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London: 1925. 1 page, 8 x 5 inches, Parliament Hill, London, February 2, 1925, sending thanks to the recipient, in part: "...Please accept my warm thanks for the copy of one-act plays for stage study which I have received this morning from your London office. It is, indeed, a most handsomely produced volume..." Very good condition. English playwright best known for his work "Hobson's Choice." He was also a prominent member of the Manchester School of dramatists.
1945. 7 x 5 inches with a quarter-inch white border, no place, no date, circa 1945 -- a black-and-white shoulder-up image of Burke looking glamorous. Pinhole in the top border; small paper loss on the borders from the removal of an adhesive. Very good(-) condition. American actress best remembered for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in the musical "The Wizard of Oz."
1959. Original signed Playbill program for the 1959 production of "Once upon a Mattress," her breakout success and Broadway debut, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. This is the earliest Playbill printing as Mattress opened at the Phoenix Theatre and was originally listed as an "Off-Broadway Play." It eventually graduated to the status of a genuine Broadway hit and moved from theatre to theatre including residencies at the Cort and Winter Garden, and St. James. A wonderful item...
New York: 1959. Playbill for the 1959 production of "Once Upon A Mattress" at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Boldly signed with a black marker on the cover. This was her breakout success and Broadway debut, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Some edgewear, still overall in very good condition. American actress, comedian, singer, and writer whose career spans six decades of television.
1965. 9.25 x 7.25-inch colorized closeup photo of Burton gazing off to the side -- no place, no date, circa 1965. Inscribed beside his face: "To Jere, Best wishes, Richard Burton." Matted in white and set in a beaded gold and black frame measuring 16.5 x 14.5 inches. Fine condition. Welsh stage and cinema actor.
Paris: 1902. 6.5 x 4.25 inches, Paris, 1902. This photo by Du Guy depicts Cadet in profile, looking to the right. Inscribed and dated on the bottom border. Adhesive remnants on the back, but otherwise fine. French comedian and author and brother of Coquelin Aine; played at the Comedie-Francaise from 1868 to 1875 and 1879 to 1909.
New York: Norton, 2001. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 218 pages, 12mo, gray and black boards, dust wrapper. New York: Norton, (2001). First edition. A fine copy in a fine dust wrapper. Inscribed on the title page to the philanthropists Edith and Martin Segal: "Oh Dear Dear Friends Edith & Marty, I learn from you both only love, Zoe Caldwell."
1958. 2 pages (front and back) on personal stationery, 10.5 x 7.25 inches, no place, May 6, 1958. In this letter, Carney thanks theatrical public relations man William Fields for sending him sports shirts and wishing him a healthy recovery from a bout of sickness, in part: "...Hope that I'll be able to see you soon. Right now - I'm doing nothing but sitting on my Irish Fanny - happy to be idle!..." Several horizontal folds; very good condition.
London: Collins, 1972. Frontispiece and other black-and-white photographs. 352 pages, 8vo, maroon cloth with a gilt-stamped spine, dust wrapper (worn). London: Collins, 1972. First edition. A very good(+) copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To my dear friends Mr. & Mrs. Kelly -- with love from Sybil Thorndike Casson." Also signed in full on the title page by both Thorndike and her son John Casson, who wrote the book.
New York: 1961. Warm A.L.S. "Paddy", 8vo. 2 pages, [New York], November 16th 1961, to Laura La Marchina aka Laura Fratti, a onetime child-prodigy pianist who debuted at Carnegie Hall at age five, and eventually went to work for MGM, where among other things she taught Katherine Hepburn how to play piano as Clara Schumann in "Song of Life", in full: "Thank you for your opening night good wishes and for introducing Miss [Katherine] Hepburn into my life. She has...
New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1951. 323 pages (pages and endpapers a bit toned at edges, very faint dampstain at lower corner of interior margins), 8vo, black cloth-backed patterned boards (corners bumped), dust wrapper (dust wrapper chipped and soiled). New York: Dramatists Play Service, (1951). A very good copy in a good dust wrapper. Signed in full and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Eric Bentley whose thoughts and writings on plays are invariably stimulating. With...
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1928. 535 pages, 8vo, burgundy cloth (worn; small separation at the title page). New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1928. Very good(-) condition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to John Golden, a theatrical producer, actor, and songwriter: "To John Golden, cordially, Barrett H. Clark 8 April 1928."
St. Jean Ferret: 1955. 1 page, 10.75 x 8.25 inches, St. Jean Ferret, September 11, 1955, in French, untranslated, to an unknown correspondent, with interesting literary content, in part: "Cher Monsieur," writing that he had sent an earlier letter and had not received an answer. He suggests that maybe his previous letter did not arrive or that the recipient did not think it worthwhile replying to. However, he stresses that he does not trifle, so to speak, ever. Cocteau speaks...
New York: 1950. 2 pages (front and back), 10 x 8 inches, New York, June 15, no year, circa 1950. Signed in pencil by the British leading man of both silent films and talkies, regarding a bout of sunstroke, in part: "...I have been on my back since Sunday & am still unable to get up -- suffering from a touch of sun stroke. (The beach last Sunday morning was too much for me!)...My immediate return to rehearsals was so...
Dublin: 1911. Exceedingly rare and possibly unique signed mailing circular for the newly formed journal "The Irish Review," three pages of text consisting of a biography, a list of perspective contributors, and the original order form, in part: "...The First Number of The Irish Review, A Monthly Magazine of Irish Literature, Art and Science, will be issued in March, 1911. The Irish Review will be for Ireland what such periodicals as "The Quarterly Review," "The Edinburgh Review," "Le Mercure de...
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 272 pages, 8vo, beige boards with a maroon cloth spine, dust wrapper. New York: Simon & Schuster, (1995). First edition. A near fine copy in a very good dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Amy Greene, the former beauty editor of Vogue: "For Amy - with my love over and across the years - Betty 1997."
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965. 192 pages, 8vo, decorative yellow cloth, dust wrapper (worn and chipped; small closed tear on the front). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1965). First edition. A near fine copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Signed on the title page: "For Fiona, Marc."
Stockholm: Swedish Traffic Association, 1938. Illustrated (b/w), two fold out maps. 245 pages. 8vo., grey cloth, corners bumped and worn. Stockholm: Swedish Traffic Association, (1938). A nice association piece, signed book "Marc Connelly" on flyleaf, with invitation card to speak at the June 1946 meeting of the Swedish P.E.N. club. A very good copy. American Pulitzer prize winning playwright.
1938. 9.25 x 7.25-inch black-and-white photo showing a strikingly handsome Cooper in a medieval-looking costume (possibly in "The Adventures of Marco Polo"), with hands on hips and a slightly quizzical expression. No place, no date, circa 1938. Boldly inscribed on the lower left: "Many good wishes to you, Gary Cooper." Light creasing; very good condition.
New York: Random House, 1941. Frontispiece and other black-and-white photographs. 366 pages, thick 8vo, red cloth, dust wrapper (price-clipped and edge-worn). New York: Random House, (1941). Second edition. A very good copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Inscribed and signed in full on the flyleaf: "To Edward with affectionate greetings Katharine Cornell December 10 1943."
New York: 1932. Stunning vintage 14 x 11-inch photograph of the American stage actress as Juliet -- a dramatic black-and-white shot of Cornell in profile, costumed in white against a deep black background. Inscribed near the bottom: "Best Wishes to Nelson Bell, Katharine Cornell." With a VanDamm Studio stamp on the back. New York, no date, circa 1932. Small creases and slight fraying at the upper corners; very good(-) condition.