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SHAW, George Bernard.

Rare books by George Bernard Shaw, including first editions of Pygmalion and signed first editions, original pamphlets and political tracts.

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  1. 118342
    First separate issue; the smaller trimmed variant with the blank leaf bound at rear. Originally printed in the To-Day journal between April 1885 and March 1886, this edition was printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the original setting for the journal. There is a second larger, variant issue, with the preliminary... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 118342

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  2. Cashel Byron's Profession. A novel.
    First edition, first impression, second issue with the blank leaf bound at the rear. With the author's long signed inscription to the title page dated 1921 giving interesting bibliographical information regarding the printing of the first impression and of the writing of this book. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 47045

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  3. 73696comp
    First separate issue, larger untrimmed variant, inscribed by the author. Originally printed in the April 1885-March 1886 issues of "To-Day", this first edition was printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the original setting for the journal. This is the larger, variant issue, with the preliminary blank leaf bound... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 73696

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  4. 73683
    Shaw's very scarce first play, published in an edition, according to Laurence, of "not more than 500" copies. It was not an overwhelming bestseller. Shaw wrote to John Lane (quoted in Laurence) that the publisher "never advertised it even once; and the sale, which was only effected by great perseverance & determination on... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 73683

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  5. 73675
    First edition, pirated by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft movement. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "I repudiate all responsibility for this bowdlerised piracy. Elbert Hubbard, who perpetrated it, is dead. Why not bury it with him? G. Bernard Shaw. 27/5/22." Additionally inscribed by Hubbard on the front... Learn More
    £1,400

    Stock Code: 73675

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  6. 72064
    First edition, first impression. With the bookplate of noted collector John Quinn. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 72064

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  7. 73386
    Third UK edition, revised. Originally published in 1886. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 73386

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  8. 72039
    First and second editions. The second edition with a new preface. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 72039

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  9. 73482
    First edition, first impression. Containing an unauthorised publication of Shaw's essay "How to Make Plays Readable". Learn More
    £80

    Stock Code: 73482

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  10. Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction;
    First edition, first impression. In addition to Shaw's contribution, this annual features stories by several popular authors, including Rider Haggard and George Sims. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 72031

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  11. 73417
    First English language edition, first impression. This issue also contains works by Joseph Conrad, Arnold Bennett, and Sidney Webb. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 73417

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  12. 73702
    First appearance in print, excerpted from Harry Furniss's Christmas Annual. John Quinn's copy of an extract of Passion, Poison, and Petrification, a one-act play to benefit The Actor's Orphanage, taken from Harry Furniss's Christmas Annual for 1905. Against Shaw's objection bookseller Charles Farmer offered such excerpts,... Learn More
    £160

    Stock Code: 73702

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  13. 73479
    The scarce Book Club issue, one of only 500 copies published in the same year as the first edition. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 73479

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  14. Mr. Mallock's Ideals.
    First edition, first impression. Scarce. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 73422

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  15. 73680
    First edition, fourth impression, with the price on the wrapper reading "Price One Shilling net" and publisher's imprint on title of "Constable and Company". With the bookplate of John Quinn. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 73680

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  16. Three Plays.
    First book edition, second printing overall. Originally issued in 1909 as a pamphlet, Fabian Tract No. 146. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 73359

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  17. Trade Unionism for Clerks.
    First edition, first impression. Contains Shaw's six-page foreword. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 73425

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  18. 73705
    Page proofs, first state, hand-corrected by Shaw. The rare first state page proofs of Shaw's Preface to Three Plays by Brieux, which was published in 1911 by A. C. Fifield. Laurence located only 8 copies and notes "Shaw used copies of this proof state (and of the revised proof which followed) for purposes of translation... Learn More
    £1,560

    Stock Code: 73705

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  19. 126578comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shaw to his Italian agent and translator Antonio Agresti on the half-title: "To Antonio Agresti from G. Bernard Shaw 23rd. Feb. 1911". The titular work was one of many plays of Shaw's that Agresti translated before his death, helping Shaw to reach an Italian... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 126578

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  20. 72045
    Reprint edition with a new preface. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 72045

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  21. Selected Passages.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's friend, Sydney Cockerell, signed by Shaw and inscribed by Charlotte Shaw on the half-title: "To Sydney Carlyle Cockerell from Charlotte F. Shaw". another inscription, with indistinct signature and dated "5th Nov. 1913" reads: "I witness these signatures -... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 103503

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  22. i1
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to the actor Fewlass Llewellyn (1886-1941), "To Fewlass Llewellyn, the creator of Gilbey (see p. 170), from Bernard Shaw. 5th June 1914." Llewellyn played the character of Robin Gilbey in the first production of Fanny's... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103412

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  23. 73686
    Three copies, in various states, of rehearsal or rough proof editions of Great Catherine, each inscribed by Shaw ("G. Bernard Shaw 26/7/30") with a short explanation. Two copies are in an early state, with the Byron quote on the title uncorrected, and lacking a copyright line on the verso of the title. In his inscriptions,... Learn More
    £2,200

    Stock Code: 73686

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  24. 73706
    Shaw's copy of the second rough proof copy, with two small ink corrections in his hand. Learn More
    £530

    Stock Code: 73706

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  25. 72038
    Reprint of the 1914 edition. Learn More
    £70

    Stock Code: 72038

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  26. Back to Methuselah.
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half title page, "to Sidney & Beatrice Webb from G.B.S. 16th June, 1921". An association of great significance. The Webbs were, together with Shaw, the leading lights of the Fabian Society. They had met in the 1870s and remained friends... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 40324

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  27. The Unprotected Child and The Law.
    First edition, first impression. A scarce item. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 73427

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  28. 77523
    A rare rough proof, one of only 25 rehearsal copies, preceding the first trade edition. Inscribed by the author on the upper wrapper, "To Sénor Julio Brouta for translation. Very private. G. B. S. 24th July 1929". When writing plays it was Shaw's normal practice to prepare rough proofs which would be corrected and reissued,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 77523

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  29. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
    Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36". An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the Great War: he directed her in the first Broadway production of... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114626

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  30. The Complete Plays [and] Prefaces.
    First collected editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 111664

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  31. Bernard Shaw Through the Camera.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his gardener, Henry Higgs, on the half-title, "Ayot Saint Lawrence, 8th August 1948. To Harry Higgs, who will find his portrait as one of my most faithful friends and helpers on page 39, G. Bernard Shaw". Henry Higgs (1874-1961) spent several decades... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 103487

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