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1 Asadour, Zabel. Parlakian, Nishan (translator) The Bride.
Whitestone, NY Griffon House 1987 no Trade Paperback Very Good 
Trade paperback. 63 pp. Signed on the title page, with a short inscription, by the translator. An English language translation of the play 'The Bride' by the noted late 19th, early 20th century ethinic Armenian poet and author, Zabel Asadour (also known as Sibil). VERY GOOD condition. Some curling along the extremities. Minor scuffing and fading. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 Beazley, Samuel The Boarding House; or Five Hours at Brighton. A Musical Farce
New York The Longworths, at the Dramatic Repository, Shakespeare-Gallery, Publisher 1812 no Disbound Poor 
From the second London edition of 1811. Small pamphlet, apparently disbound from a larger work. Lacking any wraps that may have been issued ONLY the first 30 of 43 pages present, LACKING the last 13. A farcical play in two acts, written by Samuel Beazley, a noted English architect and playwright. Beazley designed several London theatres as well as writing hundreds of comedies and farces. POOR/FAIR condition, reference copy only, lacking the aforementioned pages. Title page rather browned, with minor to moderate soiling and minor foxing. Minor scattered foxing in the interior, with some offsetting to the text. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Stari Hrikhovodnyky (startsuny ta divchatka) : tragikomediia na 3 Dii, Belaia, Sofia Nikolaevna
3 Belaia, Sofia Nikolaevna Stari Hrikhovodnyky (startsuny ta divchatka) : tragikomediia na 3 Dii
Lviv Vyd-vo Teatral?na Biblioteka 1929 no Wraps Fair 
Wraps, with front bearing an illustrated theatrical type border.. 26 pp, plus 2 pages of ads. All text in POLISH/UKRAINIAN. An apparent tragicomedy by Sofie Belaia. According to the Dictionary of Russian Women Writers, several volumes of her plays were published around 1910, and she was prolific both in original writing and stage adaptions of other work. The same work goes on to state that 'Belaia easily adapted the same plot lines and views on the class struggle to the demands of the Soviet stage,' with her work revolving 'around a romantic plotline.' (Dictionary of Russian Women Writers p. 72). FAIR condition. Wrappers rather browned especially along the extremities. General fading and minor soiling. Moderate small chips and tearing to the extremities, with the piece splitting along the spine. Paper rather browned in the interior. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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4 Belasco, David A Souvenir of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as Presented by David Belasco at the Lyceum Theatre, New York December 21, 1922
New York Privately Printed 1923 no Wraps Good 
Cardboard stock covers in brown printed paper wraps (adhered to the covers). Folio. 173 pp. With a section of 28 photo plates. With another gift inscription present from Craig (Timberlake, an American stage actor). A privately issued work commemorating the 1922 production of the Merchant of Venice, providing Belasco's commentary on the play, the cast of characters, photo plates, and tributes. David Belasco was an American theatrical producer, as well as a playwright and director. He was influential in American stage design, and used emerging technology to create state of the art theaters in New York (see Wikipedia). GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy chipping and minor tearing along the extremities, with some small areas of loss. Spine chipped and worn at the extremities. A two inch split along the upper front hinge. Minor soiling and general toning. Text solid, with minor toning. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Souvenir of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as Presented by David Belasco at the Lyceum Theatre, New York December 21, 1922., Belasco, David
5 Belasco, David A Souvenir of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as Presented by David Belasco at the Lyceum Theatre, New York December 21, 1922.
New York Privately Printed 1922 no Soft Cover Good 
Cardboard stock covers in brown printed paper wraps (adhered to the covers). Folio. 173 pp. With a section of 28 photo plates. SIGNED, with an inscription, by David Belasco, and dated 1927. With another gift inscription present from the recipient to Craig (Timberlake, an American stage actor). A privately issued work commemorating the 1922 production of the Merchant of Venice, providing Belasco's commentary on the play, the cast of characters, photo plates, and tributes. David Belasco was an American theatrical producer, as well as a playwright and director. He was influential in American stage design, and used emerging technology to create state of the art theaters in New York (see Wikipedia). GOOD condition. A large chip missing from the lower front wrap, with a smaller chip, also missing at the lower center edge of the same wrap. Mostly minor chipping, creasing and tearing along the wrappers. Minor soiling and toning. Previous owner's large decorative bookplate on the inside front cover. Text solid, with minor toning. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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6 Brecht, Bertolt Trial of Lucullus. A Play for the Radio
New York New Directions 1943 no First American Edition Original Wraps Good 
First US edition. Original wraps in dust wrapper.. Printed at the Marchbanks Press. Translated by H.R. Hays. Un-paginated. A play imagining the trial after death of a Roman general and conqueror, offering a voice to those previously oppressed by him and his armies. The Swiss broadcast this play during the invasion of Poland, and it is an allegorical piece reflecting on the actions of Hitler and Nazi Germany. GOOD+ condition. Moderate to heavy fading along the spine of the jacket, with otherwise minor fading along the extremities. Minor soiling to the jacket. A few very small tears along the extremities. Interior clean and solid with minor toning to the paper. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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7 Brissaud, Pierre cover Illustrator Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique Saison 1931-1932. Pelleas et Melisande. Samedi 21 Mai 1932
No Place No printer or publisher Given 1932 no Original Wraps Good Brissaud, Pierre 
Unpaginated. Original wraps. A theater program for a production of Debussy's opera Pelleas and Melisande, featuring black and white photos of cast members. Of note is the cover illustration by Pierre Brissaud featuring a black and white silhouette of the orchestra at the bottom and two actors and the stage done in apparent gilt style coloring, with black and white shading. In FAIR condition with dampstaining evident along the cover extremities, affecting the lower of the last half of the booklet. Moderate darkening and general fading to the covers. Minor to moderate soiling to the rear cover. Slight creasing and minor edgewear. General fading to the interior with minor scattered soiling. Nice cover art by Pierre Brissaud. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Budry, Maurice Trois Petits tours pour les Marionettes. Les Cahiers Romands Deuxieme Serie. No. 3
Lausanne Librairie Payot et Cie 1932 no Limited Quarter Leather Good No Jacket Signed by Author
#9 of 35 copies SIGNED by the author. Blue marbled paper covered boards with a blue leather spine (not as issued). Original wraps bound in. 136 pp. All text in French. A collection of three plays by this author and lyricist. GOOD+ condition. Heavy scuffing/fading to the leather along the spine. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. Some browning to the paper. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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9 Chekhov, Anton. Translated by Elisaveta Fen Greatest Plays
Pennsylvania The Franklin Library 1979 no Half-Leather Fine No Jacket Stan Hunter 
In leather with gilt decorated boards and marbled endpapers. All page edges gilt. Plays include The Cherry Orchard, The Sea Gull, The Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya. In FINE condition with no visible wear. Nice! 
Price: 15.00 USD
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10 Clampitt, Amy Mad With Joy or "A Guilty Thing Surprized." A chronicle in Two Acts
No Place No Publisher no Wraps Very Good 
No publisher, place or date. Blue wraps with a black comb binding. 8 by 11 inches. 80 pages, apparently photomechanically reproduced at some point. Printed on single sides only. A printing of this play by Clampitt, which imagines a period in the life of Dorothy Wordsworth. This was given a staged reading in Massachusetts in 1993 (from the foreword of the Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt). Although not indicated in the book, this is from the collection of Georgiana Peacher, an author and poet. OCLC records indicate an 80 page manuscript of this is held by Grinnell College, with no copies of this format listed. VERY GOOD condition. Minor soiling and rubbing to the covers. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Shanghai Gesture: a Play, Colton, John
11 Colton, John The Shanghai Gesture: a Play
New York Boni and Liveright 1926 no First Edition Cloth Good No Jacket 
First edition. Black cloth. No jacket. 256 pp. A noirish play set in a casino in Shanghai, China that follows the lives of transplanted and somewhat outcast Americans in a foreign land. Made into a 1941 movie of the same name. GOOD condition. Semicircular ring stain and area of discoloration to the front cover, resulting in some bubbling to the cloth in that area. General fading, minor soiling and scuffing. Several small spots of discoloration to the cloth. Minor edgewear. Paper toned. Owner's gift inscription present. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 Davies, Robertson A Masque of Aesop
Toronto Clarke, Irwin and Company 1952 no First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good Grant Macdonald 
First edition. Hard cover in unclipped jacket. Illustrations by Grant Macdonald. 47 pages. A play by Davies based in ancient Greece and using the dramatic tool of the masque. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Jacket in mylar. Minor general foxing to the jacket, with general fading and very minor soiling. Spine sunned. Small tear and crease present near the upper front cover hinge. Minor scuffing and a few small tears along the jacket extremities with a tiny chip missing from the head of the spine. Minor uneven fading and darkening to the book. Light edgewear. Interior clean and solid with a previous owner's small address label on the first endpaper. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Blind Men, De Ghelderode, Michel
13 De Ghelderode, Michel The Blind Men
Northhampton, MA The Apiary Press 1961 no First Edition Quarter Leather Very Good No Jacket 
First edition, #36 of 50 copies, bound by hand by Anna B. Held. Red leather spine with decorative paper covered boards. Quarto. 30 pages, including endpapers. Signed by the illustrator. Stated 25th book printed at the Apiary press. Illustrations by Anna B. Held. A fine press printing of this avant-garde Belgian playwright's work. Printed at the Apiary Press at Smith College, under the tutelage of Leonard Baskin, a noted American sculptor, print maker and printer. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading and scuffing along the leather spine. Very light toning to the covers. Light soiling/finger smudging to the endpapers. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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14 Dowson, Ernest The Pierrot of the Minute. A Dramatic Phantasy in One Act
Portland, ME Thomas B. Mosher [The Mosher Press.] 1913 no Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
One of 950 copies printed on Van Gelder Hand-Made Paper. Original boards. 38pp. A short play from Dowson. In GOOD condition. Mostly minor darkening along the book extremities, with a faint pinkish stain along the bottom front cover. Spine sunned. Some loss to the head of spine with minor wear to the paper label. Interior solid with a sporadic faint dampstain affecting the lower corner of several of the pages throughout. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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15 Dryden, John The Spanish Fryar: or the Double Discovery. A Comedy. Written by Mr. Dryden. Marked with the Variations in the Manager's Book, at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden
London Printed for W. Strahan; T. Davies; T. Lowndes, Etc 1776 no Disbound Good 
Disbound. 90pp plus 2 pages of ads for plays from T Lowndes and Partners. There may be a page missing after this ad, as the plays end with the letter R. Lacking any endpapers and half titles that may have existed. In GOOD condition with minor, mostly along the extremities. Scattered minor foxing throughout. Minor wear to the extremities. Two small pen lines in the margin of the last page of ads. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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16 Falconer, Edmund The Husband of an Hour. An Original Drama, In two periods. French's Standard Drama No. CCC
New York Samuel French no Original Wraps Good 
No date, circa 1875 based on OCLC records. Yellow wraps. 46 pages. Includes brief instructions on the costumes, as well as cast lists for London, New York and Providence, R.I. performances in 1857. A play set in the early part of Louis XVI's reign. Edmund Falconer, (or Edmund O'Rourke) was an Irish writer and playwright, gaining fame for his London staged plays, as well as becoming a noted actor in the 1860's. In GOOD condition. General fading, minor soiling and creasing to the wraps. Small stain on the lower rear cover. Light scuffing along the extremities with a small chip to the upper left front corner. Minor foxing to the interior. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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17 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Margolies, Alan (editor) F. Scott Fitzgerald's St. Paul Plays 1911-1914
Princeton Princeton University Library 1978 no Cloth Very Good Very Good 
Green cloth in unclipped jacket. 166 pp. With a few photos. A collection of previously unpublished plays, transcribed from manuscripts saved from F. Scott Fitzgerald's time at the St. Paul Academy in Minnesota. Textual notes by Margolies throughout. VERY GOOD condition. MInor fading, rubbing, soiling and edgewear to the jacket. Minor foxing to the cloth and fore edge. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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18 Fugard, Athol "Master Harold" and the Boys. A Play
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1982 no First American Edition Cloth Near Fine Very Good 
First US edition. Beige cloth in unclipped jacket. 60 pp. A play reflecting racial tensions and racism in 1950's South Africa. VERYGOOD jacket on a NEAR FINE book. Small dark square present at the lower front jacket, likely from a removed sticker. Minor edgewear. Very minor fading and edgewear to the book. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Epitome of the Historical Drama,
19 Fukuchi Epitome of the Historical Drama, "Kasuga-No-Tsubone" (written by Mr. Fukuchi) and other plays performed by Danjuro and his Troupe, at the Kabukiza Theatre May, 1903
Kobiki-Cho, Tokyo Kabukiza Theatre, presumed Publisher no Wraps Fair 
no date, perhaps 1903. Printed wraps. 9 pages. Page 8 blank, with Japanese characters on the last page. Otherwise all text in English. A summary of scenes and acts, with a little printed dialogue of several plays performed at the Kabuki-za Theatre in Tokyo in 1903. This includes Kasuga-No-Tsubone, Suo-Otoshi and Onna-Date Komagata Osen. These were apparently performed by Ichikawa Danjuro IX, a noted Kabuki actor of the Meiji Period, and considered a key factor in the continued popularity of Kabuki theater at that time (see Wikipedia). May, 1903 was Danjuro's last performance (he died in September of that year). The Kabuki-za Theatre was built in 1889 and rebuilt in 1921, continuing the Kabuki theater to the present. It was founded by Fukuchi Gen'ichiro, who wrote many of the plays that featured Danjuro (Wikipedia). FAIR condition. Moderate chipping, tearing and loss along the extremities, including what appears to be some nibbling at the lower right corner. Horizontal fold crease present. Heavy browning to the paper, which is rather brittle. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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20 Gilder, Rosamond; Gielgud, John John Gielgud's Hamlet. A Record of Performance with notes on costume, scenery and stage Business
New York Oxford University Press 1937 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Black cloth. No jacket. 234 pp. With a few black and white illustrations. A detailed study of the portrayal of Hamlet by John Gielgud, as well as a section by Gielgud on the character and performing of Hamlet, as well as costume design for the character. Gielgud was a noted British actor, perhaps best known for his Shakespearian acting. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy fading to the covers. Minor to moderate uneven soiling. Extremities bumped, scuffed and rather worn. Some toning to the paper in the interior. Remains of a bookplate on the inside rear cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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