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1 Barrie, J.M. The Plays of J.M. Barrie in One Volume
London Hodder & Stoughton 1933 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing (the 7th) of the First Edition. Contains "Peter Pan" plus nineteen others. Beautiful blue leather binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 844 pages, plus a one-page listing of Barrie's works available. There is a tiny bit of wear at the tip of the spine and the Title Page has a slight wrinkle, else a Fine copy. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Bently, Eric What is Theatre? A Query in Chronicle Form
London Denis Dobson 1957 First UK Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
London: Denis Dobson, 1957. Based upon the theatrical productions he reviewed, including works by Chayevsky, Beckett, Shakespeare, Marlowe, many others. This is a Fine copy of the First English Edition (published a year after the American). Pinkish cloth binding, black lettering on the spine. Clean and fresh text; 273 pages, including index of shows reviewed. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP The dustwrapper has been clipped; some wrinkling and chipping on the rear panel. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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3 Bernhardt, Sarah Memories of My Life. Being My Personal, Professional, and Social Recollections as Woman and Artist
New York D. Appleton and Company 1907 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1907. The French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) began her career in the 1860s but lived long enough to star in several silent films. Known as "the divine Sarah," she had to disguise her Jewish origin but was notorious enough for her scandalous life This is a Fine copy of the First Trade Edition, which is not common. Red cloth binding, ruled and lettered in gilt. The front cover has a heavily embossed decoration featuring the Greek face of comedy. Clean text; 456 pages, with six pages of publisher's adverts in the rear that remain unopened. Illustrated, with a frontis portrait of Bernhardt. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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4 Brecht, Bertolt Brecht on Theatre. The Development of an Aesthetic
New York Hill and Wang 1964 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Hill and Wang, 1964. Bertold Brecht (1898-1956), was one of the most influencial voices of modern theatre in the 20th Century; this is a comprehensive anthology of his writings. The First American Edition (stated), edited and translated by John Willett. A Very Good Plus copy; gray cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine (somewhat faded). Clean text; 294 pages, indexed. Light soiling; previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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5 Capek, Karel R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). A Fantastic Melodrama
Garden City Doubleday, Page & Company 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of Capek's famous play that popularized the word "robot" for the first time. Originally published in Prague in 1920, this is the First American Edition. A highly-sought and scarce title in dystopian literature. This copy, unfortunately, is ex-libris, although the various treatments are less onerous than usual. Rebound in decorative red cloth binding stamped in gilt with title, library number, and name of library. The Title Page bears "Discarded" and call number stamps, penciled Dewey number, and perforated chop. A card pocket has been removed from the rear paste-down. The endpapers are new, and reinforced; hence the book is rather sturdy! Clean text; xii, 187 pages. Translation and Introduction by Paul Selver. Contains the program/cast list for the 1922 production and four photographs from that production. In an archival plastic protector. A solid-enough copy of this high-spot of modernist theatre, but obviously not for the advanced collector. . First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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6 Capek, Karel The Mother. A Play in Three Acts. Authorized Version By Paul Selver
London George Allen & Unwin 1941 Second Printing. Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1941. An anti-war drama by the great Czech writer (1890-1938) first published posthumously in England. Rather uncommon today. This is a Fine copy of the Second Printing of the First English Edition. Light orange paper-covered boards with black lettering. Clean text; 88 pages. The bright orange dustwrapper is unclipped; its spine has faded to light brown, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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7 Clarke, Asia Booth The Elder and the Younger Booth
Boston James R. Osgood and Company 1882 Later Printing Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882. A biography of two of America's most famed actors: written by the daughter of Junius Brutus and the sister of Edwin. The notorious brother John Wilkes is not included; Asia was to write about him, but she kept it secret, and it was not published until 1938. This is part of the "American Actor Series" edited by the critic Laurence Hutton (1843-1904). Not a common title. First published in 1881; this is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing from one year later. Blue decorative cloth binding, stamped in black and with a gilt mask of Tragedy on the front cover; titled in black and gilt on the spine. Clean text; 194 pages, indexed. The spine is slightly darkened and there is some light rub to the margins. A very nice copy, and an important source for American theatrical history... Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 De Ghelderode, Michel Seven Plays
London MacGibbon & Kee 1960 First UK Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1960. Belgian dramatist Ghelderode was one of the originators of the Theatre of the Absurd, perhaps not performed as often today as his importance warrants. This is a Near Fine copy of the First English Edition, a reprinting of the American edition by Hill & Wang. Introduction by George Hauger. Bound in an attractive English way: black cloth with gilt & red lettering on the spine. Clean text; 304 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's adverts. Previous-owner signature and price on the FFEP, else Fine. The dustwrapper is unclipped;very minor edgewear and creasing, showing more due to the black colour of the wrapper than actual wear. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 Downes, John & The Rev. Montague Summers (Editor) Roscius Anglicanus
London The Fortune Press 1928 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: The Fortune Press, 1928. John Downes (1661-1719?) worked as a theatrical prompter and provided this insider's look into Restoration theatre; first published in 1708, it remains an invaluable scholarly resource. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, LIMITED to 650 total copies. Montague Summers (1880-1948), despite his honorific, may never actually been ordained in the Roman catholic Church. He was a serious student of the 17th century theatre and Gothic fiction, but is also remembered for his interest in the occult and Satanism. In 1928 he also published his translation of the "Malleus Maleficarum." Tan cloth binding, ruled on the front cover, with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean, fresh text; this one of the 600 copies on Arnold unbleached handmade paper. Spine lightly sunned, else a Fine copy. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 Eliot, T.S. Murder in the Cathedral
New York Harcourt, Brace & Co 1936 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co, 1936. This is a Very Good copy of what is technically either the First Edition Thus, with Eliot's revised text, or the Second Edition, as it was published a year earlier in a shorter version. Publication date from Harcourt is 1935, but Eliot's introduction indicates 1936.Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine, now somewhat faded. Wear at the edges, some rubbing on the front panel. Clean text; 86 pages. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 Eliot, T.S. Murder in the Cathedral
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1936 Second Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1936. Originally written for the Canterbury Festival, Eliot's dramatization of the death of Thomas Beckett is a high point of English theatre in the Twentirth Century. This is a Fine copy of the Second American Edition.Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 86 pages. The dustjacket is unclipped, shows minor edgewear and a slightly darkened spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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12 Eliot, T.S. The Confidential Clerk
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1954 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1954. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition (stated First Printing). Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 159 pages, with a page listing the cast of the first thatrical production. Previous-owner sticker on the Title Page, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus) - unclipped, but shows a tiny bit of edgewear and the spine has faded to an even light brown (lettering still bright). In an archival plasticprotector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good Plus. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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13 Fowler, Gene Good Night, Sweet Prince
Philadelphia The Blakiston Company 1945 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Philadelphia: The Blakiston Company, 1945. "A completely excellent biography" of the great actor John Barrymore, certainly one of the most wonderfully quirky personalities of Twentieth Century theatre. This is a Near Fine copy of the Reprint Edition (one year after the Viking First Edition), of very high quality for wartime production. Bright orangish-red cloth binding; title stamped in blind on the front board, gilt spine lettering. Illustrated with photographs; Barrymore's own drawings illustrate the paste-downs. Clean text; 474 pages, indexed. Previous-owner signature on the Title Page. The dustjacket is complete and unclipped but has two large chips that affect the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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14 Funke, Lewis & John E. Booth Actors Talk About Acting. nine interviews with stars of the Theatre
London Thames & Hudson 1962 First UK Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
London: Thames & Hudson, 1962. Interviews with some of the greatest actors of the 2oth Century: Gielgud, Hayes, Lunt, Fontanne, Ferrer, Cornell, Muni, Leigh, and Poitier. This is a Near Fine copy of the First English Edition, issued one year after the American. Brown cloth binding, stamped in the blind and gilt-filled, very hansome. Clean text; 281 pages. Previous-owner inscription calligraphed to the FFEP, else Fine. The dustwrapper has been clipped; tiny bit of wear at the foot of the spine. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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15 Gillette, William The Painful Predicament of Sherlock Holmes. A Fantasy in One Act By William Gillette
Chicago Ben Abramson 1955 First Edition. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Chicago: Ben Abramson, 1955. This is a "lost" playlet by the famed actor/manager William Gillette (1853-1937), who played Sherlock holmes some 1300 times during his career. Originally performed as an olio act in a 1905 production of "Clarice," with Charlie Chaplin in its cast. Yellow decorative cloth binding with a red spine; paper title label on the front cover. Fine condition, with a clean text; 25 pages. Illustrated with a photo of Gillette as Holmes and a playbill from the prodcuction; a sweet little book that was LIMITED to 500 copies. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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16 Goldsmith, Oliver & Thomas Otway, Joseph Addison, Mr. Glover British Theatre
London John Bell, British Library 1791 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: John Bell, British Library, 1791. Here is a lovely little 18th century anthology of British theatre; presented in a full-leather binding, First Edition Thus; Very Good condition. Included are "She Stoops to Conquer" by Oliver Goldsmith, "The Orphan" by Thomas Otway, "Cato" by Joseph Addison, and "Boadicia" by Mr. Glover. Smooth calf, black spine label with gilt lettering. Internally this book is in excellent condition, with a clean and clear text; externally, the front cover is cracked at the spine and the foot of the spine has suffered a 1-1/4" loss. Nevertheless, the book remains sound, with everything holding nicely. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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17 Hecht, Ben To Quito and Back
New York Covici-Friede 1937 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
New York: Covici-Friede, 1937. Ben Hecht (1894-1964) was probably the greatest, and most prolific, screenwriter of the 20th Century; he also wrote novels and plays with a revolutionary bent. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, a production of the Theatre Guild (New York cast list is included). Yellow cloth binding with red and black lettering. Some minor spotting on the front cover, else Near Fine. Clean text; 185 pages. The dustjacket art is spectacular; complete and unclipped, with chipping at the margins. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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18 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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19 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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20 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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