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Voskovec, Jiri [George]; Werich, Jan.

Published by Praha: Fr. Borovy, 1938. (1938)

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Item Description: Praha: Fr. Borovy, 1938., 1938. Book Condition: Very good. - Octavo, bound in light tan cloth with the original pictorial front wrapper bound in. There is some minor staining to the upper half of the spine with some very light pink staining to the rear cover along the spine. There is a small piece out of the top corner of the wrapper with 2 short tears. 130 pages plus colophon. Illustrated with 4 black-and-white plates which appear to depict the stage settings. The flyleaf is slightly darkened & soiled with a tiny tear to its bottom edge & a piece of tape affixed to the verso. Very good. Jiri Voskovec's copy signed by him in full with brief ink notations in Czech on the title page and with a few pencil markings in the text.This was the last piece performed by the satiric duo known as "V + W". The striking color wrapper illustration depicts the pair side-by-side on their hands and knees in clown-like attire and make-up. The title of the work translates approximately as "Fist in the Eye or Caesar's Finale". It opened at the Liberated Theatre in Prague on April 8, 1938, directed by Jindrich Honzl. The music was composed by V + W's regular composer Jaroslav Jezek. The play begins with the interruption of a performance of "Julius Caesar" by the arrival of a bailiff named Josef Dionysos who is unaware that his name identifies him as the ancient god of theatre and wine. This encounter branches off into a series of fantastical sketches, often accompanied by songs and inspired by comedia dell'arte. It evolves into a spirited consideration of theatre and history,with the underlying conviction that history is not made by generals and dignitaries but by ordinary people and that people should be challenged to take state matters into their own hands.The text is in Czech.Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35930

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Titania's Palace). Wilkinson, Sir Nevile. (1869-1940). British Amy Officer and designer of the dollhouse "Titania's Palace".

Published by [London]: January 1st, 1932. (1932)

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Item Description: [London]: January 1st, 1932., 1932. Book Condition: Very good. - Letter penned in blue ink filling 3-1/2 sides of a sheet of cream letterhead folded to form 4 sides, each approximately 7 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide, with Wilkinson's address printed in blue at the top of the first side. Signed "Nevile Wilkinson". The corners & edges of the letter are lightly creased. Folded twice for mailing. Very good A delightful letter written by Wilkinson to bookbinders Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Titania, "Queen of the Fairies": "Her Iridescence wishes me to ascertain, on her behalf, whether the little volume which Mr. Vaughan brought this evening, is to be considered as a gift from the firm of Sangorski and Sutcliffe to her Private Library at the Palace or if it is only intended as a loan.Needless to say she would be quite delighted to accept the little volume to add to her already famous collection: while on the other hand she quite realizes that it would be a costly gift and will quite understand if it is to be considered a loan."British Army officer Sir Nevile Wilkinson [1869-1940] commissioned the miniature castle from James Hicks & Sons, Irish Cabinet Makers, for his daughter Gwendolen, who claimed to have seen a fairy running under the roots of a tree near their home and felt sorry for the fairies who had to live in underground caves. The palace, designed by Wilkinson and hand-built from 1907 to 1922, had 18 rooms and salons and contained hand-carved mahogany furniture. In 1978, Titania's Palace was auctioned at Christies U.K. but was lost in a bidding war to the Danish toy maker Legoland. From 2007 the palace has been displayed at Egeskov Castle in Denmark.The Mr. Vaughan referred to in the letter is Alexander James Vaughan, a craftsman employed by the royal bookbinders Sangorski & Sutcliffe. He designed miniature buildings for Queen Mary's dollhouse. Bookseller Inventory # 35927

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CAESAR: Anticka Feerie o 11 Obrazech. Hudbu: Voskovec, Jiri [George];

Voskovec, Jiri [George]; Werich, Jan.

Published by Praha: Odeon, 1932. (1932)

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Item Description: Praha: Odeon, 1932., 1932. Book Condition: Good. SIGNED BY JAN WERICH - Octavo, bound in brick red cloth with the original pictorial front wrapper by Frantisek Zelenka bound in. The spine is foxed & faded with the head & tail chipped. The corners of the covers are slightly rubbed & creased with tiny dents to their top edges. There is a small area of staining to the rear cover. 88 pages plus colophon & 3 pages of ads. The contents are very good. First edition.Signed in full by Jan Werich on the title page.Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" has frequently been adapted to reflect the political situation in the country of its production. Here the adaptation by the satiric duo Voskovec and Werich [V + W] reflects the threats of fascist persecution and civil unrest which influenced almost all creative output in the Czechoslovakia of the 1930s. The characters of the powerful Roman dignitaries are viewed not through their successful careers but rather through their less successful private lives and human failings. According to Voskovec, Caesar does not represent any individual politcian. He is an aging man, a deceived lover and an effective soldier whose betrayal of republican principles and the bourgeois traditions of patrician morality provokes the resistance of reactionaries.The music for the piece was composed by V + W's regular composer Jaroslav Jezek. The striking color wrapper illustration, signed "FZ", is by Frantisek Zelenka. Zelenka was the most influential Czech set designer of his time. In the 1930s, when he was closely associated with V + W's Liberated Theatre, his designs were particularly fresh and innovative, influenced by Surrealism, Dada and the Bauhaus. His work was later banned by the Nazis and he was put to death at Auschwitz.The text is in Czech.Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35928

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STABAT MATER fur Soli, Chor und Orchester: Dvorak, Antonin.

Dvorak, Antonin.

Published by Berlin: N. Simrock, 1881. (1881)

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Item Description: Berlin: N. Simrock, 1881., 1881. Book Condition: Very good. FROM THE LIBRARY OF COMPOSER AND TEACHER T. BATH GLASSON - Quarto [13 inches high by 9-3/4 inches high], rebound without the wrappers in black cloth titled in gilt on the spine. There are a number of small stains to the rear cover. 201 pages. There is offsetting to the blank facing the front endpaper. The publisher's note following the title page is creased, probably in the printing. A small tear to the last page of the score has been repaired with tape both on the recto & the verso. Despite its flaws, a very good copy. First edition.From the library of Brooklyn composer and teacher T. Bath Glasson [b. circa 1873] annotated by him throughout. On the verso of a rear blank he has penned and signed a copy of a critical letter he has sent to William Ames Fisher of the Oliver Ditson Company, Boston, complaining of changes made to Dvorak's score which have "mutilated" the American edition: ".You had inserted so many needless notes which destroy the phrasing and give a false impression of the composer's work.".Glasson, a student of Anton Seidl, was Professor of Music at Kings County School of Music [Brooklyn] and conductor of the Brooklyn Choral Society. "Stabat Mater" was performed under his direction at Baptist Temple, Brooklyn in January 1905 with a chorus of 350 and a 50-piece orchestra. The soloists were Anita Rio, soprano; Terza Hamlin Chapman, contralto; John Young, tenor; and Livingston Chaman, baritone."Stabat Mater" [Op., 58] is a religious cantata by Antonin Dvorak based on the text of the Stabat Mater. The cantata was Dvorak's first religious work and its composition was a reaction to the death of his daughter Josefa. A sketch of the work was written in the first half of 1876 . The orchestration was postponed due to the composer's other obligations. He returned to the work in 1877 when his two surviving children died within a short time of each other. The definitive version of the score was completed in Prague in November 1877. The first performance took place in Prague in December 1880.Friedrich August Simrock [1837-1901] was a German music publisher, grandson of Nikolaus Simrock, who took a chance on the young Czech composer on the advice of Brahms. His risk paid off as Dvorak quickly became one of the most popular composers in Europe. Simrock, however, strained their relationship by insisting that Dvorak should compose more light-hearted, miniature works [such as his wildly poplar Slavonic Dances] rather than large-scale works. Needless to say, Dvorak successfully resisted this pressure.The text of the score is in Latin. Bookseller Inventory # 35909

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SUBVERSE: Rhymes for Our Times.: Osborn, Robert). Mannes,

Osborn, Robert). Mannes, Marya.

Published by New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1959. (1959)

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Item Description: New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1959., 1959. Book Condition: Good. INSCRIBED TO CZECH AMERICAN ACTOR GEORGE [JIRI] VOSKOVEC BY MARYA MANNES AND SIGNED BY HER - Small quarto [approximately [10 inches high by 7-3/8 inches wide], cream boards backed with black cloth & titled in gilt on the spine with a vignette in black by Robert Osborn on the front cover. The edges of the boards are discolored & their corners are chipped. There is an area of very light staining to each board with a tiny brown mark to the front cover. The titling is slightly faded. 144 pages. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white drawings by Robert Osborn. The contents are very good. Good. First edition.Inscribed to Czech American actor and playwright George [Jiri] Voskovec in the year of publicarion: "To George Voskovec / with admiration / Marya Mannes / April 1959".Nearly all Mannes' verses originally appeared in the Reporter magazine under the pseudonym "Sec".Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35905

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Napier, Robert, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala. (1810-1890). Indian Army officer who saw action during the Indian mutiny and during the second relief of Lucknow in 1858.

Published by Circa [1870]. [1870]. (1870)

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Item Description: Circa [1870]. [1870]., 1870. Book Condition: Very good. - A slip of paper, approximately 3-1/4 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide with the motto "Per Castra Ad Astra" printed in blue at the top, is inscribed and signed "Lord Napier of Magdala / for / Miss Nicholson". The paper is mounted on a piece of card of the same size. The paper has been folded once & is slightly rippled from the mounting. Very good. Field Marshal Robert Napier, lst Baron Napier of Magdala [1810-1890] was an Indian Army officer who fought in the First and Second Anglo Sikh Wars. He saw action during the Indian Mutiny and during the second relief of Lucknow in 1858. In 1860, he took part in the Battle of Taku Forts, the entry to Peking and the destruction of the Old Summer Palace. He led a punitive expedition to Abyssinia in 1867, defeating the Emperor of Ethiopia and looting many historical and religious artifacts which remain in collections in the U.K. Bookseller Inventory # 35907

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TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF ROBERT: Brisson, Frederick. (1913-1984).

Brisson, Frederick. (1913-1984). Stage and film producer who introduced such writers as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer and Tom Stoppard to American audiences.

Published by New York: May 19, 1983. (1983)

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Item Description: New York: May 19, 1983., 1983. Book Condition: Very good. - 70 words typed on a sheet of Brisson Productions letterhead, 11-3/4 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide, with New York and Beverly Hills addresses printed at the top and lists of the company's stage and film productions at the foot. Signed "Freddie". There is some very light creasing to the letterhead & its top corners are lightly creased. Together with a copy of an unsigned form letter from Brisson to investors. Both letters are folded twice for mailing. Very good. Brisson writes to the widow of Robert E. Sherwood who had given permission for her husband's antiwar comedy "Idiot's Delight" to be turned into a musical. "Dance a Little Closer" opened on Broadway on May 11, 1983 with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Charles Strouse. Following disastrous reviews, the musical closed after one performance and twenty-five previews. Brisson thanks Madeleine Sherwood for her eloquent and heartwarming note. "Not being used to 'one night stands', I am particularly grateful for your genuine and warm expression of having no regrets in giving your permission to have your late husband's play done as a musical. We tried, but we had many problems." Brisson encloses a copy of his May 13 letter to the investors explaining the financial situation and telling them that the company will support the complete write-off of their investment.Carl Frederick Brisson [1913-1984] was born in Denmark and grew up in England. He began his career as a theatrical manager and in 1937 moved into films as an associate producer. He also opened a talent agency with offices in London, Paris and Hollywood. Finding himself more or less permanently based in the U.S., he served in the American Air Force during World War II. After the war he formed Independent Artists Pictures and co-produced the hit musicals "The Pajama Game" [1954], "Damn Yankees" [1955] and "New Girl in Town" [1957]. He also mounted numerous straight plays, introducing important British writers, such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer and Tom Stoppard to American audiences. Among his Broadway productions were the stage presentations of the musicals mentioned above and the plays "Five Finger Exercise", "The Caretaker" and "Jumpers". Bookseller Inventory # 35906

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FOUR TYPED LETTERS SIGNED by the Hollywood: Stark, Ray (1915-2004).

Stark, Ray (1915-2004). Highly successful independent Hollywood producer and agent.

Published by Beverly Hills, California, September 27, 1954 through January 14, 1955. [1954]. [1954]. (1954)

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Item Description: Beverly Hills, California, September 27, 1954 through January 14, 1955. [1954]. [1954]., 1954. Book Condition: Fine. - Four signed letters typed in green ink on Ray Stark's 10-5/8 inch high by 7-1/4 inch wide "Famous Artist's Corporation Agency" stationery, with the firm's logo embossed in green at the top of creamy white paper. In his first letter of approximately 90 words dated September 27, 1954, Ray Stark, acting as Ben Hecht's agent, writes to him about Frank Rosenberg's deal regarding "Miracle in the Rain". Stark pleads with Hecht to not "be a soft-hearted cuss and let him talk you into anything." He goes on to write that "Frankly, this looks like a lot of crap to me. If he is producing the picture, you should receive one-half, unless he wants to give up his claim to the $10,000." and closes by requesting that Hecht send him "a copy of the wire" in which Rosenberg claims to have told him of the details. Signed "Ray" in green ink.In a retained carbon copy of his letter of the same date addressed to Frank Rosenberg, Stark sets the scene for what he clearly sees unfolding. He writes Rosenberg that "I am still rather confused about the exact details of the sale of Miracle in the Rain to Warner Brothers", and inquires as to whether this is a definite sale or contingent upon the selection of a director. He then goes on to question Rosenberg's deal with Warner: "It is difficult for me to understand how you can be under contract to Warner's as a producer, be assigned MIRACLE IN THE RAIN as your first picture, and yet, as you stated to me this morning, consider the producer deal separate." He then urges that Rosenberg have his agent acquaint him with the details.In typed letter of over 140 words to Ben Hecht dated October 20, 1954, Ray Stark inquires about "the Saltzman thing", Harry Saltzman's first film based on Ben Hecht's script "Not for Money" which was contentiously released as "The Iron Petticoat" in 1956. Mentioning that other projects were still "on the fire", he mentions that "Kirk [Douglas] is really, really excited about the play and it would help very much if you could send him any portion of it that you are satisfied with. He has told me that if he liked the play, he would rather do it than any of the films which are on tap for the next several months." Kirk Douglas had starred in the 1954 film "Ulysses", the script of which was co-written by Ben Hecht and subsequently co-produced and starred in the 1955 Western "The Indian Fighter" for which Ben Hecht wrote the screenplay from a story by Robert L. Richards. Here Stark is referring to Hecht's play "Not for Money" which was eventually released as "The Iron Petticoat" starring Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn. Ray Stark concludes his letter to Hecht which he neglets to sign with a 14 word autograph note penned in blue ink "And please don't get involved privately with the play until you check with me".A retained carbon copy of a letter to Ray Stark from MCA's Arthur L. Park, Jr. acknowledges receipt of Stark's letter and that he, Park, will advise him as soon as the contract for "Miracle in the Rain" is signed. He goes on to say that "Incidentally, Mr. Rosenberg has advised me that he discussed the Warner Bros. deal in detail with Mr. Hecht personally before accepting it and that Mr. Hecht had voiced his complete approval."In a 241 word Typed Letter Signed dated October 25, 1954, Ray Stark writes to Ben Hecht expressing his excitement at talking with him "this morning about the play." "I know how very rarely you are enthusiastic - at least this enthusiastic, about your projects, so I am really sitting on the edge of my chair waiting to read it." He further pens the following note at the end of this paragraph: "I hope you've sent act one". Going on to discuss other matters, he writes: "I am also so very happy that you like Saltzman. He is a tough business man and this is good. Also, I think he is a very honest guy - as well as a very good promoter. Once again, Ben, I just hope you don't sign any papers unless you send them through me." Stark goes on to write extensively about the need t. Bookseller Inventory # 35897

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THREE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED BY JAMES FORLONG: Forlong, James George

Forlong, James George Roche. (1824-1904), Indian army general. Author of the major work of comparative religion "Rivers of Life."

Published by Edinburgh, Scotland: March 4 & 6 and April 13, 1883. (1883)

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Item Description: Edinburgh, Scotland: March 4 & 6 and April 13, 1883., 1883. Book Condition: Very good. - Each letter is penned in black ink and fills all 4 sides of his cream letterhead, which is folded once to form 4 sides, each 7 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide, with Forlong's Edinburgh address printed at the top of the first side. The letters are signed "J. Forlong". Folded twice for mailing. Very good. James George Roche Forlong (1824-1904) was a Major General of the Indian Army. Trained as an engineer in Scotland and England, he joined the Indian Army in 1843 and later held posts with the government of Oudh. His exposure to Indian religions led him to explore, research and develop heterodox ideas about religious origins. His substantial work "Rivers of Life" was regarded as blasphemous by some for its sexual interpretations of religious rituals and symbolism.These three letters, all with excellent content, are written to a Mr. Simpson, who is regarded by the editor of the Glasgow Herald James Stoddart as "one of the first living authors" on ancient religions. The letters concern the process of publishing and promoting "Rivers of Life". It was scheduled to be published that spring by Bernard Quaritch, along with its accompanying chart, which Forlong would prefer to have distributed in a case rather than rolled up. The letters are largely devoted to pressing Simpson to help publicize the book: "If you would like a good friend, testify to the usefullness of the work in any Dailies Weeklies or Magazines about the same time I shd be much obliged." One author tells Forlong "Yr immortal IX Chapter [is] one of the strongest and best pieces of ethnological & mythological writing I have ever encountered". However, Forlong seems anxious that the controversial content of his opus, which includes research on phallic religions and is frank about the sexual nature of many rites and ceremonies, will offend the reviewers. "[They] will be wrath for my treading on their most tender corns & even 'secret parts'!" On how to approach the book, Forlong urges Simpson on March 6: "I wish you would not do your thorough reading of the vols until you have dashed thro them all & especially my last chapter No. IX wch goes systematically into the philosophical questions especially from p 459 to the end." Forlong is also concerned that he will not be viewed as anti-religion or irreligious. "Necessarily my work is anti biblical not in regard to the Jewish bible only but as I say in my Preface xxxi I will mete out praise & blame to all as impartially as I can." He writes further on April 13th, "I wish you would therefore kindly send 'Notice No. II' going a little into matters & showing the spirit of the work. I would not wish the Scotch view to fancy I am not religious for this wd not only damage the book but wd not be true, I holding that I have a highly religious nature tho breaking with all the superstitions of the past.". Bookseller Inventory # 35903

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Molloy, James Lynam. (1837-1909). Irish composer and poet who sometimes collaborated with W. S. Gilbert.

Published by Woolleys, Henley-on-Thames, U.K.: November 17, 1880. (1880)

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Item Description: Woolleys, Henley-on-Thames, U.K.: November 17, 1880., 1880. Book Condition: Good. - 45 words penned on a piece of blue note paper, 5-5/8 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide. Signed "J. L. Molloy". There is some light foxing & soiling to the lower section of the paper. A strip of brown tape adheres to the verso where the letter has been removed from an album. Folded twice for mailing. Good. Molloy writes to Mr. Davis Sr., asking him to forward a song accompaniment to Miss Davis as quickly as possible. He is anxious to hear from Miss Davis how it suits her and also her view of the alternative accompaniment. Molloy often accompanied singers of his songs.James Lynam Molloy [1837-1909] was an Irish composer, poet and author. His first songs date from 1865 but his career really took off with the regular London ballad concerts presented from the late 1860s and particularly during the 1870s. His best known song is "Love's Sweet Song" which was a best-seller for many years, was especially popular with sailors and was immortalized in James Joyce's "Ulysses". Several of his songs were written in collaboration with W. S. Gilbert. His music had always included songs relating to Ireland; although many of them made no use of Irish traditional melodic or rhythmic elements, they gained such popularity in the early twentieth century that some, such as "Kerry Dance" [1879] and" Bantry Bay" [1889] acquired the status of folksongs. In an obituary, the well-known lyric poet Fred Weatherley claimed that Molloy "will be remembered, or certainly his songs will, long after the "superior' and so-called 'art-songs' of to-day are forgotten.". Bookseller Inventory # 35899

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GRACE; THE SNAKES AND THE DOGS.: Foss, Phillip, Jr.

Foss, Phillip, Jr.

Published by (Dennis, MA): Salt-Works Press, (1978). (1978). (1978)

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Item Description: (Dennis, MA): Salt-Works Press, (1978). (1978)., 1978. Book Condition: Very good. - Octavo, soft cover bound in textured light gray wraps with an illustration in ochre & red on the front wrap. The edges of the wraps are slightly darkened. [20] pages, including a pictorial title plus a colophon illustrated with a vignette in red. Very good. Limited edition of 426 copies signed by the author.Printed on Ticonderoga Colonial White Text with Strathmore Grandee covers and endpapers, printed and hand sewn at Salt-Works press. The title illustration is from a painting by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 35885

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MORNING'S INTELLIGENCE.: Waldrop, Rosmarie.

Waldrop, Rosmarie.

Published by (Grenada, MS): Salt-Works Press, (1986). (1986). (1986)

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Item Description: (Grenada, MS): Salt-Works Press, (1986). (1986)., 1986. Book Condition: Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in cream wrappers sewn with cream cord with color titling & a color cover illustration by Martha Boss. The bottom corner of the front wrap & the top corner of the rear wrap are very lightly bumped. [18] pages plus colophon. The cover illustration is reproduced on the title page & there is a tail-piece in green by J. D. Murphy. Near fine. Limited edition of 700 copies.Inscribed and signed in full by Rosmarie Waldrop on the flyleaf. Bookseller Inventory # 35892

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IN THE TRANSPARENT FOREST.: Griffin, Jonathan.

Griffin, Jonathan.

Published by University Center, MI: Green River Press, 1977. (1977)

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Item Description: University Center, MI: Green River Press, 1977., 1977. Book Condition: Good. INSCRIBED TO GEORGE (JIRI) VOSKOVEC AND HIS WIFE AND SIGNED BY JONATHAN GRIFFIN - Octavo, softcover bound in cream & green wrappers & titled in green on the spine. The spine is darkened & the edges of the wraps are discolored with some light soiling to the rear wrap. 145 pages. The contents are very good. Good. First edition.Inscribed to Czech American actor and playwright George [Jiri] Voskovec and his wife on the half-title: "To George and Christine / with deep admiration and affection / Jonathan / 3.iii.1977".Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35893

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IN TIME OF CROWDING: Selected poems (1963-74).: Griffin, Jonathan.

Griffin, Jonathan.

Published by (London: Brookside Press), (1975). (1975). (1975)

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Item Description: (London: Brookside Press), (1975). (1975)., 1975. Book Condition: Very good. INSCRIBED TO GEORGE (JIRI) VOSKOVEC AND HIS WIFE AND SIGNED BY JONATHAN GRIFFIN - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial white wrappers with an illustration in black by stage designer Leslie Hurry on the front wrap. The binding is slightly soiled & the corners of the wraps are very slightly creased. 110 pages. Very good. First edition.Inscribed to Czech American actor and playwright George [Jiri] Voskovec and his wife on the half-title: "To George and Christine / with deep admiration and affection / Jonathan / March 3rd 1977".Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35894

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TENOR.: Ellis, Stephen.

Ellis, Stephen.

Published by (Peacham, VT: Recondite Button Books), (1992). (1992). (1992)

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Item Description: (Peacham, VT: Recondite Button Books), (1992). (1992)., 1992. Book Condition: Fine. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY STEPHEN ELLIS - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial white wrappers with a vignette in black on the front wrap. [8] leaves printed on one side only. Fine. First edition.Inscribed and signed in full by Stephen Ellis on the title page."Stephen Ellis, born 21 December 1948, in As Safirya, Syria, and in the interim, transmitted to the east coast of America, died many a Sufi death along the under-carriage of his Daddy's mutant green Chevrolet. It's been a spunk-hole life, and a wet one. In an age of mechanical reproduction, it is not a negative thing, to bleed as a result. Westward Ho, ever yes, and/or often no: It is always best to move against the natural movement of the sun, to the end of some semblance of completion and exhaustion. And corruption. If the key no longer fits the hole, you're basically doin' the right thing."Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 35890

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LATIVE.: Mariott, D. S.

Mariott, D. S. (b. 1963).

Published by (Cambridge, U.K.): Equipage, 1992. (1992)

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Item Description: (Cambridge, U.K.): Equipage, 1992., 1992. Book Condition: Fine. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY D. S. MARRIOTT - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial cream wrappers titled & illustrated in black. [23] pages plus colophon. Fine. First edition.Inscribed on the title page and signed with his initials by D. S. Marriott. Marriott was born in Nottingham, England in 1963 of Jamaican parentage and was educated at the University of Sussex. He taught at that university and has since taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of "On Black Men" [University Presses of Edinburgh and Columbia, 2000]. His first full-length collection of poems was "Incognegro [Salt Publishing, 2005].Rare in commerce. Bookseller Inventory # 35888

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THE BINDING.: Marriott, D. S.

Marriott, D. S.

Published by (1994). (1994). (1994)

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Item Description: (1994). (1994)., 1994. Book Condition: Very good. - A sheet of light gray paper is folded once to form 4 sides, each 8-1/4 inches high by 5-3/4 inches wide. Title page & 2 pages of text with copyright information on the 4th side. The top outer corners are very slightly creased. Near fine. Inscribed by D. S. Marriott in the top corner of the title page and signed with his initials below his printed name. Also signed with his initials below the copyright line on the 4th side.Marriott was born in Nottingham, England in 1963 of Jamaican parentage and was educated at the University of Sussex. He taught at that university and has since taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of "On Black Men" [University Presses of Edinburgh and Columbia, 2000]. His first full-length collection of poems was "Incognegro [Salt Publishing, 2005].Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 35895

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SENTENCE.: Kelly, Robert.

Kelly, Robert.

Published by (Barrytown, NY): Station Hill Press, (1980). (1980). (1980)

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Item Description: (Barrytown, NY): Station Hill Press, (1980). (1980)., 1980. Book Condition: Very good. SIGNED BY ROBERT KELLY - 12mo [5-1/2 inches high by 5-3/4 inches wide], softcover bound in printed cream wrappers. There are small gray marks to the wraps & their edges are slightly discolored. There is a distributor's small label on the rear wrap. Unnumbered pages plus colophon. Very good. Of a total edition of 356 copies, this is an unnumbered out-of-series copy. Signed in full by Robert Kelly on the verso of the double-page title. Bookseller Inventory # 35881

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Brasher, Milton E.

Published by New York: Rowman and Littlefield, Inc., [1961]. [1961]. (1961)

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Item Description: New York: Rowman and Littlefield, Inc., [1961]. [1961]., 1961. Book Condition: Good. SIGNED BY MILTON BRASHER - Octavo, green cloth titled in gilt on the spine in a price-clipped dust wrapper. The corners of the covers are creased. The edges of the dust jacket are chipped & some short tears have been repaired with tape internally. There is some light foxing & a pencil scribble to its front panel & staining to the upper section of its rear panel. viii, 345 & [1] pages. Double-page color illustrations & black-and-white textual illustrations of birds. Also with a color painted portrait of Rex Brasher & black-and-white plates illustrating his life. The fore-edge is very lightly foxed & there is a small area of soiling to the bottom edge. The contents are very good. Good. First edition of a biography written by Brasher's nephew.Signed in full by the author, Milton Brasher, on the flyleaf and dated 1961. Bookseller Inventory # 35879

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Miller, David.

Published by (Peterborough, Cambs., U.K.): Spectacular Diseases, 1992. (1992)

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Item Description: (Peterborough, Cambs., U.K.): Spectacular Diseases, 1992., 1992. Book Condition: Fine. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY DAVID MILLER - 16mo [approximately 5-1/2 inches high by 4 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial black-and-white wrappers. Title, half-title, [2] leaves, 50 & [1] pages plus 2-page colophon. Fine. Limited edition of 400 copies.Inscribed by he author and signed "David" on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 35870

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Corry, Matt.

Published by (Boulder, CO: Four Square Books, Kavyayantra Press), (1995). (1995). (1995)

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Item Description: (Boulder, CO: Four Square Books, Kavyayantra Press), (1995). (1995)., 1995. Book Condition: Very good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY MATT CORRY - Small quarto [6-5/8 inches high by 5 inches wide], softcover bound in gray wrappers sewn with brown cord & decorated with pink & gray squares. Decorative gray rice paper endpapers. There are a few tiny pink marks to the front wrap, probably acquired in the printing. Title & 2 pages of text, plus colophon on the inside rear wrap, printed in purple & red. Near fine. Limited edition of 48 copies handset at the Kavyayantra Press, Boulder, Colorado.Inscribed and signed in full by Matt Corry on the colophon. Bookseller Inventory # 35867

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AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY BRITISH POET AND: Milnes, Richard Monckton,

Milnes, Richard Monckton, 1st Baron Houghton. (1809-1885). British poet, patron of literature and politician.

Published by Travellers Club, London: February 12th, circa [1877]. [1877]. (1877)

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Item Description: Travellers Club, London: February 12th, circa [1877]. [1877]., 1877. Book Condition: Very good. - Letter penned in black ink & filling both sides of a sheet of cream paper 7 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide. Signed "Houghton". Folded twice for mailing. Very good. Houghton writes that "in the confusion of the fire at Fryston I have mislaid a book of addresses," some of which he hopes his correspondent may have. Fryston Hall, Castleford, West Yorkshire was Houghton's family seat. There was a fire there on November 17, 1876. Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton [1809-1885] graduated from Cambridge University where he was a member of the famous Apostles Club, along with Alfred Lord Tennyson and other future luminaries. After traveling abroad, he returned to London in 1837 and was elected to Parliament as Conservative MP for Pontefract. He left Robert Peel's party over the Corn Law controversy and thereafter was identified in politics with Lord Palmerston who elevated him to the peerage in 1863. A pious man, whose writings were often influenced by church matters and who defended the tractarian position, he nevertheless accumulated an unsurpassed collection of erotic literature which he bequeathed to the British Library. He published several volumes of poetry, but was chiefly distinguished as a patron of literary talent, including that of women writers. Among those he assisted or championed were Tennyson, Emerson, Swinburne and Coventry Patmore. He also supported Elizabeth Gaskell's daughter in her work for women's education. Bookseller Inventory # 35872

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Campbell, George, 8th Duke of Argyll. (1823-1900). Scottish Liberal politician and writer on science, religion and 19th-century politics.

Published by March 1869. (1869)

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Item Description: March 1869., 1869. Book Condition: Good. - A few words boldly penned in black ink on a sheet of cream paper, 3-3/8 inches high by 7 inches wide. The paper has been mounted on a piece of card. Signed "Argyll / March 1869." The paper has been folded 4 times for mailing and there is some creasing to it from the mounting. Good. Argyll is sending a female correspondent his autograph.Scottish peer George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll [1823-1900] was a close associate of Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert. He served as Lord Privy Seal in Lord Aberdeen's cabinet [1852-1855] and then as Postmaster General in Lord Palmerston's first cabinet [1855-1858]. From 1859 to 1866 he was again Lord Privy Seal, first in the second Palmerston administration and then under the Earl of Russell. In December 1868 he was appointed Secretary of State for India under Gladstone. In this role his refusal to promise support against the Russians to the Emir of Afghanistan helped lead to the Second Afghan War. Argyll was also an author on scientific matters, especially evolution and economics. He was a leader of the scholarly opposition to Darwin, an important economist, and an institutionalist, approaching the study of politics by focusing on formal institutions of government. Bookseller Inventory # 35874

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Eyre, Edward John. (1815-1901). English explorer of the Australian continent. Colonial administrator and controversial Governor of Jamaica.

Published by Circa [1875]. [1875]. (1875)

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Item Description: Circa [1875]. [1875]., 1875. Book Condition: Very good. - 1-3/8 inch by 2-7/8 inch slip of cream paper with Eyre's motto "Si Je Puis" printed in blue at the top, signed "E. Eyre". The paper is mounted on a slightly larger piece of card. The signature was realized in a light black ink. Very good. British explorer and colonial administrator Edward John Eyre [1815-1901] moved to Australia rather than joining the army or going to university. At a young age he set out to explore the interior of South Australia, with two separate expeditions north to the Flinders Ranges and west to beyond Ceduna. Together with his Aboriginal companion Wylie, he was the first European to traverse the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor Plain by land in 1840-1841, on an almost 2,000-mile trip to Albany, Western Australia. From 1848 to 1853 Eyre served as Lieutenant-Governor of New Munster Province in New Zealand. His subsequent service as Governor of Jamaica from 1862-1865 was highly controversial. An 1865 rebellion led by future national hero of Jamaica Paul Bogle was put down with excessive brutality by General Luke O'Connor and Eyre himself authorized the execution of George William Gordon, a mixed-race colonial assemblyman who was involved in the rebellion and was tried for high treason. Eyre was also able to bring about constitutional reforms that allowed Jamaica to become a Crown Colony with an appointed rather than an elected legislature. The resulting controversy in Britain led to calls for Eyre's arrest and prominent British intellectuals and artists took sides, opposing or supporting him. Both criminal and civil cases were brought against Eyre and it was not until 1870, after much legal wrangling, that he was finally exonerated. Bookseller Inventory # 35871

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Monck, Charles, 4th Viscount Monck. (1819-1894). Irishman who was the first Governor General of Canada (1867-1868).

Published by Dublin: May 6, 1869. (1869)

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Item Description: Dublin: May 6, 1869., 1869. Book Condition: Very good. - A 2-3/8 inch high by 4 inch wide slip of cream paper is signed: "Dublin May 6. 1869 / Monck". The paper is mounted on a slightly smaller piece of card. The paper is partially detached from the card & its verso is glue-stained. Very good. Charles Monck, 4th Viscount Monck, who inherited his father's title in 1849, was born in Templemore, Ireland in 1819 and died in Enniskerry, Ireland in 1894. After serving as Member of Parliament for Portsmouth and as Lord of the Treasury under Lord Palmerston, he was appointed Governor General of British North America and Governor of the Province of Canada in 1861. During this time the Canadian colonies were beginning to organize themselves into a confederation, a move which Monck supported. Once the colonies became a semi-independent confederation, Monck became the first Governor General of Canada, a position he held from July 1867 to November 1868. He then returned to Ireland where he became Lord Lieutenant of Dublin in 1874. Bookseller Inventory # 35873

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KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).: Voskovec, Jiri; Werich,

Voskovec, Jiri; Werich, Jan.

Published by Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1966. (1966)

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Item Description: Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1966., 1966. Book Condition: Good. JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, cream cloth with an image of a bowler hat in black on the front cover in a dust wrapper with a matching image of a hat in blue. The binding is soiled & somewhat darkened. The tail of the spine & the bottom edge of the rear cover are chipped The head & tail of the dust jacket spine are chipped and there is some creasing & a small, light stain to its front panel. 287 & [7] pages plus colophon. Illustrated with a full-page photographic portrait of the author. The hinges are lightly cracked. Good. Second, expanded edition.A collection of the verse of Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich [V+W], edited with commentary by Voskovec. This is Voskovec's copy, signed by him on the title page: "J. Voskovec / NYC 66" with his pencil notes on pages 262 and 263.The text is in Czech.Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35852

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KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).: Voskovec, Jiri; Werich,

Voskovec, Jiri; Werich, Jan.

Published by Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1965. (1965)

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Item Description: Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1965., 1965. Book Condition: Good. JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, cream cloth decorated with red & black squares with a cream silk bookmark.The binding is unevenly darkened & there are 2 dents to the bottom edge of the front cover. 264 & [7] pages plus colophon. Illustrated with a full-page photographic portrait of the author. The top edges of the pages are partially darkened. Good. First edition.A collection of the verse of Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich [V+W], edited with commentary by Voskovec. This is Voskovec's copy, signed by him with his initials on the title page; "J. V. June 65 / NYC / ('Signed' copy)" and with his pencil correction on page 201.Number 33 in the series Klub Pratel Poezie [Poetry Club]. The text is in Czech.Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men". Bookseller Inventory # 35851

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Key, Ted (1912-2008). American cartoonist and writer, best known as the creator of the cartoon panel "Hazel", later the basis for a television series of the same name.

Published by Circa [1976]. [1976]. (1976)

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Item Description: Circa [1976]. [1976]., 1976. Book Condition: Very good. - A large original pen-and-ink drawing of cartoonist Ted Key's character Hazel on 10-1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide creamy white paper. The drawing depicts Key's bossy household maid Hazel from the waist up, smiling with hands on her hip. The drawing is boldly inscribed as if Hazel has spoken the words "Love That Donna!" at top left of the image and further inscribed & signed "Best wishes to Donna! / Ted Key & Hazel" across the bottom. The corners and edges are lightly creased and there are two vertical creases down the page. Very good. Ted Key [1912-2008], born Theodore Keyser, was an American cartoonist and writer. The single panel cartoon "Hazel" was his most famous creation. "Hazel" is said to have come to him in 1943 in a dream, which he drew the next morning and sent to the Saturday Evening Post, where it was accepted and began running regularly. Key later adapted his comic panel into the television show "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth. Bookseller Inventory # 35843

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Key, Ted (1912-2008). American cartoonist and writer, best known as the creator of the cartoon panel "Hazel", later the basis for a television series of the same name.

Published by July 21, 1976. (1976)

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Item Description: July 21, 1976., 1976. Book Condition: Very good. - A large original pen-and-ink drawing of cartoonist Ted Key's character Hazel on 10-1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide creamy white paper. The drawing depicts Key's bossy household maid Hazel standing with one arm raised high, the other on her hip. The drawing is boldly inscribed as if Hazel has spoken the words "Love That Doug!" at top left of the image. The sketch is dated at bottom right "July 21, 1976" and further inscribed & signed "Best wishes to Doug! / Ted Key & Hazel" across the bottom. The corners and edges are lightly creased and there are two vertical creases down the page. Very good. Ted Key [1912-2008], born Theodore Keyser, was an American cartoonist and writer. The single panel cartoon "Hazel" was his most famous creation. "Hazel" is said to have come to him in 1943 in a dream, which he drew the next morning and sent to the Saturday Evening Post, where it was accepted and began running regularly. Key later adapted his comic panel into the television show "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth. Bookseller Inventory # 35844

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V+ W / HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA II: Voskovec, Jiri; Werich,

Voskovec, Jiri; Werich, Jan.

Published by Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1955-1956. 1955-1956. (1955)

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Item Description: Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1955-1956. 1955-1956., 1955. Book Condition: Good. JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM TOGETHER WITH A COPY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY JAN WERICH - Octavo, tan cloth titled in gilt on the spines with the decorative initials "VW" stamped in gilt on the front covers. With cream silk bookmarks. The spine of the Werich copy is slightly faded. There are tears to the tail of its spine & the bottom corner of its front cover. The remaining corners of the covers are chipped. There is a small, light stain to the rear cover of the Voskovec copy. 419 pages plus colophon. The pages of the Voskovec copy are darkened & fragile with a small piece out of its half-title. Good. Two copies of Volume 2 of a collection of plays written and performed by avant-garde Czech authors and actors Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich who together formed the Liberated Theatre [Osvobozene Divadlo]. There is an essay by Josef Trager in the rear of each copy. The copy published in 1955 is a first edition and is inscribed by Werich on the title page to Jiri Voskovec's daughter: "Victoria / Jan / 15 VII 55". The copy published in 1956 is a second edition and is from Jiri Voskovec's library. It is signed and dated by him on the title page: "J. Voskovec / NY 56".Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".Rare thus. Bookseller Inventory # 35846

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