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COWARD, Noel.

COWARD, Noel.

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.

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  1. Terribly Intimate Portraits.
    COWARD, Noël. Terribly Intimate Portraits.

    New York : 1922

    First 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

  2. The Rat Trap; [together with:] Hay Fever; [and:] The Queen was in the Parlour.
    COWARD, Noël. The Rat Trap; [together with:] Hay Fever; [and:] The Queen was in the Parlour.

    London : 1924-6

    First 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

  3. The Vortex. A Play in Three Acts; [together with:] The Marquise. A Comedy in Three Acts.
    COWARD, Noël. The Vortex. A Play in Three Acts; [together with:] The Marquise. A Comedy in Three Acts.

    London : 1925 & 1927

    First 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

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

    London : 1926

    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 Dramatists series. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 114998

  5. Sirocco; [together with:] Home Chat.
    COWARD, Noël. Sirocco; [together with:] Home Chat.

    London : 1927

    First 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

  6. Collected Sketches and Lyrics.
    COWARD, Noël. Collected Sketches and Lyrics.

    London : [1931]

    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

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

    London : 1931

    First 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

  8. Present Indicative.
    COWARD, Noël. Present Indicative.

    London : 1937

    First 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

  9. Present Laughter.
    COWARD, Noël. Present Laughter.

    London : 1943

    First 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

  10. Middle East Diary.
    COWARD, Noël. Middle East Diary.

    London : 1944

    First 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

  11. South Sea Bubble.
    COWARD, Noël. South Sea Bubble.

    London : 1956

    First 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

  12. Pomp and Circumstance.
    COWARD, Noël. Pomp and Circumstance.

    London : 1960

    First 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

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

    London : 1960

    First 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

  14. Pretty Polly Barlow
    COWARD, Noël. Pretty Polly Barlow

    London : 1964

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to Vivien Leigh, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Dear Darling, with Amore, Noelie". Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 121720

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