New York: 1932. Paperback. Small 8vo. Off-white string bound paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor soiling and dampstaining to top edge and spine of wrappers. Minor dampstaining to inner, top, and bottom margins of pages though text remains bright. 16 pages. DRA/080917. Very Good -.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1859. Hardcover. Two volumes. 3/4 red leather bound with red cloth covered boards. Gilt title and decoration as well as raised bands to spines. Minor rubbing to exteriors. Marbled endpapers. Light browning to edges of end pages. Very light foxing to first and last few pages. Inscription to front free end pages of both volumes. Else is clean and bright. Frontis engraving of Kean. Embroidered cloth bookmark laid into volume I. Vol. I: 368 pages, Vol. II: 398 pages. Drama. DRA4010201. Very Good.
London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies in the Strand, 1795. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. First edition, scarce. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. George Colman (1732 - 1794) was an English playwright and theater owner. Includes two portraits of Colman. 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. Dampstaining to top and side margins of some pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. 33 pages plus blank pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
London: Richard Bentley, 1841. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 2610. First Edition. Includes two frontispiece portraits and two additional inserted portraits. These volumes detail the lives of George Colman the Elder (1734 - 1794) and George Colman the Younger (1762 - 1836). Both were playwrights and owners of the Haymarket Theatre in London. 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. Foxing to first and last few pages including frontispieces. Occasional spots of foxing to margins, but clean overall. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record tipped into rear of first volume. Volume I: 432 pages; Volume II: 454 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Cincinnati, OH: Stuart Kidd Company Publishers, 1921. Hardcover. In three quarter dark brown leather with maroon linen covered boards with gilt borders and title stamp to spine. Minor wear to outer joints, edges, and corners. Slight soiling to page edges and gilt top edge. Marbled endpapers with a mostly clean and bright interior. Bookplate to front pastedown and owner inscription tipped in on rear flyleaf. 272 pages. DRA/040604. Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Very good in orange cloth covered boards with black and gilt title to spine. Minor browning to exterior hinges and to end pages. Minor bumping to spine ends. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Illustrated price clipped dust jacket with red and black title to front panel and faded title to faded spine. Rubbing and minor chipping to dust jacket as well as browning to spine panel. Index, 371 pages. DRA/080317. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Very good in orange cloth covered boards with black and gilt title to spine. Minor browning to end pages. Inscription to previous owner on front free end page. Minor bumping to spine ends. Front hinge starting but binding remains tight. Newspaper clipping about the book laid in. Clipping has caused minor browning to half title page. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. Index, 371 pages. DRA/080917. Very Good.
Garden City, New York: Nelson Doubleday, 1980. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown paper covered boards with orange title to spine. Pristine interior. Illustrated cream colored dust jacketwith black title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to spine panel. 77 pages. DRA/081006. Fine / Near Fine.
New York: Macmillan, 1917. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition. Very good in navy blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to edges and corners and light rubbing to hinges. Previous owner's name written in pencil to front paste down. Else is clean and bright. 672 pages + ads at rear. Illustrated with 16 photographs. Augustin Daly, 1838-99, managed major theatres in New York and London, and wrote/adapted nearly 100 plays Drama. DRA9010201. Very Good.
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.
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: Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the sign of the Bodley Head, 1893. Hardcover. One of 120 copies. Uncommon first published edition. This book comprises the sheets of the private issue with four preliminary leaves added, containing half-title, limitation notice, Mathews and Lane title-page, preface, errata list, and a note explaining that "The play stands simply as it was roughly printed for our own and the actors' use. " At the back is a single leaf of advertisements for Michael Field titles followed by a Bodley Head catalogue dated 1893. The play was not reprinted in its original form and was heavily revised before printed in 1918. This is also a notable association copy, with the bookplate of Richard Le Gallienne. Not only was Le Gallienne well acquainted with the authors, but he was also the publisher's reader for the Bodley Head when the book was published. Bound in original green cloth with red title and author to spine and front cover. Offsetting to free front and rear endpapers. Pages unopened. Very good condition. 48 pages plus 16 page publisher's catalog. DRA/081015. 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: Duckworth, 1929. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Signed and numbered by Galsworthy. 571 of 1250 copies. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, tight interior printed on handmade paper. Minor foxing to foredge and a few spots of foxing to rear endpages, else fine. Bookplate to front pastedown. 1150 pages. DRA/071306. Near Fine.
London: William Reeves, . Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction number 3125. Pencil notation "Augustin Daly Collection" beneath number. First Edition, uncommon. David Garrick (1717 - 1779) was an influential English actor, playwright, and manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front endpaper. 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 and wear to leather. Short closed tears to endpapers. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. 80 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.