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YEATS, W. B. The Shadowy Waters.
London : 1900First edition, one of 500 copies printed. Yeats's lyrical, visionary play - "a lengthy Wagnerian verse drama" (ODNB) - tells the love story of Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Provenance: with the bookplate of Oliver Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher (1881-1963), whose sister Dorothy was friends with Ottoline Morrell... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108461
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Cymbeline.
Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1923Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Albert Rutherston and the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140514
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of King Lear.
Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1927Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Paul Nash, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140523
[WILDE, Oscar.] An Ideal Husband.
London : 1899First 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£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140565
POWELL, Anthony. The Garden God.
London : 1965]Typescript of Powell's fantastical play The Garden God, set on an archaeological dig in Greece. The play was set to be produced in 1965 by Willie Donaldson; however, after several extensive lunches, Donaldson abruptly dropped the project and the play failed to be staged. The typescript has the stamp of Powell's theatrical agent Margery Vosper... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140152
SHAKESPEARE, William. Loves Labour's Lost.
Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1924Signed limited edition, number 8 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Norman Wilkinson, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140501
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.
Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1925Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Ernst Stern, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140498
GREENE, Graham. Yes and No and For Whom The Bell Chimes.
London : 1983First edition, signed limited issue, number 643 of 750 copies signed by the author. This work collects two of Greene's plays, Yes and No and For Whom the Bell Chimes, both of which were first performed at the Haymarket Studio Theatre on 20 March 1980. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 131255
(PICASSO, Pablo.) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata.
New York : 1934First and limited edition, first printing, number 1,103 of 1,500 copies signed by Picasso. This finely produced work features Picasso's sensitive line drawings, which carefully "capture the braggadocio of both the men and women in the play" (Rutledge, p. 36). Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 125683
DAVIES, Thomas. Dramatic Miscellanies:
London : 1783-4First editions, volumes I and III 1784, volume II 1783. Davies had a successful career as an actor before setting up as a bookseller in Covent Garden, his shop becoming a meeting place for the theatrical and literary world, it was in the back parlour of this shop that Boswell first encountered Johnson. In the 1770s Davies turned to writing, particularly... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139635
HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
London : 1784First edition. Best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton, Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was determined on a literary career" (ODNB). His plays were singularly unsuccessful, Anna Seward considered 'Lord Russell', collected here, "lacking in spirit and variety", and that 'Marcella',... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139629
SHAW, Bernard. The Works.
London : 1930–38Signed limited edition, one of 1,000 numbered set of which this is number 377. This set inscribed by Shaw on the limitation page in Volume 1: "and is inscribed to obliterated by G. Bernard Shaw". Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 138139
SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. The Works.
London : 1821First edition of the collected works of this enduringly popular playwright, edited by his first biographer, the poet Thomas Moore. A very pretty set from the Vane Londonderry library, monogram gilt to the head of the spine, elaborate armourial bookplate to the front pastedown. On marriage to Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Charles Stewart, third marquess... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139633
(HOUSMAN, Laurence.) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, of this uncommon work. The Women's Press, an independent publishing house established in 1907, was an integral component of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign, ensuring a public platform for feminist literature and arguments for women's suffrage. Laurence Housman was a pacifist, human rights activist and... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139713
GRAVES, Robert. John Kemp's Wager
Oxford : 1925First edition, signed limited issue, number 45 of 100 copies signed by the author, printed on Kelmscott paper, and specially bound; a further 750 trade copies were also issued. John Kemp's Wager was published as the 11th work in the British Drama League Library of Modern British Drama. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139440
(HOUSMAN, Laurence.) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, of this uncommon work. The Women's Press, an independent publishing house established in 1907, was an integral component of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign, ensuring a public platform for feminist literature and arguments for women's suffrage. Laurence Housman was a pacifist, human rights activist and... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 137420
(NASH, Paul) SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of King Lear.
Stratford-upon-Avon, : 1927The Player's Shakespeare. Limited edition of 500 copies on rag paper from a total edition of 606; this copy is unnumbered. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 125594
SHAKESPEARE, William. [Othello.] Othllo.
Istanbul : 1293 First edition in Ottoman Turkish, done by Hasan Bedreddin and Mehmet Rifat from the French translation of Jean-Francois Ducis, and performed 186777 in Gedikpasa theatre in Istanbul, the first theatre in Turkey where plays were performed by Turkish actors rather than travelling troupes. Shakespeare was becoming popular at this time, after the Armenians... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 131742
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1894Reprint of the Cambridge Shakespeare which was first published in 1863. Editor William George Clark's "principal and most enduring work was the Cambridge Shakespeare (1863-6), mainly planned by him, with a complete collation of all the early editions, and a selection of emendations by later editors. Clark co-operated in the first volume with John Glover,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 121876
YEATS, W. B. (ed.) Beltaine.
London : 1900First one-volume edition, being a re-issue of the journal's three first issues. "The Numbers, in their original wrappers, have been simply encased in boards, for preservation on the bookshelf, with no addition save that of a Table of Contents to Number One" (publisher's note). Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 109992
(GIELGUD, John.) WEBSTER, John. The Duchess of Malfi.
London : 1945First Ayrton edition, signed limited issue, 730 of 1,000 copies signed by the author to the first illustration, additionally inscribed by Ayrton to John Gielgud on the front free endpaper, "For John, the great Count Ferdinand, from the designer of a Scottish setting for his murderous intents in sincere admiration Michael Ayrton, July 1946", with Gielgud's... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139447
GREENE, Graham. The Living Room.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, of the author's debut play. Loosely inserted in this copy is the programme for the play, dated in manuscript to July 1953, and signed by three members of the original cast. The Living Room premiered at Wyndham's Theatre on 16 April 1953. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 132981
MARLOWE, Christopher. Doctor Faustus.
London : 1903First Vale Press edition, sole printing, one of 310 copies on Arnold handmade paper. The colophon states that this edition was "seen through the press" by the poet John Masefield. Charles Ricketts in his bibliography of the press, however, records its editor as Thomas Sturge Moore, who also edited the Vale Press edition of Shakespeare's Works, printed... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139293
COWARD, Noël. Present Laughter.
London : 1943First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Coward to his close friend and leading lady Joyce Carey, "Darling Joyce, from Noël" on the front free endpaper. Joyce Carey (1898-1993) is best known for her long professional and personal relationship with Noel Coward. In the midst of her stage career, which lasted from 1916 to 1987,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139523
(GRAHAME, Kenneth.) MILNE, A. A. Toad of Toad Hall.
London : 1929First edition, signed limited issue, number 131 of 200 copies signed by both Grahame and Milne and printed on handmade paper. This was the first, and highly successful, adaptation of the novel. Milne included an introduction which stated "I have, I hope, made some sort of entertainment, with enough of Kenneth Grahame in it to appease his many admirers,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139125
(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) JONSON, Ben. Volpone: or the Fox.
London : 1898First Beardsley edition, deluxe issue copy, being number 29 of 100 copies printed on japon and specially bound in full vellum, with a further 1,000 copies on art paper also issued and bound in blue cloth. In November 1897 Beardsley was commissioned to produce the artwork for a deluxe edition of Volpone, with 24 illustrations including a frontispiece,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137872
WILDE, Oscar. Complete Writings.
New York : 1907-9Edition Deluxe, number 815 of 1,000 sets, attractively printed and handsomely bound. The writings include Wilde's only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, poems, fairy tales, essays, and miscellaneous prose. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139273
YEATS, W. B. The Land of Heart's Desire.
Portland : 1903Revised US edition, signed limited issue, and additionally signed by Yeats on the title page, though uncalled for. Number 52 of 100 copies signed by the publisher and printed on japon vellum. The Land of Heart's Desire premiered at the Avenue Theatre on 29 March 1894, and was Yeats's first acted play; it was first published in the UK in April 1894. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 112280
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1891-3A beautifully bound set of the second edition of the Cambridge Shakespeare, edited by William Aldis Wright, whose edition first appeared in 1863-6; the first volume of this set is described as a third edition, having previously been reissued in 1867. Wright "was solely responsible for the second edition (1867- ), which remains the great monument to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139097
[GODWIN, Mary Jane.] Dramas for Children.
London : 1809First edition of these educational plays by Mary Jane Godwin (1768-1841), Mary Shelley's stepmother.
Although generally attributed to William Godwin, Dramas for Children was in fact written by Mary Jane Clairmont who, before marrying Godwin, had worked as editor for Benjamin Tabart, publisher and bookseller of the Juvenile Library in New... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 135586
RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour for A Midsummer Night's Dream ("-down topples she").
1908An original watercolour by Rackham for the 1908 edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, signed and dated by the artist at the upper right-hand corner, with his caption outside the margin on the bottom left. The illustration, captioned "-down topples she", depicts a section of Act II, Scene 1, in which Puck recounts a trick he plays on human-folk, disguising... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130494
WILDE, Oscar. Salome.
San Francisco : 1927First Grabhorn edition, number 193 of 200 copies signed by the illustrator Valenti Angelo on the frontispiece (the colophon calling for 195 copies). A particularly striking edition of Wilde's tragedy. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138967
IBSEN, Henrik. Hedda Gabler.
Copenhagen : 1890First 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 for advance publication... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 83794
SHAKESPEARE, William. Macbeth, a tragedy: with all the alterations, amendments, additions, and new songs
London : 1687Fourth quarto edition of Macbeth, adapted by William Davenant; Davenant's version of Macbeth had first appeared in 1674 (printed twice in that year). As was common practice with play texts in the 17th century, Macbeth is here bound up with 11 other popular plays of that era, allowing it to be seen in its contemporary context.
The other plays in... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 131682
THOMAS, Dylan. Under Milk Wood.
London : 1954First edition in book form, first impression. Under Milk Wood was originally commissioned as a radio drama by the BBC, and was first broadcast on 25 January 1954. It was originally printed in the magazine Mademoiselle in their February 1954 issue. The posthumously published work has since become one of Thomas's best known. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 138763
BEAUMONT, Francis, & John Fletcher. Dramatic Works.
London : 1778A handsome edition of the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625), in a lovely period binding. This edition is edited by George Colman the elder and includes a preface written by the playwright James Shirley, who edited the first edition published in 1647. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 138426
CONGREVE, William. The Works.
London : 1753A collection of reissues of plays and poems by the author, including The Old Batchelor, The Double-dealer, The Way of the World, The Mourning-bride, and Love for Love. All were first performed and published from 1693 to 1700.
With the bookplate of Sir Joshua Vanneck (17021777), 1st Baronet, of Putney, Surrey, to the front pastedown... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 138561
SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsommer Nights Dreame.
London : 1601 [for 1600, recte 1619, but actually c.1900]A sophisticated facsimile of the 1619 quarto of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the second printing of the play, which bore a false imprint date of 1600 (matching the date for the first quarto); here the date has been carefully replaced with the date 1601, without any evident reason, seeing as no edition was printed that year. The facsimile itself does not... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138537
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works.
London : 1812-15First edition with these illustrations, large paper issue (also published in duodecimo). A most appealing edition of Shakespeare issued by the enterprising Thomas Tegg, presented here in a delightful and sparkling period binding. The illustrations by John Thurston have been described as "most attractive" (Peter Cannon-Brookes, The Painted Word: British... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 134889
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
London : 1802First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 137384
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1869A particularly attractive set of the Cowden Clarke's edited works of Shakespeare. 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 our great poet'" (ODNB). This edition, credited to both Charles and Mary Cowden, was first... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 136140
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays.
London : 1856A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays and biography. George Steevens's Complete Works of Shakespeare was originally published in 1773 in collaboration with Samuel Johnson. Several revised editions followed over the years, including this edition by Alexander Chalmers, which was first published in 1805 by F. and J. Rivington. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 137618
SHAKESPEARE, William, & Christopher Marlowe. Shakespeare's Sonnets; [together with] Doctor Faustus.
London : 1903First Vale Press editions, first impressions. The binding and decorations were designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), a publisher, designer and wood engraver who readily embraced the printing revival which propagated the ideals of the arts-and-crafts movement: "The novelty of a book, made during the recent revival, lies in the fact that it shows... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137242
MENCKEN, H. L. The Artist.
Boston : 1912First edition, first printing, of this silent play by American journalist and satirist H. L. Mencken (1880-1956). The author notes in the preliminary matter that during the play "not a word is uttered aloud. All the speeches of the characters are supposed to be unspoken meditations." Learn More£60.00
Stock Code: 98554
HELLER, Joseph. We Bombed in New Haven: A Play.
New York : 1968First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Jane Biberman, who typed the first draft of this play for me -and did it incorrectly. Joe Heller, 9/10/68, Philadelphia". Jane Biberman is a writer and former magazine editor based in Philadelphia. The author's second published book; the play was... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 87449
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge 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" (ODNB) meant that the play was not... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 132907
ELIOT, T. S. The Cocktail Party.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, a major association copy, presented by Eliot to Ezra Pound, with his affectionate inscription, "Ez from O. Possum, 6.iii.50" to the front free endpaper, dated three days before publication.
Eliot owed an eternal debt of gratitude to Pound - "il miglior fabbro" - for his editorial shaping of The Waste Land. At the... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 124275
CHRISTIE, Agatha. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;
1953-72A 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 point, but with little doubt... Learn More£16,000.00
Stock Code: 110880
BEAUMONT, Francis, & John Fletcher. Comedies and Tragedies …
London : 1647First edition, modelled on the first two folio collections of Shakespeare's plays (1623 and 1632) and the first two folios of the works of Ben Jonson (1616 and 1640-1). These folios are often credited with establishing a recognisably modern concept of the individual author, but the Beaumont and Fletcher folio is more problematic in that regard. It contains... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 108348
JONSON, Ben. The Workes.
London : 1641]First complete collected edition, comprising the second edition of volume 1 and the first edition of volumes 2 and 3. The first volume is a close reprint of the first edition of 1616. The second volume contains the reissued, unsold sheets of three plays published in 1631, which were edited by Jonson and intended to supplement his 1616 Workes. The balance... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 108347
STOPPARD, Tom. Artist Descending a Staircase & Where Are They Now?
London : 1973First Edition, first impression. The first production of Artist Descending a Staircase aired on BBC Radio 3 on 14 November 1972, with Where Are They Now? broadcast two years previously in January 1970 on the BBC School Radio show. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137226
JODRELL, Richard Paul. The Persian Heroine.
London : 1822First edition thus, second overall, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Originally published in 1786 in octavo, this edition presents the play in three acts instead of the previous five "to allow a representation of it in either of those two modes" (preface). Well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon; signed copies are... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 137315
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1842-4First 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 and documentary text are interspersed... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 124164