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London: George Allen & Unwin, (1927). Hardcover. SCARCE. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Henry James. 12mo. Beige cloth backed light blue paper covered boards with black title to title labels of front board and on spine. Minor soiling to boards and minor toning to spine. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright. 93 pages. DRA/072711. Very Good.
London: John Lane, 1895. Hardcover. 1 of 500 copies. First Edition. This is a very scarce “modern” play by the famous publisher. In a note, Heinemann writes that it was not his object to write anything that “would satisfy the usual requirements of a stage play...but simply to snatch one dramatic moment out of a story of to-day...” Bound in original grey-green boards with paper title label. Label is chipped and corners of boards slightly bumped. The interior is clean with most of the pages unopened. In very good condition. 69 pages +13 pages of ads. LIMITED/051011. Near Fine.
London: John Lane, 1900. Hardcover. First edition of this scarce book. Bound in original grey cloth with title, author, and decorative ornaments to front cover. Marks and a few stains to covers, bumped corners, and faded spine. Interior pages clean with sporadic foxing. 95 pages. DRA/090411. Very Good.
New York: Herper & Brothers, 1886. Hardcover. 24mo measuring 5.5" x 3.5". Green cloth covered boards with gilt and black decoration to front board. Dark green title to front board. Minor rubbing and edgewear to exterior. Crack to binding though pages remain firmly bound. A few notes written in pencil to text. Minor browning to pages though text remains clean and bright. 90 pages + ads. DRA/080816. Very Good.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1893. Hardcover. First Edition. PRESENTATION COPY. Inscribed "To the Green Room Club from Henry Arthur Jones Sept 16 1893," Jones (1851-1929) was a prolific and popular playwright in his time who was encouraged by G.B. Shaw and Beerbohm. His popularity, however, faded over time. Although he wrote comedies, his most influential plays treated social themes such as the double standards of behavior for men and women (Oxford Companion to English Literature, page 516). In the preface, William Archer writes that this play is not so much a comedy as it is a satirical romance. It was produced onstage in London in November 1891. The sets and costumes for the play were produced by Morris and Co. The Green Room Club was a London club for actors and theater people. The book is bound in vellum with gilt title to spine, yapp edges, and original green ties. The vellum has spotted and darkened with age and the front cover has curled. Interior is bright and tight, with some spotting and darkening along untrimmed edges. Large octavo. A nice copy. in very good condition. 115 pages. DRA/111912. Very Good.
London: Theatre Royal, Haymarket, no date . Paperback. The program from the first production of Jones' first hit play. Single leaf folded to form 4 pages. Beige wraps with brown title printed on front panel. Crease to middle and minor wear to edges. Measures 6.5" x 7.25". DRA/050108. Very Good.
New York: Random House, 1955. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with bronze and white title to spine. Interior is clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. Illustrated dust jacket with black title to front panel and white title to blue spine. Minor wear to price clipped dust jacket including chipping to spine ends and edges. One small closed tear to head of spine. 302 pages. THE110251. Very Good / Very Good.
Ireland: Gallery Press, (1993). Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. An adaption of Chekhov's masterpiece in which Kilroy has transported the story from Russia to West Ireland. Kilroy's first novel "The Big Chapel" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won both the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Grey dust jacket with white title to spine. 87 pages. DRA/012908. Fine / Fine.
London: Hurst and Blackett, 1880. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 2055. First edition, uncommon. 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. Clean and bright interior. Unopened pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record tipped into rear. 317 pages and 16 pages of ads. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Denver: Alan Swallow, 1958. Hardcover. Fine in near fine cream colored dust jacket with dark green title to front and spine panels. Revised edition. Pristine interior. Only the libretto by Janet Lewis is printed here. The music for the opera was written by William Bergsma. 67 pages. DRA/101316. Fine / Near Fine.
Cambridge: Published by John Owen, 1843. Hardcover. First edition. Originally published in Graham’s Magazine (1842), this comedic play reflects Longfellow’s experiences in Spain. According to the preface the play “is taken in part from the beautiful tale of Cervantes, ‘La Gitanilla’.” Rebound in white parchment over boards with maroon leather label on the spine. New endpapers. The paper covering the internal front hinge is split; however, the binding remains tight. Foxing to edges of endpapers, edges of covers, and spine. Small dark marking to front cover and a few spots to interior, but clean and bright overall. 183 pages. DRA/101816. Very Good.
[London]: The Mermaid Theatre, . Paperback. Theatre program. Benito Cereno is the third part of the trilogy "The Old Glory." It is based on a short story by Herman Melville, which was based on a true account of a slave ship. In addition to a list of the cast and crew, the program includes a biography of Lowell, an extract from "Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere" by Amasa Delano (1817), a biography of Melville, a diagram of the slave ship, a reproduction of an ad for slaves, and an article "Slavery Today" by Patrick Montgomery. Bound in black and white printed wrappers. Includes yellow insert. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] DRA/111716. Fine.
New York: Robert M. de Witt, . Paperback. Very good in beige paper wrappers with black title to front cover. There are a few large chips to the edges of all pages of this pamphlet but the text is not effected. Browning throughout and light marking to front cover, else clean. 50 pages. DRA/011513. Very Good.
Cambridge: Dunster House, 1926. Hardcover. Limited edition, one of 750 copies. Very good+ in black cloth covered boards with blue title and illustrations to front board and blue title to spine. Interior pristine except for remnants of glue from a removed bookplate to front paste down and browning on the front free end page opposite. Deckle-edge, hand-made paper, wide-margin text. 67 pages. Drama. DRA/3033. Very Good +.
Newark, DE: Proscenium Press, 1978. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 1 of 100 copies. Magee (1939 - ) received the Rooney Prize in Irish literature in 1976. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Pink dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Minor fading to spine of jacket. 75 pages. DRA/012908. Near Fine / Near Fine.
London: Remington and Co, 1888. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 2269. Pencil notation "Augustin Daly Collection" beneath number. Second Edition. Mapleson (1830 - 1901) is best know for being an opera impressario in London and New York. He also managed several theatres including the Lyceum Theatre, Her Majesty's Theatre, and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 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. Clean and bright interiors with frontispiece portrait of the author to volume one. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record tipped into rear of first volume. Volume I: 327 pages; Volume II: 319 pages with one page of advertisements. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Ireland: Gallery Press, 1994. Hardcover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. McGuinness (1953 - ), an accomplished Irish playwright, began his career as a poet. This collection marks his return to poetry. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with tight binding. Purple dust jacket with grey title to spine. 85 pages. POE/012908. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Random House, 1965. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good+ in very good blue dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Ex libris with sticker to front panel of dust jacket, stamp to front free end page and to title page. Inside flaps of dust jacket are neatly adhered to the front paste downs. Text is clean and bright with several photographic illustrations throughout. 126 pages. DRA/081617. Very Good+ / Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Cloth Backed Paper Boards. FIRST TRADE EDITION. 8vo. Wood-cut frontispiece by Cimino. Black cloth spine with blue paper covered boards. Pastedown title to spine. Boards are rubbed and browned along edges with minor wear to spine ends and corners. Interior is very clean with light browning to margins. Bookplate and previous ownership signature. 132 pages. DRA/091819. Very Good.
London: Remington & Co., 1879. Hardcover. First Edition. This was Moore's second publication, and apart from a broadside of which only one copy is known, this is by far the rarest of his books. No copy has appeared at auction in the past decade. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. This play was done in collaboration with French dramatist Bernard Lopez, who had ignited Moore's interest in drama when they were fellow residents at the Hotel de Russie in Paris. Moore made the suggestion to collaborate after the failure of his first work, Flowers of Passion. The result was this, a five act verse tragedy that was never produced. It was considered at the time almost unreadable because of its poor verse and wooden characters. In later years Moore had very little regard for this early effort and never considered its reissue in any of the collected editions of his work. Bound in original blindstamped black cloth with gilt title and authors to front cover and title to spine. In Edwin Gilcher's bibliography of Moore he describes this as the "Theater (?) impression, slightly larger in size, repaged and without prefatory matter presumably...issued to send to theater managers in an effort to secure a production." Corners lightly bumped and small piece missing from top on spine. Interior pages are very nice. Ownership signature of Henry Knight on title page and bookplate of Rosita de Texada. In very good condition. Housed in a green silk folding case. 139 pages. DRA/080315. Very Good.
London: Watts & Co., [1898?]. Hardcover. Rare. A Presentation Copy, inscribed "To Joseph Fay from his old friend Arthur B Moss 25 June 98.” The Workman's Foe concerns a man who succeeds in becoming a manager in a large firm and then turns upon the workmen who helped him climb the ladder, making their lives unendurable. Paul the Rebel is the story of a would-be anarchist whose mission is to blow up a bank. He ends up being blown up by his own bomb. Bound in brown cloth with titles and author in gilt to cover and original wraps bound in. Water staining on pastedowns and free endpapers, partially affecting the inscription. Some pages are loose and the paper has browned. The cloth binding is slightly rubbed and worn, but an extraordinary survival story as radical plays by a working-class author were printed in extremely perishable form. According to press notices reprinted on the original paper wrappers, both plays were actually performed in local theaters in London. No original copies in WorldCat, one of two known copies - the other is in the James Ellis collection of Victorian drama. Very good condition given the fragility of the items. Workman's Foe: 16 pages; Paul the Rebel: 14 pages. DRA/013113. Very Good.