROLIER CLUB.) DUNSANY,...

    The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles.

    £250

  12. They Also Serve.
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    [FRASER, G. S.] [FRASER, G. S.]

    They Also Serve.

    £225

  13. The Complete Works.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William. SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Complete Works.

    £500

  14. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.
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    HARDY, Thomas. HARDY, Thomas.

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

    £3,500

  15. Look Back in Anger.
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    OSBORNE, John. OSBORNE, John.

    Look Back in Anger.

    £1,500

  16. Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.
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    COWARD, Noel. COWARD, Noel.

    Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.

    £975

  17. The Queen was in the Parlour.
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    COWARD, Noël. COWARD, Noël.

    The Queen was in the Parlour.

    £475

  18. Waiting in the Wings.
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    COWARD, Noël. COWARD, Noël.

    Waiting in the Wings.

    £400

  19. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
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    YEATS, W. B. YEATS, W. B.

    The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    £2,250

  20. The Importance of Being Earnest.
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    WILDE, Oscar. WILDE, Oscar.

    The Importance of Being Earnest.

    £3,850

  21. Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.
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    BRUCKNER, Ferdinand. BRUCKNER, Ferdinand.

    Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.

    £375

  22. Plays in Prose and Verse.
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    YEATS, W. B. YEATS, W. B.

    Plays in Prose and Verse.

    £975

  23. The Rock.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    The Rock.

    £500

  24. The Confidential Clerk.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    The Confidential Clerk.

    £675

  25. A Streetcar Named Desire.
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    WILLIAMS, Tennessee. WILLIAMS, Tennessee.

    A Streetcar Named Desire.

    £500

  26. Seven Plays.
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    TOLLER, Ernst. TOLLER, Ernst.

    Seven Plays.

    £475

  27. Conversation in the Mountains.
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    BANVILLE, John. BANVILLE, John.

    Conversation in the Mountains.

    £200

  28. Night and Day.
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    STOPPARD, Tom. STOPPARD, Tom.

    Night and Day.

    £225

  29. Salomé.
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    WILDE, Oscar. WILDE, Oscar.

    Salomé.

    £2,750

  30. James and the Giant Peach: A Play.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    James and the Giant Peach: A Play.

    £95

  31. Doctors of Philosophy.
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    SPARK, Muriel. SPARK, Muriel.

    Doctors of Philosophy.

    £45

  32. The Rose Tattoo.
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    WILLIAMS, Tennessee. WILLIAMS, Tennessee.

    The Rose Tattoo.

    £1,250

  33. Adam i Eva [Adam and Eve].
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    BULGAKOV, Mikhail. BULGAKOV, Mikhail.

    Adam i Eva [Adam and Eve].

    £2,750

  34. Long Day’s Journey into Night.
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    O'NEILL, Eugene. O'NEILL, Eugene.

    Long Day’s Journey into Night.

    £425

  35. The Boy Friend.
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    WILSON, Sandy. WILSON, Sandy.

    The Boy Friend.

    £150

  36. Don’t Drink the Water.
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    ALLEN, Woody. ALLEN, Woody.

    Don’t Drink the Water.

    £225

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