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73683
SHAW, George Bernard.

Widowers' Houses....

A Comedy. First Acted by the Independent Theatre in London.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Henry & Co., 1893

Stock Code: 73683

£950
OR On display in Exhibit

Notes

Shaw's very scarce first play, published in an edition, according to Laurence, of "not more than 500" copies. It was not an overwhelming bestseller. Shaw wrote to John Lane (quoted in Laurence) that the publisher "never advertised it even once; and the sale, which was only effected by great perseverance & determination on the part of the purchasers, was 150 copies." When the publisher retired in December 1897, they ceded to Shaw 194 sets of unbound sheets, which Shaw claimed to have commissioned Sotheran & Co. to bind for him. "So few of these in purple cloth in the Sotheran binding have turned up, however, that it is unlikely Shaw had all of the copies bound; a considerable number must eventually have been pulped " Copies in green cloth have been noted as well, with no clear evidence of priority.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue buckram, lettered in gilt. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase and chemise.

Condition

Small bookplate to front pastedown, related bibiliographic material pasted to endpapers.

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