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COWARD, Noël. Terribly Intimate Portraits.
New York : 1922First edition, first printing, of one of Noel Coward's earliest works, which gently satirises archetypes of the English upper classes and their taste for paintings. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 124464
MOLIÈRE, pseud. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Oeuvres.
Paris : 1835-36First Johannot edition of the works of Molière, the master of French comedy, this edition for the first time thoroughly illustrated by Tony Johannot, and this copy lavishly bound by Hayday. Each volume bears the armorial bookplate of John Congreve of Mount Congreve estate (Waterford, Ireland), whose grandfather (also John Congreve) had assembled the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 143509
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. A Man Of Honour.
London : 1903First edition, first impression. One of 150 copies printed at the author's request to be used during rehearsals of the play and sold at the first performances in February 1903. This pamphlet is rarely seen in commerce, as Maugham put it in his preface to Frederick Bason's bibliography in 1931: "But there is another little book of mine which must be... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 103296
GRAZZINI, Anton Francesco. Comedie;
Venice : 1582First edition of this collection of comedies by the Florentine poet and playwright Anton Francesco Grazzini, called "Il Lasca", (1503-1584), who was an important practitioner of the commedia erudite, the 16th-century popular drama that spurned the classicizing taste of the age and the refined artistic ideals of Pietro Bembo. These are robust comedies... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 113446
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
PICASSO, Pablo (illus.); 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
GREENE, Graham. Carving a Statue.
London : 1964First edition, first impression. Greene's play was first produced by Peter Wood in September 1965. Greene later wrote of the play that "Never before have I known a play like this one so tormenting to write or so fatiguing in production... At the age of sixty there is no reason to work, except to earn a living or to have 'fun'. This play was never fun... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 123402
ARISTOPHANES; HOUSMAN, Laurence (trans.) 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
HAYES, Alfred. Simon de Montfort.
London : 1918First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Archie Stanton Whitfield on the front free endpaper expressing his gratitude for Whitfield's "kind and spontaneous message of appreciation of his work," and dated 1919.
This is one of a total edition of 500 copies.
Alfred Hayes (1857-1936) was a principal in... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 133061
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
HUGHES, Ted. Wodwo.
London : 1967First edition, first impression. A collection of poems, short stories and a radio play, The Wound. Hughes described this work "as a single adventure, 'a descent into destruction' (Faas, 205)" (ODNB).
Stock Code: 130621
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, in unusually unrestored condition and rare thus. Poems was printed in a run of 1,000 copies. In addition to poetry, this work contains the play "Paid on Both Sides: A Charade", which is dedicated to Cecil Day-Lewis and was written during Auden's stay in Berlin from 1928 to 1929. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147943
ČAPEK, Karel. Loupežnik.
Prague : 1920First edition, first printing, of Čapek's scarce first work. Loupežník The Outlaw was first performed in March 1920 at the National Theatre in Prague, with the actress Olga Scheinpflugová in the central role. Scheinpflugová and Čapek, who met during production of the play, were married in 1935. In 1911 an unpublished version of the play was written... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 130046
ČAPEK, Karel. Věc Makropulos.
Prague : 1922First edition, first printing, of Čapek's uncommon satirical play on the theme of longevity. First performed on 21 November 1922 in the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague, the play was later produced in translation at the Arts Theatre in London, under the name The Macropulos Secret, on 8 July 1930. The work also served as the source for Leoš Janáček's... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130045
PASTERNAK, Boris (trans.); SHAKESPEARE, William. [Hamlet.]
[Moscow : 1941First edition, first printing, of Pasternak's translation of Hamlet. By the early 1930s socialist realism was enforced as the only officially sanctioned form of literature, resulting in Pasternak withdrawing from publishing his own writings, and instead turning to translation, where he produced translations of Goethe, Schiller, Keats, Shelley, and several... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 135615
CARACO, Albert. Le Mystère d'Eusèbe.
Buenos Aires : 1942First edition, first printing, very scarce in commerce, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "Pour 'Message' Londres. Avec les hommages et les voeux de l'auteur. Albert Caraco. Buenos Aires, le 25.9.42, Calle Pino 3426". The London-based periodical Message: Belgian Review was published during 1941-46 and reviewed Caraco's... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 121460
MILTON, John. Comus.
London : 1901First Essex House edition, number 82 of 150 copies printed on vellum and hand illuminated. In 1634 Milton was asked to compose the text of a masque "which was to be mounted in Ludlow in honour of the inauguration of John Egerton, earl of Bridgewater, as lord president of Wales. In 1637 or early in 1638 Lawes published Milton's text (without any indication... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137091
RACINE, Jean. Œuvres.
Paris : 1805A highly attractive copy, specially bound for Charlotte de Talleyrand (1799-1873), the illegitimate daughter of the French statesmen and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and his mistress Catherine Noël Worlee. Later married to Charles's cousin Alexandre-Daniel de Talleyrand, Charlotte gained a legitimate Talleyrand name, and passed the books... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129728
ČAPEK, Karel. R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots:
Prague : 1920First edition, first printing, of Čapek's dystopian science-fiction, which famously introduced the Czech word "robot - meaning 'serf' or 'drudge' - to the world, a word suggested by Čapek's brother Josef. Thogh recently rebound, this copy preserves the scarce and striking original front wrapper, and has the ownership stamp to the title page of Dr... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144693
GORKY, Maxim. Meshchane. [Philistines.]
St Petersburg : 1902First edition of Gorky's controversial first play. Initially, Meshchane was licensed for publication but banned from public performance by the censors. Following negotiations and some judicious cutting, permission was granted for the play to proceed at the private Panayevsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It debuted on 26 March 1902 with a heavy police presence... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 140124
GODWIN, Mary Jane. Dramas for Children.
London : 1809First edition of these educational plays by Mary Jane Godwin (1768-1841), Mary Shelley's stepmother.
Although published anonymously and 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... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 135586
COWARD, Noël. Post-Mortem.
London : 1931First 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
IBSEN, Henrik. En folkefiende;
Copenhagen : 1882-96First editions of five of Ibsen's plays - An Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, and John Gabriel Borkman - all in the publisher's decorative cloth.
Printing and the Mind of Man, which singles out Hedda Gabler as "possibly his most frequently performed play in the modern theatre", also makes mention of An Enemy... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 141112