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  1. 133932
    First edition, first printing, very scarce especially in this condition, of the Nobel Prize winner's ground-breaking piece of absurdist metatheatre (known in English as Six Characters in Search of an Author). The play was published as volume three of the playwright's "Maschere Nude" sequence. The debut performance,... Learn More
    £2,750

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  2. 133133
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue binding, of this collection of Stein's writing from 1908 to 1920. There were four issues of the first edition sheets over 18 years, in variant bindings - this issue with the title on the front cover is the first. Learn More
    £400

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  3. 83794
    First edition, wrappers issue, of the defining stage work of the period, ushering in one of the theatre's first truly developed neurotic female protagonists almost a decade before Freud's first work of psychoanalysis. Under the illusion that it was necessary for copyright protection, Ibsen had 12 sets of sheets sent to England... Learn More
    £2,750

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  4. 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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  5. 131742
    First edition of this rare first publication of Shakespeare in Ottoman Turkish, done by Hasan Bedreddin and Mehmet Rifat from the French translation of Jean-Francois Ducis, and performed 1867-1877 in Gedikpasa theatre in Istanbul, the first theatre in Turkey where plays were performed by Turkish actors rather than travelling... Learn More
    £5,750

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  6. Barefoot in the Park.
    First edition, first printing. Review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. The theatre play Barefoot in the Park premiered at the Biltmore Theatre in New York on 23 October 1963, starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. Neil Simon also wrote the screenplay of the famous film adaptation in 1967, with Redford... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89014

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  7. 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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    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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  9. 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
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 117516

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  10. .
    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
    £975

    Stock Code: 103829

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  11. 34122comp
    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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  12. 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

    Stock Code: 125853

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  13. 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
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 126373

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    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

    Stock Code: 123663

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  15. 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
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 63950

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  16. 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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    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, with ten million thanks & love from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted in city-wide looting.... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 119990

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  18. The Oresteia of Aeschylus.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 96965

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  19. 59235comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the film director and screenwriter Elia Kazan, inscribed by the author on the title page "For Elia with affection & admiration from Cal". Cal was Lowell's nickname. The Old Glory is a play consisting of three pieces to be performed together as a trilogy, two being stage... Learn More
    £700

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 123 of 150 copies. Presentation copy, additionally inscribed by the author on the title page on the opening night of the first production, "April 23. 75. To Terry with deep gratitude & great admiration, Harold". The recipient was Terence Rigby, who played Briggs in the first production... Learn More
    £2,850

    Stock Code: 118044

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  21. 116279comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to a pasted in card facing the title page, "Dr Murray, with all best wishes & thanks for asking, Peter Shaffer". From the library of noted Irish bibliophile, Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). The plays were presented in May 1962 at... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 116279

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  22. Ben Jonson.
    Symonds's appreciation of the playwright Ben Jonson, an early edition handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf with the original cloth preserved at the rear. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 114531

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  23. Look Back in Anger.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "John Osborne, 8.9.89." From the library of Dr Philip Murray, Irish book collector and author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 113593

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  24. 110774
    First collected edition, one of 1,000 copies thus. "The issue consisted of 1,000 copies on ordinary paper, 100 large paper copies, bound in half buff cloth, and 30 copies on Japanese vellum paper" (Slater). With the spine panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. A fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Learn More
    £200

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  25. 110880
    A superb collection of material, illuminating Christie's relationship with her director and producer over the course of five plays and two decades. The typescripts in particular document the process from casting to opening night in great detail, the contributions and opinions of the director and producer recorded at each... Learn More
    £16,000

    Stock Code: 110880

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  26. Bonnet over the Windmill:
    First edition, signed by the author on the title page. Bonnet over the Windmill was one of a succession of light-hearted comedies that made Dodie Smith into "the most consistently successful woman playwright of her time" (ODNB). At the height of her fame in 1939, with war looming, she and her husband left for the... Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 96601

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  27. Plaza Suite.
    First edition in book form, first printing of the three act play which premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on February 14, 1968. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to film director Tony Harvey ("To Tony - I hope you do it. Neil."), indicating a desire at the time for Harvey to... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 96915

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  28. 96015
    First edition, first impression, titled and signed by Eliot on the jacket, with a note in his handwriting: "Lent to Speech Training Group." One of 750 copies published in May 1935 for sale at performances of the play in Canterbury Cathedral, with slightly altered and abbreviated text following that used in the performances.... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 96015

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  29. i1
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Lena Ashwell, who condescended to create Lina Szczepanowska after scorning the Author for years, from Bernard Shaw, 17th May 1914". Ashwell (1872-1957) was a British actress who played the acrobat Lina in the first production... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 94357

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  30. House of Regrets
    First edition, first impression, and typescript. The typescript, which precedes the publication in book form by a year, is inscribed by Ustinov on the title page. In the top fore corner: "In memoriam, a great goose, ever, Peter A. Ustinov, 32 William Mew, Knigtsbridge, London SW1"; and again at the bottom of the page "No... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 95750

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  31. Deirdire [sic].
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title to the poet John Masefield: "To John Masefield; from Gordon Bottomley. Silverdale: 22nd July 1944", and with Masefield's book label to the front pastedown. In the late 1910s John Masefield invited Bottomley to read his poetry at... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 94461

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  32. Six Plays.
    First edition, first printing. The complete and unabridged texts of: Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing!, Till the Day I Die, Paradise Lost, Golden Boy, Rocket to the Moon. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 91577

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  33. The World of Paul Slickey.
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his mother on the front free endpaper: "With love - John, 6.5-61" and with the label of the Library of the Hurst at the John Osborne Arvon Centre in Shropshire loosely inserted. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 90795

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  34. A Bond Honoured. A Play.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to his mother: "For looking after me in difficult times. Love, John, August '66". Loosely inserted are the label of the Library of the Hurst at the John Osborne Arvon Centre in Shropshire and a newspaper review of the play.... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 90793

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  35. The Rose Tattoo.
    First edition, first printing, second issue binding. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his friend the film producer Paul Nathan on the front free endpaper: "To Paul, fondly, Tennessee". Paul Nathan (1912-1977) produced the 1961 film adaptation of Williams's play Summer and Smoke. He also worked on several Westerns,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 90192

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  36. Dinner At Eight. A Play.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mr Lardner, who can write a better inscription any day - to say nothing of a play, George S. Kaufman, November, 1932". Kaufman and Ring Lardner had collaborated on the play June Moon in 1929, which was based on Lardner's... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 87029

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  37. Lakeboat. A Play.
    First edition, first printing, wrappered issue. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half title, "Paul - Thank you for the Jap. Bresson Etc etc etc. Love, D". The recipient was photographer Paul Ickovic, who collaborated with Mamet on the book Kafka's Grave and Other Stories (1986). The gift Mamet mentions was... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 84804

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    Mimeograph typescript of T. H. White's play, "Macbeth the Knife", sent to Harley J. V. Usill, founding director of British record label Argo Records. The typescript is inscribed on the title page, "from T. H. White / Alderney / Channel Isles", and has a lengthy written note to "Dearest Usill" about the possibility of recording... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 86009

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  39. 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

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  40. The Old Glory.
    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 80120

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  41. Inherit the Wind.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by Jerome Lawrence on the front free endpaper, "To Rabbi Sacks - who has been a great friend and a glowing inspiration. With admiration, Jerome Lawrence, 1955". Inscribed copies of Inherit the Wind are particularly uncommon. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 81754

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  42. 77352comp
    First edition, first impression. With the signed presentation inscription to the actress Anna Massey, "To Anna with love & thanks, Harold". Massey played the part of Pauline (alongside Judi Dench) in the debut of Pinter's "A Kind of Alaska", which is the third in the cycle of three plays included in this volume. Massey was... Learn More
    £875

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  43. 78823
    First edition, first impression. Considered the playwright's most important work it was first performed in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on 26 January 1907. The central theme of apparent patricide attracted a hostile public reaction and on the second night riots broke out and the rest of the play had to be performed in dumb... Learn More
    £1,500

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  44. 65672
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 65672

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  45. Marionettes. A Play in One Act.
    First facsimile edition, first printing. One of a limited edition of 510 numbered copies. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 63693

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  46. 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

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  47. 59434
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1934. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 59434

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  48. 59426
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £200

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  49. 65712
    First separate edition, first printing. Originally published in 1938 in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories. This is the original version as written by Hemingway, rather than the adapted version of Benjamin Glaser, who produced the play to great acclaim in the winter of 1940. Hemingway wrote "The Fifth Column",... Learn More
    £2,250

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  50. Darkness. A Tragedy in Three Acts.
    First edition, first impression. One of 10 unbound copies printed simultaneously with the limited edition of 100 copies. This copy inscribed by the author on the outer leaf "Liam O'Flaherty. This is one of 12 copies". Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 60892

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to the play's director on the front free endpaper "For Peter Daubeny with best wishes from John Van Druten (N.Y. Oct. 1945)". Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 59319

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  52. 50339comp
    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "For Billy Hammerstein who helped launch this - Gratefully Sidney Kingsley Nov. 4. 1949". With the recipient's bookplate to the front pastedown. William Hammerstein was the son of the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, he... Learn More
    £650

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  53. Les Negres. Pour jouer les negres.
    Third edition - the first theatre edition with the illustrations taken from Blin's original production. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half title leaf, "A Brion Souvenir amical de Jean Genet". The recipient was the artist Brion Gysin. Learn More
    £1,400

    Stock Code: 46927

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  54. Diamond Lil.
    First Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 36621

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  55. 32040
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 32040

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  56. Exiles.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on half-title, "To Jacques Benoist-Méchin James Joyce 3. xi. 1921 Paris". Benoist-Méchin was the writer and academic who is credited as the first translator of any part of Ulysses. He was a patron of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and during... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 35591

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  57. 29734comp
    First Edition, inscribed by the author to an unreadable recipient in his attractive but practically illegible hand. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 29734

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