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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : LORD MALQUIST & MR MOON.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : LORD MALQUIST & MR MOON.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1968. First American edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the front free endpaper. Stoppard’s anarchic novel of modern London – the penniless dandy Lord Malquist, his fanatical Boswellian biographer (Moon), a lion banned from the Ritz, an Irish Saviour on a donkey, three irresistible women, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [viii],180,[ii],[2]pp. Original cloth-backed boards; slight production flaw to two leaves, but otherwise a very good, sound, and clean copy in the Emil Antonucci dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped and a little sunned, as usual, but otherwise also very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£125

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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, (1974). A reprint of the 1968 second edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the title-page. His first published play, first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1966, and a sensation when put on professionally at the National Theatre the following year, with John Stride and Edward Petherbridge in the title roles. “The play should be seen ... for it is unique” (Harold Hobson in the Sunday Times).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 92,[iv]pp. Original wrappers; very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£50

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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, [ca.1998]. A twenty-fourth printing of the 1968 second edition. Inscribed, “To Ira Nadel” and signed by Tom Stoppard on the front free endpaper. The introductory cast-list of the 1967 National Theatre production is further signed by John Stride and Edward Petherbridge, who played the title roles. Loosely inserted is a National Theatre postcard of Stride and Petherbridge in that original production. Nadel was the author of “Double Act : A Life of Tom Stoppard” in 2002.
Post 8vo (20cm). (94),[ii]pp. Original wrappers; a couple of minor scuffs, but a very good copy. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£250

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

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

London : Faber & Faber, (1973). A reprint of the original 1971 edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the half-title. A surreal farce – “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 (21cm). (48)pp. Original yellow and white wrappers; a few faint marks, but a very good copy of a fragile production. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£50

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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 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.

£200

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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.

£200

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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. 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 (22cm). x,(114),[iv]pp. Original black cloth-backed boards, lettered in silver; a very good copy indeed – clean, bright and sound – in an equally very good dust-jacket – a design by Peter Morance. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£40

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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.

£50

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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.

£50

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

London : Faber & Faber, (2006). First hardback edition. Preceded by a paperback sold at the Royal Court during the play’s opening run, but this version has been revised to bring the text into line with the actual performance, and also includes an important introduction by Stoppard, vital to understanding the intentions of the play. With notes and an explanatory timeline.
Post 8vo (21cm). xxii,[4],118pp. Original black boards, lettered in ivory; a very good, clean and bright copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket sunned at spine, but otherwise also very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£50

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