[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.
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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: Fox, Duffield, and Company, 1914. Hardcover. Very good in lavendar colored cloth covered boards with white title to front board and to spine. Beautiful illustrated paste down to front board. Minor foxing to end pages, frontispiece and title page. Else is clean and bright. 99 pages. Drama. DRA/608301. Very Good.
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.
New York: Macmillan and Co, 1949. Hardcover. 8vo. 2 volumes. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spines and edges and one small spot of soiling to spine of volume I. Previous owner's written in pencil to front free end pages of both volumes. Else is clean and bright. Vol: 314 pages, Vol II: 354 pages. DRA/081617. Very Good.
New York: Liveright, (1927). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good+ in brown cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Slight bumping to spine end and corners. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright. Off-white illustrated dust jacket with brown title to front and spine panels. Chipping, creasing, and minor soiling to dust jacket. 374 pages. DRA/081617. Very Good+ / Very Good.
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1921. First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition, as such. Very good minus orange cloth backed brown paper boards. Minor soiling to boards, spine darkened, edges and corners worn. Inner flaps of the dust jacket are present and laid in. Bookplate to front pastedown Text is clean and bright. No loose pages or signatures, though a split in textblock early in book, thus front hinge starting. Binding remains tight. 285 pages. Drama. DRA/11203. Very Good.
New York: Atheneum, (1965). Hardcover. 8vo. Very good+ in very good black dust jacket with gilt/brown 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. 128 pages. DRA/081617. Very Good+ / Very Good.
Monmouthshire, England: The Old Stile Press, 2008. Hard Cover. Number 70 of 195 copies in Main Edition. Illustrated by Michael Onken and signed by him. This book came when the McDowells, proprietors of the press, discovered this text among the papers of George Mackay Brown. He wrote it in 1984 and it had a single public reading but was never published. The play draws on the tales of the Selkie folk. The American artist, Michael Onken, has found Orkney to be his "spiritual" home, and also was drawn to the Selkie legends. This book is a result of the play's discovery. Bound in cream cloth front cover with illustration in brown. Backing and rear board are blue linen. Housed in fine grey slipcase with paper illustration of Mackay Brown affixed to front. Designed and printed by Nicolas McDowell in Albertina type on grey Velin Arches paper. The artist's wood engravings, woodcuts,and linocut images were printed in black and white from the original blocks. Binding by The Fine Book Bindery using paper printed at The Old Stile Press. In fine condition. Unpaginated [56 pages]. PRI/061316. Fine.
Paris: Michel Levy Freres, 1873. Hardcover. Scarce print version of a French theatrical work that was presented on stage in November 1872. Bound in red three quarter leather with five raised bands and gilt titling. Marbled paper covers. Binding is bumped and soiled with some chips. Marbled endpapers. t.e.g. Interior pages clean with light aging to margins. In very good condition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston affixed to front pastedown. Measures 6 x 9.25 inches. 112 pages. FRENCH/050420. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co, 1885. Hardcover. Revised Edition, Illustrated. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 1545. Presentation copy from the author to Augustin Daly, dated September 6th, 1887. Also includes a tipped in letter from the author to Daly. Playwright, actor, and photographer, Harrison (1818 - 1902) is best known for his photographic portrait of Walt Whitman that appears in Leaves of Grass. He also wrote a stage adaptation of "The Scarlet Letter." 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. Minor spotting to leather on rear board. Short splits to leather starting along top and bottom of front hinge. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Clean and bright interior. Mostly unopened pages. Auction record tipped into rear. 404 pages plus 8 pages of ads. DRA/031419. Very Good.