A Spectacular Collection of all the cornerstone Godot editions. Includes the True First Edition in French, the first illustrated edition, A Presentation Copy of the Faber and Faber English Edition -warmly inscribed by Beckett in 1983, a Presentation Copy of the original Grove edition, plus, original playbills for all the major initial productions of Godot onstage. Within this stellar set are the three seminal editions of Beckett's Waiting for Godot: which were all milestones in Beckett's career, and each had considerable impact on the development of "Theater of the Absurd." In fact, it was Godot which defined modernism in twentieth-century theater. Brooks Atkinson said of an early production, "it gave a frightening impression of being close to the truth of the human race waiting indolently for a solution that will never come."o and see Waiting for Godot. At the worst you will discover a curiosity, a four-leaved clover, a black tulip; at the best something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live" (Bair, Deirdre, Samuel Beckett: A Biography. New York: Summit, 1990, p. 454). Ad 1: True First Edition. Beckett's Waiting for Godot, a milestone in a long productive career, this play has become the symbol of the "Theater of the Absurd." A fine copy. Ad. 2: First Illustrated Edition of Godot. This volume exactly reproduces the 1952 "Editions de Minuit" first edition but includes for the first time 4 pages of black and white photographs of the original cast performing Godot at the Théâtre de Babylone. Short tear to page 54, else fine copy. Ad 3: The playbill for the original French production of Godot at the Théâtre de Babylone, a diminutive theater in Paris. With photos of the first actors to perform in Godot, i.e. Julien Verdier, Lucien Raimbourg and Pierer Latour. The play opened on January 5th, 1953 and ran for over 300 performances. Ad. 4: First Edition in English, Presentation Copy, inscribed by Samuel Beckett: "For Jack (i.e. Jack Garfein) affectionally from Sam 20.11.87." The recipient of this copy was the actor / director Jack Garfein (b. 1930 in Mukaccvo, Czechoslovakia); young Garfein survived a stay in the Auschwitz concentration camp during WW II. In 1945, he emigrated to the U.S. and studied at the New School for Social Research before going into the theater. Garfein was the primary force behind The Actors and Directors Lab in both Los Angeles and New York, as well as the artistic director of The Harold Clurman Theatre in New York. He staged productions of Beckett's works, including an Alan Schneider directed triple-bill of "Ohio Impromptu" - "Catastrophe" - "What Were" in 1983, and a series of works by Beckett at New York's Samuel Beckett Theater. Dustjacket with light wear to top extremities, spine ever so slightly darkened. Presentation copies of any edition of Waiting for Godot are now very rare on the market. Ad. 5: Original playbill from the first New York production of Godot. The cast included Bert Lahr, E.G. Marshall and the chimerical Luchino Solito de Solis. Good condition, light dampstain to covers. Ad. 6: First English Edition. With publisher's note tipped-in announcing that "When Waiting for Godot was transferred from the Arts Theatre to the Criterion Theatre, a small number of textual deletions were made to satisfy the requirements of the Lord Chamberlain. The text printed here is that used in the Criterion Theatre production". Dustjacket with light fading to spine, one short tear closed, a few miniscule signs of wear to spine extremities. Ad 7; Later Edition of the Faber and Faber London printing. Presentation Copy from Beckett to George Hall "with all best wishes Samuel Beckett 29.11.83." " Presumably the recipient was the Broadway actor, George Hall (1916- 2002), who was a theater, TV, and movie actor, best remembered by his role as the elderly Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones in the TV series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1992) His Broadway debut was in 1946. Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory #
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