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Nineteenth Century Plays, Rowell, George             (ed)
Nineteenth Century Plays

Plays Volume One - Judith - Tiger at the Gates - Duel of Angels, Giraudoux, Jean
Plays Volume One - Judith - Tiger at the Gates - Duel of Angels

Six Plays of Clifford Odets, Odets, Clifford
Six Plays of Clifford Odets

Life is a Dream and other Spanish classics, Bentley, Eric             (ed)
Life is a Dream and other Spanish classics

Luther - A Play, Osborne, John
Luther - A Play

Women Beware Women, Middleton, Thomas ;   Mulryne, J.R.
Women Beware Women

The Changeling, Middleton, Thomas ;   Rowley, William ;      Bawcutt N.W.  (ed)
The Changeling

Five Plays, Kaiser, Georg
Five Plays

 

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1 George Farquhar
Archer, William. Ernest Benn, London, 1949. first edition, Hardback, 191mm x 128mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 456pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Boards clean, spine colour faded with some small marks. Block edges a little dusty, pages otherwise clean also with a hint of foxing to endpaper edges. Excellent Mermaid collection of four comedies by Farquhar - including The Recruiting Officer - edited with a lengthy Introduction by Archer. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: mermaid, constant, stratagem. 11173

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Plays by Tom Taylor, Banham, Martin             (ed)
2 Plays by Tom Taylor
Banham, Martin (ed). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985. first edition, Paperback, 8vo white , viii prelims, 231pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Black and white illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Some light marking to block edge, else clean and bright with little or no wear or handling. Also three line marks to base. Part of the "British and American Playwrights" series, this is a scholarly introduction to the dramatic work of a Victorian man of the theatre, including texts of four of Taylor's plays - "Still Waters Run Deep", "The Contested Election", "The Overland Route" and "The Ticket of Leave Man." Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Taylor, plays, election, overland. 3033

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Life is a Dream and other Spanish classics, Bentley, Eric             (ed)
3 Life is a Dream and other Spanish classics
Bentley, Eric (ed). Applause, New York, 2002. first edition, Paperback, 210mm x 135mm , vi prelims, 297pp. Very Good/NoWrapper. Paperback is clean and bright with no creasing. Price sticker on rear. Volume Two in Eric Bentley's Dramatic Repertoire series offers English text for four classic Spanish dramas, iincluding Cervantes 'The Siege of Numantia,' in translation by Roy Campbell. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Spain, Cortes, Vega, Seville. 13281

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The Wakefield Pageants in the Towneley Cycle, Cawley, A.C.             (ed)
4 The Wakefield Pageants in the Towneley Cycle
Cawley, A.C. (ed). Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1971. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 140mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 4th impression, , xxxix prelims, 187pp. plus index, Good/NoWrapper. Spine colour faded, some tiny light marks to front board, sticker residue on inner front board. Pencil underlinings in places, top block edge dusty, book otherwise clean and tight. Collection of late medieval religious pageant plays, with glossary and scholarly apparatus. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Medieval English Drama, Theatre. 138

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The Eagle Has Two Heads, Cocteau, Jean ;   Duncan, Ronald
5 The Eagle Has Two Heads
Cocteau, Jean ; Duncan, Ronald. Vision, London, 1948. first thus, Hardback, 186mm x 124mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 141pp. Good/NoWrapper. Book feels like a post-war production, exterior worn and scuffed with spine titles faded, binding weak and exposed in places but pages clean and unmarked. First UK edition of Duncan's English adaptation (not translation) of Cocteau's enigmatic French drama. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Queen, Stanislaw, drama, avant-garde. 13170

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The Boys in the Band, Crowley, Mart
6 The Boys in the Band
Crowley, Mart. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1968. first edition, Hardback, 208mm x 140mm green cloth boards, coloured titles, first edition, 3rd impression, , 182pp. Reading copy only/Good +. Front endpaper removed, book in otherwise Good+++ condition - has been handled over years but still clean and tight. Dustwrapper laminate finish has lifted in places, front flap double clipped with price sticker, some light wear to edges. Early print of text for a pioneering work of modern American gay theatre. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: gay, counter-culture, avant-garde, critical. 13193

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Adam's Opera, Dane, Clemence
7 Adam's Opera
Dane, Clemence. William Heinemann, London, 1928. first edition, Hardback, 203mm x 133mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvii prelims, 135pp. Good +/NoWrapper. No d/w. Sticker on inner front board "from the private library of J B Priestley." Spine and boards bumped but basically clean and unmarked. Differential fading to endpapers, block otherwise clean. Final page is still uncut, though block edges are not ragged. First Edition of the Text of a Play by Dane which was set to music by Richard Addinsell and first performed at the Old Vic in December 1928. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Adam, Opera, Dane. 6907

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Plays by H.J. Byron, Davis, Jim             (ed)
8 Plays by H.J. Byron
Davis, Jim (ed). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1984. first edition, Paperback, 8vo white , xi prelims, 222pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Clean and bright, with little evidence of handling save for a small light crease to bottom front corne. Covers and spine have yellowed/browned with light exposure but evenly and not unattractively. Also three line marks to base. Part of the "British and American Playwrights" series, this is a scholarly introduction to the works of a neglected English dramatist of the mid-Victorian period, featuring the texts of plays "The Babes in the Wood", "The Lancashire Lass", "Our Boys" and "The Gaiety Gulliver." Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: HJ Byron, plays, Gulliver. 3034

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9 Murder in the Cathedral
Eliot, T.S.. Faber & Faber, London, 1953. fourth edition, Hardback, 207mm x 138mm pink cloth boards, gilt titles, fourth edition, 19th impression, , 88pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Owners inscriptions. Book has been well reed, light wear to edges, handful of notes in ink and pencil, light foxing to top block edge only, else clean. Later print of the fourth edition of Eliot's classic historial drama concerning the political murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Becket, Canterbury, Henry, martyr. 13210

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Plays Volume One - Judith - Tiger at the Gates - Duel of Angels, Giraudoux, Jean
10 Plays Volume One - Judith - Tiger at the Gates - Duel of Angels
Giraudoux, Jean. Methuen, London, 1963. first edition, Hardback, 208mm x 130mm turquoise cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiv prelims, 214pp. Very Good/Good +. Book is clean and tight with no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper is a little worn by age and handling, with some light fraying to edges, but still presentable. Three plays by a late-blooming French dramatist, in English translation by Christopher Fry with an Introduction by Harold Clurman. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: drama, Europe, drama, stage. 14300

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11 Peer Gynt - A Dramatic Poem
Ibsen, Henrik. Walter Scott, London and Felling-on-Tyne, Hardback, 190mm x 124mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, , xxii prelims, 287+pp. plus advertisments,Good/NoWrapper. Book has been rebound - exterior now bumped at corners with spine faded, block edges a little darkened by age, some pencil marks and highlights to pages, foxing to opening/closing pages,else clean. Undated but likely c.1890 authorised English translation by William and Charles Archer of Ibsen's memorable Norwegian poetic drama. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Norway, Solveig, Grieg. 13227

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12 Plays - Volume I
Ionesco, Eugene. John Calder, London, 1958. first edition, Hardback, 204mm x 136mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, ix prelims, 150pp. Good/NoWrapper. Fading to spine and board edges, half-title and final page darkened, block edges also darkened by age, else clean and tight. Four plays by Ionesco - "The Lesson," "The Chairs," "The Bald Prima Donna" and "Jacques or Obedience" in English translation by Donald Watson. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: avant-garde, fringe, theatre, Romania. 13233

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Plays - Volume IV, Ionesco, Eugene
13 Plays - Volume IV
Ionesco, Eugene. John Calder, London, 1960. first thus, Hardback, 204mm x 134mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 141pp. Reading copy only/Good +. Front endpaper has been removed. Book in otherwise Good+ condition - clean and tight save for some grubbiness to top block edge, spine faded at edges. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some surface wear and chipping at edges, with partial loss at top of spine. Text for three Ionesco stage dramas - "Rhinoceros," "The Leader" and "The Future is in Eggs" in English translation by Derek Prouse. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: avant-garde, theatre, absurd, Beckett. 13226

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Plays - Volume V, Ionesco, Eugene
14 Plays - Volume V
Ionesco, Eugene. John Calder, London, 1963. first thus, Hardback, 204mm x 134mm grey cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 113pp. Good +/Good. Previous owner's name. Spine and board edges fade, block edges grubby and a little marked in places, book otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper (now protected) has chipping and creasing around edges, also worn from handling but still good, with protection. Text for three Ionesco stage dramas - "Exit the King," "Foursome" and "The Motor Show" in English translation by Donald Watson. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: avant-garde, theatre, absurd, Beckett. 13225

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15 Eighteenth-Century Plays
Johnson, Samuel et al. J.M. Dent / E.P. Dutton, London / New York, 1946. Hardback, 174mm x 110mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, , xxviii prelims, 408pp. plus advertisments,Good/NoWrapper. Book has been read over years, now worn and a little faded on outside, pages clean. Later reprint of 1928 Everyman's anthology of 18th century dramatic works by Johnson, Addison, Rowe and other greats of the age. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Garrick, Fielding, Gay, theatre. 14844

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Five Plays, Kaiser, Georg
16 Five Plays
Kaiser, Georg. Calder & Boyars, London, 1971. first thus, Paperback, 204mm x 134mm , 272pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Price inscription. Paperback has been handled but overall clean and tight. Top rear corner clipped, bottom block edge a little dusty. Volume in German Expressionism series offers five Kaiser plays from 1916-1920 in new English translations by B.J. Kenworthy, Rex Last and J.M. Ritchie, including the first-ever English version of "The Burghers of Calais." Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Midnight, Calais, Coral, Gas. 13235

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17 The Miracle of Saint Anthony
Maeterlinck, Maurice. Methuen, London, 1918. first thus, Hardback, 175mm x 113mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, vi prelims, 78pp. plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Spine and boards bumped, spine faded, boards bowed outwards. Block edges dusty and ragged where cut. Some foxing also to edges. Originally publsihed in French in 1904, this is the first English edition of Maeterlinck's Flemish drama, in translation by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Anthony, Maeterlinck, Flanders. 6932

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Women Beware Women, Middleton, Thomas ;   Mulryne, J.R.
18 Women Beware Women
Middleton, Thomas ; Mulryne, J.R.. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1975. first thus, Paperback, 197mm x 127mm , lxxix prelims, 201pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Paperback has been handled with some edgewear, spine colour faded, small patch of stains to bottom right block edge, pages have some light pencil highlights and notes. Sticker on rear. Revels Plays edition of Middleton's 1657 play, intended as an OU set text with substantial Introduction and scholarly apparatus. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Commonwealth, sexes, manners, comedy. 13247

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The Changeling, Middleton, Thomas ;   Rowley, William ;      Bawcutt N.W.  (ed)
19 The Changeling
Middleton, Thomas ; Rowley, William ; Bawcutt N.W. (ed). Methuen, London, 1961. first edition, Hardback, 203mm x 135mm pink cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , lxviii prelims, 140pp. Good +/Fair. Book has been handled over years, base of spine bumped, some pencil highlights and notes, else clean and tight. Dustwrapper has spine faded and torn at top end, otherwise good condition with light edgewear only. First reprint with additions of 1958 Revels Plays edition of Middleton and Rowley's 1653 comedy, with a lengthy Introduction, glossary and scholarly apparatus. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Commonwealth, comedy, quarto, revels. 13246

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20 The Flashing Stream - A Play
Morgan, Charles. Macmillan, London, 1939. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 140mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 3rd impression, , xxi prelims, 264pp. plus advertisments,Good/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book has been well read - spine and boards bumped, block edges a little grubby from handling, else clean and tight. Pre-war naval drama by Morgan with Foreword and a 21-page essay "On Singleness of Mind." Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: drama, Navy, Atlantic. 13245

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21 The Star Turns Red
O'Casey, Sean. Macmillan, London, 1940. first edition, Hardback, 202mm x132mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, vii prelims, 184pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Spine faded, but clean with little wear like boards. Block edges dusty but pages clean save for differential fading to endpapers, binding good. Politically-charged allegorical drama by the first significant Irish socialist dramatist. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: O'Casey, Communism, Saffron, Bethlehem. 6931

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Six Plays of Clifford Odets, Odets, Clifford
22 Six Plays of Clifford Odets
Odets, Clifford. The Modern Library, New York, 1939. first edition, Hardback, 182mm x 124mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 433pp. Good +/Good. Spine and boards bumped, block edges a little grubby from handling, else clean. Dustwrapper is worn from handling with chipping and fraying to edges. Six pre-WW2 plays by Odets including "Waiting for Lefty" and "Rocket to the Moon" with a preface by the author. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: awake, golden, paradise, theatre. 14299

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Luther - A Play, Osborne, John
23 Luther - A Play
Osborne, John. Faber & Faber, London, 1961. first edition, Hardback, 209mm x 126mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 102pp. Good +++/Good +. Previous owner's name. Book has been handled, still clean and tight with minimal wear from handling. Dustwrapper (now protected) has wear and tear at both ends of spine and adjacent rear, front flap clipped at top, else clean with minimal wear. Early print of Osborne's hard-hitting historical drama first staged in Nottingham in June 1961. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: angry, provincial, Protestant, reformation. 13248

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The Dramatic Works of George Peele - Edward I & The Battle of Alcazar, Peele, George ;   Hook, Frank S.;      Yoklavich John  (eds)
24 The Dramatic Works of George Peele - Edward I & The Battle of Alcazar
Peele, George ; Hook, Frank S.; Yoklavich John (eds). Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1962. first thus, Hardback, 240mm x 157mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 2nd impression, , x prelims, 373pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Book is tight and sturdy. Board corners a little bumped, block edges just a little worn from handling, pages otherwise clean and unmarked, spine maybe just a little faded. Volume Two in Yale series of Peele's plays offers text for two of the Elizabethan dramatist's best-known works in a fine edition with lengthy introductory sections and scholarly apparatus. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Elizabethan, theatre, Shakespeare, Plantagenet. 13198

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Armageddon - A Modern Epic Drama in a Prologue series of scenes and an Epilogue written partly in prose and partly in verse, Phillips, Stephen
25 Armageddon - A Modern Epic Drama in a Prologue series of scenes and an Epilogue written partly in prose and partly in verse
Phillips, Stephen. The Bodley Head / John Lane, London / New York, 1915. first edition, Hardback, 196mm x 124mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 94pp. Fair/NoWrapper. Spine and boards actually in very good condition, but block edges are ragged where cut with heavy foxing also affecting pages proper. Embossed stamp on Title confirms this as a Review Copy. First World War Drama first performed at the New Theatre, London, on June 1, 1915. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: War, Armageddon, Phillips. 6929

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Herod: A Tragedy, Phillips, Stephen
26 Herod: A Tragedy
Phillips, Stephen. John Lane, London & New York, 1901. first edition, Hardback, 196mm x 120mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition24th thousand state, 128pp. plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Spine and boards bumped, some light little marks here and there, block edges are ragged where cut with heavy foxing also affecting pages proper. First edition of Phliiips play first performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London on October 31, 1900. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Phillips, Herod, Rome. 6930

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Nineteenth Century Plays, Rowell, George             (ed)
27 Nineteenth Century Plays
Rowell, George (ed). OUP, London, 1965. first edition, Hardback, 154mm x 98mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 4th impression, , xviii prelims, 567pp. Good +++/Good. Hardback is clean and tight with just a little foxing to top block edge. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear on outside, front flap clipped and creased with original price sticker World's Classics Volume #533 offers the text for ten plays by English dramatists of the 19th century. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Jerrold, Hazlewood, Albery, Grundy. 14046

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Restoration Dramatists, Tickner (B.A. (Oxon.)), F.J.
28 Restoration Dramatists
Tickner (B.A. (Oxon.)), F.J.. Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1930. first edition, Hardback, 161mm x 109mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, v prelims, 229pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Good +/NoWrapper. Book has been read with some bumping to exterior and a little grubbiness from handling of block edges. Light foxing also to edges, pages otherwise clean. Volume in Nelson's "Teaching of English" series offers selections from the plays of Dryden, Etheredge, Otway, Congreve, Vanbrugh and Farquhar. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Aurangzebe, Venice, stratagem, Flutter. 11203

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The Love of Four Colonels - A Play in Three Acts, Ustinov, Peter
29 The Love of Four Colonels - A Play in Three Acts
Ustinov, Peter. English Theatre Guild, London, 1951. first edition, Hardback, 181mm x 121mm decorated card boards over black cloth spine, white titles, first edition, 80+pp. plus advertisments, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. Foxing to block edges,crayon mark on inner front board, spine and boards a little bumped and scuffed, binding a little weak, pages and plates clean. Text for play by celebrated actor and raconteur, published in the same year as its first performance season at Wyndham's Theatre featuring Ustinov, with photographs from said production. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Soviet, Cold War, drama, military. 13171

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The Heretic - A Play in Three Acts, West, Morris
30 The Heretic - A Play in Three Acts
West, Morris. Heinemann, London, 1970. first thus, Hardback, 24cm x 16cm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first thus, xiii prelims, 158pp. Good +++/Good +++. Book is tight and clean with minimal wear. Dustwrapper is clean with wear along top edges. First UK edition of Australian dramatist's fine play whose title character is Giordano Bruno, the scientist and mystic executed by the Catholic Church for his beliefs in 1600. Catalogue: Plays. Keywords: Bruno, mathematics, science, inquisition. 13199

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