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First editions and rare books relating to the theatre, ranging from titles on set design, first edition plays, and histories, to signed souvenir programmes for seminal performances.

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  1. Alice in Wonderland toy theatre, with 33 hand-carved and painted figures.
    This remarkable handmade toy theatre recreates some of the most iconic scenes from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. The set contains 31 figures or groups derived from John Tenniel's line drawings, including the White Rabbit, Alice's meeting with the... Learn More
    £7,850

    Stock Code: 107020

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  2. The Story of My Life.
    First edition, large paper issue, extra illustrated state. One of 1,000 numbered copies of which the first 250 were signed; this copy is number 42 and signed by Terry on the limitation page. An excellently preserved copy. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 112379

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  3. South Pacific. A Musical Play.
    First edition, first printing. The book version of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, with three illustrations from photographs of the original cast. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112334

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  4. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.
    First edition, first impression. Number 386 of 500 copies. A collection of letters from Shaw and Yeats to Florence Farr (1860-1917), a London-based actress of great beauty and dynamism. She was deeply involved with both Yeats and Bernard Shaw, both theatrically (acting in plays written by them, often specifically for her)... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 112230

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  5. The Provincetown.
    First edition, first printing, of this history of the avant-garde theatre company, from its inception in 1915 to its close in 1929. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 109987

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  6. Beltaine.
    First one-volume edition, being a re-issue of the journal's three first issues. "The Numbers, in their original wrappers, have been simply encased in boards, for preservation on the bookshelf, with no addition save that of a Table of Contents to Number One" (publisher's note). Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 109990

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  7. Plays based on the stories of Beatrix Potter.
    WILLIAMS, E. Harcourt. The Tailor of Gloucester: A play from the story by Beatrix Potter. London: Frederick Warne & Co., [1930] & [c. 1933]. 3 works, octavo. Original buff wrappers, titles and vignette to covers in green. First edition: A fine copy. Later issues: wrappers a little creased, nicked and spotted. One copy... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 109504

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  8. Les Danses a Bali.
    First edition, first impression. The 6-page essay by Antonin Artaud, who was profoundly influenced by Balinese theatre, was first published in issue 217 of Nouvelle Revue Fran Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 109312

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  9. The Servants.
    First and limited edition, number 61 of 125 copies and signed on the limitation leaf by Iris Murdoch, William Mathias, producer Adrian Slack, conductor Anthony Hose, designers Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe. "Murdoch cut the [original] play by half for the libretto. Two of the original characters are cut... and a... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107955

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  10. Il Solimano Tragedia.
    First edition of this famous opera about Suleyman the Magnificent's execution of his son Mustafa. "One of the earliest Turkish operas was written in 1619 by the Italian Prospero Bonarelli, whose Il Solimano became the blueprint for many eponymous operas and for other operas that employed elements of its plot" (Berman, German... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109664

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  11. Oklahoma!
    First edition, first printing, of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. Based on Lynn Riggs's play, Green Grow the Lilacs (1931), Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway on 31 March 1943 and ran for a record 2,212 consecutive performances. It is still viewed as one of the greatest of all musicals, and is particularly... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106890

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  12. Don't Drink the Water.
    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. The play was first performed November 17, 1966 at the Morosco Theatre in New York City starring Dick Libertini and House Jameson. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112337

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  13. On the Art of the Theatre.
    First edition, first impression, trade issue, of Craig's "highly influential book On the Art of the Theatre, in which he expounded his visionary ideas". Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 106995

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  14. Kismet. A Musical Arabian Night.
    First edition, first printing. This Edwin Lester production of Kismet premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on 3 December 1953. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 104312

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  15. 'Noh' or Accomplishment.
    First edition, first impression, scarce: "1250 sets of sheets were printed (of which an unknown number were used for the American issue)" (Gallup). This copy has the imprint at the foot of the spine lettered: Macmillan| & Co, and the endpapers are wove paper; Gallup speculates that these may be issue points but does not... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 105751

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  16. The Chinese Drama.
    First edition, first impression, uncommon: Copac records just 5 copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, SOAS, Durham, National Library of Scotland, St Andrews). A most attractively produced book by the colonial administrator and Sinologist Sir Reginald Fleming Johnston (1874-1938), tutor and... Learn More
    £775

    Stock Code: 104788

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  17. The Plague and the Moonflower Libretto.
    First edition, first impression. The Plague and the Moonflower, an oratorio with a libretto by Ralph Steadman, was commissioned by Richard Gregson-Williams in 1989 for the Exeter Festival. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 104095

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  18. His Majesty's Embassy & Other Plays.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Alfred Duff Cooper, the British diplomat and author. "Mr C., from Major B." This copy has the bookplate of Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), who was the director of Sotheby's and noted bibliophile. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 103500

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  19. Sarah Bernhardt.
    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "William Nicholson, from Maurice Baring 1934", possibly to society painter and designer William Nicholson. Both Baring and Nicholson lived in the East Sussex village of Rottingdean in the first part of the twentieth century. From the library... Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 103366

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  20. Occasional Papers Dramatic and Historical.
    First edition, second impression, same month as the first; this copy inscribed "with my good wishes H.B. Irving, 1919" on the half-title. The son of the great actor-manager, Harry Brodribb was intended for the Law, but after graduating from New College, Oxford and being called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, he turned to... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 102569

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