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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 Brecht, Bertolt The Threepenny Opera. In the English Version By Desmond Vesey. With the English Lyrics and a New Introduction By Eric Bentley. Illustrations and an Original Lithograph By Jack Levine
New York The Limited Editions Club 1982 Limited Hardcover Fine Fine Jack Levine Signed
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1982. Adapted from "The Begger's Opera" of John Gay, Brecht's savage musical play premiered in 1928, and has been a theatrical staple with numerous revivals ever since. One of the great theatrical works of the Twentieth Century. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, LIMITED to 2000 copies; containing an Original Lithograh by the artist/illustrator, Jack Levine; SIGNED by Levine and the theatre critic Eric Bentley. Black cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine and gilt decoration by Levine on the front cover. Clean text; 155 pages. Laid-in is the LEC Newsletter from September 1982. There is no dustjacket; rather, it has a blackslipcase, also in Fine condition. A lovely production, and a pleasure to read. . Signed by Illustrator. Limited. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Jack Levine. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 Capek, Josef The Land of Many Names. A Play in Three Acts and a Transformation
London George Allen & Unwin LTD. 1926 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Plus 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD., 1926. An ironic and satirical anti-war play by the modernist artist, brother of Karel and responsible for the popularization of the word "robot." This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition in English; translated from the Czech by Paul Selver. A rare book. Orange paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine with a paper label. Clean text; 111 pages (last few unopened). Previous-owner inscription on the FFEP. There is sone sun-fading around the margins; spotting on page ends and throughout the text. The dustwrapper is Very Good (Plus): complete, with a darkened spine and some light chipping at the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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7 Capek, Karel R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) A Fantastic Melodrama
Garden City Doubleday, Page & Company 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. This is a Very Good (Plus) 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/speculative literature. Bright orange cloth binding, ruled and titled in black. Designated as "The Theatre Guild Version, with Four Illustrations from Photographs of the Theatre Guild Production." Clean text; 187 pages. Previous-owner signature (penciled) on the FFEP; title page is lightly tanned due to offset from one of the photographic illustrations opposite. Light soil; spine has faded to a tan colour; rear cover has a crease at the margins. Still, an attractive, solid copy of this scarce classic. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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8 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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9 Capek, Karel R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). A Fantastic Melodrama
Garden City Doubleday, Page & Company 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine 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. Translation from the original Czech by Paul Selver. Bright orange cloth binding, ruled and titled in black on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 187 pages, fore and bottom rough-cut. Includes the Cast List from theTheatre Guild production, with four photographs. Light soil; spine a bit darkened; front gutter starting to split, but remains sound. Lacking the scarce dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. An attractive copy.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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10 Capek, Karel R.U.R. Rossums Universal Robots
Praha (Prague) Aventinum 1926 Later Printing Paperback Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Praha (Prague): Aventinum, 1926. Capek's play introduced the word "robot" to the world in this modernist play from 1923. Here is an intersting variation from three years later; although titled in English, the text is the original Czech. Uncommon. Bound in yellow paper with titling in green and black. Clean text; 89 pages. Very Good (minus) condition, with chipping and small closed tears at the margins. . Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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11 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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12 Capek, The Brothers (Karel & Josef Capek) 'And So Ad infinitum' (The Life of the Insects). An Entomological Review, in Three Acts a Prologue and an Epilogue
London, et.al. Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press 1923 First Edition Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
London, et.al.: Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press, 1923. The Brothers Capek, Josef (1887-1945) and Karel (1890-1938), were prominent members of the intellectual and artistic life of Europe. Karel is more famous today, due to his science fiction classics 'R.U.R." and "War with the Newts," but they were frequent collaborators, as here. Josef was murdered in Bergen-Belson; Karel escaped the same fate by expiring from natural causes before the Nazis got to him. Originally written and published in Czech, this is the First Edition in English: "The authorized translation from the Czech by Paul Selver. Freely Adapted for the English Stage by Nigel Playfair and Clifford Bax." Some consider this a better play than "R.U.R." It was certainly famous among the modernist/leftist world, who made political connections, and an Irish version was even attempted by Flann O'Brien. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Printing. Bound in plum red paper with black titling on the front. Clean text; 69 pages. No real visible wear; the front cover and spine have faded to a sort of reddish tan; else a Fine copy.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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13 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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14 Colum, Padraic Balloon. A Comedy in Four Acts
New York The Macmillan Company 1929 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1929. Poet and editor Padraic Colum was also one of the lights of the Irish Literary Renaissance, but relocated to America prior to the Easter Uprising, and enjoyed a long and fruitful career as an ex-pat.This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Illustrated paper boards in black and red with incredible artwork by Boris Artzybasheff - emblematic of the Roaring 20s, art deco, and going uptown to Harlem. 123 pages, clean and bright text. Laid-in is an advertising bookmark from Macmillan with "Baloon" as one of the featured titles.The boards show just a minor bit of rubbing on the edges and tips. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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15 Colum, Padraic Balloon. A Comedy in Four Acts
New York The Macmillan Company 1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1929. Poet and editor Padraic Colum was also one of the lights of the Irish Literary Renaissance, but relocated to America prior to the Easter Uprising, and enjoyed a long and fruitful career as an ex-pat.This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Illustrated paper boards in black and red with incredible artwork by Boris Artzybasheff - emblematic of the Roaring 20s, art deco, and going uptown to Harlem. 123 pages, clean and bright text. The paper boards are heavily rubbed at the edges, red slightly dulled, but it does not detract from the attractive illustrations. No dustjacket.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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16 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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17 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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18 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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19 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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20 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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