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Shakespeare, William:
The Plays of William Shakespeare, in Nine Volumes. [Miniature edition].

London: William Pickering, 1825. First edition thus. c.300pp per volume: each 3.5 x 2.1 ins / 9 x 5 cms. Previous owner's small green name label (5 x 20mm) on pastedown of each vol. Pages slightly cockled. Contents very clean with the rare odd minor brown spot. Top edges dusty. In the original bindings of russet cloth, beautifully restored and with new printed paper spine labels. Housed at present in a worn wooden box, probably original, with no lid. Lovely miniature set. VG+.

Price: £540.00


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Repertoire du Theatre de Madame. 12 vols.

Paris: Baudouin Freres, Pollet, Barba, et al 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832. Around 50 plays by various authors of the period, and issued by several publishers, collected into very pretty and well-preserved volumes, numbered 1 to 12. Contents have a fair amount of foxing, generally minor. Small 8vo, 12x8cms, in red half-calf with marbled boards, spines with a black label, gilt rules, decoration and title: all clean, bright and firm. All edges marbled, with some flecking. A very attractive and completely usable collection. VG+.
[EXTRA Heavy Item]

Price: £240.00


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[Robert Kaye Greville]:
The Drama brought to the Test of Scripture, and Found Wanting.

Edinburgh: William Oliphant, 1830. First edition. 131pp, including a lengthy preface. Slight browning to endpapers, ownership name on ffep. contents otherwise clean. 12mo, in the original purple pebble-grain cloth, boards firm, paper spine label darkened, spine ends fraying a little. Greville was a notable biologist and mycologist, besides campaigning on a number of moral or political issues, such as slavery and capital punishment. He certainly takes a tough line on the theatre. Scarce title. VG.

Price: £54.00


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J.M. Synge:
The Playboy of the Western World. A Comedy in Three Acts.

Dublin: Maunsel & Co., Ltd., 1907. First edition (first printing). viii, 88, [4] adverts, with Yeats' frontis portrait sketch of Synge at rehearsal. Light foxing to many pages, heavy in places. Laid in are 4 of Maunsel's contemporary tinted advertisement flyers, two being page size, for 'Pat's Pastoral' and 'Economics for Irishmen' (by 'Pat'), and two smaller ones for 'The Abbey Row' ('NOT edited by W.B. Yeats'), and 'The Memoirs of Miles Byrne'. In the original quarter cloth binding with ochre spine and brick-red boards. Binding firm and very clean, with a small knock to the upper corners and some bubbling to the spinewards edge of the red cloth on the front. Very Good.

Price: £450.00


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Moliere, translated by Frederic Spencer:
The Love-Tiff: Moliere's Depit Amoureux. [Inscribed by translator]

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1930. First edition. [vi], 50pp. Front free endpaper bears a 1930 gift inscription by the Spencer 'in old friendship', and laid in is his handwritten letter to accompany it. Unopened, and printed on laid paper, with slight foxing to ends. In the original thin card covered in decorative paper with a printed label to the front. Some browning, and the paper yapp edges have frayed with some loss. Half inch chip to foot of spine, and splits to paper surface of spine and upper joint, but boards firm. A pretty item, and scarce. VG.

Price: £38.00


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John Middleton Murry:
Cinnamon and Angelica: A Play. [Inscribed copy].

London: Andrew Dakers Ltd, n.d. [1941]. Revised edition. 111pp. Front free endpaper inscribed in spidery writing 'To Gran,/ with every good wish/ from the author/ John Middleton Murry/ Xmas 1945.' This is followed by a later gift inscription in biro. A little foxing to the endpapers and final text page, contents otherwise clean. 8vo, in the original blue paper covers with a printed paper label to the front: blue fading at spine and edges, and a small ink mark to the back. Good firm copy. Very Good.

Price: £32.00


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Samuel Beckett:
Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett.

London: Faber and Faber, 1984. First edition. 316pp. Unread copy, contents unmarked and very fresh: paper slightly toned as usual. Bottom edge of closed text block has a remainder mark. In the original green cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, with barely-discernible blunting to head of spine and two corners. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket: clean, crisp, and bright, with small knocks to one corner, top edge of rear flap, and spine ends: about 2mm of laminate has lifted at foot of spine. A splendid copy from storage. Very Good+ in very good+ dust-jacket.

Price: £50.00


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Martine Le Coz:
Ailleurs, les Oiseaux... : Theatre. [Inscribed copy].

Amboise: Martine Le Coz: (Imprimerie Pinçon), 1987. First edition. 75pp, printed mostly in blue, and illustrated with five of the author's exquisite coloured drawings. Title page inscription to The City of London Freemen's school appears to be by the author. This is the earliest work by Le Coz of which I can find any reference online, and it appears to have won her some recognition: according to the back flap bio notes under her photo: '..dessinatrice et auteur de contes philosophiques, d'expression symbolique. Medaille d'or de l'Academie Internationale de Lutèce 1987 pour la pièce <>'. Contents very clean. 210x150mm, in cream card covers reproducing one of the illustrations from the book. However, while the back cover has a fold-in flap, the front does not: either this was an eccentricity or it may have been very neatly excised at some time. There is some very light soiling to the covers, and some toning to the spine. Very Good.

Price: £80.00


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Janet Clare:
Art Made Tongue-tied by Authority: Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatic Censorship. [The Revels Plays Companion Library].

Manchester University Press, 1990. First edition. xvi, 224pp. Ownership name to front free endpaper. Small nick to edge of half-title and some rumpling or creasing of the prelims and first few text pages: contents otherwise clean, most of the book appearing unread. Firm, in the original black cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, bright and sharp. In the protected ochre dust jacket, fresh and bright, with a small scuff to the head of the lower joint, and the top edge slightly knocked. Good hardback copy of a title scarce in any form. Very Good in very good+ dust-jacket.

Price: £85.00


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