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1 Programme Red Cross Society New Theatre Cambridge 1918
Cambridge 1918 Paperback 19 x 26cm Approx 
8 page programme, Binding Very Good, minor dirt, creasing. Contents fair as has age/damp staining. for 3 plays, The Trials of Mrs. Rule Britannia by Rottenburg, The Twelve-Pound Look by J.M. Barries & Absent-Minded George by Capt. Arthur Spicer. held at the New Theatre in Cambridge on February 12th, 1918 actors include H. Rottenburg, Miss Carrie Unett, Capt. Hon. Owen Buckmaster, Liut. SGK Rapley, Liut. EC Mainwaring, Major S. Cope Morgan. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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2 Theatre World Magazine: Vol. XVII, No 88, May 1932
London The Practical Press Ltd 1932 First Edition for This Date Original Paper Covers Very Good 22 x 29cm Approx 
Large format monthly magazine with Ivor Novello cover in very good condition, contents Very good, clean & tight copy with lots of b/w photo illustrations & some great period ads & articles include plays you should see, reviews of plays inc. "I lived with you" etc. The opening of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, The Film World, inc. Garbo in "Mata Hari", The Old Vic and Sadlers Wells 1931/1932. etc. inc. period ads. Condition so good as being bound with other Theatre mags & progs. So some minimal traces of being bound to spine 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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3 Agate, James Edited Lionel Carter, Illustrated by Cecil Beaton The Masque, Oscar Wild and the Theatre
London: The Curtain Press, 1947 
First Edition. 4 3/4" x 7 1/4" Approx. No. 3 . 23 page paperback of the series this one noteworthy for it's 4 colour and numerous B/W Cecil Beaton Dress designs. paper binding has some minor dirt, staples have rust. Contents very good , post will be reduced to UK postage £1 , all other £2 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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4 Allmeroth, Dr. Heinrich Allmeroth. Théatre des Champs- Elysées (programme Mai 1954, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin)
Paris Théatre des Champs- Elysées 1954 Privately Printed First Edition Paperback 24 x 31.5cm.Approx 
Covers good/fair, minor ageing, slight fold down centre, Impressed design to centre of front, Contents 12 pages good/fair some handling ,minor tick/ circle from 1st owner who attended? Short text by Dr. Heinrich Allmeroth. French Text 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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5 Anon Shaftesbury Theatre, Special Matinee in tribute to the memory of Basil Macdonald Hastings, September 27th, 1928
London Shaftesbury Theatre/ Basil Macdonald Hastings Fund Committee 1928 First Edition Original Paper Covers Good 23 x 30cm Approx John Hassall,George Whitelaw, J. A. Shepherd, Bert Thomas, Tom Pervis, G.E. Studdy, Poy, D.L. Ghilchik & G. L. Stampa 
14 pages, ( 1st & last pages colour illustrations, 8 pages b/w illustrations, 4 pages text). Paperback binding fair/good some folding to edges/corners as overlaps contents. Contents mostly very good & clean, centre pages detached, staples a little rusty (but can be replaced). Looks like many/all? artists have given special work for the full page illustrations. Centre page lists details/cast of the drama performed "The Squeaker" and after a special fund/charity Auction. When Edgar Wallace will become the auctioneer. A quick internet check found no other copy. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
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6 Anon programme orig author of play William Shakespeare, Starring (Sir) Henry Irving, Frank Cooper, Fuller Mellish, Norman Forbes, Cooper Cliffe, Maud Milton, Ellen Terry etc. The Merchant of Venice: Original Theatre Programme Performed at Royal Lyceum Theatre March 1898
London Royal Lyceum Theatre 1898 1st Edition in This Form Paperback Good 17 x 21.5cm. Approx 
4 page sheet. Original Theatre Programme for The Merchant of Venice Performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre March 1898 (lists 3 performances, so was for either 4th, 5th or 6th of March performance). Generally fair/good condition for a Victorian programme, i.e., no inscriptions, has been folded in quarter and minimal staining (see scans). Notable for collectors as performance programme lists both Henry Irving as Shylock & Ellen Terry as Portia. Lists Henry Irving as sole lessee and manager of the Royal Lyceum but interestingly though he became the first actor ever awarded a knighthood, the programme does not list him anywhere as Sir Henry Irving. Though is does state “This Theatre is lighted by Electricity, supplied by the Electricity Supply Corporation, Ltd” as at this time Electric lighting was not common, Gas and oil lighting were common. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
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7 Bell, John Bell [ed]. plays by Farquhar, Congreve, Moore, Dryden, Cibber Bell's British Theatre. English Plays; Volume 13. Being the Sixth Volume of Comedies. The Inconstant by Mr Farquhar; The Double Dealer by Mr Congreve; The Foundling by Mr Moore; The Spanish Fryar by Mr Dryden; The Double Gallant by Mr Cibber
London Printed for John Bell 1777 First Edition in This Form ? Full-Leather 11 x 18cm. Approx Engravings by I & J Roberts) 
engraved half title + Title page + 72 + 82 + 62 + 92 & 3 ads + 70 pages & 2 ads.Full contemporary Leather binding a/f rubbed, Front cover detached, spine cracked. Contents mostly good, clean & tight with up to page 2 loose or detached. To front end page owner name T. Lacy in cartouche. Poss. the actor who in the "1834 production a Mr. T. Lacy played Guildenstern to Macready's Hamlet" 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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8 Brahms, Caryl & Simon, S. J. ( Caryl Brahms & S. J. Simon ) Trottie True
London Michael Joseph 1946 Hard Back Good 12.5 x 19cm Approx Signed /dedicated by Author
237 pages, Red binding in good condition with some sunning to edges/spine. Contents Very good, clean & tight (almost mint), Authors dedication to title page "For Angus Mac Bean King Camera from (signed) Caryl Brahms (unable decipher looks like) Ballelquire January 1947" Caryl Brahms was born Doris Caroline Abrahams. This is a back-stage humorous novel set in the era of Edwardian musical comedy. Angus McBean(1904 - 1990) the celebrated society and theatre Photographer (in later years The Beatles loved his work, and he took photographs of them that were used on at least one Album cover) in fact in 1985 his portrait of Vivien Leigh, was used on a British postage stamp. I purchased this from his library sold at auction in Suffolk by his partner as he is selling their home & leaving the UK. This is one of many listed by me, sadly McBean did not write his name in the books. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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9 Burgoyne, John. i.e General John Burgoyne . The Heiress. A comedy in five acts.
London Privately Printed, printed for J. Debrett, 1786 Privately Printed First Edition Hard Back 13 x 21.5cm Approx 
Half Title page + Title page + 112 pages (including dedication, preface, prologue & list of the cast pages & Epilogue rear). Original hardback Binding, mottled boards, leather spine, poor, well rubbed, rear detached, front just hanging on. Contents fair, some staining etc last page some edge loss, tear etc. All text complete and is easy to read. contains 2 early owner names, one top inside front endpage, & top Title page. J. Burgoyne is best known as General Burgoyne (Gentleman Johnny)as during the American Revolution (War of Independence), his defeat /surrender at Saratoga ended a military and/or political career. The Play/book is dedicated to Lord Derby who later married Elizabeth Farren the actress who played Lady Emily & read the Epilogue (and is listed in the cast page). 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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10 Dr. Hoadly, Mr. Charles Shadwell, & Colley Cibber. The Suspicious Husband, Fair Quaker of Deal or the Humours of the Navy, & the Double Gallant: Or the Sick Lady's Cure, 3 Titles / Books Bound Into 1 Book.
London John Bell 1791 1st Edition in This Form A Hard Back 
total of 315 pages, 1st 112 pages + engraving before title - date 1791,.. 2nd 94 pages + engraving before title - date 1791,.. 3rd 104 pages - date 1792,.. all 3 state " as performed at Theatre- Royal, Dury Lane" etc. Binding Fair, Quarter Leather with some rubbing, small splits top of spine.. Contents Fair, Good reading copy, mostly Good Cean & tight, just the odd minor mark/dirt or folded corner tip. ,2 small unreadable very early owner signitures to inside front binding.... 3 seperate books / titles bound together into one book around 1792. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
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11 edited by Dame Sybil Thorndike British Equity: The Official Organ of the British Actors' Equity Association, Vol. 1., No. 3. April 1934
London British Actors' Equity Association 1934 First Edition Original Paper Covers Good 21.5 x 28cm Apporx 
24 pages, paper covers fair/good spine starting to split, Contents good, & clean , a few corner folds etc. no major faults. Includes articles by Dame Sybil, The New York Season by Miss Auriol Lee, Two articles on the new U.S law/bill to restrict Alien Actors. A Very rare item, a quick look on net found no other 1934 copies for sale. rusty staples just holding it together need to be replaced as detached from covers. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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12 GAY, John... Ramsay, Allan... .Milton. The Beggar's Opera, Polly, Achilles , The Gentle Shepherd & Comus a Masque, ( 5 separate plays all within) Bell's British Theatre, vol 9.
London John Bell 1777 First Edition in This Form Leather Hard Back 11 x 18cm. Approx 
Engraved /illustrated Title page + half title page + 64 +84 + 60 + 92 + 45 pages (total 347 pages). Contemporary leather binding is well worn with some loss at spine. Contents Fair to good a tight copy. Most pages very good & clean with a few near front with minor foxing, one page a little loose/torn. Stained edges of endpages, & later notes on 2 pages at front. Lacks illustration before each title page, otherwise seems complete. This has become rare due each of five plays with it's own Full title page & all dated in Roman numerals 1777 , so most copies being split into single plays & sold for £20 - £40 each play. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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13 Gielgud, John Gielgud Early Stages ( signed by Gielgud)
London The Falcon Press 1948 Hard Back Good Good 14.5 x 22.5cm. Approx Signed
Dust Jacket uncut, edge wear, sunning to spine, Binding very good, contents good tight copy, some edge paper ageing. A few corner folds, and signed by author in ink to his portrait frontispiece. Inside front gift inscription to Joy re visiting the Ballet & Theatre, next black page signed by Joyce M? Tapp. Rear blank pages with 2 images of Gielgood and top to one died May 2000. This is the New and Revised Edition of 1948 (originally 1939). See also my Ballet and other signed/autographed books/programmes from the collection of Joyce Tapp. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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14 Grein, J. T. ( Jacob / Jack Thomas Grein ) Miniatures of Playwrights & Players, ( inc. Sir Gerald Du Maurier, Haddon Chambers, Charlie Chaplin, Sybil Thorndike, Isadora Duncan, Lily Langtry, Margaret Halstan etc)
London published for The Actors' Orphanage by the Author 1922 First Edition Paperback 12.5 x 19cm..approx 
32 pages, Paper binding complete with edge wear ( signitures to front; Margaret Halstan?. Lilian Braithwaite? & Gerald Du Maurier) . Contents Very Good.clean & tight. no inscriptions. undated but 1922., short cameos of Du Maurier, Chambers, Chaplin, Thorndike, Duncan, Langtry, Halstan, Lady Bancroft, Lion M. Lion, Eric Lewis, Matheson Lang, Haidee Wright, Ibanez, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Ian Caryll, Yvette Guilbert, H. V. Esmond. Jacob Thomas (J. T.) Grein ("Jack") (October 11, 1862 - June 22, 1935) was a Dutch-born theatre impresario and drama critic who helped establish the modern theatre in London, England.. His greatest contribution was founding the Independent Theatre Society in 1891. Their first production was Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts in 1891, held as a private performance since it was not officially licensed by the Lord Chamberlain. In 1892 the Society produced George Bernard Shaw's Widower's Houses, the first production of a Shaw play.. The Independent Theatre Club was previously Fanny Kelly's Royalty Theatre in Dean Street.. very rare. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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15 Hayden Coffin, Illustrated by John Hassall +photos Hayden Coffin's Book Packed with Acts and Facts.
London Aston Rivers / I,A, Lewis, 1930 First Edition With Signed Letter
First Edition. 6" x 8 3/4" Approx. this book contains a glued in SIGNED letter (on Savage Club paper)from Coffin dated16th may 1935 (died 9th dec 1935 aged 73) . 303 pages+36 plates mostly photos of actors, inc 2 small (on 1 plate) of Salt Lake City 1930 &from Prospect Hill in 1892.+ John Hassall ills are in the text.Original blue binding with gilt lettering is good except spine that does have a little wear and1/4"tear at top,Contents O.K. except for signed letter and envelope (name/adress only) all hand writen by Coffin, glued to front & a few relevent newspaper cuttings inc one glued in rear mentioned in signed letter at front. A facinating 1st hand history/recollations of his life in the Theatre as Actor/singer from about 1880s,inc touring England ,South Africa in 1910, the U.S.A .in1892/3 with the Lillian Russell Opera Company ,and his parts in a few early films .and much much more. 
Price: 60.00 GBP
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16 Herausgeber: Hans Meissner ? Freilichtaufführungen der Städtischen Bühnen auf dem Römerberg in der Goetheftadt Romerberg - Feftfchrift (Römerberg - Festspiele ) Frankfurt am Main 1 Juli bis 31 Auguft 1936
1936 Decorative Paperback Good 19 x 27cm Approx 
63+1 pages, Binding good, some corner folding, wear, rear spotting, Contents good, clean & tight, owner name inside cover, minor staining title page, corner folding. Programme for the open-air performances at the City Theater on the Roman hill. Introductory texts by Adolf Hitler, Goebbels, Göring, Jakob Sprenger & Dr. Krebs. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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17 N. Rowe, also .George farquhar.. Ulysses a Tragedy...&...Abra- Mule :or Love and Empire ...&..The Constant Couple or a Trip to the Jubilee..&..Sir Harry Wildaire.(all 4 Bound in One )
London: Jacob Tonson .clarke.Knapton 
4 1/2" x 7 1/4" Approx. 4 BOUND IN ONE BOOK. 1726 - 1738.............1st. Ulysses a Tragedy By N.Rowe,1726, 3rd ed. Pub jacob Tonson , 95 pages+ illustration,(some pages un-cut.). ..... 2nd Abra-Mule: or Love and Empire 5th ed Pub J.Tilson 1727, 96pages + illustration............ .3rd The Constant Couple or, a Trip to the Jubilee acted at the Theatre -Royal in Drury-Lane by His Majesty's Servants. 7th ed with New SCENE,added part and new Prologue by Mr. George Farquhar, Pub John Clarke 1738.96pages + illustration.............. 4th. Sir Harry Wildaire: being a sequel of the Trip to the Jubilee. as acted at the Theatre -Royal in Dury-Lane by John Farquhar Pub Knapton 1735, 80pages + illustration .all bound within 18th cent basic boards which need restoring or replaceing,Contents are basically good with some minor staining on a few pages 
Price: 100.00 GBP
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18 Poole, John Poole Hamlet Travestie : In Three Acts with Burlesque Annotations After the Manner of Dr. Johnson and Geo. Stevens, Esq. and the Various Commentators
London Printed for J. M. Richardson 1811 Full-Leather 10 x 16cm Approx 
3rd Edition. xiv + half title + list of characters + 109 pages + 2 page advert of new works by publisher rear. Full contemporary leather binding fair, rubbed, detached front. Contents mostly good, clean & tight, with a few odd minor mark, no major faults. Owner inscription to inside front cover. Shakespeare parody play first published 1810. Postage reduced to U.K £2.......E.U. £3.......all other inc. U.S. £5 
Price: 65.00 GBP
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19 Shakespear, William, ( Shakespeare ) 4 books, & one book, King Henry the Fifth written by Aaron Hill King Henry iv ( 4th ), Henry v ( 5th / fifth) and Henry vi ( 6th ) Henry Surnamed Hot-spur
London J. Tonson, & J. Watts 1732 Hard Back 11 x 17cm Approx 
4 1/4" x 6 1/2" Approx. Unique 18th cetuary book, leather bound rubbed and cracking down spine,18th cent. Ornate bookplate "Bibliotheca Blomiana" 5 books bound in 1.; 1st.is1st part Henry IV pub Tonson 1732 96 pages .; 2nd is 2nd..part Henry IV and coronation of king Henry V, pub Tonson 1733 93 pages + 1of Epilogue + full page illustration.; 3rd is 1st. part Henry VI pub Tonson 1735 82 pages+full page illustration.; 4th is 2nd part Henry the sixth with death of the good Duke Humphry, pub Tonson 1734 84 pages + full page illustration.; then a small gap where poss were another.; 5th and last is King Henry the Fifth. a tragedy as acted at Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, by His Majesty's servants by Aaron Hill, 2nd edition pub. J. Watts 1746 57pages+2 page Epilogue+1 full page illustration.; Condition of pages good/clear there is a finger tear in front blank endpaper (no loss) and to 1st title page is an owner signature of W. Blome. ( Wulf von Blume also known Wolff Blome of Schloss Salzau, Holstein). In book titles Shakespeare is spelt Shakespear. So 1st 4 written by Shakespeare and one "King Henry the Fifth" not written by Shakespeare, but written by Aaron Hill. 
Price: 200.00 GBP
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20 Shakespeare, William Othello the Moor of Venice ( Miniture book)
Glasgow: David Bryce and Son. 1904 
First Edition in This Form. 3.5 x 5.25 MM. 453 pages in allover FINE original condition. Original red kid suede leather, embossed directly to cover & embossed/gilt title directly to spine .,,,,Contents: original brown wavey end-pages , good & tight pages with good gilt edges to pages ,NO inscriptions infact NO visable faults ( with exception of traces of the odd page corner/tip being folded at some time) 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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