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  1. 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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  2. 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

    Stock Code: 102859

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  3. 99861
    First edition, first impression, of the author's play. Introduced by Bob Maza and Ken Horler. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 99861

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  4. 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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  5. 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
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 120233

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. The Oresteia of Aeschylus.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 96965

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  9. 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

    Stock Code: 59235

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  10. 117446
    Queen..."> First edition, first impression, of MacKintosh's third historical drama written under her theatre pseudonym Gordon Daviot. MacKintosh, who took "Daviot" from the name of a village close to her home city of Inverness, became better known by her other pen name, Josephine Tey, under which she wrote several detective novels.
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    £150

    Stock Code: 117446

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  11. 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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  12. Seven Plays.
    First UK edition, second issue binding with stiff boards. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Seven Plays includes an introduction by Toller and the first editions in English of Transfiguration, Draw the Fires! and Mary Baker Eddy (co-written with Hermann Kesten, and originally entitled Miracle in America).... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 114222

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  13. The Boy Friend.
    First US edition, first printing. The play opened up in New York City on September 30, 1954 at the Royale Theatre starring Paulette Giard and also featuring Julia Andrews. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 112339

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  14. Oklahoma!
    First edition, first printing, of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. Based on Lynn Riggs's play, Green Grow the Lilacs (1931), Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway on 31 March 1943 and ran for a record 2,212 consecutive performances. It is still viewed as one of the greatest of all musicals, and is particularly... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106890

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  15. The Zeal of Thy House.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's play on 12th-century architect William of Sens, which was first presented at the Canterbury Festival in 1937. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title-page. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106265

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  16. The Devil to Pay.
    First trade edition, first impression. It was preceded by the first acting edition printed for the first production of the play at Canterbury in June 1939.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106257

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  17. The Devil to Pay.
    First trade edition, first impression. It was preceded by the first acting edition printed for the first production of the play at Canterbury in June 1939.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 106255

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  18. Kismet. A Musical Arabian Night.
    First edition, first printing. This Edwin Lester production of Kismet premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on 3 December 1953. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 104312

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  19. The Contractor.
    First edition, first impression of the play. The Contractor was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 20 October 1969. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 100489

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  20. Amadeus. A Play.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 99856

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  21. Epitaph for George Dillon.
    First edition in book form, first impression of the play which premiered in Oxford in 1957. Learn More
    £30

    Stock Code: 98978

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  22. Luther.
    First edition in book form, first impression, of the play which premiered in Nottingham at the Theatre Royal, on 26 June 1961. Learn More
    £40

    Stock Code: 98968

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  23. The Blind Beauty.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the play Slepaya krasavitsa, left unfinished on Pasternak's death. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99216

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  24. Lovers.
    First edition, first impression. Collects two of Friel's one-act plays. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 97291

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  25. Play.
    First edition, first impression. Play was first performed in 1963. The two short pieces are Words and Music, commissioned by the BBC, and Cascando, which was originally written in French in 1961, and subtitled Invention radiophonique pour musique et voix. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 96888

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  26. Play.
    First edition, first impression. Play was first performed in 1963. The two short pieces are "Words and Music", commissioned by the BBC, and "Cascando", which was originally written in French in 1961, and subtitled Invention radiophonique pour musique et voix. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 97890

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  27. The Elder Statesman.
    First edition thus of Eliot's play, first produced at the Edinburgh Festival 1958. The green jacket of the present copy is for Gallup an early-issue point; later copies would come in a thinner, grey jacket. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 97871

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. The Devil to Pay.
    Acting edition, printed for the first production of the play at Canterbury in June 1939 and preceding the first trade edition. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 89239

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Jupiter Laughs.
    First UK edition, first impression in book form. The play was first produced at the King's theatre, Glasgow, on March 4, 1940 and opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre later the same year. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 94199

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  36. 1
    First UK edition, first impression in book form. The play was first produced at the King's theatre, Glasgow, on March 4, 1940 and opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre later the same year. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 94198

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  37. Enemy of the Stars.
    First edition, first impression, second state in the third variant binding. Lewis's modernist drama. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 91802

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  38. Death Takes a Holiday.
    First edition, first printing of Ferris's play, adapted from the Italian play La morte in vacanza by Alberto Casella. Ferris's play in turn formed the basis for Maxwell Anderson and Gladys Lehman's script for the critically acclaimed 1934 film directed by Mitchell Leisen, and starring Fredric March and Evelyn Venable. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92556

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  39. 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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  40. Enemy of the Stars.
    First edition, first impression of Lewis's modernist drama. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 91464

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  41. The Dark is Light Enough.
    First edition, first impression. Loosely inserted original poem titled St Christopher (1939). The play is the "third of his seasonal plays...although set in an Austrian country house in 1848-9, was clearly a contemporary metaphor for the need to overcome the cyclical nature of war." (ODNB). Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 91373

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  42. The Sea.
    First edition, first impression, the scarce case-bound issue, of the author's comedy set in a village on the East Anglian coast in 1907. The Sea premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in May 1973 in a production directed Bill Gaskill. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 92137

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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. Guilty Souls.
    First edition, first impression. One of the soldier-poets of the First World War, this is Nichols's first foray into playwriting. The wrapper design is a reproduction from William Blake's Crucifixion. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 91364

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  46. 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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  47. The Emperor Constantine.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's last play, written for the 1951 Colchester Festival. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 89241

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  48. Damaged Goods.
    First novelised edition, first printing. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 85766

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  49. 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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  50. Joking Apart. Ten Times Table. Just Between Ourselves.
    First edition, first impression, of these three plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Learn More
    £70

    Stock Code: 85436

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  51. 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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  52. Plays for an Irish Theatre.

    Plays for an Irish Theatre.

    London: 1903, 1904, 1904, 1905, 1907

    First edition thus, the complete set of Plays for an Irish Theatre; volumes 1-3 are the first UK editions of six of Yeats's plays, volume 4 is the first UK edition of Synge's play "The Well of the Saints", and volume 5 the first edition Yeats's play "Deirdre". Scarce complete. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 83992

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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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  54. 78778
    First complete, hardback edition, originally published in a shorter paperback version in the previous year. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 78778

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  55. 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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  56. 73479
    The scarce Book Club issue, one of only 500 copies published in the same year as the first edition. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 73479

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  57. A Bond Honoured. A Play.
    First edition, first impresssion. Learn More
    £30

    Stock Code: 80121

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

    Stock Code: 80120

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  59. 76520
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 500 copies. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 76520

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  60. 76515
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of five hundred copies. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 76515

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