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21 Hochhuth, Rolf Soldiers. An Obituary for Geneva
New York Grove Press 1968 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Grove Press, 1968. Hochhuth's first play, "The Deputy," was very controversial, but "Soldiers" did it one better, being banned from production in England. Here is the complete, uncut text, translated from the original German by Robert David MacDonald. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding with gilt lettering. Clean text; 258 pages. The dustjacket is unclipped, with just a hint of wear at the bottom edge. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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22 Hochhuth, Rolf The Deputy
New York Grove Press 1964 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Grove Press, 1964. Hochhuth's first play, a very controversial work, but an international sensation. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, the complete and uncut text. Translated from the original German by Richard and Clara Winston; Preface by Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Black paper-covered boards with a red cloth spine, gilt lettering. Clean text. 352 pages, starting to tan. Previous-owner signature on FFEP, chop opposite the Title Page, else Fine. The dustjacket is complete and unclipped; minor edgewear, mainly consisting of a tiny chip at the head of the front panel/spine; front flap has some small creases. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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23 Howells, W. D. The Elevator. A Farce
Boston and New York Hiughton Mifflin Company 1896 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston and New York: Hiughton Mifflin Company, 1896. Howells wrote several theatre pieces such as this closely after his masterwork, "The Rise of Silas Lapham." First published in 1884; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of an uncommon edition, circa 1896. Decorative black cloth binding, with ruling, decorations and spine titling in silver; the front cover titling is gilt. Clean text; 84 pages, with a one-page ad at the rear; yellow topstain. Some scuffing, and with rubbing at the margins; an attractive little book. In an archival plastic protector.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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24 Ibsen, Henrik Brand. A Dramatic Poem By Henrik Ibsen. Translated Into English Prose By William Wilson
London Methuen & Co. 1894 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: Methuen & Co., 1894. Ibsen wrote "Brand" in 1865; he considered his protagonist, a difficult man certainly, with a strict moral code, to be somewhat autobiographic. First published in English in 1891; this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Second Edition by Methuen (several publishers issued this title around the same time). Not common. Green cloth binding with silver titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; xv, 301 pages, with 24 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The ads are dated October 1893; the Preface places the publication at December 1893, rather than 1894, on the Title Page.Light scattered spotting, mostly close to the endpapers. The corners are bumped but not frayed, and there is a bump across the top affecting both boards. Still, a very solid and attractive copy of an important play by a theatrical giant.. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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25 Ibsen, Henrik Hedda Gabler. A Drama in Four Acts
New York United States Book Company Successor to John W. Lovell Company 1891 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: United States Book Company Successor to John W. Lovell Company, 1891. Perhaps Ibsen's greatest play; certainly Hedda is acknowledged as one of the greatest roles for an actor. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First American Edition, issued in the same year as the English version and the year of its premier production in Germany. Rare. The translation from the original Norwegian is by Edmund Gosse. Translator's Note states that it is the only authorized version (in the 19th Century, prior to the establishment of copyright agreements, pirate editions were common). Green cloth binding with titling on the front cover is dark green; the spine is a darker green with gilt titling (replicates the English issue). Clean text; 273 pages, with six pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Previous-owner signature (pencil, 1904) on the FFEP. Light bumps; moderate soiling and a small stain on the front cover. The spine is lightly rubbed at the margins. A very solid copy of this classic of modern drama. In an archival plastic protector. . First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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26 Ibsen, Henrik John Gabriel Borkman. A Play in Four Acts
London William Heinemann 1897 First UK Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London: William Heinemann, 1897. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the first edition in English, which is LIMITED to one-thousand copies. Dark green cloth boards with lighter green titling; the spine is light green with dark green lettering. Clean text; 202 pages, with eight page s of publisher's adverts in the rear; there is a list of Ibsen's "Important Plays" opposite the half-title. Faint previous-owner penciled signature on the FFEP; there is a bit of offset to Page #9, where a contemporary newspaper clipping has been placed. Minor rubbing at margins, some scuffing to the boards. A solid copy; in an archival plastic protector.. First UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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27 Ibsen, Henrik The Lady From the Sea. And Other Plays
New York United States Book Company 1890 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: United States Book Company, 1890. This is Volume II of the "Prose Dramas of Henrik Ibsen" and contains two of his most famous plays, "An Enemy of Society" and "The Wild Duck" as well as "The Young Men's League" and the Title play. A Very Good copy of the First American Edition, which is rare. The plays are translated by Clara Bell, William Archer, Eleanor Marx Aveling, and Harry Carstarphen. Lime green cloth binding, with a dark green spine. Green lettering on the front cover, gilt on the spine. Clean text; 520 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The condition is Very Good (Minus). Previous-owner notation on the FFEP. While a sound copy, it is not as atractive as one would wish. The corners are bumped, although not badly, and the light green cover suffers from some soiling. On the spine some heavy rubbing has affected the title, now only partially visible (although "Ibsen" is clear). In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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28 Ibsen, Henrik & William Archer (Editor) Peer Gynt. A Dramatic Poem
London and New York The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd. & Charles Scribner's Sons 1904 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
London and New York: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd. & Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Authorized American Edition, published in conjunction with Walter Scott of London. The (authorized) translation is by William and Charles Archer. Green cloth binding, ruled and titled in gilt on the front cover, with a facsimile Ibsen signature; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; xxii, 287 pages, with Appendix and sixteen pages of publisher's adverts in the rear; top-edge is gilt. Mildly bumped, with some light rub to the margins of the spine; gift inscription (1904) in ink on the FFEP. The front hinge is starting to crack, but holding nicely. A solid copy of this signature work by the Norwegian master.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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29 Lowell, Robert The Old Glory
New York Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 1965 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Francis Parker 
New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1965. Lowell's dramatic trilogy, here in the definitive text. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated First Printing), Illustrated with photographs from the original production and a great jacket illustration by Francis Parker. Black cloth binding, stamped in the blind with stars and bars filled with red, white, blue, and gilt. Clean text; 194 pages. Previous-owner signature on FFEP, else Fine. The dustjacket shows minor edgewear, with some wrinkling on the bottom of the rear panel. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by Francis Parker. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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30 Miller, Arthur Death of a Salesman. Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem
New York Viking Press 1949 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Jo Mielziner 
New York: Viking Press, 1949. Miller's second play stands as an icon of American Theatre, still produced today; winner of Pulitzer and Tony Award. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Bright orange cloth binding, with black lettering on the spine and a representation of a stage set as decoration on the front cover. Decorative endpapers - "reproduction of the drawing by Jo Mielzner for the stage setting of the play." Clean text; 139 pages. Included is the cast list for the famous first performance staged by Elia Kazan, with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman. Light soil, faint bumping. In an archival plastic cover. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus. Illus. by Jo Mielziner. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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31 O'Keefe, John Esq. The Castle of Andalusia. A Comic Opera. In Three Acts. As Performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden
London H. Baldwin 1794 Later Printing Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
London: H. Baldwin, 1794. John O'Keefe (1747-1833) was a prolific and popular actor/dramatist who specialized in farces and comic operas. O'Keefe wrote this libretto for Samuel Arnold, and it was first performed in 1782, when the First Edition was also published in Dublin. This later imprint by a London publisher is rare and attests to the work's continued popularity. This is a Near Fine copy; clean text, 83 pages in wraps. Very bright, with the front cover somewhat darkened (probably prior to the newer paper covers). . Later Printing. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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32 O'Neill, Eugene All God's Chillun Got Wings and Welded
New York Boni & Liveright 1924 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1924. Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) won the Pulitzer Prize for his first play; he won three others and the Nobel; he is considered the first modernist American playwright. In the first stage production of "God's Chillun," the lead was played by Paul Robeson; it was a bit of a scandal when he kissed the hand of his female co-star. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Tan paper-covered boards with an ochre cloth spine; black lettering on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 170 pages. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. This copy stamped on the Title Page with the address of Banner Play Bureau, San Francisco. A solid copy of an historic work of literature. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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33 O'Neill, Eugene Days Without End
New York Random House 1934 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Random House, 1934. The Irish-American playright (1888-1953) won both the Pulitzer and the Nobel, although probably not for this admittedly minor work. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated), lacking the dustjacket. Blue cloth binding with gilt lettering and a facsimile signature of the author on the front cover. Decorative endpapers. Clean text; 157 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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34 O'Neill, Eugene The Emperor Jones. A Play By Eugene O'Neill
London Jonathan Cape Ltd 1925 First UK Edition Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
London: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1925. O'Neill's first hit play, performed in America in 1920. An expressionist experiment, based upon events in Haiti. This is a Near Fine copy of the First English Edition Green paper-covered boards with black titling on front cover and spine. Clean text; viii, 53 pages. Just faint hints of corner wear, else a Fine copy. The dustwrapper has two small chips to the head of the spine, and a small closed tear at the bottom of the front cover. An extremely fresh and bright copy; in an archival plastic protector.. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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35 O'Neill, Eugene The Hairy Ape, Anna Christie, The First Man
New York Boni and Liveright 1922 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of O'Neill's fourth published book, including three of his early plays. Tan paper-covered boards with tan cloth spine; black lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 322 pages. Discreet previous-owner signature on the FFEP, along with a tiny bookstore label. Bumped, with light soil, spine rubbed at the margins. A solid copy; no dustjacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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36 O'Neill, Eugene G. Beyond the Horizon
New York Boni and Liveright 1920 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1920. O'Neill's first full-length play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1920. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Brown paper-covered boards with a tan cloth spine; black lettering on both. Clean text; 165 pages. There is a bookplate on the front paste-down. Ttipped onto the first rear endpaper is a newspaper clipping reviewing the publication of this book, which has resulted in offset to the paper. An interesting review, reporting that the stage production is more fulfilling - probably why the play won the Pulitzer! Mild bumping; a presentable copy of a landmark in American theatre. Lacking the scarce dustjacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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37 O'Neill, Eugene G. The Emperor Jones. Diff'rent. The Straw
New York Boni and Liveright 1921 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1921. The third volume of O'Neill's early plays published by Liveright. "The Emperor Jones," in the production starring Paul Robeson, was a great hit. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Tan paper-covered boards with a cloth spine; black lettering on the spine and front cover.Clean text; 285 pages. Light bumps, moderate soiling. Penciled erasures on the FFEP. A very presentable copy; however, the front gutter has split to expose the webbing; some reinforcement here would be advisable.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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38 Picasso, Pablo Desire. A Play
New York Philosophical Library 1948 First American Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good 
New York: Philosophical Library, 1948. That the great modernist artist wrote a surrealistic play is mostly unknown and/or unmentioned today. Quercus admits that he actually has appeared in a production of this play many years ago, and will attest to the fact that it is indeed surreal and perhaps tending toward a Joycean incomprehension. Nevertheless, it is worth a look by those who dabble in the liberal arts. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition. Bright red cloth binding, with a gilt facsimile of Pablo's signature on the front cover; the spine labeling is in black and gilt. Translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman (Quercus notes that the title has also been translated as "Desire Caught by the Tail.") Clean text; 63 pages; the laid-paper textblock is a light blue. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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39 Rostand, Edmond Cyrano De Bergerac. A Heroic Comedy From the French of Edmond Rostand. Done Into English Verse By Howard Thayer Kingsbury. Accepted and Played By Richard Mansfield
Boston, New York, London Lamson, Wolffe and Company 1898 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston, New York, London: Lamson, Wolffe and Company, 1898. French playwright Edmond Rostand (1868-1918) was a neo-Romantic in an age discovering realism. His "Cyrano," based upon a real-life figure of the 16th Century, was first performed in 1897. Immensely popular, it has had constant theatrical revivals and has inspired several motion pictures. English versions, by different translators (Hall, Guillemand) came out immediately. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition with the translation done by Howard Thayer Kingsbury This is the version "Accepted and Played" by the great actor-manager Richard Mansfield (1857-1907) in his 1898 production at the Garden Theatre in New York. A scarce title, particularly so when in collectible condition. Red cloth binding with silver lettering and fleuer-de-lis decorations on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 241 pages, with a frontis portrait of Mansfield made up to play Cyrano. There is a penciled signature on the FFEP. The spine has faded to a sort of pink (unfortunately common when sun encounters red ink), but the silver is still bright. This is the only condition issue; a lovely book.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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40 Rostand, Edmond The Last Night of Don Juan. A Dramatic Poem
Yellow Springs, Ohio Kahoe & Company 1930 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Yellow Springs, Ohio: Kahoe & Company, 1930. Rostand (1868-1918), whose most famous work is probably his version of Cyrano, fell victim to the Great Flu Pandemic; this play was published posthumously in French (1921). Translation into English by T. Lawrason Riggs. Forward by William Lyon Phelps. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Printing of the First Edition. Decorative paper-covered boards ; fancy red and blackdesign (to remind us of Hades, one supposes). Clean text; 124 pages, bright and fresh. Tips are rubbed and there is some fade to the upper outside of the boards. The gutter has cracked at the Character Page, but holding. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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