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Daily Mail Film Award Annual 1948

By: ,

Price: £14.50

Publisher: London, Winchester Publications: 1948

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3565

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 235mm x 175mm blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 192pp. plus advertisments, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. Book has been well read. Spine and boards bumped with some chipping. Block darkened with edges a little grubby. Illustrated review of British cinema in 1947, presented in a "popular magazine" style with lots of photographs and advertisements. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Daily Mail, cinema, Britain,... View more info

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Du Val Tonight! The Story of a Showman

By: Allen, Vivien

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Worcester, Square One: 1990

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3673

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 239pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Very Good/Very Good. Spine perhaps a little bumped. Top of block a little dusty. Dustwrapper has slight bumping of spine, but has been handled only very rarely and is bright and clean with no wear. A perceptive biography of an Irish actor and journalist of the Victorian age. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Du Val, Gazette, Dublin View more info

Footlight Memories- Recollections of Music Hall and Stage Life

By: Alltree, G.W.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Sampson Low, Marston:

Seller ID: 3464

Condition: Less than good


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, , xiii prelims, 242pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Less than good/NoWrapper. Book is still intact, but has suffered badly with years. Block, boards and spine all worn,scuffed and discolured. Foxing to opening and closing pages. Front board stained. No date printed but c. 1932. Recollections of old music hall days, with b/w plate illustrations of some long-forgotten stars of the day. Catalogue: Theatrical Biogr... View more info

Leslie Heward - A memorial

By: Blom, Eric (ed)

Price: £5.00

Publisher: Birmingham, Cornish Brothers: 1946

Edition: second edition

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 3889

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 8vo buff cloth boards, gilt titles, second edition, 94pp. Fair/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Book produced to Austerity standard. Boards bumped. Block a little darkened and dusty with fint foxing to endpapers. Top rear board slightly discoloured. Top of spine frayed. Tribute to a 20th century man of music. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Heward, BBC, music, RCM View more info

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What I Found At Movie Locations Around The Globe

By: Boddington, Trevor

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Solihull, Trevor Boddington: 1996

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: 11152

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 240mm x 157mm black cloth boards, 172+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Inscribed by author. Book is tight and clean with no signs of handling. Professionally-produced prrivate publication in which the movie buff author tours the world in search of famous film settings and documents the experience with his own photographs. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. View more info

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A Short Walk From Harrods

By: Bogarde, Dirk

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, Viking: 1993

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 3561

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 273pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Very Good. Gift Inscription. Front board has slipped 3mm ahead of rear. Faint pinpooint foxing to bock edge. Dustwrapper has been handled occasionally. Volume of autobiography by Bogarde. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Bogarde, France, autobiography View more info

A Postillion Struck By Lightning

By: Bogarde, Dirk

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1977

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 8495

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 223mm x 144mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 268+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Book is not new and has been handled but still tight and clean. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. Bogarde memoirs covering his early years as a young actor. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Bogarde, stage, Old Vic, Hollywood View more info

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Victoria Wood - the Biography

By: Brandwood, Neil

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Ted Smart: 2002

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3569

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, 8vo decorated boards, 246pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book is near fine. Dustwrapper is near fine. Biography of comedienne and playwright. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Wood, New Faces, walters View more info

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Confessions of a Conjuror

By: Brown, Derren

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Channel 4 - Transworld: 2010

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 8672

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo decorated boards, 327pp. Black and white illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Book is tight and clean with no obvious imperfections. A "whimsical journey" through the mind of a high-profile contemporary illusionist. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Derren, tricks, illusion, magic View more info

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Dorothy Caruso - A personal history

By: Caruso, Dorothy

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Neville Spearman: 1952

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 10129

Condition: Reading copy only


Hardback, 208mm x 140mm buff card boards over brown cloth spine, silver gilt titles, first thus, 191pp. Photographic illustrations. Reading copy only/Good. Front endpaper removed. Book in otherwise fair condition - Ex-lib with stamps and inscriptions. Book has been well read. Spine and boards bumped, block edges grubby from handling. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and chipping to edges but still bright and presentable, with protection. US-produced publicatio... View more info

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Seven Ages

By: Dean, Basil

Price: £9.50

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1973

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3650

Condition: Good


Hardback, 8vo blue, maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xx prelims, 339, 340pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/Good. Ex-private library, with stickers. Both volumes have ben extensively handled, with block edges now grubby. Spine and boards bumped and both volumes feel a little loose. Dustwrappers are both shelfworn with signs of regular handling. Two volumes - "Seven Ages" and "Mind's Eye" - of autobiography of eminent man of the theatre.... View more info

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East End, West End - an autobiography

By: Delfont, Bernard ; Turner, Barry

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1990

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3743

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 250pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Block is a little darkened else near fine. Dustwrapper has supsicion of shelfwear along top and evidence of occasional handling. Memoirs of legendary theatrical impresario and member of the Grade entertainment dynasty. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Delfont, Grade, Blackpool View more info

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The Memoir of John Durang, American Actor, 1785-1816

By: Downer, Alan S. (ed)

Price: £7.75

Publisher: Pittsburgh, Historical Society of York County: 1966

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3467

Condition: Good +


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xix prelims, 176pp. plus index, Colour illustrations.Good +/Fair. Spine and boards very good. Block edges a little dusty with a suspicion of pinpoint foxing to base of edge oposite spine. Dustwrapper (now protected) is generally chipped, with some markings also to rear. Durang's own account of his years on stage in Eastern America and Canada, with colour prints of Durang's own watercolour images of himself. Cat... View more info

Good-Bye Dollie - A Theatrical Autobiography, slightly edited

By: Ellis, Vivian

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Frederick Muller: 1970

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3667

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 214pp. Very Good/NoWrapper. Top of block a little dusty, Boards nice and clean, book maybe unread. Theatrical recollections. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Ellis, Dollie, Liverpool View more info

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Book

By: Goldberg, Whoopi

Price: £4.75

Publisher: London, Little, Brown: 1998

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 8549

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 216mm x 140mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 2nd impression, , 240pp. Good +++/Good +++. Dusting to top block edge, book in otherwise very good condition. Dustwrapper (now protected) is clean with little or no wear, though protective film is damaged at rear. Musings on life from a celebrated African-American actress and entertainer. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Whoopi, life, book View more info

The Keeleys on the Stage and at Home

By: Goodman, Walter

Price: £60.00

Publisher: London, Richard Bentley: 1895

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3237

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, tall 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiv prelims, 354pp. plus index, Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Bumping to boards but smart copy. Both ffep and frep have "ghost" sellotape marks from an earlier protective covering. A more recent clear protective wrapping is now in place. Previous owner's bookplate ("May Rose Bird, Bradfield, Norfolk"). Gilt dec of Smike on front board.... View more info

Emigrant in Motley - The Journey of Charles and Ellen Kean in search of a theatrical fortune in Australia and America, as tld in their hitherto unpublished letters

By: Hardwick, J.M.D. ; Quayle, Anthony

Price: £8.50

Publisher: London, Rockliff: 1954

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3465

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xx prelims, 260pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/. Boards and spine bumped. Block edges a little aged, but intact, clean and presentable. Remarkable story told in own words of theatrical couple of Victorian age Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Theatre, Kean, America, Australia View more info

Dramatic Portraits

By: Howe, P.P.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, Martin Secker: 1913

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 9394

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 206mm x 139mm blue cloth boards, ix prelims, 264pp. plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Book is a century old and has been much read. Generally bumped and worn, with mottled fading to front board. Block darkened by age, edges ragged as cut and some differential fading to opening/closing pages. Pages otherwise clean and binding good. Reflections on the work of nine Victorian and Edwardian dramatists - Pinero, Jones, Wilde, Barrie, Shaw, H... View more info

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More Please - An Autobiography

By: Humphries, Barry

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Viking: 1992

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3559

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xii prelims, 336pp. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +. Block edges faintly dusty else near fine. Dustwrapper is shelfworn along top, with chipping. Rear flap creased. Autobiography of legendary Australian comedy performer - the man behind Dame Edna Everage. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Humphries, Evearge, Patterson View more info

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Records of Later Life

By: Kemble, Frances Ann

Price: £18.00

Publisher: New York, Henry Holt: 1882

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 3461

Condition: Fair


Hardback, 8vo gret decorated boards, gilt titles, , 676pp. plus index, Fair/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. Ex-private library (Harry W Kinney) with sticker and stamp. Boards and spine now protected. Letters and journal entries of a 19th century English actress. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Kemble, Actress, Tennyson, Harriet View more info

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Sir Larry - the Life of Laurence Olivier

By: Kiernan, Thomas

Price: £6.50

Publisher: New York, Times Books: 1981

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3557

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo grey and red cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 302pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. A little faint foxing to endpapers, perhaps also to block edges which are a little dusty. Top of spine faded. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some light shelfwear, with bumped top of spine resulting in 3mm tear. An explosive, revealing biography of a legtend of stage and screen. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywor... View more info

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I Gate-Crashed - a lively autobiography in three acts

By: Landstone, Charles

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Stainer & Bell: 1976

Edition: fifth edition

Seller ID: 3677

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, fifth edition, x prelims, 253pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Very Good/Good +++. Owner's name stamped on front inner board. Top of block a little dusty but little evidence of handling or wear. Dustwrapper has some slight shelfwear along top, spine slightly faded. Recollections of a man who came late to the world of theatre, but whose subsequent contribution as manager and director was immense. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography... View more info

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Rage of Joy - The Divine Sarah Bernhardt - A biographical novel

By: Lothar, Minda

Price: £5.50

Publisher: London, Leslie Frewin: 1968

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3682

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 303pp. Very Good/Very Good. Top corners of boards a little bumped. Top of block a little dusty. Dustwrapper laminate has lifted a little by spine in 2 places, but is barely visible, and d/w seems to have been handled very rarely, if at all. A book of "faction" inspired by the life and legend of Sarah Bernhardt. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Bernhardt, Paris, actress View more info

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Katharine Hepburn

By: Marill, Alvin H.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: New York, Galahad Books: 1973

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3550

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 160pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +. Price sticker gum residue on front endpaper. No obvious signs of ageing or wear. Dustwrapper is shelfworn along top, with general scuffing. Part of the Pictorial Treasury of Film Stars series, this is a handy and fully illustrated guide to the remarkable career of Hepburn, K. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Hepburn, Katharine, Hollyw... View more info

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Jean Anouilh - Poet of Pierrot and Pantaloon

By: Marsh, Edward Owen

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, W.H. Allen: 1953

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15119

Condition: Good +


Hardback, 220mm x 134mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 199+pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good +. Book has been read over years, now a little tanned, top block edge grubby, pages clean. Dustwrapper has some wear and fraying to edges, with tanning also, notable on interior, but still very presentable. Account of the life and work of a significant French dramatist of the mid-20th century. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: drama, theatre, ... View more info

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Looking for Robbie

By: Norman, Neil

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Orion: 1999

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3572

Condition: Near Fine


Hardback, 8vo blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, viii prelims, 227pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book is near fine. Dustwrapper is near fine. Biography of heavyweight Scottish actor best known for his TV role as Cracker. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Coltrane, Tutti, BBC, Cracker View more info

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The Disciple and his Devil

By: Pascal, Valerie

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1971

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3829

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 319pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +++. Private library sticker on front inner board. Front endpaper clipped at top. Base of spine bumped. Top of block a little dusty. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some very slight shelfwear, rear a little discoloured in places. A biography of Gabriel Pascal, a great screenwriter, famed for his adaptations of the plays of Shaw, written by Pascal's wife. Catalo... View more info

John Hare - Comedian 1865-1895

By: Pemberton, T. Edgar

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, George Routledge & Sons: 1895

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3236

Condition: Good +++


Hardback, 8vo green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, vi prelims, 202pp. Good +++/NoWrapper. Boards bumped. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. View more info

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The Kendals

By: Pemberton, T. Edgar

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Arthur Pearson: 1900

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3462

Condition: Less than good


Hardback, 8vo purple cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiii prelims, 308pp. Photographic illustrations. Less than good/NoWrapper. Block and boards tight and solid but generally bumped and scuffed with light 1sq cm stain to front. Some preliminary pages have torn edges and block as a whole is frayed at end opposite spine. Boards and spine now protected. A biography of a 19th century theatrical couple, with 17 plate illustrations. Catalogue: Theatrical Biograph... View more info

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Bluebell - The authorized biography of Margaret Kelly, founder of the legendary Bluebell Girls

By: Perry, George

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, Guild Publishing: 1986

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3567

Condition: Very Good


Hardback, 8vo 253mm x 173mm cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 224pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Spine slightly bumped. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some shelfwear along top and bottom. The story of the founder of a legendary dance troupe. Catalogue: Theatrical Biography. Keywords: Kelly, Bluebell, Bergere, Lido View more info