London: Grant Richards, 1904. Hardcover. First Edition. Interesting presentation copy from the author to Lyster Ryle, the manager of the Imperial Theatre, where the play was first produced in 1901: “To Lyster Ryle with kind regards from John Davidson ‘Now, a truce to your reproaches.’” This line was said by the character Don Caesar in the first act. Bound in original red cloth with title and author in gilt on spine and front cover. Lightly bumped corners but in very good condition. Some scattered foxing and offsetting to endpapers but otherwise very nice. 111 pages plus 3 pages of ads. DRA/121911. Very Good.
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Glasgow: Frederick W. Wilson and Brother, 1888. Paperback. First Edition. 300 copies printed. SCARCE PRESENTATION COPY of Davidson’s fourth book, inscribed “To Mrs. John A. Cramb with kind regards from John Davidson.” John Davidson (1857-1909) was a Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist. His chief talent was as a poet, and his work influenced early Modernists such as T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. Due to personal and financial problems, Davidson ultimately committed suicide. The recipient and her husband, a student, were among Davidson’s closest friends when he attended Edinburgh University. They followed Davidson to London in the early 1890s hoping also for successful literary careers. In the end, John Cramb returned to academic life, becoming professor of Modern History at Queen’s College, London. Cramb had a crucial influence on Davidson’s later works (in particular The Testaments of John Davidson) through his book, The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain (1900). In the original parchment wrappers, which are browned and lightly soiled, but otherwise in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright, with very light rippling caused by tight signatures. Enclosed in red cloth folder, which is inserted into a red cloth slipcase with quarter leather spine. Gilt title, author, date, and “presentation copy” to spine. 82 pages including publishers catalogue. DRA/051111. Very Good in Wraps.
Berlin: S. Fischer Verlag, 1918. Hardcover. Bound in grey paper covered boards with white spine. Gilt title to spine with gilt emblem to front board. Minor dampstaing to front cover and top edge of rear cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Foxing to fore-edge. Clean interior. A play in German. GER111051. Very Good.
Cachan; A.E. Whily-Tell, circa 1950s. Pamphlet. Large format pamphlet for the Folies. Bright cover printed in full color and side-stapled. Mostly black and white photos of the performers and from the performances, but one central section of handcolored photos on glossy paper of the stage settings for La Traviata, Venise, La Grande Parade. Includes beautiful full color advertisements for various products such as Gordon's Gin, Coca Cola, and Vicompte de Castellane Epernay Champagne. Includes images of topless dancers in black and white. Note in blue pen to front tissue guard, else clean and bright. Oversized. Drama. DRA/7152. Very Good.
London: Remington and Co, 1888. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 1115. First Edition. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red label "Stage Biography" and green title / author label beneath. This is part of a series of books Daly had bound in a matching style, all labeled "Stage Biography." Rubbing, pulling, and wear to leather. Tear to leather on front bottom corner of volume one. Heavy rubbing to gilt on spine of volume two and old leather repair to front cover. Clean interiors with minor toning to margins. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record laid into front of first volume. Volume I: 320 pages; Volumes II: 302 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London: The Society for Theatre Research, 1967. Softcover. First Edition. A comprehensive bibliography of Craig, the multi-talented theater designer, producer, actor, and writer. Included are books by and illustrated by Craig; texts of plays he produced, periodical contributions, and play programs. In stiff yellow paper wrappers with title to spine and cover. In very good condition. 117 pages. BOB/111516. Very Good.
Concord: Production Committee, 1935. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author and dated April 18, 1936. Bound in full red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Slight browning to margins of textblock and minor browning to endpapers, else clean and bright. 101 pages. DRA/031617. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1927. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, tight interior. White dust jacket with red title to spine. Minor smudging to jacket. Brown protective cloth jacket over white jacket. Brown jacket has a maroon leather and gilt title label to spine. A few small scuff marks to title label. 190 pages. An attractive copy in excellent condition. LIT/080506. Fine / Very Good.
London: Chappell & Co., Ltd., No date (circa 1911). Paper Wrappers. 8vo. Side-stapled beige paper wrapper with grey title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of panels. Closed tear along spine, though binding remains secure. Clean, bright interior with minor browning to edges of some pages. 48 pages. DRA/100306. Very Good.
Centerville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. Inscribed By Author. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. 8vo. Maroon cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Author's inscription to front free end page. Very clean interior with tight binding, though there is a stamp and crossed out number on the title page indicating that the book had once belonged to a historical society. The stamp has been crossed out with a black marker that has bled though to the dedication page. Else is in fine condition with photographic illustrations throughout. Maroon and black dust jacket with illustration that wraps around spine panel. Black title to front panel and Maroon title to spine panel of dust jacket. Very slight edgewear to dust jacket. DRAMA/071305. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Centerville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. 8vo. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Illustrated maroon and black price clipped dust jacket with black title to front panel and maroon title to spine panel. Index, 288 pages. DRA/031912. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
New York: Random House, 1947. Hardcover. Second Printing. SIGNED BY 25 CAST MEMBERS FROM THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION. The signers include John Carradine, Estelle Winwood, Le Roi Operti, Martita Hunt, Nydia Westman, Sandro Giglio, and Millicent Brower. The play ran for two years on Broadway and had a revival a few years later. Bound in original dark blue cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Very good minus with some chipping and bumping. No dust jacket. Signatures are on free front endpaper. half title, and title pages. Interior is clean with three black and white photos from the production. DRA/071812. Very Good.
New York: Saxton, Torrey & Co., 1870. Paperback. Pale blue paper wraps, with illustration of Marie Seebach on front cover. Back cover is missing. Small holes to edges of pages, but mostly only to cover and and first 10 pages. Minor browning to pages but text remains bright. In both English and German. 52 pages. Drama. DRAMA01/110399. Very Good -.
Dublin: Printed by Bartholomew Corcoran, 1774. Hardcover. This very scarce edition was published a year after the English edition, in the year of Goldsmith's death. The only copy of the Irish edition we found is in the Natlional Library of Ireland. Goldsmith was born in Ireland but spent most of his adult life in England. This still produced play was hugely popular in both countries and enjoyed several productions in 1773-74. Bound in modern red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. This wa probably bound by a library as there is evidence that there was a library label on the rear free end page (also modern). Minor rubbing and bumping to the corners of the oards and ends of the spine. The interior is generally very good, with minor browning and foxing through out. Untrimmed edges to laid paper. Some chipping to page edges. The top page edges may have been slightly trimmed and there is a remnant of a torn away page at the hinge opposite the title page. 66 pages. DRA/052908. Very Good +.