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[COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, trans.] GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.
London : 1821First edition in English of Goethe's Faust, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When Faust, Part I first appeared in a finished form (1808) Coleridge expressed concern for the apparent immorality. Despite this, he briefly entertained a proposal in 1814 to translate the work, and returned to and completed the task in 1820-21. Coleridge denied that... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 132612
(SHAKESPEARE, William, & others.) Collection of 18th-century printings of plays.
London : 1770s-1780sA substantial collection of approximately 120 plays printed in the 1770s and 1780s, including 20 plays by Shakespeare, all printed for or sold by Joseph Wenman of Fleet Street, part of his Theatrical Library (1776-81). The collections includes works from the Elizabethan period to contemporary writers: other playwrights include William Congreve, Henry... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 131992
(PASTERNAK, Boris, trans.; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.) Faust.
[Leningrad] : 1953First edition of Pasternak's Russian translation of Goethe's masterpiece, presentation copy inscribed to a close friend and fellow poet, "to one of the most interesting people and the best poets of the present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion, B. Pasternak, 9 February 1954", on the front free endpaper.
Chikovani (1902-1966) was a "lifelong... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 132166
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
MARLOWE, Christopher. The Works.
London : 1826First collected edition of Marlowe's plays. After two centuries where Marlowe had been practically forgotten and mostly out of print, the early 19th-century saw a flood of editions of Marlowe's works, building on the renewed interest engendered by the publication of Charles Lamb's Specimens of English Dramatic Poets in 1808, in which he had commended... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 136072
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1883A notably attractive set of the Cowden Clarkes' 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, was first published... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141760
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 armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. On marriage to Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Charles Stewart, third marquess... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139633
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
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 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
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1875A handsomely bound set. Dyce was perhaps the leading Shakespeare scholar of the 19th-century. This collection was first published in 1857, with a second edition published in 1866. The present third edition was published six years after his death. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122487
BEAUMONT, Francis, & John Fletcher. The Works.
London : 1750First edition edited by the great Shakespearean scholar Lewis Theobald (c.1688-1744), who "made fundamental contributions to English scholarship and print culture" (ODNB). A handsomely printed edition in a lovely period binding. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 102636
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. The Dramatic Works;
London : 1790First edition thus. Ayscough's third volume, entitled An index to the remarkable passages and words made use of by Shakspeare, is the first published concordance of Shakespeare's plays. The publisher John Stockdale paid 200 guineas for the index which was specifically designed to accompany Stockdale's two-volume edition of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 121099
YEATS, W. B. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
London : 1908First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the Chapman & Hall imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats himself was proud of it, remarking,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 114925
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
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
MARLOWE, Christopher. The Works and Life.
London : 1930-33First edition, first impression, of this important collected edition, for some time the standard version of Marlowe's plays; scarce complete, and especially so in the dust jackets.
Provenance: neat ownership inscriptions to front pastedowns of Norman C. Stevenson (dated 1955), alongside his discreet book label (incorporating Picasso's portrait of... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 135886
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
MARLOWE, Christopher. The Complete Plays.
New York : 1963First edition thus, an attractively printed work, handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The editor of this edition, Irving Ribner, was an American scholar whose works included The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare (1957), Patterns in Shakespearean Tragedy (1960) and Jacobean Tragedy (1962). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 136658
MASSINGER, Philip. The Plays.
London : 1813An attractive set of the second Gifford edition, first published in 1805. "Gifford's editorial work as a textual scholar is accomplished. He produced various editions of English dramatists Philip Massinger's Plays, Ben Jonson's Works, John Ford's Dramatic Works The editorial apparatus of these collections often manifests that peculiarly Giffordian... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118085
HUGHES, Ted. The Tiger's Bones.
New York : 1974First 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. Stephanie Bennett is a film... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 119990
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. The Complete Short Stories; [together with:] The Collected Plays [and:] The Selected Novels.
London : 1961-65An attractive set of Maugham's collected works, with three volumes each of stories, plays and novels. The books are later editions, with the collected short stories first published in 1951, the plays in 1931, and the novels in 1953. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 130862
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
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Standard Edition of the Pictorial Shakspeare.
London : A highly attractive set of Shakespeare's works, being the second edition of the profusely illustrated version of the Shakespeare scholar Charles Knight, following the first edition which had been published in part form from 1838 to 1841. Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when he owned an imperfect First... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 128818
ELIOT, T. S. The Confidential Clerk.
London : 1954First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel, inscribed by the author a month after publication on the front free endpaper: "à Monsieur Georges Duhamel en hommage à l'ecrivain et l'homme de la part de T. S. Eliot 8.4.54". Duhamel had served as a surgeon during the First World War and his... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 130104
WHITE, T. H. Macbeth the Knife. [Mimeograph typescript.]
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 the play: "For sound on... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 86009
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
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
POTTER, Beatrix. Plays based on the published stories.
London : 1930-62A 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
HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
London : 1784First edition. Lovely copy of the collected theatrical works of this now largely forgotten, but once highly popular writer, exceptionally prettily bound and with an attractive provenance. Hayley is best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton.
Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139629
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. Shakspeare's Dramatic Works:
London : 1830An arresting example of the bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care that the age was lavishing on the national playwright. The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar William Harness (1790-1869), who was a friend... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 129641
COWARD, Noël. Sirocco; [together with:] Home Chat.
London : 1927First editions, first impressions, scarce in the jackets, and especially so in such nice condition. First written in 1921 and then revised into its final form in 1927, Sirocco premiered on 24 November 1927 at Daly's Theatre; Home Chat on 25 October 1927 at the Duke of York's Theatre. Neither play was well-received when first produced. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 122027
COWARD, Noël. The Vortex. A Play in Three Acts; [together with:] The Marquise. A Comedy in Three Acts.
London : 1925 & 1927First editions, first impressions. The Vortex premiered on 25 November 1924 at the Everyman Theatre, London, and The Marquise in 1927 at the Criterion Theatre, London.
"By the time the sensational The Vortex appeared in 1924, Coward was already a star in the making, and London was ready to be shocked. The Vortex did just that, with its tale... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 121604
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
DUNSANY, Lord. Selections from the Writings.
Dundrum : 1912First edition thus, first impression, one of 250 copies. Lord Dunsany, "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of the century" was a friend of W. B. Yeats's through their mutual involvement in the Abbey Theatre, where Dunsany's first contribution to the to the Irish theatre movement, The Glittering Gate, was performed... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139300
(POUND, Ezra, & W. B. Yeats, eds.) FENOLLOSA, Ernest. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.
Churchtown, Dundrum : 1916First 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 of Asian art in the west, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 131792
FIRBANK, Ronald. The Princess Zoubaroff.
London : 1920First 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 economy, Carrollian... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130571
SHAW, George Bernard. The Doctor's Dilemma.
London : 1911First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Shaw to his Italian agent and translator Antonio Agresti on the half-title: "To Antonio Agresti from G. Bernard Shaw 23rd. Feb. 1911". The titular work was one of many plays of Shaw's that Agresti translated before his death, helping Shaw to reach an Italian audience. Agresti had been... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 126578
SYNGE, J. M. The Playboy of the Western World.
Dublin : 1907First 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 show. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 78823
(PARRISH, Maxfield.) SAUNDERS, Louise. The Knave of Hearts.
New York : 1925First edition, first printing. This work is generally acknowledged to contain some of the best illustrations by American illustrator Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). Parrish achieved "national popularity for his distinctively elegant style, detailed backgrounds and glowing colours. The subtle shade of blue seen in many of his pictures came to be known... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123572
(SHAKESPEARE, William.) WIVELL, Abraham. An Inquiry into the History, Authenticity, & Characteristics of the Shakspeare Portraits,
London : 1827First edition, published three years after James Boaden's work on the same subject. Wivell had risen from impoverished beginnings and an apprenticeship to a wigmaker and hairdresser, before reaching public notice as an artist with portraits of the Cato Street conspirators awaiting trial. This led to a commission to draw portraits of the participants... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 84953
GELBER, Jack. The Connection.
New York : 1981Later reprint of Gelber's (1932-2003) hyper-realistic play about drug addicts, first published by the Grove Press in 1960. 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 of Rosset's visit to the revival of The Connection... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 107213
GUTHRIE, John. Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Flansham : 1925First 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
(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
COWARD, Noël. Waiting in the Wings.
London : 1960First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Harry from Noel." The recipient may be the producer Harry Alan Towers (1921-2009), who worked in radio, television and film for over 50 years. "In 1947, he persuaded Noël Coward to record 13 half-hour radio programs about his songs, for international... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 114997
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Cenci.
[Livorno,] Italy : 1819First edition, one of 250 copies printed, the Britwell Court Library copy, fine and uncut preserving the original first blank; scarce in commerce, with the second, London edition (the only second edition of his own Shelley lived to see) more usually encountered. Shelley's verse tragedy proved an unexpected sensation on publication despite its action... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 111620
WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Rose Tattoo.
New York : 1951First 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, among them True Grit and... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 90192
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
MARLOWE, Christopher. Doctor Faustus.
London : 1903First Vale Press edition, sole printing, one of 310 copies on Arnold handmade paper. This entirely unopened copy is in notably bright and attractive condition.
The Vale Press was founded by noted art nouveau designer Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139293
COWARD, Noël. Play Parade.
New York : 1947Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Francis, with admiration and affection, Noel"; the recipient was the Irish-American author and critic Francis Hackett (1883-1962).
First published in 1934, this work comprises a collection of Coward's plays from the 1920s and 30s, namely: "Design for Living" (1932);... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 124424
MACCOLL, Ewan. Uranium 235.
Glasgow : First edition, first impression, of MacColl's drama, one of the early literary works dealing with the nuclear age, first set to music and performed in 1946. "Uranium 235 tries to teach its audience more than simply how radiation and atomic bombs work; it tries to show scientists as a part of society, not separate from it. MacColl offers an artistic... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 130238