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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

London : Faber & Faber, (1968). Second edition. His first published play, first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1966.
Post 8vo (20cm). 92,[iv]pp. Original wrappers – a design in pink, white and blue, lettered in black; external wrapper price-clipped; very slightly sunned at spine; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : AFTER MAGRITTE.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : AFTER MAGRITTE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1983). A reprint of the original 1971 edition. “The dialogue operates like a railway junction with a madman switching over the points” (Irving Wardle in The Times). First performed at the Ambiance Lunch-Hour Theatre Club, “with outstanding success” in 1970, with Prunella Scales and Stephen Moore in the leading parts.
Post 8vo (20cm). (48)pp. Original decorative wrappers; a touch sunned; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a fragile production. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1972). First edition : the uncommon hardback issue. “Tom Stoppard ... works with a brilliance, an intellectual agility, and a capacity of mind as well as of wit that have no rival on the contemporary stage” (Harold Hobson in the Sunday Times review).
Post 8vo (21cm). (92)pp. Original red boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good indeed.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1972). The first reprint of the original 1972 edition. “Tom Stoppard ... works with a brilliance, an intellectual agility, and a capacity of mind as well as of wit that have no rival on the contemporary stage” (Harold Hobson in the Sunday Times review).
Post 8vo (20cm). (92),[iv]pp. Original wrappers; a few faint signs of age and use, but a very good copy. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

New York : Grove Press, [1974]. First American edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the front free endpaper. A review copy, with the publisher’s slip loosely inserted – the slip revealing that the actual publication date was 1974, to coincide with the first American production of the play in that year, and not the 1972 of the copyright date, which has confused countless cataloguers. “Simply dazzling. It takes your breath away with its sheer exuberance of literacy, its cascade of words and conspicuous display of intellect. It is also extraordinarily funny” (Clive Barnes in the New York Times, 20th February 1974).
Post 8vo (22cm). (92),[iv]pp. Music. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; a very good, bright, sound and clean copy in the photographic dust-jacket (Michael Hordern and Diana Rigg in the original London production) – the jacket also very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : JUMPERS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1996). First Faber Library edition. “In this dark, exuberant comedy, Stoppard brilliantly parodies the philosophy lecture, the detective thriller, the comedy of manners, and the Whitehall farce”. This attractively produced hardback edition in the Faber Library series contains the revised 1986 text.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(88)pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; a vey good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just faintly sunned, but also very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), author of “Double Act : A Life of Tom Stoppard” in 2002.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : DIRTY LINEN AND NEW-FOUND-LAND.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : DIRTY LINEN AND NEW-FOUND-LAND.

New York : Grove Press, (1976). First American edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the front free endpaper. Interlinked plays always performed together – sexual indiscretion in parliamentary places – “Tom Stoppard again unrolls a dazzling carpet of words to provide us with a joyous evening. They are the happiest 85 minutes available in the West End just now. Inspired fantasy, blissful entertainment!” – Felix Barker on the London production, with Luan Peters, Edward de Souza, Peter Bowles, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (76),[iv]pp. Original black cloth, lettered in silver; tiny rim of sunning at foot of spine, but otherwise a sparkling copy in the Kenneth R. Deardoff dust-jacket – a design in lilac and black – the lilac inevitably a little sunned at spine, but the jacket otherwise very good and without wear. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : NIGHT AND DAY.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : NIGHT AND DAY.

New York : Grove Press, (1979). First American edition : the wrappers issue. Stoppard in darkest Africa – a despot not unlike Idi Amin, communist-backed revolution, a mine-owner, a couple of contrasting journalists, etc. “Fleet Street gets a well-aimed kick in the pants” began “The Stage” review of the original 1978 London production, with John Thaw, Diana Rigg, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). x,113,[v]pp. Original wrappers in a design by Peter Morance; very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : THE REAL THING.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : THE REAL THING.

London & Boston : Faber & Faber, (1983) [but 1984]. An American-printed and considerably revised text of the original 1982 London publication, featuring photographs by Martha Swope of Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons in the 1984 Broadway production. Marked “Book Club Edition” on the dust-jacket, but would appear to predate the regular American hardback edition.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [x],(116),[ii]pp. Photographs. Original tan boards, lettered in cerise; just a hint of bruising, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket a little worn, slightly nicked and chipped with a couple of small tape-repairs at head. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : IN THE NATIVE STATE.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : IN THE NATIVE STATE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1991). First edition : the hardback issue. Stoppard’s radio play, the scenes alternating between the India of 1930 and the England of 1990. Dedicated to Felicity Kendal, who played Flora Crewe in the original BBC Radio 3 broadcast in April 1991.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(86),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in white; text just faintly tanned, but a very good copy indeed in the Tania Willis dust-jacket – the jacket also very good indeed.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : STOPPARD : THE PLAYS FOR RADIO 1964-1991.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : THE PLAYS FOR RADIO 1964-1991.

London : Faber & Faber, (1994). New edition. Adds the 1991 “In the Native State” to earlier collections of similar title. Eight plays, including “Albert’s Bridge”, “Artist Descending a Staircase”, “The Dog it was that Died”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [2],viii,(284),[x]pp. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in white; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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CHEKHOV, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904, & STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : THE SEAGULL : A NEW VERSION BY TOM STOPPARD.

CHEKHOV, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904, & STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : THE SEAGULL : A NEW VERSION BY TOM STOPPARD.

London : Faber & Faber, (1997). First edition of this Stoppard version of Chekhov’s classic, written for a Peter Hall Old Vic production. Signed by Tom Stoppard on an initial blank. With an interesting introduction by Stoppard on the play, Chekhov, and the problems of translating him.
Post 8vo (20cm). [2],xii.[2],(72),[viii]pp. Original wrappers in a design by Creative Hands; some very minor wear and faint creasing; a couple of tiny marks; text just a touch tanned, but a very good copy. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer, with his very occasional pencil markings.

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : VOYAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART I  /  SHIPWRECK : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART II  /  SALVAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART III.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : VOYAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART I / SHIPWRECK : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART II / SALVAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART III.

London : Faber & Faber, (2002). First edition : the uncommon hardback issue of Stoppard’s trilogy of plays set in nineteenth-century Russia and London, first directed at the Olivier Theatre by Trevor Nunn in the summer of 2002. “Heroically ambitious and wildly uneven ... it contains passages of breathtaking beauty and surprising ordinariness. But I wouldn’t have missed it for worlds and at its heart it contains a fascinating lesson about the nature of drama ... I think it is time we began to appreciate Stoppard not for his intellectual legerdemain, but for what he is actually best at: exploring the mystery of existence, the anguish of the human heart and the stranger fact that it is our apprehension of death that gives joy and intensity to life” (Michael Billington in The Guardian, 5th and 7th August 2002).
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],114,[ii]; [xii],106,[x]; [xii],(120),[xii] pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in pale yellow; a fine set in the original pictorial dust-jackets – also fine.

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PIRANDELLO, Luigi, 1867-1936 & STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : PIRANDELLO’S HENRY IV : A NEW VERSION BY TOM STOPPARD.

PIRANDELLO, Luigi, 1867-1936 & STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : PIRANDELLO’S HENRY IV : A NEW VERSION BY TOM STOPPARD.

London : Faber & Faber, (2004). First edition. Stoppard, Pirandello, madness and sanity. First performed at the Donmar Warehouse in April 2004, with Francesca Annis, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). [viii],(66),[vi]pp. Original wrappers; very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

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