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.
BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts.
London : 1956First UK edition, first impression, translated from the original French by Beckett himself. This edition was subject to the censorship enforced by the Lord Chamberlain, who took particular issue with Beckett's use of the word "erection", and has the publisher's note mentioning the changes tipped-in after the title page. The first unexpurgated edition... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 133834
BECKETT, Samuel. Fin de partie
Paris : 1957First 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. Learn More£2,800.00
Stock Code: 34122
BECKETT, Samuel. Endgame.
London : 1958First UK edition, first impression, 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 originally published in French the previous year as Fin de partie,... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 124406
BECKETT, Samuel. Comment c'est.
Paris : 1961First and limited edition, number 4 of 10 copies hors de commerce, inscribed by author on the title page, "pour Alan Clodd, Samuel Beckett. Nov. 72". Alan Clodd (1918-2002) was a noted Irish publisher, book collector, and dealer. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 124190
JOYCE, James, & others. Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress.
New York : 1961A very nice copy of this attractive reissue. Our Exagmination was originally published by Shakespeare & Company in 1939. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 88610
(BECKETT, Samuel.) HAYMAN, David. Tristan and Isolde in Finnegans Wake:
[University Park, PA] : 1964Offprint from the journal of Comparative Literature Studies. Inscribed by the author above the title, "For Sam Beckett with warm regards, David". Hayman is a literary critic and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who participated in the publication of Joyce's complete manuscripts, and has also written a number of essays on Beckett's works.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 75881
BECKETT, Samuel. Play.
London : 1964First 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. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 96888
BECKETT, Samuel. Assez.
Paris : 1966First French edition. Number 47 of 100 Hor de Commerce copies, not for sale and to be presented by the publisher/author. Inscribed by Beckett to the writer Andre Marissel and dates "April 66". Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 47977
BECKETT, Samuel. L'Issue.
Paris : 1968First 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
BECKETT, Samuel. The Collected Works.
New York : 1970Signed limited edition, number 192 of 200 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf in the front of Waiting For Godot; the first collected edition of Beckett's works, also issued in an unsigned trade edition, uncommon complete in either issue. Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 138405
(BECKETT, Samuel.) HAYMAN, David. Ulysses: The Mechanics of Meaning.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ : 1970First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Sam Beckett, from whose first letter to me I quote: 'in Joyce the form of judgement more and more devoured its gist and the saying of all the saying of anything, in a way more consistent with Bruno's identification of contraries than with the intellectualism of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 75895
(BECKETT, Samuel.) BISHOP, Tom, & Raymond Federman (eds.) L'Herne: Samuel Beckett.
Paris : 1976First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed to Samuel Beckett by Tom Bishop, one of the two editors, on the front free endpaper, "For Sam, with more thanks than I could ever tell you with all my friendship and admiration. Tom. Paris Nov 3. 1976". Issued as part of the Cahiers de L'Herne (a series of critical monographs in French), this... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 94019
BECKETT, Samuel. Dream of Fair to Middling Women.
Dublin : 1992First 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