New York: Dec 9, 1932. Variant of the portrait published in PORTRAITS: the Photographs of Carl Van Vechten... Read More about Portrait photograph of Clare Boothe Luce
London: Chapman and Hall, 1866-7. Second Edition. Extensively revised by Dyce for this edition; in his preface, he virtually disavows the first edition of 1857 in which he retained readings of a “much more doubtful character,” influenced as he writes, “perhaps unconsciously, by the example of Malone and of some..... Read More about The Works of William Shakespeare. The Text Revised by the Rev. Alexander Dyce. In Nine Volumes
London: Constable, 1919. First Edition. Heartbreak House is one of Shaw's greatest plays, and Lady Utterword, “a woman of the world” is a leading character. Read More about Heartbreak House, Great Catherine and Playlets of War
London: 29th August 1936. Shaw Licenses ‘Man and Superman’ for Stratford-upon-Avon. Standard license for Shaw’s plays, in this instance for a December 1936 performance of Man and Superman at the Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.Roy Limbert (1893-1954) was co-founder with Sir Barry Jackson of the Malvern Drama Festival and after 1937 became..... Read More about Partially printed Document, Signed (“G Bernard Shaw”): Private. Mr. Bernard Shaw’s Plays....
London: Constable, 1926. First Edition. Read More about Translations and Tomfooleries
London: James Ridgway, 1799. First edition, fine paper issue. First edition, fine paper issue, of Sheridan's adaptation of August von Kotzebue's Die Spanien in Peru. The play opened on 24 May 1799 and was an immense success; it ran for 31 nights and was published in 15 editions in the... Read More about Pizarro: a Tragedy in Five Acts; as Performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane: Taken from the...
London: C. and S. Thompson, [n.d., ca. 1775]. First edition. Rare first edition of the score of Sheridan's The Duenna. Following the success of The Rivals, Sheridan engaged the help of his father-in-law, Thomas Linley, Sr, to score the libretto to his next major project, a three-act burlesque opera set... Read More about The Duenna or Double Elopement, a Comic-Opera as Performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden...
London: Henry Colburn, 1826. First edition. With the finely engraved bookplate of Lord Battersea, engraved by C. W. Sherborn Signed on ffep Henry Lee Warner, Tiberton Library, 1834. Read More about Sheridiana; or, anecdotes of the life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan; his table-talk and bon mots
London: Printed for T. Becket. Adelphi, Strand, 1781. First edition, without final ad or half-title. Read More about The Critic
London: T. Becket, 1781. First edition, mixed state. There are five 1781 "editions" so denoted on the oft-missing half-title. In a note in the summer 1956 Book Collector Todd argues that these editions are in fact re-impressions and not separate editions. Sheets of the various printings seem to have been... Read More about The Critic: or, a Tragedy Rehearsed
Oxford: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1924. Read More about The Dramatic Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan
London: T.N. Longman, 1794. First edition, first issue. The first authorized edition of the dialogue and libretto of Sheridan's immensely popular opera The Duenna. It was first performed at Covent Garden on 21 November 1775 to a score by Sheridan's father-in-law, Thomas Linley, Sr. Following the premier the libretto was... Read More about The Duenna: A Comic Opera in Three Acts
London: John Wilkie, 1775. First edition, second issue. First edition, second issue, with page 79 correctly numbered and no catchword on p. 100. Attractive large copy of Sheridan's first published play, one of the great English comedies, featuring the deliciously ludicrous Mrs. Malaprop: "If I reprehend any thing in this... Read More about The Rivals, a Comedy
Dublin: s.n, 1777. Dublin piracy. Pirated Dublin edition of Sheridan's popular burlesque opera The Duenna, with the title and character names changed. An early owner has supplied the correct names in pencil on the dramatis personæ page (i.e. "Isaac" for Enoch Issachar, "Antonio" for Octavio). The text was taken down..... Read More about The Governess, a Comic Opera: as It is Performed at the Theatre-Royal in Crow-Street
Dublin: J. Ewling, n.d. [?1799]. Later piracy. This Dublin piracy was long thought to be the first edition, and is recorded as such by Wise and Williams. Another Dublin piracy, printed in 1780 is now acknowledged as the first (cf. Nettleton & Case, British Dramatists, p. 941 & Rothschild 1845)... Read More about The School for Scandal. A Comedy
Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Bradford book-seller and stationer, no. 8, South Front-Street, 1794. First American edition, with half-title of Libretto Only. Read More about The Sicilian romance: or, The apparition of the cliffs, an opera, by Henry Siddons. As performed...
np: Thursday, no year. The great actress Sarah Siddons writes a humourous letter to one of her confidants to decline an invitation, and also to report a scare of scarlet fever at her daughter's school. In part:"'Time Time' Oh that one could but make Time as the people make gass!..... Read More about Autograph Letter Signed ("S. Siddons,") to "The Hon. Miss [Sophia] Upton",...
London: H. Playford, B. Tooke and S. Buckley, 1696. First edition. First edition of Thomas Southerne's popular stage adaptation of Aphra Behn's 1688 short novel about the Surinam slave trade. Complete with the final blank, M4. "This tragi-comedy, which is based on a novel of the same name by Mrs... Read More about Oroonoko: A Tragedy as it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal, by His Majesty's Servants
New York: Random House, 1953. First edition. INSCRIBED by the Spewacks to John Farrar's wife, Margaret, “Who gave us the thrill of a lifetime when we ‘led’ her Cross Word Puzzle. This is to say “thank you’ in our own swell way. Sam & Bella Spewack, Sept 29, 1953 N.Y.C.”Margaret..... Read More about My 3 Angels
Edinburgh: Robert Freebairn, 1714. First Edinburgh edition. Edinburgh edition of a pamphlet challenging Steele's assertion in The Crisis that the Hanoverian succession was in jeopardy due to Tory preference for The Old Pretender. The charge lead to Steele's expulsion from Parliament for sedition. Written by an unnamed clergyman, who signs... Read More about Remarks on Mr. Steele's Crisis. By One of the Clergy, &c. By One of the Clergy. In a Letter...
London: J. Roberts, 1714. Anonymous account of the controversy stemming from Steele's assertion in The Crisis that the Hanoverian succession was in jeopardy due to Tory preference for The Old Pretender. The charge lead to Steele's expulsion from Parliament for sedition on 18 March 1714. The present pamphlet is dated... Read More about The Case of Richard Steele, Esq; Being an Impartial Account of the Proceedings Against Him. In a...
London: W. Chetwood, et al, 1720. First edition. First edition of this pamphlet challenging the legality of Steele’s dismissal as governor of the Drury Lane playhouse following his opposition to the Peerage Bill. Read More about The State of the Case Between the Lord-Chamberlain of His Majesty's Houshold [sic], and the...
London: J. Tonson, 1723. First edition. ESTC identifies 7 separate settings, which can be distinguished by press figures; the present copy has press figures 11-4, 47-6, & 48-2.[Bound with:] FENTON, Eliijah. Mariamne. A Tragedy. Acted at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields. [viii], 75,  pp. London: J. Tonson, 1723. First... Read More about The Conscious Lovers. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane, by His...
London: Jacob Tonson, 1702 [but 1701]. First edition. First edition of Fielding's first play, published in December 1701 "to coincide with the opening of the comedy at the Drury Lane Theatre in that month. The principal players—Robert Wilks, Colley Cibber, Anne Oldfield—were to be associated with Steele for the rest..... Read More about The Funeral: or, Grief A-la-Mode. A Comedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane