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The Moon of the Caribbees and Six Other Plays of the Sea
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The Moon of the Caribbees and Six Other Plays of the Sea

By O'NEILL, Eugene

New York: Boni and Liveright, 1923. Hardcover. Introduction by George Jean Nathan. 16mo. Brown leatherette with gilt spine lettering and decoration. x, 217pp, (8pp ads). Light green pictorial endpapers. Very good. Faint edgewear; small ownership signature on front flyleaf. Tight and quite attractive, with gilt bright and gleaming -- apparent very early (ca. 1925) printing of #111. Other plays consist of "Bound East for Cardiff," "The Long Voyage Home," "In the Zone," "Ile," "Where the Cross Is Made" and "The Rope." These early leatherette titles are uncommon in such nice condition.

$50.00

After the Fall
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After the Fall

By MILLER, Arthur

New York: The Viking Press, 1964. Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan cloth with gilt and burgundy lettering, glassine dust jacket, slipcase. Fine/very good/near fine. Book tight and pristine, glassine a bit age toned and edgeworn per usual. Sharp and lovely first "Special Edition," with limitation page preceding half-title page noting 500 (unnumbered) copies and boldly signed in blue ink by Miller. This thinly-veiled portrayal of Miller's divorce from wife Marilyn Monroe bears choice, relevant autograph additions: Facing the title page is a 3½" X 5½" black-and white magazine photograph -- a full-length candid shot of she in white dress and he in white suit hand in hand; across her white skirt is a bold but secretarial Monroe signature in blue ballpoint -- secretarial, remember, albeit well done. In addition, the front flyleaf bears three special heavy stock 5" X 3" cards signed by a trio from the original 1964 stage cast -- top to bottom: director ELIA KAZAN (1909-2003, Greek-American director, producer, writer, actor and future husband of the play's star, Barbara Loden who played "Maggie"), who signs boldly in green ink and adds a typed date at upper right of 16 March 1971; male lead JASON ROBARDS who played "Quentin" (1922-2000, American actor of stage, film and television nominated for a Tony Award for this play), who signs large and bold in black marker; and female supporting role SALOME JENS who played "Holga" (born 1935, American stage, film and television actress), who signs boldly in blue ballpoint and adds date at upper right of "July 8, 1969." From the collection of psychiatrist and Menninger Clinic co-founder William C. Menninger (1899-1966), with green printed "Review Copy" slip laid in transmitting this copy to him. Also laid in are original signature transmittal envelopes from Kazan and Jens. A superb author-signed copy extra-illustrated with three appropriate signatures and secretarially-signed added frontispiece.

$500.00

The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan
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The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan

By GILBERT, W.S, and SULLIVAN, Arthur

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. v, (5pp), 711pp. Line drawings. Near fine/very good. Endpapers a tad age toned per usual; faint jacket edgewear. Really sharp, bright and tight early printing (late '30s/early '40s) of Modern Library Giant #25, first published 1936. Delightful jacket front panel art includes titles of all fourteen complete plays included.

$30.00

Doctor Johnson: A Play

By NEWTON, A. Edward

Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1923. Hardcover. Green cloth spine with paper label and red paper over boards with paper label. 120pp. Tissue-guarded color frontispiece, 6 full-page called-for plates. Very good. Internally tight and near fine, with binding (only) a bit edgeworn and quite rubbed. A tight and decent first trade edition of this play by the famed New England book collector whose own collection was quite strong in 18th century British literature.

$20.00

John Gielgud's Hamlet: A Record of Performance
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John Gielgud's Hamlet: A Record of Performance

By GILDER, Rosamund

New York: Oxford University Press, 1937. Hardcover. Notes on Costume, Scenery and Stage Business by John Gielgud. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 234pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/good only. Jacket quite rubbed and age toned and edgeworn, with numerous small chips along edges and large chips at top and at center of spine. Despite rough jacket, a superbly tight and nice first edition of this chronicle of the famed production -- with choice autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is an orange decorative-edged 4¼" X 2 3/4" bookplate signed boldly by Gielgud in black fineline. In addition, the inner flyleaf bears a large, bold inked gift inscription from noted television character actor Robert Casper (b. 1924): "Joe Hunley: / Happy Birthday / and / Best Wishes / Bob." (Joseph Hunley,1922-2016, was an actor and USO performer who directed plays for Chicago's famed Goodman Theatre.) Distinguished British stage and screen actor Gielgud (1904-2000) won several Tony Awards and an Academy Award (for "Arthur," 1982). He is generally considered the greatest Hamlet of his generation, and this specific London production which he directed and in which he starred one of the most memorable interpretations of 20th century. A lovely and unusual copy of this uncommon title.

$175.00

The Last Days of Lincoln: A Play in Six Scenes

By VAN DOREN, Mark

New York: Hill and Wang, 1959. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with black lettering, dust jacket. 152pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket spine faintly sunned. Just the "Fireside Theatre Book Club Edition," but tight and handsome -- and with choice autograph addition from Van Doren: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a buff heavy stock 5¼" X 3¼" postal card, n.p., n.y. [postal cancellation from New York, NY, 1956 May 22. Preprinted return address of Arnold Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln scholar). Fine. Preprinted form from the New York Civil War Round Table (Gates was an officer) for noting attendance at some unidentified meeting: Van Doren checks the "Not coming" line, adding "[Sorry -- and thanks]" and signing boldly in full at the close. Van Doren (1894-1972) was a critic, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and all-around man of letters.

$50.00

Peer Gynt: A Dramatic Poem
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Peer Gynt: A Dramatic Poem

By IBSEN, Henrik

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, n.y.. Hardcover. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Small 4to. Orange cloth with black lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 256pp. Captioned tissue-guarded color frontispiece, 11 captioned tissue-guarded color full-page plates (as called for), decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with several small edge chips; some old non-visible tape mends on jacket verso. A lovely, bright and tight first U.S. illustrated edition, undated but published 1936. The great Rackham's penultimate work, and a beauty it is. Rather scarce.

$375.00

Poems and Plays
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Poems and Plays

By GOLDSMITH, Oliver

New York: John W. Lowell Company, n.y.. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Olive green cloth over bevelled boards with gilt lettering and elaborate brown and black decorative stamping. xxvi, 529pp. All edges gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, red-ruled pages, full-page illustrations, decorative endpapers. Very good. Faintest of edgewear only; ownership name/city on inner flyleaf. A wonderfully tight and bright undated (but likely 1880s) edition, with John Aiken's "Critical Dissertation on His Poetry" and Henry T. Tuckerman's introductory essay. Really lovely copy.

$50.00

Over Aevne. Forste Stykke
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Over Aevne. Forste Stykke

By BJORNSON, Bjornstjerne

Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag, 1896. Hardcover. 16mo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and elaborate gilt and dark blue borders. 97pp. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Near fine. A lovely, tight later printing (entirely in Norwegian) of this "national drama" whose titles translates as "Beyond Human Powers" by the Norwegian Nobel Prize winning poet. First published in 1883, Bjornson published a kind of sequel ("Over Aevne. Annet Stykke") in 1895 -- whose publication no doubt prompted the reissue of this earlier work.

$50.00

The King's Henchman: A Play in Three Acts
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The King's Henchman: A Play in Three Acts

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Quarter black cloth with paper spine label, pictorial dust jacket. 132pp. Frontispiece. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear and age toning. A tight, attractive early (not first) printing of this play set in Saxon England and featuring a charming frontispiece woodblock engraving (repeated on jacket front) by Harry Cimino. Front flyleaf ownership signature of Emma Gund Wagner (1873-1961), president of an important German-American printing firm and publisher of the "Deutscher Anzeiger." Uncommon.

$50.00

Plays

By MOLIERE

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. Introduction by Francis Fergusson. 12mo. Rust brown cloth with gilt lettering, price-clipped dust jacket. 364pp. Grey decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Tight, handsome later printing of #78, first published in 1924 but here undated (though jacket and binding details suggest late 1940s/early 1950s). Contains full texts of "The High-Brow Ladies," "The School for Wives," "Tartuffe," "The Misanthrope," "The Physician in Spite of Himself" and "The Miser."

$25.00

Cyrano de Bergerac

By ROSTAND, Edmond

New York: The Modern Library, 1951. Hardcover. Translation by Brian Hooker. Introduction by Clayton Hamilton. 12mo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xix, 322pp, (8pp ads). Grey decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Tight, attractive later printing of Modern Library #154, first published in 1929 and here undated (though binding and jacket suggest late 1940s/early 1950s).

$20.00

Four Famous Greek Plays

By LANDIS, Paul (editor)

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. xviii, 285pp, (7pp ads). Grey decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket mildly edgeworn (mainly at spine head/tail) and lightly age toned. Tight, handsome later printing (undated, but .95¢ jacket price and binding suggest ca. 1939) of #158, first published in 1929. Contains "Agamemnon" by Aeschylus, "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles, "Medea" by Euripides and "The Frogs" by Aristophanes.

$20.00

6 Plays: Oklahoma!, Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet

By RODGERS, Richard, and HAMMERSTEIN, Oscar II

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Brown cloth with silver spine lettering, dust jacket. 527pp, (8pp ads). Near fine/very good. Quite mild jacket edgewear; "H" purple inkstamped on half-title page. Tight and attractive later printing of #200 -- first published in 1959, here undated but likely ca. 1970. A superb, bright copy.

$25.00

Abraham Lincoln: A Play

By DRINKWATER, John

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. Hardcover. Introduction by Arnold Bennett. Small 8vo. Dark blue cloth spine with paper label and light blue paper over boards with blue Lincoln graphic. xii, 112pp. Very good. Some edgewear, with spine paper label rubbed. Tight, attractive early printing of this popular production.

$20.00

Abraham Lincoln: A Play
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Abraham Lincoln: A Play

By DRINKWATER, John

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. Hardcover. Introduction by Arnold Bennett. Small 8vo. Dark blue cloth spine with paper label and light blue paper over boards with blue Lincoln graphic. xii, 112pp. Very good. Almost, but not quite, rates "Near fine," as there's only a hint of mild edgewear. Tight and exceptionally bright early printing of this popular production. Front pastedown bears nice autograph addition: 2½" X 1¼" slip tipped on with a fine bold Drinkwater signature in brown ink above what appears to be a hotel name ("The Schuyler") and emblem in green.

$50.00

Abraham Lincoln: A Play

By DRINKWATER, John

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. Hardcover. Introduction by Arnold Bennett. Small 8vo. Dark blue cloth spine with paper label and light blue paper over boards with blue Lincoln graphic. xii, 112pp. Very good. Mild edgewear, with spine paper label age toned and endpapers age toned. A tight and nice early printing of this popular production. Front pastedown bears interesting ownership signature in blue ballpoint: "Dorothy Dings Kohler / Kohler, Wis." -- yes, she (1904-89) of the Wisconsin plumbing fixtures dynasty and Republican politics family. She also pens "1st edition" on front flyleaf, but this is mistaken.

$25.00

Four Famous Greek Plays

By LANDIS, Paul (editor)

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Blue cloth, dust jacket. xviii, 285pp, (8pp ads). Grey decorative endpapers. Very good/very good. Jacket a bit edgeworn and age toned, with chip at head of spine. A tight and attractive later printing (likely 1944/45) of #158, first published in 1929. Contains "Agamemnon" by Aeschylus, "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles, "Medea" by Euripides and "The Frogs" by Aristophanes.

$15.00

The Tragedies of Shakespeare: Volume Two

By SHAKESPEARE, William

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. Red cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 583-1266pp, (8pp ads). Grey decorative endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with tiny chips at head and tail of spines. A tight and attractive copy of #3, the second volume (only) of this 2-volume set, this edition first published in 1959 and this undated early printing ca. 1960 given binding and jacket style. Includes "Hamlet," "King Lear," "Othello," "Antony and Cleopatra," "Cymbeline" and "Pericles."

$17.50

Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, Major Barbara, Androcles and the Lion

By SHAW, George Bernard

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 479pp, (9pp ads). Grey patterned endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight, attractive later printing (undated, but ca. 1962) of #294, first published in this form in 1956.

$15.00

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