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41 Anderson, Maxwell THE WINGLESS VICTORY: A Play in Three Acts
Washington D.C. Anderson House, 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Very good minus, with heavy soiling and staining to grey covers, lower corner of textblock also shows a small patch of pale stain which affects the margin of every page, obscuring no text; lacking dust jacket. 
Verse drama dealing with racial prejudice in early 19th century Salem starred Katherine Cornell in its 1936 Broadway debut, directed by Guthrie McClintic and designed by Jo Mielziner. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by Anderson to the front free endsheet. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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42 Arden, John and D'Arcy, Margaretta THE ISLAND OF THE MIGHTY: A Play on a Traditional British Theme in Three Parts
London: Eyre Methuen, (1974). 0413303500 / 9780413303509 First edition. Hardcover. A fine, bright, virtually as-new copy, in a mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket. 
A theatrically stylized Arthurian epic--"three very complex and poetic plays," the central figures of which are Arthur and Merlin, and the central theme the relationship of the poet to society; with prefaces and illustrations by each of the collaborators. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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43 Aristophanes; translated into English verse by Gilbert Murray THE BIRDS
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, (1950). First edition thus, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in green cloth with gilt spine lettering; in a printed dust jacket that shows a small chip to the spine head, light nicking at the corners, mild edgewear, some soiling, dot of abrasion to spine panel. 
English rendering of one of the best known Greek comedies by one of the most eminent of the classical translators. With an introduction and notes by Murray. Lovely little edition! 
Price: 25.00 USD
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44 Arlen, Michael The Acting Edition of THE GREEN HAT: A Romance
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1925. First edition, first printing. This copy SIGNED by the author to the half-title. Hardcover. Spine has been neatly but amateurishly reinforced with cloth tape, there is wear to the extremities, previous owner's attractive vintage bookplate to pastedown, interior clean and sharp, thus a very good plus copy in marbled boards; lacking slipcase. 
The Armenian-born British author had an enormous hit with his novel THE GREEN HAT, and rivaled the book's success with this stage version--starring Katherine Cornell "perfectly cast" (NY Times) in the role of Iris March and Leslie Howard "able" as Napier. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Boston/Toronto: Little, Brown and Company/Atlantic Monthly Press (1969). First U.S. edition. Illustrated. 382 pages, including index. Hardcover. Very good only: staining to top edge, tape ghosts to front and rear boards, soiling to page edges, previous owner's address label to front free endsheet, glue residue to rear endsheet; in a near fine, photo-pictorial dust jacket with some mild edgewear. 
"At the end of almost three hundred pages one has the feeling not so much of having lived with a life as of having been stunned by a dramatic performance."--Sunday Times. Memoirs by the remarkable author of NATIONAL VELVET and THE CHALK GARDEN. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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46 Barker, Clive INCARNATIONS: Three Plays
(New York, N.Y.): HarperPrism, (1995). 0061052442 / 9780061052446 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A little less than near fine, covers splayed, pages tanned; in a near fine illustrated dust jacket with jacket painting by Barker. 
In COLOSSUS, the subject is the great Spanish painter Goya; FRANKENSTEIN IN LOVE is Barker's homage to Mary Shelley's masterpiece and the graphic tradition of Grand Guignol theatre; in THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL, Lucifer himself is brought to trial. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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[New York]: Bernard Geis Associates/Random House, (1965). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very faint offsetting to endsheets, else an about near fine copy in green-lettered ochre cloth over white boards with green line-portrait of Behan to front cover; in a lightly edgeworn and age-toned dust jacket. 
Posthumous publication of the second volume of the Irish playwright's autobiography, sequel to BORSTAL BOY. Foreword by Rae Jeffs. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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THE CRYSTAL SET: A Comedy in One Act  (Repertory Plays No. 40), Bone, John F.
48 Bone, John F. THE CRYSTAL SET: A Comedy in One Act (Repertory Plays No. 40)
London and Glasgow/Boston: Gowans & Gray, Ltd./Leroy Phillips, 1924. First edition: a chapbook original. Repertory Plays No. 40. Hardcover. Fine, in unprinted wraps; in illustrated tissue dust jacket that shows a little edgewear and nicking. 33 pages, plus ads. 
Scottish dialect comedy, set in the village of Renfrewshire, originally produced by the Scottish National Players in the Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow on July 7, 1924. In the splendid and delicate series of one-acts by Scots authors from Gowans & Gray. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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49 Bottomley, Gordon LYRIC PLAYS
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1932. First U.S. edition. Chocolate brown cloth with paper spine label printed in orange; decorative dust jacket with printed labels to cover and spine. Hardcover. Fine; in a very mildly age-darkened dust jacket with front flap corner-clipped, jacket spine label corner-chipped. Comprises ''Marsaili's Weeping''; ''Culbin Sands''; ''The Bower of Wandel''; ''Suilven and the Eagle''; ''Kirkconnel Lea''; ''The Woman from the Voe.'' 
With an introduction by the playwright. "At no time...since the seventeenth century has the requisite combination of dramatic and poetic talents existed until now in the person of Mr. Bottomley."--Lascelles Abercrombie. An unexpectedly fresh copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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50 Boucicault, Dion; Edited by Peter Thomson PLAYS BY DION BOUCICAULT
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1984). 0521283957 / 9780521283953 First edition, first printing: Paperbound issue. Hardcover. Mild age-toning, bump to the crown of the spine, else near fine in pictorial glossy wraps. Octavo. 238 pages; appendices, and bibliography. 
This is the first time that five plays by this virtuoso of the theatre have been gathered in one volume and given scholarly attention. His plays reflect the different theatrical traditions, Irish, English and American, in which he was a crucial figure. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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IL MERAVIGLIOSO VESTITO COLOR PANNA  e altre commedie  (The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and Other Plays), Bradbury, Ray
51 Bradbury, Ray IL MERAVIGLIOSO VESTITO COLOR PANNA e altre commedie (The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and Other Plays)
(Milano): Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, (1987). 8804297816 / 9788804297819 First Italian edition, first printing: a paperback. In the Teatro E Cinema series. A fine, unread copy in illustrated wraps. Cover art by Ferenc Pinter. 
First Italian appearance of Bradbury's plays, THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT, "The Veldt"; and "To the Chicago Abyss." With Bradbury's introduction. SIGNED by the author to the title-page. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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52 Brecht, Bertolt; English versions by Eric and Maja Bentley PARABLES FOR THE THEATER, Two Plays by Bertolt Brecht: The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, (1948). First edition: black binding with white lettering; graphic dust jacket in tones of black, brown and white. Hardcover. Light edgewear, pages a trifle age-toned, else near fine; in an age-toned, price-clipped dust jacket with wear to the edges, mildly creased short closed edge tear to front panel, very shallow nicking to edges and to flap folds. A nice copy, withal. 
A seminal figure in 20th century drama, Brecht, as theorist--has been abused by both boosters and detractors, yet his poetry and plays endure triumphant. First printing in any language of these two key works, in the Bentleys' superb, historic renderings. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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53 Browne, Walter EVERYWOMAN: Her Pilgrimage In Quest of Love, A Modern Morality Play
New York: The H.K. Fly Company Publishers, (1911). First edition, first printing. Illustrated with production photos. Over 100 performances at the Herald Square Theatre in NYC in 1911. Hardcover. Bright, fresh, fine copy in green cloth with gilt lettering and rules and sensational blind-debossed decoration depicting the masks of tragedy and comedy; in soiled, worn, nicked dust jacket with 1-inch chip to upper spine panel. 
Backstage allegory with music, by the baritone (he created Strephon in IOLANTHE), dramatic critic, and playwright. Filmed in 1919 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Charles Ogle (FRANKENSTEIN), Monte Blue, Bebe Daniels, Noah Beery, Lucien Littlefield. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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54 Carballido, Emilio THE GOLDEN THREAD And Other Plays
Austin and London: University of Texas Press, (1970). 0292700393 / 9780292700390 First edition, first printing. Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. Hardcover. Patch of dampstaining to upper fore-edge and small area of top page edges, thus very good; in sea-green cloth with gilt spine stamping; in a very nearly fine illustrated dust jacket with minor nicking at the spine ends. 
Collection of the Mexican playwright's richly poetic, deliciously theatrical plays--forays into the surreal, the fantastic and the macabre, including: THE MIRROR, THESEUS, THE TIME AND THE PLACE, THE INTERMEDIATE ZONE, THE CLOCKMAKER FROM CORDOBA. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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55 Carlell, Lodowick THE FOOL WOULD BE A FAVORIT: Or The Discreet Lover
[Waltham St. Lawrence]: Golden Cockerel Press, 1926. First edition thus. One of 550 numbered copies. The Berkshire Series III. Hardcover. Faint offsetting to endsheets (from dust jacket), else a fine, fresh example in textured cloth shelfback with printed spine label, over brown boards; in a very good plus, lightly worn and nicked, mildly soiled printed dust jacket. Many pages unopened. 
Tragicomedy by the lesser Jacobean playwright in a limited issue from the celebrated fine press. Printed from the Edition of 1657; with an Introduction by Allardyce Nicholl. 88 pages, plus corrections. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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56 Case, Alexander T.; with music by Ulderico Marcelli DON QUIJOTE: An Adventure of the Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha
(San Francisco): Bohemian Club, 1955. First edition, first printing. Printed by the Grabhorn Press. Hardcover. Fine, in red-on-red patterned cloth with burgundy lettering to spine; no dust jacket. With an afterword on the music by composer Marcelli. 
This copy inscribed and SIGNED by the composer Marcelli, who has appended a passage of music (with the lyric "Dulcinea)" to his signature. Marcelli (1882-1962) arranged the score for the Alla Nazimova film of SALOME (1923). 
Price: 150.00 USD
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57 Chekhov, Anton GREATEST PLAYS
Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, (1979). Reprint. Fine, as-new, in wine-red faux-leather binding with gilt lettering and decoration; hubbed spine, all edges gilt, decorative endpapers. 
The Russian doctor's THE CHERRY ORCHARD; THE SEA GULL; THE THREE SISTERS; and UNCLE VANYA. In the translations of Elisaveta Fen, and illustrated by Stan Hunter. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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58 Congreve, William; edited by Anthony G. Henderson THE COMEDIES OF WILLIAM CONGREVE
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1982) 0521289327 / 9780521289320 First edition, first printing: trade paperback issue. In the Plays by Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists series. Trade Paperback. Mild production crease to rear cover, else fine, an unread copy in slick illustrated wraps. Narrow octavo. 407 pages. 
The texts of the four comedies: THE OLD BATCHELOR, THE DOUBLE DEALER, LOVE FOR LOVE, and THE WAY OF THE WORLD, with introductions and short critical biography describing the conventions under which Congreve worked and the reception of his plays. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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59 Cristofer, Michael THE SHADOW BOX
New York: Drama Book Specialists (Publishers), (1977). 091048290X / 9780910482905 First edition, SECOND printing. SIGNED by the playwright. Hardcover. Fine in maroon cloth backed decorative boards, gilt spine titles; lacking the dust jacket. 
THE SHADOW BOX by Michael Cristofer is about death and dying. The play earned the 1977 Pulitzer Prize and, a Tony Award. The film version was directed by the late, Paul Newman and stars Joanne Woodward. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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60 Darlington, W.A. ALF'S BUTTON
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, (1920). First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Mild dust soiling to top edge, owner's discreet signature and date (1926) to front free endsheet, else a sharp, fresh fine copy in grey cloth with red lettering and rules; in a price-clipped illustrated dust jacket that is rubbed, nicked, spine-darkened. 
Comic fantasy based upon sketches the author created for the WWI-era PASSING SHOW, tells of a working-class soldier who conjures a djinn from a button on his uniform derived from Aladdin's lamp. Adapted for stage, screen; sequelled in ALF'S NEW BUTTON. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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