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BECKETT, Samuel.

Waiting for Godot. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts.

London : 1956 Stock Code: 133834
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First UK edition, first impression, translated from the original French by Beckett himself. This edition was subject to the censorship enforced by the Lord Chamberlain, who took particular issue with Beckett's use of the word "erection", and has the publisher's note mentioning the changes tipped-in after the title page. The first unexpurgated edition was not published until 1965. Originally published in France in 1952 as En attendant Godot, the play premiered in France on 5 January 1953 at the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris. The English language premiere was on 3 August 1955 at the Arts Theatre, London, and the play then transferred to the Criterion Theatre, opening on 12 September, the programme for which is loosely inserted in this copy.

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Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine in red. With the dust jacket. [Together with:] Octavo, pp. [8] pamphlet, printed in green and black, 6d seal broken but retained.


Spine gently cocked, slight rubbing to board edges, faint foxing to book block edges and endpapers; a very good copy indeed in the very faintly foxed jacket with lightly browned spine, slight nicks and creasing to extremities, short closed tear to head of front panel with subsequent creasing. [Together with:] slight foxing and a couple of marks to pamphlet covers, ink doodles to Jaeger advertisement on rear panel.


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