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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1938). First edition. A play in prose and verse – intrigue and conflict between two imaginary neighbouring countries, with pronounced echoes of contemporary politics.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (124),[iv]pp. Original red cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; a few slight spots, but a very good and bright copy in a very lightly rubbed and slightly chipped dust-jacket. Bloomfield A18a.

£75

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher, 1904-1986 : PLAYS AND OTHER DRAMATIC WRITINGS BY W. H. AUDEN : 1928-1938.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher, 1904-1986 : PLAYS AND OTHER DRAMATIC WRITINGS BY W. H. AUDEN : 1928-1938.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, (1988). First edition. Plays, documentary filmscripts, cabaret and wireless scripts, etc., with full critical notes and apparatus. The first volume of the Complete Works, edited by Edward Mendelson. A presentation copy, with the author’s (i.e. Mendelson’s) compliments slip loosely inserted. From the collection of the late B. C. Bloomfield, who collaborated with Mendelson on the Auden bibliography.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [2],(xxxiv),680,[ii],[2]pp. Original burgundy cloth, blocked in black and ruled and lettered in gilt; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket, also just a touch bruised.

£30

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BINYON, Laurence (Robert Laurence), 1869-1943 : THE YOUNG KING : A PLAY.

BINYON, Laurence (Robert Laurence), 1869-1943 : THE YOUNG KING : A PLAY.

Canterbury : H. J. Goulden, 1934. First edition : one of a relatively small number of copies of the “acting” edition produced for the cast and for sale at the original performances of the play at Canterbury Cathedral. Henry II, Queen Eleanor, and the young king, etc. Precedes the regular Macmillan edition.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [4],[ii],52,[ii]pp. Original fawn wrappers, printed on upper wrapper in brown; wrappers a little rubbed; a few spots; ring-mark and crease to lower wrapper, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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DUNCAN, Ronald (Ronald Frederick Henry), 1914-1982 : THE DULL ASS’S HOOF : THREE PLAYS.

DUNCAN, Ronald (Ronald Frederick Henry), 1914-1982 : THE DULL ASS’S HOOF : THREE PLAYS.

London : Fortune Press, [1940]. First edition. A review copy, and so stamped on front free endpaper. Three verse plays: “The Unburied Dead”, dedicated to Gandhi; “Ora Pro Nobis”, dedicated to Richard March; and “Pimp, Skunk and Profiteer”, dedicated to Ezra Pound.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (136)pp. Original green buckram, lettered in gilt; cloth a little dulled and faded; some spotting of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy in the original beige dust-jacket, printed in black, with a striking design on the upper panel – very slightly tanned and with just a hint of wear. Neat contemporary (1941) inscription on front free endpaper. D’Arch Smith 169.

£25

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HARE, David (Sir David), 1947- : THE SECRET RAPTURE.

HARE, David (Sir David), 1947- : THE SECRET RAPTURE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1988). First edition. “An elderly antiquarian bookseller has just died at his home in the country ... a mordant comedy of manners”.
Post 8vo (20cm). [xii],(84)pp. Original wrappers – a design in blue, yellow and black on white – very good.

£25

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HASSALL, Christopher (Christopher Vernon), 1912-1963 : CHRIST’S COMET : THE STORY OF A THIRTY YEARS’ JOURNEY THAT BEGAN AND ENDED ON THE SAME DAY.

HASSALL, Christopher (Christopher Vernon), 1912-1963 : CHRIST’S COMET : THE STORY OF A THIRTY YEARS’ JOURNEY THAT BEGAN AND ENDED ON THE SAME DAY.

Canterbury : H. J. Goulden, 1938. Second edition. Signed by Christopher Hassall on the title-page. A blank verse play featuring Herod, Melchior, Balthazar, Kaspar – and the geographer Strabo – and here presented in the acting edition published for sale at performances of the play in the cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival. Originally published by Heinemann the previous year.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [vi],(58)pp. Original grey linen wrappers, printed in blue; wrappers lightly tanned and a little spotted, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE TRUE MISTERY OF THE NATIVITY.

KIRKUP, James (James Falconer), 1918-2009 : THE TRUE MISTERY OF THE NATIVITY.

London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. Signed by James Kirkup on the title-page. A verse play – adapted and translated from the French Medieval Mystery Cycle of Arnoul and Simon Gréban.
Crown 8vo (19cm). vi,(42)pp. Original ivory stapled wrappers, lettered in black and decorated with typographic ornaments in green; staples very slightly rusted, but a very good copy.

£20

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MONRO, Harold (Harold Edward), 1879-1932 : ONE DAY AWAKE (A MORALITY). THE CHAPBOOK (A MONTHLY MISCELLANY). NUMBER 32 : DECEMBER 1922.

MONRO, Harold (Harold Edward), 1879-1932 : ONE DAY AWAKE (A MORALITY). THE CHAPBOOK (A MONTHLY MISCELLANY). NUMBER 32 : DECEMBER 1922.

London : Poetry Bookshop, 1922. First edition. An interesting issue of Monro’s monthly – this number wholly given over to his own modern morality play – the characters including Traffic, Business, Friends, Life, etc.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). 32pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design in black and white by Albert Rutherston; some minor rubbing, slight tanning to spine, but overall still a very good copy. With the contemporary pencilled ownership inscription of W. Huskinson on upper wrapper. Woolmer E2:32.

£20

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ORTON, Joe (John Kingsley), 1933-1967 : ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE : A COMEDY.

ORTON, Joe (John Kingsley), 1933-1967 : ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE : A COMEDY.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1964). First edition. One of the most sensational stage debuts in British theatre history, originally produced at the New Arts Theatre in May 1964, with Madge Ryan, Dudley Suton and Peter Vaughan – Terence Rattigan thought it the best first play he had ever seen.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (x),84,[ii]pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in silver; hint of spotting to the endpapers, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the photographic dust-jacket – the jacket with a nick and a small patch of pink discolouration to the lower panel, but also very good.

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OSBORNE, John (John James), 1929-1994 : THE ENTERTAINER : A PLAY.

OSBORNE, John (John James), 1929-1994 : THE ENTERTAINER : A PLAY.

London : Faber & Faber, (1957). First edition. The death of music-hall and the career of Archie Rice, so memorably played by Laurence Olivier. First performed at the Royal Court Theatre on 10th April 1957, with Dorothy Tutin also in the cast.
Post 8vo (21cm). (90),[ii]pp. Original cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch of sunning at tips; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in the Tony Armstrong Jones dust-jacket – also very good. Neat contemporary (October 1957) ownership inscription.

£40

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PEACOCK, Thomas Love, 1785-1866 : THE PLAYS OF THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK : PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

PEACOCK, Thomas Love, 1785-1866 : THE PLAYS OF THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK : PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

London : David Nutt, 1910. First edition. The first publication of three Peacock plays discovered among the manuscripts acquired by the British Museum in 1903 – “The Dilettanti”, “The Circle of Loda” and “The Three Doctors”. Edited and introduced by Peacock’s biographer, Arthur ButtonYoung.
Pott 4to (16cm). [2],(xiv),(158),[ii]pp. Original red cloth, ruled and blocked in blind and lettered in gilt on upper cover, lettered across spine in gilt; top edge gilt; lightly rubbed and a little dull; endpapers a little tanned, but a good and partly unopened copy. Contemporary pencilled ownership inscription of H. J. Marshal, with some further pencilled annotation and underlining to the first play, suggestive of it having been used for a production.

£100

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RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : FLARE PATH : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : FLARE PATH : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

London : Samuel French, (1943 [but ca.1946]). A reprint of the original Acting Edition. Bound together with a programme for an amateur production of the play produced by Margery Brindley at the Hungerford Arts Club in May 1952, signed by all the members of the cast – led by H. Holmes, Joy Bond and J. R. Brindley.
Demy 8vo (210 x 133mm). 88pp. Photo frontispiece of the set. Bound in a very handsome contemporary full morocco, ruled in gilt; all edges gilt; original wrappers preserved; some annotation; a little bowed, but a very good copy. Ownership inscription of P. M. Brindley.

£25

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RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.

RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1946). First edition. The pursuit of justice for the unimportant – one of the defining plays of the mid twentieth century, frequently revived and here inscribed by Rattigan to his secretary Mary, signed with forename (Terry) and dated October 1946. Mary Herring began working for Rattigan shortly before the play opened at the Lyric and was to become his confidante, companion, guardian of his reputation, controller of his finances, and keeper of his secrets for the next seventeen years.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (110),[ii]pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in red; original production flaw to two leaves leaving them proud, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little tanned at spine and slightly worn and chipped at tips.

£500

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SAYERS, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957 : THE DEVIL TO PAY.

SAYERS, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957 : THE DEVIL TO PAY.

Canterbury : H. J. Goulden, 1939. First edition : one of a relatively small number of copies of the “acting” edition produced for the cast and for sale at the original performances of the play at Canterbury Cathedral. Precedes the regular Gollancz edition, which was itself published in an edition of just 2,000 copies. An interesting play, in which Sayers reworks the Faust theme.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [iv],(64)pp. Original buff wrappers, printed on upper wrapper in blue; some minimal wear and browning, a handful of spots, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Gilbert A31a.

£25

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SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : THE PRIVATE EAR AND THE PUBLIC EYE : TWO ONE ACT PLAYS.

SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : THE PRIVATE EAR AND THE PUBLIC EYE : TWO ONE ACT PLAYS.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1962). First edition. Two early Shaffer plays, recently successfully revived. Shy Bob, awkward Doreen (first played by Maggie Smith) and a disastrous date – and the tale of a pompous accountant, eccentric private eye (first played by Kenneth Williams) and a frustrated wife (Maggie Smith again).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (108)pp. Original tan boards, ruled and lettered in silver; a few spots, but a very good copy in the Angus McBean photographic dust-jacket – just slightly edge-worn but also very good.

£50

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SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : SHRIVINGS : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

SHAFFER, Peter (Sir Peter Levin), 1926-2016 : SHRIVINGS : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

London : André Deutsch, (1974). First edition. Philosopher and pacifist is pushed to the very limits of his ideals by a ferocious and turbulent former pupil. Originally produced unsuccessfully as “The Battle of Shrivings” in 1970, the present heavily revised version was published in hope that “the play itself now give me at last some kind of peace”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (106),[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; just a hint of tanning to front endpaper, but a very good copy indeed in the original monochrome photographic dust-jacket, the principal lettering in red and white – also very good indeed, bar a few faint marks to rear panel.

£40

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SIMPSON, N. F. (Norman Frederick), 1919-2011 :  ONE WAY PENDULUM : A FARCE IN A NEW DIMENSION.

SIMPSON, N. F. (Norman Frederick), 1919-2011 : ONE WAY PENDULUM : A FARCE IN A NEW DIMENSION.

London : Faber & Faber, (1960). First edition. Simpson’s finest and best-known play – absurdity, diversions, non-sequiturs, cardless card games, talking weight machines being trained to sing the Hallelujah Chorus, etc. First performed at the Royal Court in December 1959. “I suspect Mr Simpson to be the possessor of the subtlest mind ever devoted by an Englishman to the writing of farce” (Kenneth Tynan).
Post 8vo (21cm). (94),[ii]pp. Original plum cloth, lettered in gilt. A sprinkling of edge spots, but a very good copy in the Angus McBean dust-jacket – just lightly used but also very good.

£40

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WESKER, Arnold (Sir Arnold), 1932-2016 : CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING : A PLAY IN TWO ACTS.

WESKER, Arnold (Sir Arnold), 1932-2016 : CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING : A PLAY IN TWO ACTS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1962). First edition. Square-bashing with the RAF – and the undermining of a rebel.
Post 8vo (21cm). [ii],74,[iv]pp. Original holly green boards, blocked and lettered up spine in silver; top edge red; a very good copy in a lightly worn and slightly creased dust-jacket featuring a scene from the original Royal Court Theatre production. Contemporary (1963) ownership inscription of P. M. Turner on front free endpaper.

£25

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WILLIAMS, “Tennessee” (Thomas Lanier), 1911-1983 : BABY DOLL : THE SCRIPT FOR THE FILM.

WILLIAMS, “Tennessee” (Thomas Lanier), 1911-1983 : BABY DOLL : THE SCRIPT FOR THE FILM.

London : Martin Secker & Warburg, 1957. First British edition. Published to coincide with the UK release of the controversial and much-banned Elia Kazan film starring Karl Malden, Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach.
Post 8vo (21cm). 140pp. Plates – stills from the film. Original red boards, lettered down spine in silver; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a touch sunned, very lightly rubbed and just slightly dusty.

£40

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