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  1. 121080
    First edition thus, number 35 of 40 copies only, printed on Tuscany handmade paper. Although very little is known of her life Anyte is second only to Sappho in terms of surviving fragments. Referred to by Aldington as "one of the great women poets of Greece", his translations of 25 surviving poems credited to Anyte were... Learn More
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  2. 131621
    First and sole edition, signed limited issue, number 17 of 117 copies signed by the printer in pink. Stewart (1891-1955) studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, before joining the Santa Fe Art Colony in 1925, and working with the WPA Artist Collective in the 1930s. She and her sister, Margretta Dietrich (a suffragette... Learn More
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  3. 128582
    First edition, first impression, of Hamilton's play celebrating women throughout history, including Joan of Arc, Sappho, and Boudica. The pageant was first performed at the Scala Theatre in London on 10 November 1909 and was quickly staged all over Britain. It was first directed by the actress, producer, and daughter of... Learn More
    £375

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  4. 132028comp
    First collected edition. Inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "Inscribed with every good wish by John Galsworthy, April 1930"; with a pencilled notation for the binder "preserve". Learn More
    £450

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  5. 131978detail
    First edition of Capell's Shakespeare. "It was the first edition to be prepared from a complete transcript rather than a marked-up copy of the previous edition, and it marked a change of editorial policy in which the textus receptus was rejected in favour of an unusually meticulous collation of the early quartos of which... Learn More
    £2,500

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  6. 130655
    Second edition of the most famous Italian Renaissance commentary on Aristotle's Poetics, expanded from the first edition printed at Vienna by Gaspar Stainhofer in 1570. Castelvetro's independent-minded commentary quickly stimulated controversy and contributed to the widespread adoption of a tight conception of the three... Learn More
    £1,250

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  7. 126127
    First edition in English, first impression, one of 500 copies. Salome was originally published in French in the preceding year and was translated into English by Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas. Learn More
    £4,500

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  8. 103296
    First edition, first impression. One of 150 copies printed at the author's request to be used during rehearsals of the play and sold at the first performances in February 1903. This pamphlet is rarely seen in commerce, as Maugham put it in his preface to Frederick Bason's bibliography in 1931: "But there is another little... Learn More
    £4,500

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    Later reprint of Gelber's (1932-2003) hyper-realistic play about drug addicts which was first published by the Grove Press in 1960. This copy inscribed by Judith Malina to Barney Rosset on the half-title: "For Barney Rosset with loving gratitude for your pioneering work for art & freedom. With love, Judith. On the occasion... Learn More
    £575

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  10. They Also Serve.
    Review article from The Times Literary Supplement on Waiting for Godot. Learn More
    £225

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  11. 131881
    First edition, first impression, one of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in January 1934. The Words Upon the Window Pane was first performed at The Abbey Theatre on 17 November 1930. The play was written at Coole Park estate, the home of Lady Gregory, to whose memory the present edition was dedicated. The Cuala Press... Learn More
    £500

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  12. 131848
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Oscar Wilde's third comedy, An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket on 3 January 1895, before Wilde's trial, but was not published until after his release from prison. Learn More
    £975

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  13. 131792
    First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study... Learn More
    £650

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  14. 117754
    First edition, sole printing, one of 750 copies printed, of this Oxford play satirising Oscar Wilde. "The motive of this production... is an honest dislike for 'Dorian Gray,' 'Salome,' the 'Yellow Book,' and the whole of the erotic, lack-a-daisical, opium-cigarette literature of the day", the student-authors write in their... Learn More
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  15. 131541
    Cecil B. DeMille's set of Ibsen's plays, each volume with his contemporary ownership signature to the front free endpaper and with his bookplate to the front pastedown. DeMille has dated the first volume 6 August 1902, the date of his wedding to the actress Constance Adams, meaning the set can be presumed to be a wedding... Learn More
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  16. 131516comp
    First edition, first impression of the author's first full-length play, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £1,250

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  17. 130571comp
    The Princess Zoubaroff, which was published at Firbank's expense, was his only play. It is a key example of the "unprecedented..."> First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For J. Kentish, with the Author's compliments." Inscribed copies of this work are notably uncommon. The Princess Zoubaroff, which was published at Firbank's expense, was his only play. It is a key example of the "unprecedented... Learn More
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  18. 129149comp
    Signed limited edition, number 42 of 275 copies signed by the artist (a further four lettered copies were printed for private distribution). This edition of King Lear, illustrated by the Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), is particularly striking, and no doubt one of the largest printings of Shakespeare's... Learn More
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  19. 129515
    Limited edition, number 393 of 1,000 copies printed on art paper, with a further 100 copies printed on japon. In November 1897 Beardsley was commissioned to produce the artwork for a deluxe edition of Volpone, with 24 illustrations including a frontispiece, decorative initials and a front cover design envisaged. He died... Learn More
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  20. 117516comp
    Superb presentation copy inscribed to David Mamet by the author on the title page, "for David, with all good wishes, Sam Beckett". This copy, which is a reprint of the second edition, also has Mamet's card laid in, inscribed "Greetings and love from Copenhagen. September 1977, D.M." This book first came to market after Mamet's... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Beckett and Pinget on the same page, next to their photographic portraits: "Merci, cordialement, Samuel Beckett"; "Pour Madame indecipherable, avec mes hommages, Robert Pinget". As part of its 1965-6 season he Odéon Theatre (or, Théâtre de France, now Théâtre de l'Europe)... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 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

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

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  26. 130111
    First edition, first impression, of the dramatist's first major success, adapted into films in 1948 and 1999. Learn More
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    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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  28. 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
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    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
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  30. 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
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  32. 128530
    Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, number 101 of 200 copies, published using Wilde's own copy of the American "acting-edition" of 1882, printing his corrections and additions to the text (Mason 303). Vera was Wilde's first play, and was first issued in an unknown run in 1880 for the actors of the planned, although unperformed,... Learn More
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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

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  34. 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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  35. 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
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  36. 129517
    An imposing set of Shakespeare's collected works, including his poetry. Learn More
    £750

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  37. 129490comp
    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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  38. 129456
    A handsomely bound and attractively illustrated copy of Shakespeare's collected works. Learn More
    £475

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  39. 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
    £8,750

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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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  41. 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
    £1,250

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  42. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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
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  46. 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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    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
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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 125779comp
    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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  51. 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
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  52. 125764comp
    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
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  53. 126736comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper in English and Japanese. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 126736

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  54. 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
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  55. 99861
    First edition, first impression, of the author's play. Introduced by Bob Maza and Ken Horler. Learn More
    £35

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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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
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  60. 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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