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THE JOY OF LIVING (Es Lebe das Leben). A Play in Five Acts

by Wharton, Edith ("translated from the German by")

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Published
1902
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NZ$394.93

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1902. By Hermann Sudermann. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. Original dark grey-green paper-covered boards decorated in gilt. First (and only) Edition in English, first (American) issue, of one of Edith Wharton's earlier literary endeavors. She agreed to translate this play only reluctantly, perhaps drawn by a topic she would later express in her own novels:… Read more
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LITHUANIA. A Drama in one act

by Brooke, Rupert

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Published
1915
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NZ$682.15

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1915. [Chicago:] The Chicago Little Theatre, 1915. Original pictorial wrappers. First Edition of Rupert Brooke's only play, considered (by Keynes among others) to have consisted of only 200 copies. Before the war young Brooke wrote this play, never expecting it to be performed (a stranger gets lost in rural Lithuania and stops for the night at a… Read more
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IS SHE HIS WIFE

by Dickens, Charles

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Published
1877
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NZ$1,400.20

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1877. or, Something Singular. A Comic Burletta in One Act. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. Original green cloth decorated in black. First "Collectible" Edition, being a volume in Osgood's diminutive "Vest-Pocket Series." We say first "collectible" edition of this play first performed in 1837, because the only known copy of the first edition (from… Read more
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THE IVORY DOOR: A Legend in a Prologue & Three Acts

by Milne, A.A.

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Published
1929
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NZ$323.12

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1929. London: Chatto & Windus, 1929. Original olive brown cloth with spine label, with dust jacket. First English Edition (the play was performed, in 1927-1928, and was published, in New York before London). And here we have our theme, ladies and gentleman: the gap between perception and reality, what people desire to be true and what is actually… Read more
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PETER PAN. Or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up

by Barrie, J.M.

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Published
1928
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NZ$1,184.78

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1928. [with letter from Cynthia Asquith] London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1928. Original blue-grey cloth with cover and spine labels, with dust jacket. First Edition of Barrie's famous play featuring Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, the Darling children and Nana, and of course Captain Hook and Smee. "Peter Pan" first turned up as a relatively minor character in… Read more
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MACAIRE in Stone & Kimball's Chap-Books

by Stevenson, Robert Louis and Henley, William Ernest

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Published
1895
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NZ$287.22

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1895. A Melodramatic Farce in Three Acts. In: [two issues of] The Chap-Book Semi-Monthly. Chicago: Stone and Kimball, June 1 & June 15, 1895. Original cream wrappers printed in red and black.. First Trade Appearance (? -- a London appearance came out the same month). The play "Robert Macaire" had been performed in England… Read more
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THE HERNE'S EGG [publisher's proof copy]

by Yeats, W.B.

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Published
1938
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NZ$825.76

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1938. [a publisher's proof copy] A Stage Play. London: Macmillan and Co., 1938. Original plain tan wrappers. First Edition, of which this is a publisher's proof copy, bound in plain tan wrappers instead of maroon cloth. Consisting of only 1600 copies, this was "one of Yeats's last and most controversial plays... It contains bloodshed, murder,… Read more
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THE NOBLE JILT

by Trollope, Anthony

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Published
1923
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NZ$287.22

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1923. A Comedy. Edited with a Preface by Michael Sadleir. London: Constable & Company, 1923. Original blind-stamped deep red cloth with gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, which consisted of only 500 copies. This is one of only two plays that Trollope ever wrote, as "the genre was uncomfortable to him." He wrote it early in his… Read more
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FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS

by Yeats, W.B.

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Published
1921
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NZ$502.64

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1921. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921. Original grey paper-covered boards decorated in black with black cloth spine and printed label, with dust jacket. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as Macmillan & Co.'s UK edition; there were 1500 UK copies, but the number of American copies is unknown. These are four plays in… Read more
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LAUGHING ANNE [1/200 copies signed]

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1923
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NZ$897.56

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1923. [1 of 200 signed copies] A Play. London: [Morland Press,] 1923. Original full limp vellum, in the original green cloth box with spine label. First Edition, being one of 200 copies numbered and signed by Conrad (this being #177) -- issued as the fourth title in the Morland Press's "The Vine Books" series. This was Conrad's dramatization of… Read more
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LAUGHING ANNE | ONE DAY MORE

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1925
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NZ$215.42

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1925. Two Plays. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925. Original navy blue cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition, published the year after Conrad's death. The volume is in near-fine condition (the spine lettering does not stand out, but that is because it is in green on navy blue). This copy is inscribed by Conrad's widow:… Read more
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THE SECRET AGENT. A Drama in Three Acts [1/1000 copies signed]

by Conrad, Joseph

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Published
1923
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NZ$710.87

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1923. London: Privately Printed for Subscribers only by T. Werner Laurie, 1923. Original parchment-backed boards with spine label, with dust jacket. First Published Edition, which is to say the Limited Edition -- being one of 1000 numbered copies signed by Conrad (this being #475). This was Conrad's dramatization of his 1907 novel of the same name, preceded… Read more
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THE VILLAGE COQUETTES

by Dickens, Charles

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Published
1878
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NZ$359.03

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1878. A Comic Opera. In Two Acts. The Music by John Hullah. London: Richard Bentley, 1836 [but ca. 1878]. Original printed self-wrappers. This is the ca. 1878 facsimile reprint of the 1836 first edition of Dickens's first play to be published -- which by 1878 was already a rare item. It is identifiable by the "A… Read more
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THE HUMOURS OF THE COURT

by Bridges, Robert

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Published
1893
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NZ$143.61

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1893. A Comedy in Three Acts. London: George Bell & Sons, and J. & E. Bumpus, n.d. [1893]. Original grey wrappers lettered in black. First Edition of this play in verse form, issued as "No. vi" in Bumpus's series "Plays by Robert Bridges." The first one had been issued in 1885, and the next four in… Read more
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PRUNELLA [inscribed by Housman]

by Housman, Laurence and Barker, H. Granville

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Published
1906
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NZ$179.51

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1906. [inscribed by Housman] Or Love in a Dutch Garden. London: A. H. Bullen, 1906. 1 page undated ads. Original mauve cloth. First Edition of this play, largely for mummers. It was issued both in cloth and, less seldom seen, in purple wrappers. According to the last page of text, the play was first performed… Read more
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BACK TO METHUSELAH

by Shaw, Bernard

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Published
1921
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NZ$215.42

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1921. A Metabiological Pentateuch. London: Constable and Company, 1921. Original olive green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition of one of Shaw's best-known plays, beginning in the Garden of Eden and culminating in A.D. 31,920 ("as far as thought can reach"). Brentano's edition in New York was issued about three weeks earlier. This is… Read more
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ACHILLES IN SCYROS

by Bridges, Robert

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Published
1890
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1890. A Drama in a Mixed Manner. London: Edward Bumpus, 1890. Original grey wrappers lettered in black. First Edition of this drama in verse form, issued as "No. v" in Bumpus's series "Plays by Robert Bridges." This copy is in wrappers, with all edges untrimmed. It is in fine condition, with the leaves still unopened.… Read more
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CHRISTIAN CAPTIVES

by Bridges, Robert

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Published
1890
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1890. A Tragedy in Five Acts in a Mixed Manner. London: Edward Bumpus, 1890. Original grey wrappers lettered in black. First Edition of this drama in verse form, issued as "No. iv" in Bumpus's series of Bridges's plays. This copy is bound in wrappers, with all edges untrimmed; Colbeck cites a copy bound in boards… Read more
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THE SISTERS [inscribed by Swinburne]

by Swinburne, Algernon Charles

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Published
1892
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1892. [from Swinburne to Meredith] A Tragedy. London: Chatto & Windus, 1892. 1 preliminary page ads plus 32 pp ads dated Oct 1891. Original dark blue-green cloth. First Edition, which consisted of only 1250 copies, of Swinburne's only verse play in contemporary speech. This copy is inscribed by Swinburne on the half-title, simply "From the author." … Read more
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THEATRICALS

by James, Henry

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Published
1894
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NZ$251.32

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1894. Two Comedies. Tenants [and] Disengaged. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1894. Original yellow-green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition, American issue ("publication was probably simultaneous with the English issue"). The first and only printing (done in Great Britain) consisted of 1010 copies, of which 460 were used for Osgood McIlvaine's London edition and the other… Read more
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