1.ANDERSON, Lee.Ten One Act Plays.New York: Walter V. Mckee, Inc., 1928.
First Edition. Collection of short plays including a futuristic drama set in the year 2020. Missed by Bleiler. This copy inscribed and signed by the author at front end paper. Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket.Item #10776
2.ANDERSON, Maxwell.Night Over Taos.New York: Samuel French. 1932.
First Edition. Rare Samuel French edition of this play about New Mexico during the time of American expansion. Very Good tight copy with spine ends faded, some fraying to top spine cloth, in Very Good dustjacket, spine darkened with shallow chip along top spine edge.Item #5102
3.ANDERSON, Maxwell.Saturday's Children.New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1927.
First Edition. A Jazz Age comedy play about a modern marriage. Basis for two films, a 1929 black and white talkie directed by Gregory La Cava, starring Lorinne Griffith and Grant Withers and the 1940 black and white directed by Vincent Sherman and starring John Garfield, Anne Shirley and Claude Rains. This copy in the visually more interesting variant of the dustjacket, with great two-tone stylized cityscape illustration. Very Good-Near Fine, some foxing at fore-edge of pages, in Very Good plus dustjacket, shallow chips at top spine end, few tape shadows at verso.Item #7357
4.ANDERSON, Maxwell.Saturday's Children.New York: Longmans Green and Co., 1927.
First Edition. A Jazz Age comedy play about a modern marriage. Basis for two films, a 1929 black and white talkie directed by Gregory La Cava, starring Lorinne Griffith and Grant Withers and a 1940 black and white directed by Vincent Sherman and starring John Garfield, Anne Shirley and Claude Rains. Nice Cityscape dustjacket art. Near Fine Bright Copy in Very Good plus dustjacket with light chipping to top spine end and shallow chips to top corners. Else a very attractive copy.Item #14299
First English Edition. Theatrical Play that ran for only 19 performances on Broadway featuring Walter Beck and Mme. Alla Nazimova, it had previous been filmed in Russia in 1914 by Aleksandr Uralsky and featuring Ivan Bersenyov and Mariya Durasova. Very Good, foxing to page edges, in Good plus dustjacket, shallow chipping to top spine end and top rear panel, flap edges with chips, spine mildly faded.Item #14441
6.BACON, Josephine Daskam.The Twilight of the Gods.New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1915.
First Edition. Scarce play by Josephine Daskam Bacon, an American writer best known for her female protagonists, and as a pioneer of the Girl Scouts movement and compiler of the Girls Scouts’ guidebook. Near Fine in a Very Good dustjacket, few closed tears, edges modestly worn, spine with shallow loss to ends, edges, and mid spine.Item #19538
7.BALDERSTON, John L(Leslie Howard).Berkeley Square.New York: Macmillan Co., 1929.
First Edition. Fantasy play missed by Bleiler of a man who travels back in time by assuming his grandfather's identity and who falls in love with a different girl. Basis for the 1933 black and white film directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Leslie Howard and Heather Angel. This copy nicely signed in a sweeping hand by Leslie Howard at front end paper. A tight copy with the first several pages having become something of a scrapbook for clippings about the play and film, including an original promotional pamphlet for the play tipped in at rear pastedown, in dustjacket with small chips at spine ends, shelf wear and less than an inch chip at top rear panel. Howard's signature is uncommon and especially rare in books.Item #7121
8.BANGS, John Kendrick.The Worsted Man.New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers. (1905).
First Edition. 16vo. Frank A. Nankivell illustrations. Comical theatrical play or comedietta as its referred to at front dustjacket panel, the scene of which is "a summer hotel in mid-August, where a group of summer-girls, longing for masculine companionship, construct a large worsted man from an old afghan, stuffing him with cotton. He comes to life, and proves to be one of the worst flirts ever created. Exceedingly funny to read, and is suitable for amateur theatricals." Includes a depreciating African-American character, Sambo Front, and use of music borrowed from Gilbert and Sullivan. Near Fine in original yellow printed dustjacket, with chipping along top spine end ranging from 1/4 to a full centimeter deep, otherwise Very Good and extremely uncommon.Item #14870
9.BARRIE, J M.Maude Adams in Quality Street, A Comedy in Four Acts.New York: R. H. Russell, 1901.
First Edition. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers. 16pp including covers. Uncommon theatre publication with 16 pages of photographic illustrations from the production based on Barrie's play which starred Maude Adams. Very Good.Item #16249
10.BARRIE, J. M.Echoes of the War.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918.
First American Edition. Collection of four plays: The first about an old woman who pretended to have a son in the War. Though she based it on a real man, and when he came to London for his leave ended up meeting her. With unexpected results. Another is a wonderful muddle about an old, senile and shell shocked, his reality kept twisting and it was told in a very sympathetic and understanding way. The last is a beautiful ghost story about a father loosing his son in the war. While a ghost story it was so realistic and looked in such an honest way about how to deal with grief and things that seem beyond us. Very Good, some minor stains to cloth, contemporary ownership inscription at front endpaper, in Very Good dustjacket, some closed tears and shallow chips, small chip at mid spine.Item #30674
11.BARRY, Philip.Holiday: A Comedy in Three Acts.New York: Samuel French, 1929.
First Edition. Basis for a 1930 Pathe Exchange film of the same name directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Ann Harding, Mary Astor, and Edward Everett Horton. More notably served as the basis for the 1938 Columbia Picture directed by George Cukor and starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Doris Nolan. Near Fine in a Very Good plus dustjacket, but for nibbling to lower inch of rear flap edge, only modest edge wear, inch black line to front panel.Item #19797
14.BARRY, Philip.John.New York: Samuel French. 1929.
First Edition. Scarce Samuel French hard-cover printing of this play based, on the life of John the Baptist by the author of Philadelphia Story which was made into the successful 1940 Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn film. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, some shallow chips to edges.Item #19016
15.BARRY, Philip.White Wings: A Comedy in Three Acts.London: Samuel French, (1929).
Second Revised Edition, but First Thus. In three acts, this play is “a mixture of satirical romance and fantastic comedy, and is concerned with the pride and idealism of a family of street cleaners who are caught in the toils of a changing world.” Very Good in a Very Good dustjacket, with modest edge wear, few short closed tears and small nicks.Item #18323
16.BARRY, Philip [Burns MANTLE].The Best Plays of 1924 - 1925.Boston: Small, Maynard and Co, (1925).
First Edition, no printing statement. Extremely uncommon collection of plays to retain its printed dustjacket. Includes plays by Sidney Howard, Philip Barry, Edgar Selwyn, and 'Desire Under the Elms' by Eugene O'Neill. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, quarter sized chip at lower spine end, smaller edge chips.Item #25820
19.BEHRMAN, S N.No Time For Comedy.New York: Random House. (1939).
First Edition. Behrman's play of contemporary life which opened with Katharine Cornell and Laurence Olivier. Illustrations from the play at dustjacket. Basis for the 1940 Warner Brothers black and white film directed by William Keighley and starring James Stewart and Rosalind Russell. Near Fine in Very Good plus dustjacket, light shelf wear at front flap fold, very shallow chips at spine ends, dollar sign still at front flap although price-clipped.Item #6825
21.BEHRMAN, S. N.Meteor.New York: Brentano's, 1930.
First Edition. F. M. Walts dustjacket art. Business and stock market crash themed play "of a wild, infinitely cocksure genius whose inhuman knack for knowing what is going to happen next brings him millions and oil fields and South American empires." Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, small chip at top front panel, some light 'drip' spotting at spine.Item #24851
23.BEIN, Albert.Let Freedom Ring.New York: Samuel French. 1936.
First Edition. Scarce Samuel French edition of Bein's play based on Grace Lumpkin's novel To Make My Bread about the South and Depression Era laborers. Near Fine bright copy in Near Fine dustjacket with nicking to top spine end and flap corners.Item #5500
24.BEIN, Albert.Let Freedom Ring.New York: Samuel French. 1936.
First Edition. Scarce Samuel French edition of Bein's play based on Grace Lumpkin's novel To Make My Bread about the South and Depression Era laborers. Near Fine in Good to Very Good dustjacket, light blue color of panels faded to white, dime sized chip at top spine end, small chip at top front panel.Item #15682
25.BENOIT, Fred.The Devil's Pass. A Drama in Three Acts by Fred Benoit, Author of Harry's Return. [MANUSCRIPT PLAY].No Place: No Publisher. 1900.
No Date, circa 1890-1910, judging from script and style. Octavo, Original 3/4 leather, marbled boards composition book. Interesting 80 plus page theatrical play that reads like an early Western movie script with cowboys and criminals set in Arizona, complete with stage diagram, synopsis, stage directions, costumes, scenery, etc. Presumably an amatuer production (if ever produced) as the author does not appear to have been published. In any event an interesting piece of theatrical Americana. Very Good, leather and boards well worn.Item #12909