Rare books by Noel Coward, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Peace in Our Time, Cavalcade, Blithe Spirit, and Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
COWARD, Noël. Terribly Intimate Portraits.
New York : 1922First edition, first printing, of one of Noel Coward's earliest works, which gently satirises archetypes of the English upper classes and their taste for paintings. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 124464
COWARD, Noël. The Rat Trap; [together with:] Hay Fever; [and:] The Queen was in the Parlour.
London : 1924-6First editions, first impressions. The Rat Trap retains its dust jacket, rare thus. It was one of Coward's earliest plays, written when he was 18 but was not performed until 18 October 1926 at Everyman Theatre. Hay Fever was first performed 8 June 1925 at Ambassador's Theatre. The Queen was in the Parlour appears here in its first paperback edition... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 122019
COWARD, Noël. The Vortex. A Play in Three Acts; [together with:] The Marquise. A Comedy in Three Acts.
London : 1925 & 1927First editions, first impressions. The Vortex premiered on 25 November 1924 at the Everyman Theatre, London, and The Marquise in 1927 at the Criterion Theatre, London.
"By the time the sensational The Vortex appeared in 1924, Coward was already a star in the making, and London was ready to be shocked. The Vortex did just that, with its tale... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 121604
COWARD, Noël. The Queen was in the Parlour.
London : 1926First 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 Dramatists series. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 114998
COWARD, Noël. Sirocco; [together with:] Home Chat.
London : 1927First editions, first impressions, scarce in the jackets, and especially so in such nice condition. First written in 1921 and then revised into its final form in 1927, Sirocco premiered on 24 November 1927 at Daly's Theatre; Home Chat on 25 October 1927 at the Duke of York's Theatre. Neither play was well-received when first produced. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 122027
COWARD, Noël. Collected Sketches and Lyrics.
London : First collected edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. This was Coward's first collection of sketches, taken from the revues London Calling (1923), On with the Dance (1925), This Year of Grace (1928), Cochran's Revue (1931), and The Third Little Show (1931). It includes "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", first performed that year,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138938
COWARD, Noel. Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.
London : 1931First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, 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 to 1944, where he directed several Coward plays in the 1930s. He received an honorary MA from Liverpool... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 114999
COWARD, Noël. Present Indicative.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Dennis Wheatley, from Nöel Coward"; with Wheatley's bookplate to the front pastedown. Present Indicative is Coward's "entertaining and often revealing memoirs" (Philip Hoare in ODNB). Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 114439
COWARD, Noël. Present Laughter.
London : 1943First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Coward to his close friend and leading lady Joyce Carey, "Darling Joyce, from Noël" on the front free endpaper. Joyce Carey (1898-1993) is best known for her long professional and personal relationship with Noel Coward. In the midst of her stage career, which lasted from 1916 to 1987,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139523
COWARD, Noël. Middle East Diary.
London : 1944First edition, first impression. Coward's Middle East Diary relates his late 1943 tour across North Africa, the Levant, and Iraq, visiting wounded soldiers in hospitals and performing a series of morale boosting concerts. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 137555
COWARD, Noël. South Sea Bubble.
London : 1956First edition, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The play was first performed as Island Fling in 1951 in the USA, and in London premiered as South Sea Bubble at the Lyric Theatre in 1956. Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 136690
COWARD, Noël. Pomp and Circumstance.
London : 1960First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to Vivien Leigh, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Dear Darling, many many happy returns, love Noëlie". An excellent association: Coward was a long-time friend of both Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. He had launched Olivier's career by giving him the part of Victor Prynne in Private... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 121722
COWARD, Noël. Waiting in the Wings.
London : 1960First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Harry from Noel." The recipient may be the producer Harry Alan Towers (1921-2009), who worked in radio, television and film for over fifty years. "In 1947, he persuaded Noël Coward to record thirteen half-hour radio programs about his songs,... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 114997