New York: Random House, 1958. Hardcover. Very good yellow cloth covered boards with red title to spine. Slight foxing to boards, barely noticeable. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright. Yellow and white illustrated dust jacket with orange title to front and spine panel. Minor faidn to spine panel. 146 pages. DRA/021612. Very Good / Very Good.
State College, PA: The Carnation Press, 1969. Hardcover. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author. 8vo. Fine in a very good+, price-clipped white illustrated dust jacket with brown title to front and spine panels. Dust jacket slightly browned at spine, as well as minor edgewear. Author's inscription to title page. Else is clean and bright.163 pages. Drama. DRA1/02121. Fine / Very Good+.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1917. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to gilt on spine and minor bumping to spine ends. Presentation copy from editor to publisher. Inscription to front free end page. Else is clean and bright with illustrations. Tight binding. 206 pages. Drama. DRA1/6270. Very Good.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in red cloth covered boards with black and gilt title to spine. Semi-flexible boards. Very small bump to bottom edge of rear board exposing board under cloth. Light stain to bottom edge of text block but does not effect interior. Else is pristine. Interior is bright and clean. Work by Auden, with Christopher Isherwood as well. Index, 280 pages. Drama. DRA/10243. Near Fine.
British Columbia, CA: Barbarian Press, 2017. Hardcover. One of 50 regular copies from an edition of 110 copies with 60 deluxe copies. This is the 46th book from this esteemed Canadian private press. Crispin and Jan Elsted write about this charming book: “The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries positively reveled in music. The sudden development of new instruments and styles of musical composition in the early Renaissance had arguably created a profound a shift from the music of the medieval period. The period from 1550 through Shakespeare’s life and on into the seventeenth century saw hundreds of composers producing songs, lute music, consort music, dance music, and polyphonic choral music. The first stirrings of what eventually became the orchestra are discernible in the wide range of instruments—viols, rebecs, hurdy-gurdies, lutes, guitars, citterns, trumpets, cornetts, sackbuts, serpents, recorders, flutes —which were used in multiple combinations. Shakespeare’s theatre assumed music to be a natural part of almost any performance. Roughly two thirds of his thirty-eight plays include song texts, and many of those have become established in the canon of lyric poetry in English in their own right. The Elizabethan stage moreover included what was called a ‘minstrels’ gallery’ above the stage, and we know that music was played at dramatic points during performances to create moods or enhance special effects. The texts in the book are in the original spellings of the First Folio or Quarto texts, and there are notes about the poems and a glossary of particularly obscure words.” The book is illustrated with tiny thumbnail wood engravings as well as rich full-page black and white illustrations. Printed on Zerkell Smooth White Paper in Poliphilus and Blado types. Quarter bound with a red silk spine and printed paper label. In cream paper covered boards with sprightly small flowers decorating the front cover. Errata slip tipped in rear. In fine condition. 5.5 x 7 inches. Unpaginated. PRI/100417. Fine.
Ravenna, Italy: A. Longo, 1977. Paperback. Signed Presentation Copy. Near Fine in wraps. Signed and inscribed on the front flyleaf, dated in 1977; possibly from the author but the signature is unclear. Bound in cream paper wrappers with black title to spine and front panel. Minor browning to edges of wrappers and margins of pages. 116 pages. Italian Literature. ITL1/1282. Near Fine in Wraps.
Boston: The Cornhill Company, (1917). Hardcover. SCARCE. Very good in brown cloth backed and beautifully illustrated black and tan paper covered boards. Gilt title to spine and black title to front board. Wear to exterior includes minor fading to spine, two very small holes to cloth at front hinge, bumping to spine ends and corners, and minor rubbing. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. A few light spots of foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright. 73 pages. Drama. DRA01/12099. Very Good.
London: Chappell & Co., 1893. Paperback. This is a very scarce item with an interesting history. J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) met early in their writing careers when they both wrote for the magazine The Idler. They were both Scottish and passionate about cricket, and they became great friends. Their odd collaboration in writing this operetta came about because Barrie had agreed to write the libretto. He became ill, however, perhaps suffering a nervous breakdown, and his friend Doyle came to his rescue by collaborating with him on the work. Despite their efforts, the operetta was a failure, which apparently bothered them very little. In the original printed wrappers. This is a very nice copy of this uncommon work, particularly in this condition. It is a variant issue of this unusual collaboration. Housed in slipcase with the bookplates of Lord Esher and Clark Hunter. LIT/100709. Very Good.
New York: 1979. Paperback. The original script for an unhappily short lived Broadway musical, which had just 17 performances before it closed, despite the music and lyrics of Cole Porter. Photocopied script bound into a red soft-cover binder. On title page it states that this is the revised edition of May 1979. DRA/090908.
London: The Punch Office, 1846. Hardcover. Original brown cloth with gilt lettering and emblem. Cloth chipped away at lower 1/3 of spine. Some light spotting to lower edge of upper board and to lower board. Bumping to edges. Sporadic foxing throughout. Minor browning. Text is bright. Includes several illustrations. Drama. DRA1/6140. Very Good.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., . Hardcover. Inscribed by the playwright. First edition of this well-received Broadway play, which ran in New York between November 1931 and February 1932. Berhman (1893-1973) was a prolific playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his “high comedies” which were so popular in the 1930s. This copy was inscribed to Dame Nellie Burton, Berhman’s landlady when he stayed in London. Miss Burton ran a famous lodging house on Half Moon Street, where lived, among other notables, Siegfried Sassoon and Robbie Ross, the latter being one of Oscar Wilde’s closest friends. The inscription reads “For Miss Burton, with love from her devoted Sam, London Apr. 1932.” Laid in is a typed letter to Berhman from the Stanley Rose bookstore, informing him that the copy of Brief Moment he had sent to Miss Burton at her address on Half Moon Street was returned to sender, “party gone away.” Bound in red cloth with title and author in black on front cover and spine. The interior is bright and clean with some light spotting to fore-edge. The jacket has small tears to top and bottom of spine. In near fine condition with very good jacket. An extremely nice copy with an interesting association. DRA/042011. Near Fine.
New York: Printed for the Colophon, 1933. Limited Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED EDITION OF 465 COPIES. 8vo. Pink and white linen covered boards with red title to silver title label on spine. Fading to spine. Minor foxing to end pages, edges of text block and to margins of a few pages throughout. Else is clean and bright. Some pages unopened. 137 pages. DRA/080417. Very Good.
New York: Alferd A. Knopf, 1941, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Very good in very good- beige illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor browning, soiling, and chipping to dust jacket. Large chip to foot of spine panel has been repaired with archival tape. Open tear to bottom corner of rear internal flap of dust jacket. Dust jacket is now in an protective sleeve. 249 pages. DRA108151. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
New York: Random House, 1937. Hardcover. Signed by 6 members of the Irish cast including Jill Stern, John L. Kearney, Lloyd Gough, and Julia Haydon. 5th printing. Near fine in blue cloth with gilt lettering. Signed area of front endpaper discolored from laid in newsclipping about the performance. Else is clean and bright. 176 pages. Drama. DRA1/6120. Near Fine.
New York: Random House, 1937. Hardcover. Very good in Very good- brown and white dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Fading and dampstaining to spine. Wear to dust jacket includes browning and fading to spine panel and edges of dust jacket as well as minor chipping to edges. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright with wonderful woodcuts by Ian Flemming. 176 pages. Drama. DRA509271. Very Good / Very Good.
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 -.
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.