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+.
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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.
London: Richard Bentley, 1839. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, auction record 21. Includes seven extra portraits, including a proof portrait of Mrs. Bannister and a mezzotint portrait of Charles Bannister, after a painting by R. Dighton. English actor and theater manager, Bannister (1760 -1836) was considered to be the best low comedian of his day. Later in his life, he managed the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in Covent Garden. 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 interiors overall with occasional spots of soiling to margins and foxing to first few pages of both volumes. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Auction record laid into front of first volume. Volume I: 399 pages; Volume II: 368 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
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.
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.
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: Robert M'Dermut, 1806. Hardcover. Theater owner and playwright, Augustin Daly's copy, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Early edition. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to facing page. "Master Betty" (1791 - 1874) was a famous English child actor, before leaving the stage at age 17 to attend college. 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. Heavy chipping to head of spine. Dampstaining to boards and interior. Tears to a few pages. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Bound by R.W. Smith. Includes three illustrations. Auction record number 230 written in pencil to front endpaper with note "Augustin Daly Collection;" however, record is not present. 140 pages. DRA/031419. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Number 4 of 20. At his height, Henry Irving (1838 - 1905) was the greatest actor in the world (and the first to be knighted). He was much more than an actor, he was an actor-producer, which in those days meant that he was responsible for everything, what we would call the artistic director, the director, the production manager, the production designer, and also the lead actor. And the scale of his productions at the Lyceum Theater in London were gorgeous and spectacular, using the latest technology in staging and special effects. Irving led the English theater for over thirty years, and died as he would no doubt have wished, still acting. I came upon his obituary in the Times, and it was a wonderful piece of writing, but also a very good valuation of his art and his place in theatrical history, which isn't so easy to do so near an actor's own time. The old joke used to run that he was an actor who would never play Faust when he could play Mephistopheles. He changed the status of the theater forever, bringing it from the shady demimonde of the 18th century to the height of a recognized and respected form of art. Everyone at the Lyceum called him the Guv'nor, a term of both affection and a well-founded wariness of his perfectionism. If in a former life I had worked as a costumer in his company, I would have been proud to do the same. This miniature book is bound in a gray paper with horizontal slubbed gold lines, and a black and gold marbled paper that wraps around the back to form a small pocket inside filled with theater memoribelia: programs, autographs, advertising posters, and other souvenirs. 2 7/8" x 2", 64 pages. Fine.
London: Constable and Co Ltd, 1933. Hardcover. Author's Presentation Copy. First Edition. Inscription reads: "To the Revd H.M. MacLeod of Killearn, in remembrance of his sympathy and support during the dark hours of August 1st to 4th 1947. with the affectionate regards of Gordon Bottomley. Easter: 1948. Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948) was a notable figure known for his verse drama. He was greatly influenced by the Victorian romantics. In a beautiful dark red morocco binding by binder, E. Garrett with his stamped signature to the rear turn-in. Garrett was associated at the turn of the century with the Municipal School of Art. Hand stamped gilt title and author to spine and front board with raised bands to spine. Gilt rules, gilt chalice, gilt flowers, and embossed leaves to boards. Printed endpapers and full edges gilt. The binding is lovely despite the tooling being awkward in places. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing, which are most prevalent on first and last few pages. Black and white photographic frontispiece. 85 pages. DRA/011221. Very Good.
Tokyo: Kodansha, (circa 1980). "Pictorial record of all about Japan's unique puppet theater ... (with pictures by) the one camera artist devoted to the theater for years long enough to know minds and emotions of these 'living' puppet individuals" (English insert). Includes over 700 plates with 19 in color. Also includes an 8 page laid-in English language introduction by Dr. Roy Andrew Miller. Bound in grey cloth boards with gilt title in Japanese to spine and black title (also in Japanese) to front cover. Clean and bright with many tipped-in photographs. Text in Japanese ONLY (with small English language insert). Laid in print of faces. Housed in a black paper covered box with illustration of a lady to front panel. Bottom panel of box is detached along one edge. Wear and rubbing to edges, corners, and panels of box. Size: Quarto. 263 pages.
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.
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: 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.
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: American Art Association, 1900. Hardcover. SCARCE. American auction catalog for part of Augustin Daly's enormous collection. An auction in 1880 disposed of much of his collection but this auction still includes several thousand items. There were many autographs as well as manuscripts and books. Augustin Daly (1838 –1899) was one of the most influential men in American theatre during his lifetime. Drama critic, theatre manager, playwright, and adapter, he became the first recognized stage director in America. He was dramatic critic for several New York papers from 1859, and he adapted or wrote a number of plays, Under the Gaslight (1867) being his first success. In 1869 he became the manager of the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 24th St. and in 1873 the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 28th. In 1879 he rebuilt and opened Daly's Theatre at Broadway and 30th Street in New York, and, in 1893, Daly's Theatre in London. Daly formed a permanent company in New York and opened Daly's Theatre in New York in 1879 and a second one in London in 1893. At Daly’s Theatre he assembled a company of players headed by well-known actress Ada Rehan. Some of the best actors of the time owed their training and early successes to him, including John Drew Jr., Maurice Barrymore, Maude Adams, Mrs. Gilbert, Tyrone Power, and Isadora Duncan. Bound in three quarter brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Minor wear to edges of boards and corners. Rubbing to boards. Bookplate of Franklin Johnston to front endpaper. Frontispiece portrait of Daly. Pencil annotation on free endpaper says that this was the copy of Douglas Taylor. In very good condition. Measures 8 x 10.5 inches. 381 pages plus 23 page listing of prices realized. BOB/060220. Very Good.
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.