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Shaw, George Bernard

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About this Item: Dodo Press 2007-10-19, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. 1406553824 New Condition. Ships Immediately. Seller Inventory # Z1406553824ZN

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SHAW, George Bernard

Published by Constable & Company Limited [1930-1938], London (1930)

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About this Item: Constable & Company Limited [1930-1938], London, 1930. Hardcover. First Edition. Laurence A198a. The Best Edition of Shaw's Works, copy #740 of 1025 copies complete in 33 volumes in the original dustwrappers collecting his writings from his first novel-- IMMATURITY--to his famous plays--PYGMALION, MAJOR BARBARA, etc.--through and beyond his winning of the Nobel Prize in 1925. EACH of the 33 volumes is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author to actress Lillah McCarthy. The first volume, as are most of the others, is INSCRIBED "This one is Lillah's/G. Bernard Shaw." Volume 10, MAN AND SUPERMAN, is INSCRIBED: "This volume is very specially/dedicated to the/Creatrix/of/Ann Whitefield, who will/always be my/Ann Whitefield/Lillah McCarthy/G. Bernard Shaw 12th Dec. 1931." McCarthy became the leading lady in 1905 at The Court Theatre, managed by Granville Barker, her future husband, and financed by Shaw. Her first role was as Nora in Shaw's JOHN BULL'S OTHER ISLAND. She then caused a sensation as Ann Whitefield in his masterpiece MAN AND SUPERMAN, earning Shaw's respect for her talents so much so that he tailored the part of Jennifer in THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA especially for her. When McCarthy married Barker, who played the male lead opposite her in several of Shaw's plays, Shaw was upset as he felt they were not a good pair. Though the couple successfully produced a number of other Shaw plays in the following years, Shaw was proven correct when Barker left her for another woman. McCarthy later married Sir Frederick Keeble, and the final volume of this set is INSCRIBED by Shaw "to Lady Keeble (Lillah)." Near Fine in Very Good dustwrappers. Sensational set. Seller Inventory # 013420

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Shaw, George Bernard, Schriftsteller (1856–1950).

Published by O. O., 25. Januar 1948. (1948)

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About this Item: O. O., 25. Januar 1948., 1948. 2¼ SS. Gr.-4to. Shaws Antwort auf vier Fragen zur politischen Lage in Europa nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, die James E. Brown vom International News Service brieflich an ihn gerichtet hatte (dat. London, 24. I. 1948): „[.] I would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes of your time to answer four questions. The recent foreign affairs’ debate in the House of Commons revealed a striking degree of agreement on general policy between the Conservatives and Socialists. Since the government will, therefore, presumably act along these lines, your answers to the following non-hypothetical questions would be of great interest to the world: 1.) Do you approve of Mr. Bevin’s proposals for a western European union? [Shaw: ] I do not see what else Mr. Bevin can do under the circumstances than play for what union he can get in Europe or elsewhere out of politically uneducated electorates and pseudo-statesmen who do not know what their shibboleths mean. Meanwhile he must borrow what he can from the U. S. A. in view of the general European bilking that followed 1918, and the frequent prodigious bilk that is politely called devaluation of the franc. Poincaré over again! – 2.) Do you believe some measure of material prosperity in western Europe will halt the spread of Communism? [Shaw:] No. I believe that the spread of Communism will enormously increase the material prosperity of the world if civilization be not wrecked by childish rulers playing with atomic bombs and the like. Even the atomic may be superseded by the discovery of a poison gas lighter than air, which will kill men without destroying their works. That would civilize us if anything can. – 3.) Do you agree with Mr. Churchill that the western powers ‘should bring matters to a head’ with the Soviet Union before the Russians perfect the atom bomb? [Shaw:] That depends on what the head is. A thick head may mean war. A clear head may save the situation, for a while at least. The clearest head available at present is Stalin’s; but no man is more dangerously misunderstood both here and in the U. S. S. R. where his official supremacy is in fact as precarious that we in the west should give him all the support and countenance in our power. Stalin is a Communist in principle; but so was Trotsky, who declared him to be a vulgar ugly upstart poisoner, and would have had him shot had he supplanted him in the Politbureau. The issue between them was between Fabian tactics, a British invention (called H. F. P. in Russia) and instantaneous catastrophic universal economic revolution throughout the world: a flat impossibility. It is for us to back Stalin as an arch Fabian against the world, including Russia. – 4.) Do you feel the ‘straight speaking’ to Russia now in vogue in Britain and the U. S. A. will prevent war between the East and West by forcing Soviet Russia to delay or halt her world expansion policy? [Shaw:] There has been no straight speaking except from Stalin, who stands for Socialism In A Single Country as against Imperialist expansion. He knows that Soviet Russia cannot afford another war, and has to beware of warmongers in Russia as well (or ill) as in America and the British Commonwealth. He has to deal with Churchillian Tory Democracy, alias Fascism or the annexation of Fabianism for the benefit of the private owners of the natural sources of production, and Labour Party chiefs like ours, who are actually to the Right of Mr Churchill with their senseless denunciations of Communism as such, and of Totalitarianism, which is Anarchism; for a law that is not totalitarian is no law. The real mischief is the silly notion that constitutional policy can be totalitarian. All civilisation begins and endures with Communism. Nobody proposes to decommunise our streets, bridges, water, police, courts of justice and the rest, nor to abolish Cobdenist free trade utterly. Without Communism we should starve. Without Cobdenism we should stagnate. Without Fascism betwixt and between the transi. Seller Inventory # 26187

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SHAW, George Bernard]

Published by Privately Printed, n.p. (1932)

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About this Item: Privately Printed, n.p., 1932. wraps. First Edition. Printed wraps. Laurence AA16d. This is one of five different states of the "ROUGH PROOF-UNPUBLISHED" of this play typically used as rehearsal or prompt copies. This particular state includes the coda written at Malvern, where the play premiered on 8 July 1932, for its star Cedric Hardwicke on the birth of his first son on 7 August 1932. According to Laurence, "No rehearsal copies of this proof state were printed. Only five copies are noted." It is not known if this is one of those five or an unrecorded copy. This copy contains numerous alterations and additions in both pencil and blue pencil to the dialogue as well as added prompts and drawn stage diagrams. There are also five clear instances of changes and/or additions made by Shaw himself in his hand including a piece of paper glued in at the margin of page 31. All of Shaw's changes are in the final printed copy of the play, though two are slightly different from what he has written. It is unclear as to whose copy this was, though if not Shaw's himself certainly that of the director or a performer. Though there is no evidence of ownership, this copy came from the collection of Harold Ackert. Spine quite frayed with the front cover detached about halfway down. Good copy of a scarce piece with manuscript corrections by Shaw. Seller Inventory # 013109

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Androcles and the Lion, Overruled, Pygmalion.: Shaw, George Bernard

Shaw, George Bernard

Published by Constable and Company, London (1916)

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About this Item: Constable and Company, London, 1916. First edition of this collection of plays, which includes Bernard Shaw's classic Pygmalion; the basis for the George Cukor directed film My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Charles Ricketts from George Bernard Shaw. 14th July 1916." The recipient, Charles Ricketts was an English artist best known for his book illustrations for George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. This copy belonged to William Randolph Hearst and was sold in his sale, Parke Bernet, 22 November 1939. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. Signed and inscribed first editions are rare. n ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea that was first presented in 1871. Shaw would also have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and its film version. Shaw mentioned that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by several British professors of phonetics: Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, but above all, the cantankerous Henry Sweet. My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady. The original Broadway and London shows starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a notable critical and popular success. It set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. My Fair Lady has frequently been called "the perfect musical". It was the basis for the 1964 Geoge Cukor directed film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison as Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins respectively, with Stanley Holloway, Gladys Cooper and Wilfrid Hyde-White in supporting roles. A critical and commercial success, it won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. In 1998, the American Film Institute named it the 91st greatest American film of all time. Seller Inventory # 86436

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SHAW, George Bernard

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About this Item: 1940. No Binding. Condition: Fine. ("G. B. S.") 1 page, March 8, 1940, London, on his personal letterhead 4, Whitehall Court, London, S. W. 1 to George Sylvester Viereck Esq., 305 Riverside Drive, New York City, U.S. America. 10 " x 8". The final three lines is penned in Shaw's hand. Fine. In very brief part: "You can do nothing to help Hitler or hinder Chamberlain, though you can damage yourself if you try; so sit tight as a 100% American. GBS" Viereck (1884-1962), a nationally known poet, journalist and novelist - and the leading pro-German propagandist in America from before WWI to WWII. Viereck, who assumed the role of "interpreter of Germany to America", was arrested in October of 1941 on a charge of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and was finally sentenced to one to five years in prison (31 July 1943). Shaw (1856-1950), born July 26, 1856, Dublin, Ireland; died November 2, 1950, Ayot Saint Lawrence, England; Irish-born dramatist, essayist, critic and social reform advocate; winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925). Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 611341

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SHAW, George Bernard

Published by Constable and Company Ltd. 1943 and 1944, London (1943)

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About this Item: Constable and Company Ltd. 1943 and 1944, London, 1943. Letter. First Edition. Laurence A246 for the printed book. This collection, all housed in a green cloth chemise within a half green morocco slipcase gilt-lettered on the spine and front cover, consists of seven items related to the book: a single page typed Manuscript Revised Contents Table dated 21 August 1943 with several corrections in Shaw's hand numbering about 30 words; three examples of proof pages for the title page with simple corrections by Shaw including the elimination of "Machiavelli Modernized" from the title (noted by Laurence as being eliminated by Shaw in the final page-proof); and three AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED by Shaw with his initials (two on postcards and one on both sides of a small sheet of paper), one letter in Pitman's Shorthand (with a typed transcript), all to John Wardrop regarding proofs and the index for the book as well as Shaw's wife's illness. Some excerpts: "I always sign G. Bernard Shaw, and my professional name is Bernard Shaw without the George, which I loathe." "I am putting the book together fast, and hope soon to send you the final revise in chapters and indexable. It has been a devil of a job, and has cost me a play or two or perhaps three." "At your age I undertook an index to the works of Thomas Lodge for an Elizabethan Society. Being inexperienced and conscientious I did not know when to stop." Though there is no evidence of ownership, these items came from the collection of Harold Ackert. Very Good to Near Fine in a custom slipcase. Seller Inventory # 013120

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SHAW, George Bernard

Published by Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., London (1887)

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About this Item: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., London, 1887. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. An Unsocial Socialist--Signed/Inscribed by Shaw to his first bibliographer, Maurice Holmes. "4 Whitehall Court, London, SWI 23rd November 1928. Dear Maurice Holmes, This is the first edition in book form. It had appeared as a serial in a magazine called Today. Faithfully, G. Bernard Shaw." An Unsocial Socialist. 256 pp. 8vo., bound in publisher's red cloth, stamped in gilt on spine and covers, dark green endpapers, preserved in a darker red cloth slipcase. London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., 1887. First Edition, the very rare first issue with the caption "Author of The Confessions of Byron Cashel's Profession'' on the title-page and no index. This printing was promptly canceled, and supposedly only samples for booksellers and travelers had been sent out with this title-page. Second issue binding with the publisher's name mispelled at the foot of the spine. Overall a bright, fresh copy, hinges holding strong, in a custom clamshell box by NYC's Brentano's.Rare signed Shawwith a powerful association. Book #N5145 $5000. We specialize in rare Ayn Rand, history and science. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # N5145

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SHORTHAND MANUSCRIPT DRAFT OF "ELECTION PROSPECTS.": Shaw, George Bernard

Shaw, George Bernard

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About this Item: [ Np], 1949. 3 2/3 pages, in ink, on versos of printed quarto sheets (reuse of printed statements of terms for performances of Shaw's plays). With two typed onlays, one bearing substantive deletions and insertions in Shaw's hand. Accompanied by an early (contemporary?) typed transcription, 2 1/3 pp., quarto. Some isolated marginal paperclip rust stains affecting each leaf, old mend to verso of 1 1/2" clean tear in final leaf of manuscript, typist's vertical completion rule in pencil through middle of each leaf of the manuscript, but generally very good. A fine example of Shaw's characteristic shorthand, and vintage (though somewhat diffuse) political Shaw in terms of content, possibly the basis for the essay, "Election Prospects as I See Them," published in the DAILY MAIL, 5 November 1949. In it, Shaw comments on the significance of Soviet Communism in the post-war years: "Mr. Churchill, who, to his great credit, was the first to recognize the eminence of Lenin, might well now warn our politicians of all parties, who seldom speak without naming Stalin, and never without insulting him, that Stalin is neither a would-be Napoleon nor a Hitleresque 'bloodthirsty guttersnipe,' but the mainstay of peace in Europe. None of your Statesmen seemed to have observed that . civilization, from its beginning . is founded on a broad basis of Communism . They have not even read their Bibles (if they have any) far enough to know that Christianity began with a communism so stark that Saint Peter struck a man and his wife for holding back a few coins from the common stock for themselves ." He expounds on the "slavery of Necessity," and the importance of leisure: ".the distribution of leisure is as important and as primary in the duty of the state as the distribution of income .," and suggests the "final ruin of the Commonwealth" might be the consequence of the confrontation of the "small and miserably idle rich" with the "large and miserable overworked poor ." LAURENCE C3879. Seller Inventory # WRCLIT63354

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SHAW, George Bernard.

Published by Constable, (1919)

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About this Item: Constable, 1919. First English edition. Inscribed by the author on half-title, 'to Edward Elgar from Bernard Shaw. 10th. Oct. 1919.', and with Elgar's pencilled note to free endpaper, 'Error p 12' and correction to appropriate page. Spine slightly darkened, cloth slightly soiled, free endpapers browned, else a very good copy. A particularly attractive association for one of the author's greatest plays. Shaw had been praising Elgar in print for a decade before they first met, at a lunch organised by Lalla Vandervelde, in March 1919. Within days, Shaw was visiting Elgar at his house to hear three of his chamber works. 'Did you leave the error on p.12 . to see if people really read the book?' Elgar later asked, after reading Heartbreak House. 'If so you are, in this instance, not so clever as I am! I leave a glaring mistake somewhere well on or near the end.' [The error is not, as has been assumed, a matter of punctuation.] Despite the disparity of their views on politics and religion, their friendship steadily grew into a deep affection. Opening a Shaw exhibition at Malvern Public Library in 1929, Elgar remarked that the role was one of his greatest honours but also one for which he was well qualified, having read Shaw's works 'from beginning to end'. He suggested to his audience that Shaw knew more about music than he did and that, contrary to a reputation for being rather fierce, Shaw was 'the best friend to any artist, the kindest and possibly the dearest fellow on earth.' Shaw responded that: 'Although I am rather a conceited man and I feel I could carry my head high compared with any other artist in England, I am quite seriously and genuinely humble in the presence of Sir Edward Elgar. I recognise a greater art than mine and a greater man than I can ever hope to be.' The following year, Elgar dedicated his Severn Suite to Shaw, who annotated his inscribed copy with the words 'so my name may last as long as his own'. Unsurprisingly, Elgar's music was played at Shaw's funeral, in the form of extracts from The Music Makers and the 'Nimrod' section from the Enigma Variations. Seller Inventory # 3434

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WIDOWERS' HOUSES. Inscribed: Shaw, George Bernard

Shaw, George Bernard

Published by Henry & Co, London (1893)

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About this Item: Henry & Co, London, 1893. Hardcover. First Edition. London: Henry & Co, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. George Bernard Shaw. WIDOWERS' HOUSES. Inscribed. London: Henry & Co, 1893. 8vo., 126pp. + 2pp. ads. Gilt-stamped publisher's original cloth, now a faded plum. A significant presentation copy inscribed in black fountain pen on the half-title: "To Robert Loraine / from G. Bernard Shaw. / 9th Nov. 1907". Loraine [1876-1935] was a man of action: actor-manager, soldier, aviator, Fabian & of course, a close friend to Shaw - perhaps best known as an actor he's seen most commonly on holiday with the Shaws & Harley Granville-Barker or at Fabian events. Loraine & Shaw shared political affiliations & a passion for theatre: it was Loraine who premiered as the lead in Man & Superman on Broadway, the production was massively successful & launched Shaw as a force to be reckoned with in the United States. A significant association copy of this very scarce first edition with only 500 printed & as few as 150 sold, many fewer signed thus. Widowers' Houses was the first of George Bernard Shaw's plays to be staged. It is one of the three plays Shaw published as Plays Unpleasant in 1898. It was deemed "unpleasant" because its purpose is not to entertain its audience as the traditional Victorian theatre was expected to do but to raise awareness of social problems & to censure the exploitation of the poor by the unproductive upper class. Custom TBCL embossed cloth slipcase in fine condition. Seller Inventory # 32217

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Shaw, George Bernard

Published by Constable and Company, London (1914)

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About this Item: Constable and Company, London, 1914. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. First Edition. London: Constable and Company, 1914. First Edition. Hardcover. Shaw, George Bernard. MISALLIANCE. The Dark Lady Of The Sonnets And Fanny's First Play. With a Treatise on Parents and Children. Inscribed. London: Constable and Company Ltd., 1914. "It is more dangerous to be a great prophet or poet than to promote twenty companies for swindling simple folk out of their savings". First Edition. Small 8vo. 234 pp. + 2 pp. of ads. A near fine or better copy in light moss green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, t.e.g., in a bright, near fine slightly spine darkened example of the rather uncommon dustwrapper. A significant presentation copy inscribed in black fountain pen on the half-title: "To Robert Loraine, who created Hotchkiss (among / other good turns), from Bernard Shaw. / 17th May 1914". Loraine [1876-1935] was a man of action: actor-manager, soldier, aviator, Fabian & of course, a close friend to Shaw - perhaps best known as an actor he's seen most commonly on holiday with the Shaws & Harley Granville-Barker or at Fabian events. Loraine & Shaw shared political affiliations & a passion for theatre: it was Loraine who premiered as the lead in Man & Superman on Broadway, the production was massively successful & launched Shaw as a force to be reckoned with in the United States. "The whole strength of England lies in the fact that the enormous majority of the English people are snobs". - Hotchkiss in GETTING MARRIED first performed in 1908 & published in THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA, 1911. Excellent example. Custom TBCL embossed cloth slipcase in fine condition. Seller Inventory # 32213

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Shaw, George Bernard

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About this Item: [London?], 1914. Two pages, closely written in pencil, with deletions and insertions, on two quarto sheets of pale blue T.H. Saunders letterstock (watermarked '1913'). Horizontal fold, with minor creases and smudges, but very good. An intriguing manuscript in which Shaw embarks on a characteristically discursive consideration of war, politics, economics and matters of civilization, with the tone of possibly having been written in response to a request for views on same: "Pardon the abruptness of the suggestion; but suppose we blow the German fleet out of the water, or under it, and the consequence is that Russia profits by our victory to the extent of carving a Baltic province out of Germany and condemning Sweden to live in the bear's mouth, will that be a result for western civilization to rejoice over? The French seem to think that because Russia has drained away from France so much of the capital that is needed at home for making French towns and French children healthier and happier, Russia is her dearest friend. That is already not good sense. Of all tests of prosperity, financial balance sheets are the most delusive. Capital rushes downhill towards backward countries and cheap labor: civilization struggles uphill toward highly cultivated countries. It is by following the flow of capital that France has fallen into that alliance with Russia which is at the root of the whole present mischief. Our own squalid adventures in Persia have led us in the same direction . Had England, instead of wavering between fear of Germany, patronage of France, and love of dividends, used her immense make-weight to consolidate France, Germany, England into a western nucleus . we should not have been in our present mess; and we could have taken the criminal case of Servia [sic] out of the hands of the Austrian prosecutor into an international court . even if the three great western powers must now fall on and hammer one another to exhaustion, they will still have to stop somewhere and mend their relations as best they can with a treaty. All the bloodshed and powder burning in the world will not alter the real problem one jot; and it seems a pity that we cannot tackle it at once, acknowledging frankly that our diplomacy has reduced itself to absurdity in Armageddon, and try to solve it as 'good Europeans'.". Seller Inventory # WRCLIT63355

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WELLES, ORSON & GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Published by New York BrentanoÕs 1928 (1928)

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About this Item: New York BrentanoÕs 1928, 1928. Later edition. With a handsome original self-portrait ink drawing signed by Orson Welles of himself as ÒCaptain ShotoverÓ in WellesÕs 1938 Mercury Theatre New York stage production of ShawÕs Heartbreak House. On the front pastedown is an original etching bookplate by Marie Laurencin for art collector, book collector, and travel writer, Edward Wassermann. The only bookplate designed by Laurencin and depicts a young woman with a pearl necklace. Very good in a very good dust jacket with a striking portrait of Shaw on the front cover. Seller Inventory # 15225J

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BACK TO METHUSELAH. A Metabiological Pentateuch. Inscribed: Shaw, George Bernard

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Published by Constable and Company, London (1921)

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About this Item: Constable and Company, London, 1921. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. First Edition. London: Constable and Company, 1921. First Edition. Hardcover. Shaw, George Bernard. BACK TO METHUSELAH. A Metabiological Pentateuch. Inscribed. London: Constable and Company, Ltd., 1921. "You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?" First English Edition; preceded by the New York edition, which Shaw condemned for its numerous misprints. 8vo., 267 pp. Publisher's gilt- stamped light mossy green cloth. A significant presentation copy inscribed in black fountain pen on the half-title: "To Robert Loraine / from G. Bernard Shaw. / 16th June 1921". Loraine [1876-1935] was a man of action: actor-manager, soldier, aviator, Fabian & of course, a close friend to Shaw - perhaps best known as an actor he's see most commonly on holiday with the Shaws & Harley Granville-Barker or at Fabian events. Loraine & Shaw shared political affiliations & a passion for theatre: it was Loraine who premiered as the lead in the Man & Superman on Broadway, the production was massively successful & launched Shaw as a force to be reckoned with in the States. A very good or better example in like dustwrapper that has had one tear on the upper spine archivally repaired along with several small chips at the corners. A very nice copy. Custom TBCL embossed cloth slipcase in fine condition. Laurence, Bernard Shaw: A Bibliography, A161. Seller Inventory # 32216

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SHAW. GEORGE BERNARD.

Published by Grant Richards. London. 1901 (1901)

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About this Item: Grant Richards. London. 1901, 1901. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First separate issue, larger untrimmed variant, inscribed by the author. Originally printed in the April 1885-March 1886 issues of To-Day, this first edition was printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the original setting for the journal. This is the larger, variant issue, with the preliminary blank leaf bound at the beginning. Shaw explains the variant this way: "The size of the bigger copies is due to the fact that they reproduced not only the type but the format of To-day. But the booksellers objected that in this form it occupied too much room to be displayed on their stalls and counters. It was probably cut down as far as the margins would allow to meet this objection", (Laurence). Inscribed by Shaw, "This is the first Issue, which was so tall that the booksellers refused to exhibit it on their counters, as it took too much room. So it had to be cut down. G. Bernard Shaw 26/7/30." . ---- Housed in a green cloth covered chemise and quarter green morocco slip case with raised bands and gilt rules and lettering to the spine. The slip case is a little rubbed and faded to the spine but generally very good. Laurence A3. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 9170

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Cashel Byron's Profession. A Novel.: SHAW, George Bernard.

SHAW, George Bernard.

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About this Item: [London:] The Modern Press, 1886, 1886. Original wrappers. Housed in a green quarter morocco slipcase and chemise. Wrappers spotted and worn. First separate issue, larger untrimmed variant, inscribed by the author. Originally printed in the April 1885-March 1886 issues of "To-Day", this first edition was printed from the corrected and revised stereos of the original setting for the journal. This is the larger, variant issue, with the preliminary blank leaf bound at the beginning. Shaw explains the variant this way: "The size of the bigger copies is due to the fact that they reproduced not only the type but the format of To-day. But the booksellers objected that in this form it occupied too much room to be displayed on their stalls and counters. It was probably cut down as far as the margins would allow to meet this objection" (Laurence). Inscribed by Shaw, "This is the first Issue, which was so tall that the booksellers refused to exhibit it on their counters, as it took too much room. So it had to be cut down. G. Bernard Shaw 26/7/30." Laurence A3. Seller Inventory # 73696

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The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza by: SHAW, George Bernard.]

SHAW, George Bernard.]

Published by [London:] Rehearsed for Malvern Festival. Rough Proof – Unpublished, 1929 (1929)

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About this Item: [London:] Rehearsed for Malvern Festival. Rough Proof – Unpublished, 1929, 1929. Octavo. Original grey wrappers printed in black. Housed in a red cloth slipcase and chemise. Upper cover very slightly creased with a tiny chip from the lower corner. An excellent copy. A rare rough proof, one of only 25 rehearsal copies, preceding the first trade edition. Inscribed by the author on the upper wrapper, "To Sénor Julio Brouta for translation. Very private. G. B. S. 24th July 1929". When writing plays it was Shaw's normal practice to prepare rough proofs which would be corrected and reissued, sometimes two or three times, before the publication of the trade issue. Three different rough proofs of The Apple Cart were released during 1929, 3 copies of the first proof, 2 copies of the second proof, and 25 of this, the rehearsal edition. Laurence AA15c. Seller Inventory # 77523

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SHAW, George Bernard.) COSTER, Howard.

Published by London: Howard Coster, [early 1930s] (1930)

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About this Item: London: Howard Coster, [early 1930s], 1930. Mounted, glazed and framed at Goodspeed's Book Shop (overall size 425 x 323 mm; image 295 x 205 mm). A few light scuffs to frame, slight oxidisation to areas of margin otherwise in excellent condition. Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36". An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the Great War: he directed her in the first Broadway production of his play The Philanderer (performed at the Little Theater in 1913-14). In February 1922 she was cast in Back to Methuselah. In the 1930s she collaborated with the great Polish pianist Ignacy Paderewski on The Paderewski Memoirs (London and New York 1938), to which Shaw contributed a glowing letter of praise ("written after reading the American edition. [and] intended for publication" Laurence B280): "Though you have deserted the stage for literature your impersonation of Paderewski in this book of his and yours must rank with your greatest achievements as an actress. It has every quality of a great autobiography. It actually sent me to the index of the four volumes of my musical criticisms of 50 years ago to see what I had said when Paderewski swooped on London and was immediately drawn as an archangel by Burne-Jones". Mary Lawton was also a friend of Mark Twain's daughter Clara Clemens. A fine portrait of Shaw, probably taken in the early 30s, by Howard Coster, one of the most renowned portrait photographers of the day who "photographed most of the leading figures in politics, literature and the arts. his work was frequently published in magazines" (National Portrait Gallery online). This portrait is used in reverse as the frontispiece to Dan H. Laurence's bibliography of Shaw. Seller Inventory # 114626

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Too True To Be Good, Village Wooing: Shaw, George Bernard

Shaw, George Bernard

Published by Constable & Co, London (1934)

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About this Item: Constable & Co, London, 1934. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition. First edition. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to John Drinkwater. Inscribed on the half-title: "to John Drinkwater/ G.B. Shaw / his Forerunner. 26th July 1934." Beneath the inscription Drinkwater was written in pencil, "Malvern Festival. JD." Fine association. Laurence A216 Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Near fine copy (front hinge cracking) in a fine (and rare) dust jacket. Morocco ex-libris of John Drinkwater on front pastedown (see below). In cloth slipcase with chemise. Seller Inventory # 56141

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SHAW, George Bernard)

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About this Item: Constable & Company Limited (1932), London, 1932. Hardcover. First Edition. Laurence A210a. Pictorial boards and twenty woodblock illustrations within by John Farleigh. This copy with a lengthy SIGNED INSCRIPTION by the author on the half-title page: "Ayot St. Lawrence, Welwyn, Herts/Easter Sunday 1941./Dear Mrs. Berry/As this is a first edition it has all the/original mistakes in it. See my marginal notes/on pages 11, 35 & 63./Sell it to the foolish people who collect/first editions; and buy a properly corrected copy/with the proceeds. The transaction will be/quite profitable./Your father stood high in my regard/and respect./faithfully/G. Bernard Shaw." On the three pages mentioned by Shaw are MANUSCRIPT corrections in his hand ranging from one to two sentences. Neatly laid down on the page opposite the half title is a Shaw Compliments card with the following in Shaw's hand dated 18 April 1941 and SIGNED with his initials: "My secretary will return the picture/My signature is just above Laura Knight's." Owner name on verso of front endpaper. Some fraying of spine edges with neat repairs. Very Good. Seller Inventory # 013112

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Shaw, George Bernard

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About this Item: Constable and Company, London, 1919. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. First Edition. London: Constable and Company, 1919. First Edition. Hardcover. Shaw, George Bernard. HEARTBREAK HOUSE. Great Catherine And Playlets Of The War. Inscribed. London: Constable and Company, 1919. "You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race." First Edition. Small 8vo. 266 pp. + 2 pp. of adverts. A near fine copy in light moss green cloth, gilt titles to the spine in a bright, fresh example of the dustwrapper. Custom TBCL embossed cloth slipcase in fine condition. A significant presentation copy inscribed in black fountain pen on the half-title: "To Robert Loraine / from Bernard Shaw. / 10th October 1919". Loraine [1876-1935] was a man of action: actor-manager, soldier, aviator, Fabian & of course, a close friend to Shaw - perhaps best known as an actor he's seen most commonly on holiday with the Shaws & Harley Granville-Barker or at Fabian events. Loraine & Shaw shared political affiliations & a passion for theatre: it was Loraine who premiered as the lead in Man & Superman on Broadway, the production was massively successful & launched Shaw as a force to be reckoned with in the United States. Excellent example. Laurence A149b. Seller Inventory # 32212

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Great Catherine: a Thumbnail Sketch of Court: SHAW, George Bernard.

SHAW, George Bernard.

Published by London: Constable & Co., 1914 (1914)

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About this Item: London: Constable & Co., 1914, 1914. 3 copies, octavo. Original blue-flecked paper wrappers. Housed in a green half morocco slipcase and individual chemises. One copy ink-stamped "Second Proof" and "R&R Clark LTD Edinburgh 27 Feb. 1914". Excellent copies. Three copies, in various states, of rehearsal or rough proof editions of Great Catherine, each inscribed by Shaw ("G. Bernard Shaw 26/7/30") with a short explanation. Two copies are in an early state, with the Byron quote on the title uncorrected, and lacking a copyright line on the verso of the title. In his inscriptions, Shaw refers to these copies as " an early rehearsal copy. The misquotation from Byron's Don Juan is uncorrected "; and "This seems to be really a spare proof and not a rehearsal copy. I do not know how it got loose " Shaw has corrected the quote in ink on one copy. The third copy is printed on thicker paper, corrects the title page quote, and includes the copyright slug. Shaw describes it in his inscription, as " a rehearsal copy, nominally a 'rough proof' " Laurence AA8. Seller Inventory # 73686

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1 autograph letter signed and 2 autogr.: Shaw, George Bernard,

Shaw, George Bernard, Anglo-Irish writer (1856-1950).

Published by London, 1890 and 1922. (1922)

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About this Item: London, 1890 and 1922., 1922. (Small) 8vo. Altogether (1½+1+1=) 3½ pp. on 4 ff. To John Henderson, Secretary of the National Liberal Club. I: "[.] Would next Saturday be too sudden? I can think of nothing better, although I have two lectures to give on Saturday, + would rather appreciate an evening's rest beforehand. Still, as you say your room is a small one, I could take matters quietly in an address on 'Politics, Tory, Liberal + Working Class' [.]" (October 8, 1890). - II: "I have just been reminded that the Chrystal Palace concerto begins next Saturday. This will make it very inconvenient for me to go to Harlesden [.]" (October 9, 1890). - III: "No: if I were to add . chairtaking to my platform activities, it would finish me altogether. Besides, it is very bad economy for the Circle to waste a star speaker on the chair. It is hard enough to get him one; and when you do, you had better got the whole evening out of him [.]" (December 20, 1922). - Accompaned by a typed letter signed by Shaw's secretary, Blanche Patch. Seller Inventory # 31818

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Shaw, George Bernard

Published by Two Ponds Press, Rockport, ME (2014)

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About this Item: Two Ponds Press, Rockport, ME, 2014. Fine Binding. Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. Copy #26 of 75 copies. The design and typography were conceived by Michael Russem. The types are Bembo and Gill Sans and were cast at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler, with additional hand composition by Rose Wisotzky. The presswork was executed by Arthur Larson at Horton Tank Graphics. The etchings were printed by Robert Townsend. The paper is handmade by Velke Losiny. Binding by Claudia Cohen; A collaboration with renowned California artist Joseph Goldyne, one of the leading printmakers working today. Goldyne is a master of the intaglio techniques of etching, drypoint and aquatint. This little-known speech by G. B. Shaw, introducing his friend, Albert Einstein, is paired with five etchings. Goldyne also has written the foreword, which places Shaw's and Einstein's remarks in the historic context of the tumultuous time between the two World Wars. Seller Inventory # 26809

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Everybody's Political What's What: Shaw, George Bernard

Shaw, George Bernard

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About this Item: Constable, London, 1944. First edition. First edition. Frontispiece portrait of Shaw. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to Dean Inge of St. Pauls, with additional inscriptions and autograph notes. Inscribed, pre-publication, on the half title, "to Catharine & Ralph Inge, G. Bernard Shaw. Ayot Saint Lawrence. 3rd September 1944," with a postscript, "Dear Catharine, You will see by the index that I could not keep Ralph out of it. G.B.S." Wiliam Ralph Inge (1860-1954) was an Anglican priest, author, and Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral. His name appears three times in the index to Everybody's Political What's What? and is quoted in reference to his views on education and music. Inge has tipped in a note on the title-page, which reads "This volume I lent to the Exhibition of G.B.S.'s 90th Birthday . July 26, 1946." With additional inscriptions and notes, including a tipped-in card, printed "With Bernard [crossed out and replaced with "old"] Shaw's compliments ." followed by an autograph note, "This Unintelligent Man's Guide would be reviewed by W.R.I. and Bertrand Russell if editors had any flair for the right man. It will not be published until the 15th. 3rd Sept. 1944"; two reproductions of photographic portraits by Karsh, annotated on the versos, "H.G. Wells writes 'your wicked old face is a triumph of photographic artistry.' So I send you a more saintly version," and "This is Saint Bernard of Argot Saint Lawrence," both cards tipped-in; one additional tipped-in compliments card with an autograph note, "I believe W.R.I. could obtain a personal allowance of paper to supplement his publisher's and printer's quote. My printers get one for me. They have printed 85,000 copies already ordered by the too sanguine booksellers. 10/9/1944". Laurence A246 Publisher's rose cloth. Near fine in chipped dust-jacket with loss to head of spine Frontispiece portrait of Shaw. 1 vols. 8vo. Seller Inventory # 266714

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Dramatic Opinions and Essays with an Apology: Shaw, [George] Bernard

Shaw, [George] Bernard

Published by Archibald Constable & Company, London (1907)

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About this Item: Archibald Constable & Company, London, 1907. Hardcover. Condition: Very good plus. [480pp]: [ii], x, 468 (last leaf blank); gilt green linen, lacking jacket. First British edition (volume two only), comprising second American edition sheets (1907), correcting the corruptions & abridgements which spoiled the unauthorized first US edition (1906) [Laurence A75c]. Subtitle: "Containing as Well / A Word on the Dramatic / Opinions and Essays of Ber- / nard Shaw by James Huneker". The original owner has carefully inserted 13 SIGNED bromide photographic cabinet-cards, mounted on individual leaves tipped-in at gutters beside the relevant text, including: [facing page 8] VIOLET VANBRUGH, card number JB: 85D (signed "Yours sincerely Violet Vanbrugh Bourchier"); [14] EVA MOORE, JB: 235A; [46] ARTHUR BOURCHIER, JB: 1331; [66] H. RIDER HAGGARD; [74] CYRIL MAUDE, RP: 1147D; [134] LENA ASHWELL, JB: 765; [196] JEROME K. JEROME, RP: 2312; [234] MARION TERRY, JB: 183; [334] H.V. ESMOND; [370] BRANDON THOMAS, JB: 1230; [386] SYDNEY VALENTINE, RP: 1180; [422] KITTY LOFTUS, Giesen Bros: 7775; and [442] CONSTANCE COLLIER, JB: 407. Note, JB = J[ohn] Beagles & Company, the imprint employed 1902-8 (including all Beagles cards here), after which the word "Limited" was added; while RP = Rotary Photo (1901-21). A list of the celebrities' names & attendant page numbers has been pencilled onto the ffe (headed "auto[graph]s"), initially comprising 10 names (in page order), one of which has been erased -- though there is no evidence of any added leaf having been removed between the adjacent mounts. Subsequently four names have been added to the bottom of the list in the same hand (maintaining their own order). Two cabinet cards in the National Portrait Gallery replicate their counterparts here without the present autographs (Ashwell & Valentine), showing that the signatures were not printed (the remainder of the images, surprisingly, lacking from their collection). Two cards (Maude & Esmond) are missing the bottom right tip. Dampstain at upper tip of rear board, affecting the last 50 leaves. A remarkably annotated period piece preserving scarce cabinet cards & autographs of 13 subjects in the book. Seller Inventory # 002091

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SHAW, George Bernard.) KARSH, Yousuf.

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About this Item: c.1948, 1948. Two closed marginal tears including one stretching into the upper right corner of the image, barely visible. Presented in a handmade distressed black and goldleaf frame. Image size: 23 x 16.7 cm. Gelatin silver print on card. Shaw is seated and turned slightly towards Patch who is leaning forward and looking at the spinet. Signed by Karsh in pencil lower left. Inscribed "Who says I can't play the spinet?" in an unidentified hand below the image. Photographer's copyright stamp and "no. 2" in pencil to verso. Seller Inventory # 69518

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SHAW, George Bernard

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About this Item: Constable and Co Ltd (1939), London, 1939. Hardcover. First Edition. Laurence A237a: issue in pictorial boards. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half title page and dated by him 9 November 1939 to his secretary of thirty years Blanche Patch. Bookplate of noted Shaw collector Harold C. Ackert on the front pastedown. A superb Shaw association copy. Joints frayed and splitting but covers still tight. Chipping to the darkened spine heel and head with slight loss of lettering at top. Still Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # 013105

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Shaw, George Bernard

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About this Item: Constable & Co, London, 1934. 1 vols. 8vo. First edition. First edition. 1 vols. 8vo. Presentation Copy, Inscribed to the Printer One Week Before Publication. Inscribed on the half-title: "to William Maxwell / from Bernard Shaw / 8th Feb, 1934." Laurence gives the publication date as Feb 15, 1934, fully a week after this inscription. Laurence A216 Original red cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Fine copy, with the bookplate of the printer, WILLIAM MAXWELL (see inscription, below). Fine in quarter green morocco clamshell box with black leather spine labels. Seller Inventory # 32903

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