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  1. 131073detail
    Second and preferred edition. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 volumes, 1857), and improved it... Learn More
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  2. Le Balcon.
    First edition, first impression. Number 18 of a limited edition of 3000 copies printed on Japon nacre imperial and numbered in roman. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 88864

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  3. 130778
    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, of the play text. The play opened on 27 December 1904 to huge success, breaking all previous theatrical records. In response to this success Barrie sanctioned Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in collaboration with Arthur Rackham, however the text of which was not based... Learn More
    £675

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  4. 130161comp
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

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  5. 130111
    First edition, first impression, of the dramatist's first major success, adapted into films in 1948 and 1999. Learn More
    £185

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  6. 130658
    First edition thus, crediting both Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke as editors. The text used was first issued, solely credited to Mary, in 1860. Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898) "felt particular 'pride and gratification'" in having edited the works of Shakespeare "as it made her 'the first (and as yet, only) woman editor of... Learn More
    £475

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  7. 129983comp
    Signed limited edition, number 97 of 174 copies signed by the artist. Bell's "illustrations from Shakespeare were particularly distinctive: those for The Tempest (1901) are widely regarded as among his finest. His distinctive style, characterized by dreaming maidens in a setting of symbolist swirls, was redolent of the emerging... Learn More
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  8. 130045
    First edition, first printing, of Capek's uncommon satirical play on the theme of longevity. First performed on 21 November 1922 in the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague, the play was later produced in translation at the Arts Theatre in London, under the name The Macropulos Secret, on 8 July 1930. The work also served... Learn More
    £1,500

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  9. 127822comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Pinter adapted Tea Party from his 1963 short story of the same title. It was broadcast on the BBC in 1965, and first performed on stage in 1968. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 127822

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  10. 129711detail
    A handsomely bound set of the variorum of 1793, which was the last significant 18th-century edition and the last to involve Steevens directly. Jaggard quotes Lowndes's summary that this was "generally called Steevens's own edition" and "is by many considered the most accurate and desirable of all". The first two volumes... Learn More
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  11. 129609
    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. The Elder Statesman was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival between 25 and 30 August 1958; the original cast list is printed at the end of the work. The green jacket of the present copy is listed by Gallup... Learn More
    £1,250

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    First trade edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "Pour Georges ? en hommage et reconnaissance Sam Beckett Paris, fevrier 1957". One of Beckett's finest plays. Uncommon with a contemporary presentation inscription. Learn More
    £2,800

    Stock Code: 34122

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  14. 129728
    A highly attractive copy, specially bound for Charlotte de Talleyrand (1799-1873), the illegitimate daughter of the French statesmen and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and his mistress Catherine Noël Worlee. Later married to Charles's cousin Alexandre-Daniel de Talleyrand, Charlotte gained a legitimate Talleyrand... Learn More
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  15. 129641
    An arresting example of the London bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care and craft that the age was lavishing on the national playwright. The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar... Learn More
    £1,850

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  16. 129517
    An imposing set of Shakespeare's collected works, including his poetry. Learn More
    £750

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    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Inscribed for Ray Mills by Larry Durrell Edinburgh 1980 'memories of the festival where the play was produced'". Dr Alfred Raymond Mills (1916-2011) met Durrell in 1945, and they formed a lifelong friendship. This is the first edition, second impression... Learn More
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  18. 129456
    A handsomely bound and attractively illustrated copy of Shakespeare's collected works. Learn More
    £475

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  19. 116018detail
    The handsomely produced "Large Paper Edition", this being number 254 of 575 sets, put out by the celebrated New York bookseller Gabriel Wells who, during the 1920s, competed in the sale rooms with the great Rosenbach. This edition, with introductory material by W. B. Yeats, Padraic Colum, John Drinkwater, Arthur Symons,... Learn More
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    Salomé.

    Paris & London: 1893

    First edition, trade issue, one of 600 copies thus (there were 50 on handmade paper), presentation copy to the influential drama critic William Archer (1856-1924): inscribed by Wilde on the half-title "William Archer, with the author's compliments, Feby 93." A superb association. The play was published on 22 February 1893,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 74770

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  21. 129463detail
    A handsome set of Shakespeare's collected works, using the text of the Cambridge Edition, and with an introduction by Sidney Lee (1859-1926), author of a popular biography of Shakespeare and the editor of the 1902 Oxford facsimile of the first folio. Learn More
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    Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This play was first performed in the US at the Hudson Theatre in New York on 12 March 1917 and in the UK at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielguld Theatre) in London on 12 September 1923. It was adapted into the film of the same name in 1933. Learn More
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  23. 117290
    A handsomely bound edition of the works of Shakespeare using the 1904 text prepared by Arthur Henry Bullen, the founder of the Shakespeare Head Press. Learn More
    £200

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  24. The Constant Wife.
    First UK edition, first impression. The play premiered the previous year on 1 November 1926, at the Ohio Theatre, Cleveland, with Ethel Barrymore as Constance Middleton, whose photograph is featured on the frontispiece. The play was first published in the US earlier the same year, and the UK edition consists of the US sheets... Learn More
    £525

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. The Cocktail Party was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival from 22 to 27 August 1949. Learn More
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  26. 127541
    First trade edition, handsomely bound by Bayntun. In this work Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson of horror" (ODNB). "Despite the fantasy of his subjects, however, Rackham... Learn More
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  27. Good Friday.
    First separate UK edition, first printing of Masefield's play about the Crucifixion, which first appeared in The Fortnightly Review in 1915. The first edition in book-form was published in 1916 by Macmillan, New York with the title "Good Friday. A Dramatic Poem", the author having been sent to the United States "under government... Learn More
    £50

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  28. 124164detail
    First Collier edition of Shakespeare's works. Literary editor and notorious forger of literary material John Payne Collier (1789-1883) is best-known for his The History of English Dramatic Poetry to the Time of Shakespeare (1831). Although his most important work, it is flawed because "fabrications of historical evidence... Learn More
    £1,875

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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "By Edward Albee, this copy signed for Paul Bartel". Paul Bartel (1938-2000) was an actor and director best known for his 1982 film Eating Raoul. Learn More
    £2,250

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  30. 127320
    A very scarce playbill from the Theatre Royal, English Opera House, advertising a performance of Richard Brinsley Peake's famous theatre adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, "Presumption! Or, the Fate of Frankenstein". The play was debuted at the Theatre Royal on 28 July 1823, with the first run consisting of 37 performances... Learn More
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  31. 127824
    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 unnumbered copies on paper, with a further 15 on vellum. Signed by Cobden-Sanderson, dated 1909, on the rear pastedown. The work was issued in both limp vellum and in Michalet boards with a linen spine, without priority, but with the vellum considered more desirable. The Doves Press... Learn More
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  32. 122965
    The Second Folio, that is, the second edition, first issue, of the collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, set page-for-page from a corrected copy of the First Folio, 1623, edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627). This is the edition of which William Prynne complained that it was printed on best crown... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 32 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction... Learn More
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  34. 125853comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 21 Sept 70". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary... Learn More
    £500

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 4 of 150 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £500

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  36. 126736comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper in English and Japanese. Learn More
    £2,000

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  37. 126746detail
    A large paper set in a lovely period binding. The literary editor and book collector Isaac Reed (1742-1807) initially worked on a re-editing of the Johnson and Steevens edition which was published in 1785. He and Steevens collaborated on a further edition (1793), which, after Steevens's death in 1800, Reed revised further... Learn More
    £2,500

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  38. 99861
    First edition, first impression, of the author's play. Introduced by Bob Maza and Ken Horler. Learn More
    £35

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  39. 125229detail

    The Works.

    London: [1910-13]

    A handsomely-bound set of the Second Collected Edition of Wilde's works, which was first published in 1909 and based upon the limited First Collected Edition of the previous year, edited by Robert Ross. Dorian Grey is here published by Charles Carrington, who retained the copyright to this work but permitted it to be included... Learn More
    £3,750

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  40. 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
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    Stock Code: 40324

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  41. 126373comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Bethel Solomons, John Osborne". Bethel Solomons (1885-1965), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown, was an Irish obstetrician and gynaecologist born to a prominent Jewish family. A gifted rugby player, he played... Learn More
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  42. 120233comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the verso of the half-title, together with the signatures on the reverse of the frontispiece, of the cast of the premiere run of the play at the Apollo Theatre, London, in October 1929; totalling 30 signatures. The signatures include those of the director, Raymond... Learn More
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  43. 121760
    A handsomely bound set which includes Shakespeare's poems. Learn More
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  44. 124237
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first work, a play in blank verse. A noted rarity of modern literature, Chatterton was printed at the author's expense when she was just 16 years of age. It is thought that only 100 copies were printed. Learn More
    £8,500

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  45. 123132detail
    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's works, edited by the classical scholar and printer A. J. Valpy (1787-1854), whose edition first appeared in 1832. Jaggard states that the current edition is "identical with the first issue of 1832-34, except the titles". Learn More
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  46. 124424comp
    Inscribed copy, inscribed by the playwright to author Francis Hackett (1883-1962) on the front free endpaper, "For Francis, with admiration and affection, Noel". First published in 1934, this work consists of a collection of Coward's plays from the 1920s and 30s, namely: "Design for Living" (1932); "Cavalcade" (1930); "Private... Learn More
    £500

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    Dramatic Verse.

    Newcastle upon Tyne: 1985

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the publisher Rex Collings on the front free endpaper, "For Rex who first published the bulk of this book, with gratitude & love, Tony", and additionally signed by the author on the title page, "Tony Harrison, xii. 85". The Misanthrope (1973),... Learn More
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  48. The Complete Plays [and] Prefaces.
    First collected editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £575

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  49. Adam i Eva [Adam and Eve].
    1961 samizdat of the play, which was originally published in 1931. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 72556

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  50. 123663comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "for Blady. From Olga Petrova". Olga Petrova (1884-1977) was a British-American playwright, screenwriter, and actress. The White Peacock premiered on Christmas 1921 and ran for three months, with Petrova playing the leading role. The plot... Learn More
    £275

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  51. The Importance of Being Earnest.
    First and limited edition, out-of-series copy out of an edition of 1,000 copies. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde"... Learn More
    £3,850

    Stock Code: 112957

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  52. 123531
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies, containing two of Yeats's lyrical verse plays: The Dreaming of the Bones and The Only Jealousy of Emer. The Dreaming of the Bones was first performed in 1931 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The Only Jealousy of Emer was first performed in Amsterdam in 1922. Learn More
    £325

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  53. 117263
    First Cayley Robinson edition, first impression, of Maeterlinck's "fairy play" the Blue Bird, a stunning copy in the gilt-decorated cloth. The first impression of this beautiful illustrated edition is scarce, especially in such condition. Frederick Cayley Robinson (1862-1927) was a member of the New English Art Club and... Learn More
    £300

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  54. 122101
    First and limited edition, first impression, one of 310 copies printed on paper. This scarce edition is decorated with wood engravings by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), an outstanding art nouveau designer with notable work for commercial publishers including Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), John Gray's Silverpoints... Learn More
    £200

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  55. 122095
    First and limited edition, first impression, one of 310 copies issued on Arnold handmade paper. This edition was decorated by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), an outstanding art nouveau designer with notable work for commercial publishers including Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891), John Gray's Silverpoints (1893)... Learn More
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  56. Exiles.
    Second English and first Egoist Press edition of Joyce's only play. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, "James Joyce Paris 2 January 1927". This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 63950

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  57. 122027
    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... Learn More
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  58. 121471
    An attractively bound set of the Oxford Miniature Edition of Shakespeare's works, with introductory studies of several plays by Edward Dowden and a full glossary, originally published in three volumes by Clarendon Press in 1903, and printed on India paper. Learn More
    £375

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  59. 121460comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by author on the half-title, dated 25 September 1942. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 121460

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  60. 112586comp
    Signed limited edition, number 757 of 1,000 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,750

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