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101 Mitchell, Adrian THE APEMAN COMETH: Poems by Adrian Mitchell (and Apeman Mudgeon)
London: Jonathan Cape, (1975). 0224011316 / 9780224011310 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in black boards with gilt spine titling; in a lightly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Collection by the English poet, playwright, novelist, children's author, librettist and lyricist, who has long been associated with the National Theatre and the RSC. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by the author with an original doodle of an elephant. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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102 Moeller, Philip SOPHIE: A Comedy
New York: Alfred A Knopf, (1919). B00085OYZE First edition, first printing. With a prologue for the reader by Carl Van Vechten. Hardcover. Mild curl to boards, some spotting to top page edges, very light wear to edges, mild soiling to rear cover; thus very good plus; in a near fine printed dust jacket with some darkening to spine panel, light wear to edges. 
Depicts one night in the life of 18 century French actress and diva Sophie Arnould, one of the wittiest and most notorious women of her age. Moeller wrote a number of successful Broadway plays and was also a notable director of O'Neill and others. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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103 Moliere COMEDIES
Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, (1986). Reprint. Fine, as-new, in ruby-red faux-leather binding with gilt lettering and decoration; hubbed spine, all edges gilt, decorative endpapers. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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104 Morgan, Charles THE RIVER LINE: A Play
London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd, 1952. First edition. Hardcover. Very faint cup ring stain to front cover, a few tiny dots of stain to upper edges, else a near fine copy in green cloth stamped in gilt to the spine; in a stained, age-toned, soiled dust jacket that shows some edgewear, and nicking to upper spine panel. 
This copy of Morgan's play (for which his novel of the same name was a study, rather than the other way round), is inscribed, dated and SIGNED by the author to the title-page, with the notation, "which ran in London in the Fall & Spring 1952-3." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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105 Nabokov, Vladimir THE WALTZ INVENTION: A Play in Three Acts
(New York, N.Y.): Phaedra, (1966). B0007DKU7S First edition, ''A'' state. English translation of IZOBRETENIE VAL'SA. Hardcover. All but the first signature of textblock uniformly tanned, else fine, in a fine dust jacket. 
SF-tinged play by the novelist and critic, about an "infernal machine" in the possession of the titular Salvator Waltz. First published in RUSSKIE ZAPISKI in November, 1938, and here rendered into English for the first time by Dmitri Nabokov. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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106 Pirandello, Luigi MASCHERE NUDE Volume Primo; Volume Secundo
(Verona, Italy): Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, (1967). Two-volume slipcased play collection, constituting Volumes 4 and 5 of OPERE DI LUIGI PIRANDELLO, the six-volume edition of his collected works. Hardcover. Fine: beautifully produced duo, each volume bound in sky-blue cloth with gilt lettering, blue top-edge coloring, ribbon-markers; illustrated dust jackets that show some age-toning, a hint of creasing; housed in near fine, matching illustrated slipcases. 
Massive, chunky, yet elegant two-volume set of the pioneering Italian playwright's works for the stage: V1, 1223 pages; V2, 1376 pages--in Italian; mounted to rear pastedown of V2 is a envelope with a folded sheet with facsimile manuscript pages. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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107 Pushkin, Alexander; Translated, with Critical Essays, by Nancy K. Anderson THE LITTLE TRAGEDIES
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, (2000). 0300080255 / 9780300080254 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered burgundy boards; in a price-clipped, very nearly fine dust jacket. 227 pages, including index. 
The Russian poet's four verse dramas, MOZART AND SALIERI, THE MISERLY KNIGHT, THE STONE GUEST and A FEAST DURING THE PLAGUE with extensive commentary. "Should become the standard edition of Pushkin's LITTLE TRAGEDIES in English."--Caryl Emerson. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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108 Reade, Charles; edited, with an introduction and notes by Michael Hamnet PLAYS BY CHARLES READE
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1986). 0521286271 / 9780521286275 First edition, first printing: trade paperback issue. In CUP's superb series British and American Playwrights 1750-1920. Trade Paperback. Age-toning to covers, else fine, in slick illustrated wraps. Illustrated with production photographs. 
Three key works by the Victorian dramatist who supplied plays for the leading actors and actresses of the age, including Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. MASKS AND FACES (1852); THE COURIER OF LYONS (1854); and IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND (1865). 
Price: 50.00 USD
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109 Rolland, Romain LILULI
New York: Boni & Liveright/Modern Library, (1920). B000867KT0 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good, in lightly worn, somewhat age-darkened grey-green boards with gilt stamping; there is mild foxing to the page edges, and minor chipping at the spine head; no dust jacket. 
Fanciful, fantastical anti-war drama, by the French Nobel Prize winner. Illustrated with thirty-two wood engravings by Franz Masereel. Translation uncredited. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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110 Rostand, Edmond CYRANO DE BERGERAC
New York: Three Sirens Press, (1931). In the translation by Helen B. Dole. Illustrated by Nino Carbe. Hardcover. Owner's address label to front free endsheet, else very good; no dust jacket. Introduction by W.L. Parker. Critical Commentary by W.P. Trent. 
An unusual translation (most readers must choose from Hooker or Burgess) and the outre, slightly grotesque, deco-inflected b&w illustrations of Carbe make this an appealing edition. Carbe later worked for Disney and Walter Lantz. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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111 Shaw, George Bernard; edited by Dan Laurence and James Rambeau AGITATIONS: Letters to the Press, 1875-1950
New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., (1985). 0804424934 / 9780804424936 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. 375 pages, indexed. 
In this selection of letters gathered from hundreds of correspondence columns and here collected in book form for the first time, Shaw debates cogently on varying topics and with a wide range of adversaries, including Chesterton, Wells and Doyle. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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112 Shepherd, Eric; Dramatized by Emmet Lavery MURDER IN A NUNNERY
New York: Samuel French, (1944). First edition, first printing: Hardcover issue. Dated inscription, SIGNED by the playwright/screenwriter, Emmet Lavery to actress Lenore Shanewise. Hardcover. Near fine in red cloth with spine titles stamped in black; in a very good, photo-pictorial dust jacket that is lightly chipped and shelfworn. Small octavo. 186 pages; press comments; plan of production; director's report. Frontispiece photgraphic still. 
"The police are baffled when Baroness Sliema is murdered in the convent school chapel, but the nuns and students take it in their stride and they lead Scotland Yard a merry chase." Dramatization of the 1940 novel by Eric Shepherd. Quite scarce! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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113 Simon, Neil THE GOOD DOCTOR
New York: Random House, (1974). 0394494628 / 9780394494623 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Small rubberstamped bookshop address to the front endpaper, else fine in a fine dust jacket. 
THE GOOD DOCTOR, a comedy with music, is set in Russia during the 19th century and written in the style of a Chekhovian comedy. A television movie was made based on the play, with Edward Asner, Richard Chamberlin, and Marsha Mason in 1978. Scarce! 
Price: 75.00 USD
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114 Smith, Dodie (C.L. Anthony) CALL IT A DAY
New York/Los Angeles: Samuel French, 1936. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Dot of pale stain, previous owner's signature to front free endsheet, dots of stain to the upper and lower page edges, thus a near fine copy in pale ochre cloth; in photo-pictorial dust jacket with areas of dampstain and edgewear. 
Rave reviews by Joseph Wood Krutch and Robert Benchley adorn the jacket flap of this scarce comic play by the author of I CAPTURE THE CASTLE and 101 DALMATIONS. Filmed in 1937 with Olivia de Havilland, Ian Hunter and Roland Young. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., (1987). 0809037939 / 9780809037933 First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in a fine, if faintly age-toned, printed dust jacket. 
Critically acclaimed play by the Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian poet and dramatist. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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116 Sterner, Jerry OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY: The Ultimate Seduction
(New York, N.Y.): Applause Theatre Book Publishers, (1990). 1557830622 / 9781557830623 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine, if faintly age-toned, dust jacket. 
"The best new play I've run across all season."--Douglas Watt. "Funny, serious, suspenseful, involving, disturbing, and above all, expertly crafted."--John Simon. Best Off-Broadway Play of 1989, Outer Critics Circle. Filmed with Danny de Vito. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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117 Stoker, Bram DRACULA: Or the Un-Dead, A Play in Prologue and Five Acts
Nottingham: Pumpkin Books, (1997). 1901914046 / 9781901914047 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Fascinating, long-delayed first printing of Stoker's five-act stage adaptation of his novel, the only surviving copy of which had been lodged with Britain's censorship chief, the Lord Chamberlain. Edited and annotated by Sylvia Starshine. Illustrated. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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118 Stoker, Bram DRACULA: Or the Un-Dead, A Play in Prologue and Five Acts
Nottingham: Pumpkin Books, (1997). 1901914046 / 9781901914047 First edition, limited edition: one of 250 numbered copies SIGNED by the editor, Sylvia Starshine. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. Housed in a black, faux-leather slipcase. 
Stoker cut and pasted his novel into a stage play and produced it at his boss Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre in 1897 for one performance in order to secure copyright protection against any future stage adaptations. Illustrated and annotated. Fascinating. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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119 Storey, David THE CONTRACTOR
New York: Random House, [no date]. 0394470028 / 9780394470023 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine in lightly age-toned illustrated dust jacket. 
"A subtle and poetic parable about the nature and joy of skilled work, the meaning of community and the effect of its loss."--London Observer. Best Play of the Year, London Theatre Critics Award 1970, Storey named Writer of the Year by the Variety Club. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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120 Swortzell, Lowell, edited, with introductions, by THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES: Around the World in 21 plays
New York/London: Applause, (1997). 1557832633 / 9781557832634 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Superb anthology doesn't talk down to its young audiences, with offerings by Moliere, Gozzi, Strindberg, Witkiewicz, Langston Hughes, Wendy Kesselman, Susan Zeder, Ossie Davis, Israel Horovitz, Mark Medoff, Lawrence Yep, more. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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