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A Streetcar Named Desire.

New York: New Directions, 1947 Stock Code: 147516
£12,500.00
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Inscribed by ten members of the cast, including Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy: a fine association copy

First edition, first printing, of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, unusually signed by almost the entire original cast.

The cast members of the original Broadway run were: Jessica Tandy (Blanche DuBois), Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski), Karl Malden (Harold "Mitch" Mitchell), Gee Gee James (Negro Woman), Peg Hillias (Eunice Hubbell), Kim Hunter (Stella Kowalski), Rudy Bond (Steve Hubbell), Edna Thomas (Mexican Woman), Richard Carlyle (Tamale Vendor), Nick Dennis (Pablo Gonzales), Vito Christi (A Young Collector), Ann Dere (Nurse) and Richard Garrick (Doctor). All but Kim Hunter, Rudy Bond and Richard Garrick signed or inscribed this copy. Also loosely inserted is a note from Peg Hillias stating that "Tennessee sailed for Europe before I got this, but when he comes back in the Fall, I'll get him to autograph it." Unfortunately, the promise was never fulfilled.

Peg Hillias (1914-1960) gathered these signatures and inscriptions for presentation to Hy Dee Small, thought to be the technical director for the production. Small's bookplate is laid-down to the front free endpaper. Hillias was also responsible for a similar volume which she presented to her daughter for her sixteenth birthday. Hillias reprised her role as Eunice for the 1951 film version of the play, starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brandon, and has inscribed the front free endpaper "To Hy Dee with love - January 1948 Peg."

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Description

Octavo. Original purple boards, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and front cover in black and white. With dust jacket.

Condition

Extremities of covers rubbed with some minor loss, top edge of rear cover slightly bumped, browning to front endpapers and short tears to first two leaves, otherwise a very good copy. Dust jacket sunned at spine, as often, with loss to extremities, some short tears and splitting to front flap joint; otherwise a very presentable example.

Bibliography

Crandell A5.1.a.

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