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1 Anonymous. (author) (re: Shakespeare; Sir Barry Jackson; Michael Benthall; Anthony Quayle; Godfrey Tearle; Diana Wynyard; Robert Helpmann; Esmond Knight; Paul Scofield; Heather Stannard; Claire Bloom) SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE - Festival Souvenir
Stratford-Upon-Avon, England Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1948 First Edition Paperback Very Good Ephemera 8vo Rosemary Vercoe; Motley; 
Staple bound in card covers. Light edge and corner wear with some foxing on the covers; previous owner's name on the upper right corner of the front panel. Unpaginated programme for the 1948 festival featuring black and white stills of the actors and black and white stills from: The Merchant of Venice; King Richard II; Romeo and Juliet; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Measure for Measure; Love's Labour's Lost; Cymbeline; and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus. Also contains a colour costume design by Rosemary Vercoe for The Taming of the Shew and a colour set design for The Winter's Tale by Motley. Also included with this are the playbill from The Tragedy of Hamlet, printed for the 1948 festival production in which Robert Helpmann played Hamlet, Anthony Quayle played Claudius, Diana Wynyard played Gertrude and Claire Bloom played Ophelia. Also included are a small tourist brochure for Stratford-upon-Avon with a street map on the final page; a pamphlet entitled Shakespeare a Course for American and Dominion Teachers at Stratford-upon-Avon 14th May to 18th May 1948. 
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2 Barnet, Sylvan (editor) (George Bernard Shaw; Lady Gregory; John Millington Synge; William Butler Yeats; Jack B. Yeats; Frank O'Connor; Sean O'Casey; James Joyce; Max Beerbohm) THE GENIUS OF IRISH THEATER
New York Mentor Books - New American Library 1960 First Paperback Printing Paperback Very Good 
366 pp. Mentor Book MT315. Edge and corner wear with a partial crease on the front cover and an uncreased spine; no interior markings. Edited with Morton Berman and William Burto. This anthology contains: THE PLAYS: John Bull's Other Island by George Bernard Shaw; The Canavans by Lady Gregory; Deirdre of the Sorrows by John Millington Synge; The Words Upon the Windowpane by William Butler Yeats; La La Noon by Jack B. Yeats; In the Train by Frank O'Connor; Purple Dust by Sean O'Casey. THE ESSAYS: In Dublin by Max Beerbohm; Advice to Playwrights Who Are Sending Plays to the Abbey Dublin by William Butler Yeats; The Day of the Rabblement by James Joyce; A Lyric Voice in the Irish Theatre by Frank O'Connor; and A Whisper about Bernard Shaw by Sean O'Casey. 
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3 Barnum, Madalene D. SCHOOL PLAYS FOR ALL OCCASIONS
New York Barse and Company 1922 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good- 12mo 
186 pp. Red cloth with a small gilt pictorial and gilt on the front panel; lettered in gilt on the spine. Chipping on the corners of the dustjacket with a tear and associated creasing on the lower left of the front panel; some darkening on the spine; previous owner's name in pencil on the front free endpaper; no other interior markings. This collection contains: The Bee Hive - A Play for Labor Day; Diego's Dream - A Play for Columbus's Birthday; Scotch Grace - A Play for Thanksgiving Day; Everybody Happy - A Play for Christmas Day; Honest Abe - An Interlude for Lincoln's Birthday; Eaglesfeather - A Play for Washington's Birthday; Here Again - An Operetta for May Day; Tom's Back Yard - A Play for Arbor Day; Brethren - A Play for Peace Day; How Sleep the Brave - An Interval for Memorial Day; and Past Present and Future - A Play for Graduation Day. 
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4 Barrault, Jean-Louis (translated from the French by Robert Baldick) RABELAIS
London Faber and Faber 1971 0571096824 / 9780571096824 First Soft Cover Edition Paperback Very Good 8vo 
120 pp. Trade paperback format. Lightly rubbed at the corners with a flat uncreased spine; no interior markings. A dramatic play in two parts, taken from the five books of Francois Rabelais. 
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5 Beckett, Samuel WAITING FOR GODOT - A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
New York Grove Weidenfeld 1990 0802130348 / 9780802130341 Later Printing Paperback Very Good 8vo 
61 pp. Trade paperback format. Light edge and corner wear with an uncreased spine; bookseller's label on the front endpaper; no other interior markings. 
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6 Benson, Eugene; Conolly, L. W. (editors) (Timothy Findley; George Woodcock; Robertson Davies; Paul Hebert; Anne-Marie Alonzo; Zina BArnieh; Helene Beauchamp; Renate Benson; Joan Coldwell; Richard Courtney; Moira Day; Pierre Filion; Gilles Girard) THE OXFORD COMPANION TO CANADIAN THEATRE
Toronto Oxford University Press 1989 0195406729 / 9780195406726 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo Karen Patkau; 
(xviii) 662 pp. Blue boards decorated in gilt on the spine; headband. Light rubbing on the corners of the dustjacket; store stamped on the front free endpaper. Illustrated with black and white photographs and drawings. The front panel features and engraving, hand-coloured by Karen Patkau, of the New Academy of Music, Montreal, from the Canadian Illustrated News, December 1874. An A to Z documentation of the growth and development of Canadian drama and theatre from Academy of Music, Halifax to Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline, followed by an index. Contributions from: Timothy Findley; George Woodcock; Robertson Davies; Paul Hebert; Anne-Marie Alonzo; Zina BArnieh; Helene Beauchamp; Renate Benson; Joan Coldwell; Richard Courtney; Moira Day; Pierre Filion; Gilles Girard; Chantel Hebert; Christopher Innes; Sheilagh S. Jameson; A. Owen Klein; Gilles Lapointe; Heather McCallum; Liz Nicholls; Richard Plant; Aviva Ravel; Mary Shortt; Renate Usmiani; and many, many others. 
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7 Capek, Karel (edited by Harry Shefter) R.U.R.
New York Pocket Books - Washington Square Press 1973 Second Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
114 pp. Lightly rubbed on the corners with a flat uncreased spine; store stamped; no other interior markings. Translated brom the Czech by P. Selver and adapted for the stage by Nigel Playfair. The Scenes are: Act I: Central Office of the Factory of Rossum's Universal Robots; Act II: Helena's Drawing Room; Act III: The Same as Act II; and Act IV: Epilogue: One of the Experimental Laboratories in the Factory; followed by a 24-page Reader's Supplement edited by Harry Shefter. 
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8 Cavanagh, G.; Trip, G. van V. (editors) (K. S. Goodman; Kenneth Lillington; Stephen Vincent Benet; Norman Williams; Jean Giraudoux; Maurice Valency; Tennessee Williams; Stanley Houghton; Gordon Daviot; Margaret Wood; Alice Gerstenberg) THE PLAYERS - An Anthology of Plays for Student Production in the Classroom
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1970 First Printing - First Thus Soft Cover Very Good 8vo 
192 pp. Trade paperback format. Lightly rubbed on the corners with a flat uncreased spine; no interior markings. This collection contains: The Game of Chess by K. S. Goodman; My Proud Beauty by Kenneth Lillington; The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet; Protest by Norman Williams; The Apollo of Bellac by Jean Giraudoux - adapted by Maurice Valency; Lord Byron's Love Letter by Tennessee Williams; The Dear Departed by Stanley Houghton; The Pen of My Aunt by Gordon Daviot; The Witches by Margaret Wood; and Overtones by Alice Gerstenberg. 
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9 Dane, Clemence THE LION AND THE UNICORN - A Play in Three Acts
London William Heinemann 1943 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Limited Edition 8vo Signed by Author
110 pp. Limited to 1000 copies, of which this is 109, signed by Clemence Dane. Quarter-bound in black cloth on violet, white and black boards; lettered in gilt on the spine; black and white frontis portrait of Queen Elizabeth (i) from the original portrail by Zucchero in Hampton Court Palace. Edge and corner wear with some darkening on the endpapers; aside from the copy number and the author's signature, no interior markings. 
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10 Davies, Robertson; Guthrie, Tyrone RENOWN AT STRATFORD; TWICE HAVE THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED; THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D - A Record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada: 1953; 1954; 1955
Toronto Clarke Irwin and Company 1953 First Editions Hardcover Very Good Very Good 8vo Grant Macdonald; 
(viii, xiv, xii) 127, 193, 178 pp. All three books are bound in brown cloth and lettered in gilt on the front panels and spines. Illustrated in black and white and colour by Grant Macdonald. Light wear at the corners of the dustjackets with a few small nicks around the edges; Renown has a chip from the upper edge of the front panel; Thrice has a previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. These are the first three Shakespeare Festivals held in Canada. The Contents are: Renown at Stratford: Preface; By Tyrone Guthrie: First Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, Ontario. By Robertson Davies: The Director; and The Players (including Alec Guinness). Twice Have the Trumpets Sounded: By Robertson Davies: Rehearsal - A Study in Rhythm; The Taming of the Shrew; Measure for Measure; and Oedipus Rex. By Tyrone Guthrie: A Long View of the Stratford Festival. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hat Mew'd: By Robertson Davies: Julius Caesar; King Oedipus; The Merchant of Venice; A Note on the Style in Acting. By Boyd Neel: Music at the Festival. By Tyrone Guthrie and Tanya Moiseiwitsch: The Production of King Oedipus. 
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11 Davies, Robertson; Guthrie, Tyrone TWICE HAVE THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED - A Record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada: 1954
Toronto Clarke Irwin and Company 1954 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good 8vo Grant Macdonald; 
(xiv) 193 pp. Brown cloth lettered in gilt on the front panel and spine. Illustrated in black and white and colour by Grant Macdonald. Wear at the corners of the dustjacket with a few nicks around the edges; price intact; previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. This includes a dropped-in Preliminary Announcement for the Third Annual Season - 1955 - of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. The Contents are: By Robertson Davies: Rehearsal - A Study in Rhythm; The Taming of the Shrew; Measure for Measure; and Oedipus Rex. By Tyrone Guthrie: A Long View of the Stratford Festival. 
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12 Davies, Robertson; Guthrie, Tyrone TWICE HAVE THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED - A Record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada: 1954
Toronto Clarke Irwin and Company 1954 First Softcover Edition Paperback Very Good Very Good 8vo Grant Macdonald; 
(xiv) 193 pp. White paper covers in a dustjacket. Illustrated in black and white and colour by Grant Macdonald. Wear at the corners of the dustjacket with a few nicks around the edges; price intact; no interior markings. The Contents are: By Robertson Davies: Rehearsal - A Study in Rhythm; The Taming of the Shrew; Measure for Measure; and Oedipus Rex. By Tyrone Guthrie: A Long View of the Stratford Festival. 
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13 Dunsany, Lord (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett) (introduction by Edwin Bjorkman) FIVE (5) PLAYS
New York Mitchell Kennerley 1914 First Printing - First Thus Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
116 pp. Burgundy cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Slightly darkened on the spine with minor wear at the corners; some discolouration on the boards. The Modern Drama Series, edited and introduced by Edwin Bjorkman. This collection contains: The Gods of the Mountain; The Golden Doom; King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior; The Glittering Gate; and The Lost Silk Hat. Lord Dunsany, the 18th Baron of Dunsany, the second oldest title in Irish peerage, lived most of his life in Dunsany Castle near Tara in County Meath, near the Stone of Destiny. No wonder he wrote so many wonderful fantasies... 
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14 Gassner, John (editor) MEDIEVAL AND TUDOR DRAMA
New York Applause Books 1987 0936839848 / 9780936839844 First Printing - First Thus Paperback Very Good 12mo 
(xviii) 457 pp. Trade paperback format. Light edge and corner wear with a flat uncreased spine; no interior markings. The Contents are: Preface by John Gassner. The Classical Heritage: Hrotsvitha: Dulcitius; Hrotsvitha: Paphnutius. Pagan Remains: A Christmas Mumming: The Play of Saint (Prince) George. The Christian Ritual Beginnings: The Quem Quaeritis Trope; A Pantomime for Easter Day; An Easter Resurrection Play; The Orleans Sepulcher. The English Passion Play: The Creation and Fall of Lucifer; Man's Disobedience and the Fall of Man; The First Murder: The Murder of Abel; The Deluge: Noah and His Sons; The Brome: Abraham and Isaac; The Second Shepherd's Play; The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors of Coventry; The Death of Herod; The Betrayal of Christ; The (Wakefield) Crucifixion; The Resurrection - Harrowing of Hell - and the Last Judgment. The Cornish Passion Play: The Cornwall Death of Pilate. The Morality Play: Everyman. The Interlude: John Heywood: The Play Called the Four PP. Tudor Comedy: Nicholas Udall: Ralph Roister Doister; Mr. S: Gammer Gurton's Needle. And Tudor Tragedy: Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville: Gorboduc. 
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15 Gelinas, Gratien (translated from the French by Mavor Moore) YESTERDAY THE CHILDREN WERE DANCING
Toronto Clarke Irwin 1967 Later Printing Paperback Very Good 
76 pp. Light edge and corner wear with a faint crease on the spine; previous owner's name inside; no other interior markings. A play that explores the main issues that divide Quebec. 
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16 Genet, Jean (translated by Bernard Frechtman) DEATHWATCH (Death Watch)
London Faber and Faber 1966 First Printing - First Thus Paperback Very Good- 12mo 
40 pp. Trade paperback format. Light edge and corner wear with a flat uncreased spine; some scuff marks on the lower left of the front cover and on the back cover; no interior markings. A fine play. 
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17 MacLeish, Archibald NOBODADDY - A Play
Cambridge, Massachusetts Dunster House 1926 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Limited Edition 8vo 
67 pp. Black cloth decorated in blue on the front panel and spine; limited to an edition of 750 copies, printed on hand-made paper. Wear at the corners with some chipping at the head and foot of the spine; previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. Associated with the Modernist school of poetry, MacLeish won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. Nobodaddy, a play, was inspired, in part, by William Blake's poem of the same name. Said MacLeish in his foreword, "Having to deal with the dramatic situation which the condition of self-consciousness in an indifferent universe seems to me to present, I have appropriated, for its dramatic values, the story of Eden..." 
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18 Menander (translated by Carroll Moulton) THE DYSKOLOS
New York Meridian Classics 1984 0452008654 / 9780452008656 Second Printing Paperback Very Good 
72 pp. Light edge and corner wear with a flat uncreased spine; previous owner's name inside; not store stamped. In 1959 an archaeological dig unearthed the complete text, written on papyrus, of Menander's comedy The Dyskolos; this was the first complete work ever found by Menander. 
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19 Miller, Arthur A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
New York Bantam Books 1981 0553202251 / 9780553202250 Thirteenth Printing Paperback Very Good- 
113 pp. Light edgewear with a small chip from the upper right of the front cover and a flat uncreased spine; no interior markings. 
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20 Moses, Daniel David THE INDIAN MEDICINE SHOWS - Two One-act Plays: The Moon and Dead Indians; Angel of the Medicine Show
Toronto Exile Editions 1995 1550960369 / 9781550960365 First Printing Paperback Very Good 8vo 
138 pp. Trade papeback format. Both titles in a single volume. Lightly rubbed on the corners with a flat uncreased spine; no interior markings. 
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