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BECKETT, Samuel.

BECKETT, Samuel.

Rare books by Samuel Beckett, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wakem and Murphy.

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who resided for most of his life in Paris. He produced work across both languages throughout his career. After completing studies in French, Italian and English at Trinity College, Dublin, Beckett took a teaching post at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. It was in Paris he met James Joyce, and maintained a working literary relationship with the author, including undertaking research forFinnegan’s Wake.

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  1. En attendant Godot.
    BECKETT, Samuel. En attendant Godot.

    Paris : 1952

    First edition, trade issue, scarce review copy. It was preceded only by a tiny limited issue of 35 large paper copies issued earlier the same year.

    Godot was written and published in French, and was first performed in full at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris on 5 January 1953. Beckett's English translation of the play later premiered at the... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 147545

  2. En attendant Godot.
    BECKETT, Samuel. En attendant Godot.

    Paris : 1952

    First edition, trade issue; it was preceded only by a tiny limited issue of 35 large paper copies issued earlier the same year. This copy has an appealing inscription to the front free endpaper dated from the play's first run: "vu au Theatre Babylone 28 Mars 1953".

    Godot was written and published in French, and was first performed in full at... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 147547

  3. Waiting for Godot. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts.

    London : 1956

    First UK edition, first impression, translated from the original French by Beckett himself.

    Originally published in France in 1952 as En attendant Godot, the play premiered in France on 5 January 1953 at the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris. The English language premiere was on 3 August 1955 at the Arts Theatre, London, and the play then transferred... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133834

  4. Endgame: A Play in One Act.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Endgame: A Play in One Act.

    New York : 1958

    First edition in English, first impression, limited issue, number 45 of 100 copies specially bound in cloth. A comic experiment in an eschatology of lovelessness, Endgame was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 3 April 1957; it was originally published the same year, in French, as Fin de partie. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 147742

  5. Endgame.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Endgame.

    London : 1958

    First UK edition, first impression, of Beckett's comic experiment in an eschatology of lovelessness. The text was originally published in French the previous year as Fin de partie, and then for the first time in English by the Grove Press in New York earlier in 1958. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 146970

  6. Endgame.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Endgame.

    London : 1958

    First UK edition, first impression, of Beckett's comic experiment in an eschatology of lovelessness, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Dan Pope, from Sam Beckett". Dan Pope is a publisher author and sometime dealer in rare books. Inscribed English language copies of Beckett's major plays, such as Endgame and Godot, are rare. The text was... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 124406

  7. L'Issue.
    BECKETT, Samuel. L'Issue.

    Paris : 1968

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Beckett on the first blank, "to Dick Seaver with love from Sam, Paris, May 69", from an edition of 154 copies signed by Arikha on each engraving, this being one of just 15 numbered in roman. Seaver was a writer and translator and Beckett's editor at the Grove Press. Additionally laid in is... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 40336

  8. Molloy.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Molloy.

    Paris : 1951

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the unopened title page "For Dr. P. J. Heury with all good wishes Samuel Beckett Paris Nov. 81".

    This copy is number 164 of 500 trade copies issued thus; a further 50 were printed on handmade paper. The first English translation was published in 1955. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 146969

  9. Molloy.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Molloy.

    Paris : 1951

    First edition, first impression, number 107 of 500 copies issued thus; a further 50 were printed on handmade paper. The first English translation was published in 1955. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 118329

  10. Drunken Boat.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Drunken Boat.

    Reading : 1976

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 71 of 100 copies signed by Beckett and specially bound, out of a total edition of 300. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 146972

  11. Ends and Odds.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Ends and Odds.

    London : 1977

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by Beckett on the title page. Originally published in the US in 1976, this volume includes "... but the clouds... A Play for Television", which was not in the US edition, and "Not I". Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 148560

  12. Dream of Fair to Middling Women.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Dream of Fair to Middling Women.

    Dublin : 1992

    First edition, limited issue. Number 97 of 130 numbered copies, specially bound to mark the publication of the author's first novel; 20 lettered copies were also produced. It was written in Paris in 1932, and lay unpublished for sixty years. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 94383

  13. Poems 1930-1989.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Poems 1930-1989.

    London : 2002

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 5 of 100 copies specially bound with a lithograph by Louis le Brocquy, and signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 114408

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