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61 Dunsany, Lord FIVE PLAYS
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1918. Later printing. In the Modern Drama Series edited by Edwin Bjorkman. Hardcover. Hint of soiling to the page edges, else fine in maroon cloth with gilt spine lettering; in an about near fine printed dust jacket with light rubbing, edgewear, a few tiny nicks. 
Comprises: THE GODS OF THE MOUNTAIN; "The Golden Doom"; KING ARGIMENES AND THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR; "The Glittering Gate"; "The Lost Silk Hat"--by the man "who has written at least two of the greatest plays of modern times."--Clayton Hamilton. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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62 Dunsany, Lord IF: A Play in Four Acts
New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons/The Knickerbocker Press, 1922. First U.S. edition, second printing. So stated on copyright page. Hardcover. About near fine, with fading and wear to spine label, wear to edges and covers, abrasion at corners; in a very good only price-clipped dust jacket: soiled, chipped, split at spine folds, nicked, age-darkened. 
"To praise a new play of Dunsany's is, to my mind, like commending a sunset as a satisfactory event, or expressing a favorable opinion of the beauty of flowers."--William Beebe, foreword. Time travel/alternate world play from the Anglo-Irish bard. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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63 Dunsany, Lord PLAYS OF GODS AND MEN
Boston: John W. Luce & Company, (1917). First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Minor shelfwear, else very good; black cloth spine over maroon paper-covered boards, gilt-stamped titles; lacking the dust jacket. 
Collects the Anglo-Irish fabulist's plays: THE LAUGHTER OF THE GODS; "The Queen's Enemies"; THE TENTS OF THE ARABS; and "A Night at the Inn." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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New York/London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1929. First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good only, with rear inner hinge beginning to crack, but holding strong, light wear to edges, some minor insect nibbling to front cover, heavy chipping and age-darkening to spine label, areas of fading and darkening to covers; lacking dust jacket. 
Comprises: "Atalanta in Wimbledon"; "The Raffle"; "The Journey of the Soul"; "In Holy Russia"; "His Sainted Grandmother"; "The Hopeless Passion of Mr. Bunyon"; "The Jest of Hahalaba." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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London: Faber and Faber Limited, (1939). First edition, second state dust jacket. Hardcover. Very good plus: mild crimp to spine crown, slight spine lean, pages age-toned, previous owner's name to front free endsheet, tiny hole through first few leaves; in printed dust jacket that is nicked, rubbed and lightly edgeworn, and faded to spine panel. 
Eliot's verse play, in the second state dust jacket, mauve with black lettering. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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66 Fierstein, Harvey TORCH SONG TRILOGY
New York, N.Y.: The Gay Presses of New York, (1983). Seventh printing: a trade paperback original. Trade Paperback. Previous owner's blind stamp to title-page, mild wear at extremities, else a nearly fine, unread copy in photo-illustrated wraps. 
The outrageous, groundbreaking triad with the unlikely drag queen hero won Fierstein two Tonys--one for his play and another for his performance. This copy inscribed, SIGNED by: Fierstein, cast members Jonathan Hadary, Estelle Getty, Brian Kerwin, more. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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67 Fitzgerald, F. Scott; Edited with an Introduction by Alan Margolies F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S ST. PAUL PLAYS: 1911-1914
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Library, 1978. 0878110224 / 9780878110223 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Tall octavo. 166 pages. Illustrated with facsimiles. 
While he was still in his teens, Fitzgerald wrote four plays that were produced by a local theatre group in St. Paul. These plays--which are mostly romantic adventures--are collected in this edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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68 Flavin, Martin AROUND THE CORNER: An American Play for the American People
New York: Dramatists Play Service Inc., 1937. First edition, first printing: acting edition. A hint of age-darkening to covers, else fine, in printed, perfect-bound wraps. Preface by Clayton Hamilton; excerpt from an address by the author before the National Fine Arts Conference in November of 1936. 
Depression-era drama, "written with great probity, earnestness, good will and sympathy."--Arthur Pollock. Flavin is perhaps best known today for his play, THE CRIMINAL CODE, basis for the Howard Hawks film featuring Boris Karloff in a key early role. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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69 Flecker, James Elroy HASSAN: The Story of Hassan of Bagdad and How he Came to Make the Golden Journey to Samarkand, A Play in Five Acts
London: William Heinemann, 1922. First edition. Hardcover. Mild offsetting to endsheets, else a very nearly fine copy in textured jade-green cloth lettered in gilt to front cover and spine; in a printed dust jacket that shows some very shallow nicking at the spine ends, and some mild rubbing. A lovely copy. 
Witty and lyrical play of old Bagdad by the British poet who served as Vice-Consul at Beirut and died at thirty from tuberculosis. "Unquestionably the greatest premature loss that English literature has suffered since the death of Keats."--Macdonald. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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70 Fredro, Alexander; translated, with an Introduction and Commentaries, by THE MAJOR COMEDIES OF ALEXANDER FREDRO
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Library, 1969. 0691061513 / 9780691061511 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Tiny, discreet address label to pastedown, else fine, in full orange-red cloth with gilt stamping against a black spine panel; in a faintly age-toned, near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. 
Five of the Polish Moliere's major comedies, two of which, HUSBAND AND WIFE and THE LIFE ANNUITY appear here for the first time in English. The other three: LADIES AND HUSSARS; MAIDENS' VOWS or THE MAGNETISM OF THE HEART; THE VENGEANCE. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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London: W.H. Allen, 1968. 0491000421 / 9780491000420 First edition. Hardcover. Felt-tip pen black-out of copyright information on copyright page, as per the custom with UK publications sold overseas, else a fine copy in a mildly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Trio of plays: THE PEONS, THE FIRE-BRINGERS, and THE BROODING ANGEL, by the distinguished American poet, critic and novelist. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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72 Frost, Robert A MASQUE OF REASON
New York: Henry Holt and Company, (1954). 1580600964 / 9781580600965 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A whisper of wear at the shelf edges, pages age-toned--as expected, else fine, in blue cloth with gilt spine titles; in a very lightly worn, mildly age-toned, price-clipped, near fine dust jacket. A lovely example! 
Blank verse play about Job, Job's Wife and God, published on the occasion of the poet's 70th birthday. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the front free endpaper. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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73 Frost, Robert A WAY OUT: A One Act Play
New York: The Harbor Press, 1929. First edition, first printing: limited to 485 hand-numbered copies, SIGNED by the author at the end of the Preface. This is number 268. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-stamped black cloth backstrip over terra-cotta paper-covered boards; in custom mylar dust protector. 
Scarce first and only separate edition of a play which first appeared in SEVEN ARTS MAGAZINE in February, 1917, and was reprinted in MORE ONE ACT PLAYS BY MODERN AUTHORS in 1927. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1943. First edition, first printing: a chapbook original. One of an edition of 96 numbered copies SIGNED by Bernheimer. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, stringbound within printed cardstock covers. Quarto. 
Two pages, "reproduced from the original manuscript of the first draft of an unpublished play by Robert Frost"--THE GUARDEEN, Act I: Richard Makes His Bed. The original manuscript bears a presentation to Bernheimer from Frost, here captured in facsimile. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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75 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN with The Iron Hand. A Drama in Five Acts. From the German of Goethe
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1837. First U.S. edition. Original brown or faded purple cloth, with gilt-embossed front panel titles. Hardcover. Substantial foxing throughout, covers show some spots of staining, mild insect nibbling along the spine gutter, minor splits to cloth at the spine ends, else a good copy. Small octavo. Preface contains an informed history of the drama; [11]-185 pages. 
A new translation of Goethe's first work (1773), based on the life of Götz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), a German knight and adventurer, romanticized in legend as a German Robin Hood. An influential play--that brought Goethe immediate acclaim. A classic! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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76 Gray, Spalding SEX AND DEATH TO THE AGE 14
New York: Vintage Books/A Division of Random House, (1986). 0394742575 / 9780394742571 Trade Paperback reprint. Though the copyright page states ''First Edition''--this is a later printing, indicated by the ''987'' number line. Trade Paperback. Fine, an unread copy in color photo-pictorial wraps. 
"A disarming mixture of the innocent and libertine. Gray is one of the most candid confessors since Frank Harris."--Mel Gussow. "A sit-down monologist with the soul of a stand-up comedian."--NY Times. This copy SIGNED by the author to the title-page. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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77 Greene, Graham THE POTTING SHED: A Drama in Three Acts
New York: Samuel French, Inc., (c1957). First edition thus: acting edition. Age toning to pages and to spine, else nearly fine, staplebound within printed, cardstock wraps. 
"A truly distinguished a matter of fact it was by far the finest new foreign play of the past season."--Caldwell Titcomb. Produced on the Broadway stage in 1957 with Frank Conroy and Sybil Thorndike. Conroy won a Tony. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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78 Grillparzer, Franz SAPPHO: A Tragedy in Five Acts
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1876. First U.S. edition thus. In the translation with prefaces by Ellen Frothingham. Former owner's discreet stamp and 1877-dated signature to flyleaf. Hardcover. Small area of abrasion (sticker removal) to front pastedown, offsetting to first page of text and copyright page (from a clipping that had been laid in), else a bright, near fine copy in green cloth, decorated in black, lettered in gilt; no dust jacket. 
Second play by the important Austrian author and his first in what would become his verse form of choice, iambic pentameter. His works are notable for their "vigorous gestural language--the ideal of 'word and image working together."'--W.E. Yates. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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79 Hansberry, Lorraine A RAISIN IN THE SUN: A Drama in Three Acts
New York: Random House, (2002). 0375508333 / 9780375508332 First edition thus. Frontispiece still. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, dust jacket. 
Facsimile edition set from the first edition published in 1959 of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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80 Hare, David OBEDIENCE, STRUGGLE & REVOLT: Lectures on Theatre
(London): Faber and Faber, (2005). 0571228720 / 9780571228720 First edition, first printing: review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Octavo. 245 pages. 
With a serious eye on social issues--tempered by a distinct irreverence--Hare dissects the role of entertainment in contemporary society, mapping, in the process, a dynamic new trajectory for post-millennium theater. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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