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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Play Parade.
    COWARD, Noël. Play Parade.

    New York : 1947

    Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Francis, with admiration and affection, Noel"; the recipient was the Irish-American author and critic Francis Hackett (1883-1962).

    First published in 1934, this work comprises a collection of Coward's plays from the 1920s and 30s, namely: "Design for Living" (1932);... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 124424

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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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