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  1. 134368
    Typed letter signed by George Bernard Shaw to Edmund Gurney, the actor playing Alfred Doolittle in the upcoming English premier of Pygmalion. Shaw was very unhappy with Gurney's portrayal of the character, which he observed in rehearsal - he writes that he wrote the part specially for him, and he should not let it be played... Learn More
    £3,500

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  2. 132791
    Signed limited edition, number 49 of 200 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf in the front of Waiting For Godot; the first collected edition of Beckett's works, also issued in an unsigned trade edition, uncommon complete in either issue. Learn More
    £8,500

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    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
    £1,500

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    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
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 129149

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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
    £975

    Stock Code: 103829

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  6. 130161comp
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130161

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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
    £675

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  8. 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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    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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    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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    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

    Stock Code: 126039

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  13. 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
    £29,500

    Stock Code: 125779

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    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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    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
    £375

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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

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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

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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

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  20. 116775comp
    First and limited edition, number 580 of 1,000 copies signed by the author on the title page. It was published to coincide with the first performance of these paired plays for the Ambiance Lunch-Hour Theatre Club at Almost Free Theatre in London on April 6, 1976. This is a commercially and institutionally rare edition; the... Learn More
    £250

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  21. 116290comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on a pasted in card to the title page, "For Dr Murray, with all good wishes, from Peter Shaffer, August 1985". From the library of noted Irish bibliophile, Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Dr. Murray had a number of books signed by... Learn More
    £475

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  22. 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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  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. The Boy Friend.
    First edition, first impression. With a laid-in hand-coloured Christmas card designed by the author and inscribed by him to "Prudie & Richard Hibbert, actor, who played Lord Brockhurst in The Boyfriend, Best wishes for Christmas & 1996, and love, Sandy". Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 107307

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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. 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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  27. 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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