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First editions and rare books relating to the theatre, ranging from titles on set design, first edition plays, and histories, to signed souvenir programmes for seminal performances.

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  1. Italy, a Poem; [together with:] Poems.
    (TERRY, Ellen.) ROGERS, Samuel. Italy, a Poem; [together with:] Poems.

    London : 1842

    The copies of renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry, with her signature to each title page and her Winchelsea bookplate (designed by her son Edward Gordon Craig) to each front pastedown; the Italy volume with her note to title page "From Henry - M of V." Henry must be Henry Irving, who played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice alongside Terry (as Portia)... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148205

  2. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.
    (YEATS, W. B.) BAX, Clifford (ed.) Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1941

    First edition, first impression. Number 386 of 500 copies. A collection of letters from Shaw and Yeats to Florence Farr (1860-1917), a London-based actress of great beauty and dynamism. She was deeply involved with both Yeats and Bernard Shaw, both theatrically (acting in plays written by them, often specifically for her) and romantically (more with... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 112230

  3. Overture and Beginners.
    ADAM, Ronald. Overture and Beginners.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression of this theatrical memoir. The author also wrote under the pseudonym "Blake" on his wartime experiences in the RAF. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 94168

  4. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
    BARKER, Ronnie - HARTNOLL, Phyllis (ed.) The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.

    London : 1972

    Presentation copy to one of the greats of British television comedy and light entertainment, Ronnie Barker (1929-2005), inscribed on a preliminary blank leaf: "To Ronnie, To say Congratulations on 25 'Glorious Years' (contrary to the vicious slur about your age on p. 80) luv Danni (?) 11.11.73" amid the signatures of many other well-wishers.

    The... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 110259

  5. The Drama:
    BATES, Alfred; James Penny Boyd; John Porter Lamberton. The Drama:

    London : 1903

    Limited edition, number 1 of 8 sets only, printed on japon, this styled the "Aeschylus Copy". The set has the bookplates of Daniel Willard Streeter (18831964), an American hunter, adventurer, and author active in the 1920s, who lived in Buffalo, New York. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 22924

  6. Signed theatre programme.
    BECKETT, Samuel, & Robert Pinget (signed); Théâtre de l'Odéon. Signed theatre programme.

    Paris : [1966]

    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". Beckett was one of Pinget's staunchest supporters at the beginning of the latter's literary career and the two authors' friendship... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 103829

  7. Heroes and Heroines of Bitter Sweet.
    BEERBOHM, Max - COWARD, Noel. Heroes and Heroines of Bitter Sweet.

    London : (1931)

    First edition, first printing. Edition of 100 copies, this copy unnumbered. Each plate is signed by the respective subjects, Noel Coward (the playwright), Peggy Wood (as Sari Linden), Georges Metaxa (as Carl Linden), Ivy St. Helier (as Manon) and Charles B. Cochran (the producer). Bitter Sweet was a successful operetta which centred on a young woman's... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145119

  8. Typed letter signed to Renée Longy-Miquelle; with presentation copies of two of his books, The Joy of Music (1959) [and] The Infinite Variety of Music (1966).
    BERNSTEIN, Leonard. Typed letter signed to Renée Longy-Miquelle; with presentation copies of two of his books, The Joy of Music (1959) [and] The Infinite Variety of Music (1966).

    New York : 1945

    A touching and resonant group, gifts of gratitude from the composer to his former music teacher, Renée Longy, who taught him at the Curtis Institute. The letter, undated but the envelope postmarked 5 January 1945, was written shortly after the opening of Bernstein's first Broadway musical, On The Town.

    "Well the show has opened and is a phenomenal... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 50137

  9. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;

    1953-72

    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 point, but with little doubt... Learn More
    £16,000.00

    Stock Code: 110880

  10. The Song Book.
    COWARD, Noël. The Song Book.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page to the author and one time "King of Redonda", Jon Wynne-Tyson (1924-2020) "For Jon, from Noël, 1954", the year he founded the Centaur Press, and with his ink ownership inscription to front pastedown. Uncommon signed and in the jacket, this album collects 51 of Coward's most famous songs of... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 144519

  11. The Song Book.
    COWARD, Noël. The Song Book.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page "For Ruth Heard, with best wishes, Noel Coward". This handsome album collects 51 of Coward's most famous songs of four decades, and is uncommon signed and in the jacket.

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    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144276

  12. Post-Mortem.
    COWARD, Noël. Post-Mortem.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to William Armstrong, director and producer of the Liverpool Playhouse, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For William with my love, Noël." The play, heavily influenced by R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End, set in the trenches of the Great War, was written in 1930, but Coward decided that it was for... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 114999

  13. A Living Theatre.
    CRAIG, Edward Gordon. A Living Theatre.

    Florence : 1913

    First edition, first printing, of this beautifully produced and lesser known title by the well-known theatre director, stage designer, actor, and theatre theorist. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142052

  14. A Living Theatre.
    CRAIG, Edward Gordon. A Living Theatre.

    Florence : 1913

    First edition, first printing, of this beautifully produced and lesser known title by the well-known theatre director, stage designer, actor, and theatre theorist. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142051

  15. The Provincetown.
    DEUTSCH, Helen, & Stella Hanau. The Provincetown.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, first printing, of this history of the avant-garde theatre company, from its inception in 1915 to its close in 1929. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 109987

  16. Signed invitation card with holograph entry in Dickens's hand and annotated playbill for the production of Ben Jonson's Every Man in his Humour, given by Dickens's company, the Amateur Players.
    DICKENS, Charles. Signed invitation card with holograph entry in Dickens's hand and annotated playbill for the production of Ben Jonson's Every Man in his Humour, given by Dickens's company, the Amateur Players.

    London : 1845

    A superb memento of Dickens's theatrical high-water mark, his bravura performance as the "craven and boastful" Captain Bobadil in his own "strictly private" production of Ben Jonson's comedy Every Man in his Humour.

    The invitation card in effect a ticket to the performance carries his characteristic flourished signature on the verso and a holograph... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 143142

  17. Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.
    DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano". Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.

    New York : [c.1878]

    A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.

    As... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 113225

  18. Recent Work.
    FREUD, Lucian. Recent Work.

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "Dear Binky, You missed it and I missed you. Are you angry about the vanishing act? 'I went see sic a man about a dog'... A Borzoi in fact that looked like you. Lots of Love, Lucian" to title page, with the address "227 Gloucester Terrace W.2 (Until Friday)" penned above.

    The recipient,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138200

  19. Kukol'nyj teatr Uzbekistana.
    GAVRILOV, Mikhail Filippovic. Kukol'nyj teatr Uzbekistana.

    Tashkent : 1928

    First and only edition, one of 500 copies, of an early study of Uzbek puppet theatre, including the text of two key plays in the canon, Sarkardalar and Kachal Palvan, the Uzbek Punch. A contemporary original photograph of the puppet cast of Kachal Palvan from the Tashkent Museum is loosely inserted.

    Puppet theatre in the region was a rich tradition... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 112595

  20. The Connection.
    GELBER, Jack. The Connection.

    New York : 1981

    Later reprint of Gelber's hyper-realistic play about drug addicts, first published by the Grove Press in 1960, inscribed by the theatre's founder Judith Malina to the owner of the Press: "For Barney Rosset with loving gratitude for your pioneering work for art & freedom. With love, Judith."

    Malina's inscription further notes that it was inscribed... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 107213

  21. Warm one-page typed letter signed to noted publisher and editor Donald S. Friede.
    GERSHWIN, George. Warm one-page typed letter signed to noted publisher and editor Donald S. Friede.

    New York : 1927

    An appealing, highly characteristic letter evoking Gershwin's easy-going sociability. Writing to the publisher Friede, Gershwin regrets having been unable to read Philip Barry's new play, but gives permission for his name to be appended to any suitable words of praise the publishers care to use, "as I shall no doubt make the comment you use after reading... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130229

  22. Presents.
    GORDON, Max; with Lewis Funke. Presents.

    New York : 1963

    First edition, first printing, of the autobiography of the successful theatre and film producer. Inscribed by the author on two stickers: one to the verso of the half-title, "To Maurice Chevalier who understands the business of acting and the show business. There are few like you. Best always, Max Gordon"; and to the contents page, "To Maurice Chevalier... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 49985

  23. Dracula. A Toy Theatre.
    GOREY, Edward. Dracula. A Toy Theatre.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first and only printing, of Gorey's "cut out and assemble" replica of the sets and costumes he designed for the 1977 Broadway production of Bram Stocker's Dracula, and for which he won a Tony award for Best Costume Design. He was also nominated in the category for Best Scenic Design.

    The book includes six walls (not to be cut... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143216

  24. Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
    GUTHRIE, John. Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Flansham : 1925

    First edition, first impression, number 45 of 50 copies only signed by the designer. Five plates show Guthrie's designs for the stage decor; the others illustrate six characters for a theatre production of Shakespeare's play. John Guthrie was the son of the printer and owner of the press, James Guthrie, whose print-making technique and aesthetic was... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 140871

  25. A Proper Circus Omie.
    KNIGHT, Laura. A Proper Circus Omie.

    London : 1962

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist opposite the half-title, "Laura Knight, To Ms Leslie Hall, with every good wish." Laura Knight lived and travelled with Carmo's Road Show for four or five seasons, documenting with her pencil their life on the road. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 139673

  26. The Secrets of a Savoyard.
    LYTTON, Sir Henry A. The Secrets of a Savoyard.

    London : [c.1927]

    First published by Jarrolds in 1922. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Yours very sincerely Henry Lytton, In friendship's name (Iolanthe)". The jacket spine states that this is a "new, revised and enlarged edition": "a later (undated) edition of the book the present edition contained an alternate set of photographic... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 114985

  27. Ronald A. Wilford Presents Marcel Marceau and His Partner Pierre Verry.
    MARCEAU, Marcel. Ronald A. Wilford Presents Marcel Marceau and His Partner Pierre Verry.

    New York : 1973

    First edition thus, first printing, inscribed by Marceau on title page verso "In dear memory of Bip flower doodle Marcel Marceau, 1973"; together with a programme signed "Bip flower doodle Marcel Marceau, 1973" for one of Marceau's show in Denver, in March 1973. Dunetz published similar performance souvenir programmes from the late 1960s to 1976. Wilford... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140997

  28. Les rêveries de Bip.
    MARCEAU, Marcel. Les rêveries de Bip.

    Paris : 1978

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A Hubert Juin, de tout coeur, Bip flower, Marcel Marceau 1978". Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". The recipient, in fact Hubert Loescher (1926-1987), was a Belgian poet, novelist,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140934

  29. Memoir of Charles Mathews, comedian.
    MATHEWS, Charles. Memoir of Charles Mathews, comedian.

    London : 1838-9

    First edition, in an extraordinary binding no doubt intended to invoke the traditional motley of the jester. The most famous comedian of his day, Mathews's powerful influence on Charles Dickens's stylistic methods of comic characterization has long been recognized. Mathews's monopolylogues, farces in which the actor played every character, provided... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 35334

  30. Tiger-Woman.
    MAY, Betty. Tiger-Woman.

    London : 1929

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "To Mr. & Mrs. Percy with love from Betty May, 1929". The autobiography of the notorious night-club singer, darling of the Café Royal set, and muse to Aleister Crowley, Augustus John, and Jacob Epstein is uncommon, with ten locations on Library Hub.

    Tiger-Woman "provides a very... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 107273

  31. A Collection of Stage Fantasy Photos. Tenjo Sajiki People.
    NARAHARA, Ikko. A Collection of Stage Fantasy Photos. Tenjo Sajiki People.

    Tokyo : 1977

    First edition, first impression. A photographic study of the Japanese independent theatre troupe co-founded by Shūji Terayama, Kujō Kyōko, Yutaka Higashi, Tadanori Yokoo, and Fumiko Takagi. The theatre was a major phenomenon on the Japanese underground scene in the 1970s, producing stage works marked by experimentalism, folklore influences, social... Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 35143

  32. Cinq Peintres et le Théâtre.
    PARMELIN, Hélène. Cinq Peintres et le Théâtre.

    Paris : 1956

    First edition, one of 150 copies only with a separate suite of four original lithographs by Lucien Coutaud, Léon Gischia, Félix Labisse, and Édouard Pignon(Fernand Léger had passed away the year before). This work provides a full study of the scenography and costume designs of these five influential theatre artists. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 63331

  33. Theatre bill for a fund-raising matinee at the Palace Theatre.
    PAVLOVA, Anna. Theatre bill for a fund-raising matinee at the Palace Theatre.

    London : 1935

    A rare theatre bill for a fund-raising performance at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on Thursday 21 February 1935; the fund had been established to erect a memorial to Anna Pavlova in Regents Park. The performers included Tilly Losch, Larry Adler, Alicia Markova, Robert Helpman, and Anton Dolin.

    Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir William Rothenstein,... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 115100

  34. The True History of the Ghost;
    PEPPER, John Henry, "Professor". The True History of the Ghost;

    London : 1890

    First and only contemporary edition, inscribed by the author on the title, "Mr. John Bailey, July 25 1893, With the Author's kind regards, J. H. Pepper". The work gives his exposition of the famous stage illusion that came to be known as "Pepper's Ghost", in which a spectral image of an actor was projected before the audience.

    Pepper (1821-1900)... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 133346

  35. No-Man's Land.
    PINTER, Harold. No-Man's Land.

    No place : [c.1974]

    Inscribed by the author in blue pen at the head of the title "To Nic Roeg from Harold Pinter!" An excellent association: Roeg was Director of Photography on Clive Donner's 1963 film of The Caretaker, Pinter's first big critical and commercial success, still his most popular and frequently performed play.

    Someone has sketched a pencilled route... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 142221

  36. Other Places. Three Plays.
    PINTER, Harold. Other Places. Three Plays.

    London : 1982

    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 from one of the great... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 77352

  37. Autograph letter signed to his lifelong friend, actor Monty Woolley.
    PORTER, Cole. Autograph letter signed to his lifelong friend, actor Monty Woolley.

    Los Angeles : [1936]

    A very appealing, amusing, and warm autograph letter entirely in pencil and signed familiarly "Potah", to Porter's lifelong friend and Yale classmate, the actor Monty Woolley (1888-1963). Porter writes to Woolley at the Shubert Theatre, Boston, to congratulate him on the successful tryouts of the new Rodgers & Hart musical comedy On Your Toes, in which... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 126892

  38. Plays based on the published stories.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Plays based on the published stories.

    London : 1930-62

    A group of six theatrical versions of Beatrix Potter stories, three titles with one or two variant issues. The Tailor and Gloucester and Ginger and Pickles were dramatized by Potter in collaboration with the character actor and director Ernest George Harcourt Williams; the others were adapted from her books without her direct involvement.

    (i,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 109504

  39. The World of Paul Slickey [pre-performance copy typescript]
    ROEG, Nicolas - OSBORNE, John. The World of Paul Slickey [pre-performance copy typescript]

    London : 1958

    From the library of the film director and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018), with a pencilled note to that effect by his wife Harriett Roeg.

    John Osborne's The World of Paul Slickey, a musical satire of the tabloid press, premiered at the Palace Theatre on 5 May 1959 and proved one of the most resounding flops in modern theatrical history.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142168

  40. Little Tich: A Book of Travels (and Wanderings). By Little Tich.
    ROHMER, Sax. Little Tich: A Book of Travels (and Wanderings). By Little Tich.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression. Harry Relph (1867-1928), known as Little Tich, was the pre-eminent music-hall star of his day. His literary skills were less impressive and so the young Arthur Ward, aka Sax Rohmer, was commissioned to ghost-write his autobiography. It is Rohmer's second book and one of the great rarities of 20th-century literary collecting.

    Little... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134917

  41. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
    SHAW, George Bernard; COSTER, Howard (photographer). Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.

    London : [early 1930s]

    A fine photographic portrait of Shaw, by Howard Coster, one of the most renowned portrait photographers of the day, signed by both sitter and photographer, and presented by Shaw to the American actress who had appeared in many of his plays, additionally inscribed by him "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36".

    An excellent association: Shaw... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 114626

  42. Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving.
    STOKER, Bram. Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author "Right Hon. Henry Labouchere, P.C. with the love and respect of his old friend Bram Stoker 4.5.09".

    A resonant association copy: the radical MP Henry Labouchère was the author of the 1885 Labouchère Amendment (known by its critics as the Blackmailer's Charter), which newly classified... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 144090

  43. The Living Theatre. Stein. Picasso. Eliot.
    THEATRE. The Living Theatre. Stein. Picasso. Eliot.

    [New York : 1951]

    A very scarce program booklet for the 1951-2 season of the Living Theatre, one of America's premier experimental theatre groups, at their first permanent performance space, Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, advertising Gertrude Stein's "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights" and "Ladies' Voices", Pablo Picasso's "Desire", T. S. Eliot's "Sweeney Agonistes",... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 132632

  44. Sybil Thorndike Casson.
    THORNDIKE, Sybil - SPRIGGE, Elizabeth. Sybil Thorndike Casson.

    London : 1971

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Laurence Oliver and Joan Plowright, inscribed by Thorndike on the front free endpaper, "To my darlings Larry & Joan with much love, Sybil", and below that by the author, "and warm thanks from Elizabeth Sprigge, October 1971". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 68779

  45. Two autograph letters signed to his close friend Arthur Clifton.
    WILDE, Oscar. Two autograph letters signed to his close friend Arthur Clifton.

    1 August 1887; second letter n.d.

    Two autograph letters from Wilde, both signed with his initials "OW", to Arthur Bellamy Clifton, one of his closest and oldest friends; inviting Clifton to, and apologizing for missing, the theatre, both letters, the first sprightly and the latter depressed, characterful and apparently unpublished.

    The first letter arranges to meet the following... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 144930

  46. Robert Wilson.
    WILSON, Robert - QUADRI, Franco; Franco Bertoni; Robert Stearns. Robert Wilson.

    New York : 1997

    First edition, first printing, with a full-page inscription drawn by Wilson on the half-title in his characteristic manner, "For Steve, love always, Bob, 9.19.1998"; the first English language monograph on Robert Wilson, the American experimental theatre stage director and playwright, best known for his collaboration with Philip Glass on Einstein on... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139772

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