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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. Typed letter signed to the actor of Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Typed letter signed to the actor of Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion.

    6 March 1914

    Typed letter signed by George Bernard Shaw to Edmund Gurney, the actor playing Alfred Doolittle in the upcoming English premier of Pygmalion. Shaw was very unhappy with Gurney's portrayal of the character, which he observed in rehearsal - he writes that he wrote the part specially for him, and he should not let it be played too broadly. He also criticizes... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 134368

  2. Cashel Byron's Profession.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Cashel Byron's Profession.

    London : 1886

    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 blank leaf bound at the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 118342

  3. Cashel Byron's Profession. A Novel.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Cashel Byron's Profession. A Novel.

    [London] : 1886

    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 at the beginning. Shaw explains... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 73696

  4. Cashel Byron's Profession. A novel.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Cashel Byron's Profession. A novel.

    1886

    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
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 47045

  5. Widowers' Houses.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Widowers' Houses.

    London : 1893

    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 the part of the purchasers,... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 73683

  6. On Going to Church.
    SHAW, George Bernard. On Going to Church.

    East Aurora, NY : 1896

    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 free endpaper, "To Leonard... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 73675

  7. Novels of His Nonage No. 4: Cashel Byron's Profession.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Novels of His Nonage No. 4: Cashel Byron's Profession.

    London : 1901

    Third UK edition, revised. Originally published in 1886. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 73386

  8. The Author's Yearbook and Guide for 1904.
    (SHAW, George Bernard.) The Author's Yearbook and Guide for 1904.

    New York : 1904

    First edition, first impression. Containing an unauthorised publication of Shaw's essay "How to Make Plays Readable", with a pencil inscription on the front pastedown noting "J. Bernard Shaw p. 150". Learn More
    £80.00

    Stock Code: 73482

  9. [2 copies of] The Common Sense of Municipal Trading.
    SHAW, George Bernard. [2 copies of] The Common Sense of Municipal Trading.

    London : 1904 & 08

    First and second editions. The second edition with a new preface. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 72039

  10. Passion, Poison, and Petrification; or, The Fatal Gazogene.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Passion, Poison, and Petrification; or, The Fatal Gazogene.

    [London : 1905]

    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, though in a different binding... Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 73702

  11. The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.
    SHAW, George Bernard. The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.

    London : 1905

    First English language edition, first impression. This issue also contains works by Joseph Conrad, Arnold Bennett, and Sidney Webb. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 73417

  12. John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara:
    SHAW, George Bernard. John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara:

    London : 1907

    The scarce Book Club issue, one of only 500 copies published in the same year as the first edition. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 73479

  13. Press Cuttings:
    SHAW, George Bernard. Press Cuttings:

    London : 1909

    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
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 73680

  14. Mr. Mallock's Ideals.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Mr. Mallock's Ideals.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression. Scarce. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 73422

  15. Preface [to Three Plays by Brieux].
    SHAW, George Bernard. Preface [to Three Plays by Brieux].

    [London : 1910]

    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 and copyright deposit." It appears... Learn More
    £1,560.00

    Stock Code: 73705

  16. Trade Unionism for Clerks.
    (SHAW, George Bernard.) LLOYD, J. Henry & R. E. SCOULLER. Trade Unionism for Clerks.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression. Contains Shaw's six-page foreword. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 73425

  17. The Doctor's Dilemma.
    SHAW, George Bernard. The Doctor's Dilemma.

    London : 1911

    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 audience. Agresti had been... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 126578

  18. John Bull's Other Island.
    SHAW, George Bernard. John Bull's Other Island.

    London : 1912

    Reprint edition with a new preface. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 72045

  19. Selected Passages.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Selected Passages.

    London : 1912

    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 - on this most pleasant evening".... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 103503

  20. Great Catherine:
    SHAW, George Bernard. Great Catherine:

    London : 1914

    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, Shaw refers to these copies... Learn More
    £2,200.00

    Stock Code: 73686

  21. Augustus Does His Bit:
    SHAW, George Bernard. Augustus Does His Bit:

    [London : 1916]

    Shaw's copy of the second rough proof copy, with two small ink corrections in his hand. Learn More
    £530.00

    Stock Code: 73706

  22. Misalliance.
    SHAW, George Bernard. Misalliance.

    London : 1919

    Reprint of the 1914 edition. Learn More
    £70.00

    Stock Code: 72038

  23. The Unprotected Child and The Law.
    SHAW, George Bernard. The Unprotected Child and The Law.

    London : [c. 1923]

    First edition, first impression. A scarce item. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 73427

  24. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism.
    SHAW, George Bernard. The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, of Shaw's socialist analysis of the modern economy. The book grew out of a reply to his sister-in-law Mary Stewart Cholmondely, who had asked for a summary of his ideas on socialism for her study circle. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 135490

  25. The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza by a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
    [SHAW, George Bernard.] The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza by a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

    [London] : 1929

    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, sometimes two or three times,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 77523

  26. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
    (SHAW, George Bernard.) COSTER, Howard. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.

    London : [early 1930s]

    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 his play The Philanderer (performed... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 114626

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