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The Empire Builders

By: Vian, Boris (translated from the French by Simon Watson Taylor)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press, Inc.: (c.1967)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 15311

Condition: Good


[book is only lightly worn, but has some neat pencil underlining sprinkled throughout the text]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "An eminently respectable bourgeois family of father, mother, daughter, and their maid, flee, within the confines of their own home, from a strange, unknown, and terrifying Noise which pursues them as they move upward from floor to floor until they reach the attic. ... In a progression of mounting horror and the darkest comedy, the family is re... View more info

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Man of La Mancha; a musical play

By: Wasserman, Dale; lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1966)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22386

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice copy, very slight wear to cloth at spine ends, extremely light bumping to top corners; jacket shows moderate rubbing, some fading to spine]. (B&W photographs) Musical adaptation of "Don Quixote," which premiered in 1965 with Richard Kiley in the title role, and was adapted for the big screen in 1972, with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren. Although not marked or signed in any way, this book was obtained from the estate of Arthur Hiller, director of the 1972 ... View more info

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Five Star Final: A Melodrama in Three Acts

By: Weitzenkorn, Louis

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9514

Condition: Very Good-


(no dust jacket) [good solid copy, spine cloth faded and spine lettering mostly rubbed away, minor scuffing to front cover; some pencil annotation next to cast list, ink numbers next to scene descriptions on synopsis page, text itself is unmarked]. Classic play about the cynical world of yellow tabloid journalism, by an author who "knows what he writes about," per the Preface by Herbert Bayard Swope. Produced in New York in late 1930, with a fast-moving film vers... View more info

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Jacobowsky and the Colonel: Comedy of a Tragedy, in three acts

By: Werfel, Franz (translated by Gustave O. Arlt)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1944

Edition: First American Edition

Seller ID: 22400

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[minor shelfwear, light age-toning to edges of text block; jacket faded at spine, short closed tear and associated diagonal crease at bottom right corner of front panel, a couple of tiny edge-nicks here and there]. Play about "the magnificent and unforgettable Jacobowsky, waif of the world, [who] has spent his life running away -- from Poland, from Berlin, Vienna, and Prague -- sustained by his knowledge that whatever happens there are always two possibilities. And... View more info

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They Shall Not Die

By: Wexley, John

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1934

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20845

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(patterned paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [slight bumping to bottom corners, some fading to spine, tiny tear at top of spine; firmly bound and internally clean]. Dramatization of the Scottsboro Boys case and trial, by a playwright who went on to a relatively brief screenwriting career before his political associations caught up with him and got him blacklisted. The original Broadway production starred Claude Rains as attorney "Nathan G. Rubin," a fiction... View more info

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American Blues: Five Short Plays

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service Inc.: (c.1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18914

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+


[a little wear along spine, some uneven age-darkening to printed paper wrappers]. First printing (with Williams's name misspelled as "Tennesse" on the front wrapper), collecting the plays "The Dark Room," "Ten Blocks on the Camino Real," "The Case of the Crushed Petunias," "The Unsatisfactory Supper" and "Moony's Kid Don't Cry." View more info

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"Sweet Bird of Youth" (in Esquire: The Magazine for Men, issue of April 1959)

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Chicago, Esquire, Inc.: 1959

Edition: (Vol. LI, No. 4; whole no. 305)

Seller ID: 22526

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[moderately worn, short separation of front cover at bottom of spine (less than one inch), miscellaneous minor creasing to covers]. (B&W/color illustrations, ads, etc.) The highlight of the issue is the first publication of the Williams play. (The original Broadway production, starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, had only just opened in March, and the New Directions hardcover edition of the play wasn't published until December.) A small-print notice informs us tha... View more info

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27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and other one-act plays

By: Williams, Tennessee

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Norfolk CT, New Directions: (c.1953)

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 23021

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[light shelfwear, discoloration to pp.184+185 from laid-in vintage bookmark (Pickwick Book Shop, Hollywood); jacket shows a little wear at extremities, tiny closed tear at top of front panel, tiny chip at top of rear panel]. Contains two previously-unpublished plays added for this edition, "Something Unspoken" and "Talk to Me Like the Rain." Also includes an introductory essay by Williams entitled "Something Wild...." Unclipped jacket priced at ... View more info

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"But He Doesn't Know the Territory" [*SIGNED*]

By: Willson, Meredith

Price: $400.00

Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18279

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[beautiful copy, no discernible wear to book at all; jacket has a couple of tiny smudges on the spine, very light soiling to rear panel, a superior example of this wear-prone jacket]. SIGNED by both Meredith Willson and his wife Rini on the ffep. The last of the author's three memoirs, this one dealing entirely with the creation of his most beloved work, "The Music Man." It's more than just a behind-the-scenes-in-the-theatre story, though, as the author explain... View more info

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The Music Man

By: Willson, Meredith

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons: (c.1958)

Edition: Fireside BCE

Seller ID: 22788

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[solid clean copy, light shelfwear, slight fading to spine cloth; jacket browned at spine (typical with this book), with an approximately 2-inch tear/split along left side of front panel, a bit of wear at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Beloved classic of the musical theatre, which has somehow managed to remain so despite the fact that it mocks everything in its path, and has as its "hero" is a thorough-going rotter who is (just barely) redeemed by love, or someth... View more info

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The Greatest Show on Earth: A Play in Four Acts

By: Woods, William Whitfield

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Chicago, Brentano's: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 673

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [light wear to extremities, a little spotting/soiling to top page edges; attractive vintage bookplate (Mary and Seymour Korman) on ffep]. (photo frontispiece portrait of author) Very scarce anti-war drama, in which the protagonist, a World War I veteran whose younger brother was killed in combat and who becomes a isolationist/pacifist as a result, goes into politics, apparently for the sole purpose of exposing how America had been conned into the conflic... View more info

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Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night

By: Wright, Robert, and George Forrest (music & lyrics); Charles Lederer and Luther Davis (book)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1954)

Edition: Fireside Theatre BCE

Seller ID: 19902

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj


[book has minor external dampstain at bottom corners (inside of book not affected), otherwise no significant wear; jacket typically browned at spine and edges, lightly dampstained at bottom of front and rear panels, small tears at several corners]. "The romantic tale of a day in the life of a handsome and poetic beggar in legendary Bagdad." Filmed by M-G-M in 1955, with Howard Keel and Ann Blyth taking the parts essayed by Alfred Drake and Doretta Morrow in the... View more info

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The Catalogue of The American Play Co., With Original Casts [cover title: The Plays of the American Play Company]

By: [The American Play Company]

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, The American Play Co.: 1908

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8743

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[moderate edgewear, some soiling to page edges, general wear due to age but still quite solid]. "The American Play Company presents herewith its first annual catalogue of plays with a record of their original casts and productions, representing what it knows to be the pick and flower of dramatic material, now available for stock production in the United States. The American Play Company represents for stock plays the combined forces of the two best known and most s... View more info

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Joan of Lorraine [souvenir program] [*SIGNED*]

By: {Sidney, Sylvia} {Anderson, Maxwell}

Price: $30.00

Publisher: [n.p.], [No Publisher Noted]: (ca.1947)

Seller ID: 8746

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[moderate edgewear, a bit of insect-nibbling along edge of rear cover and at upper corner of front cover]. (B&W photographs) Souvenir program for the stage presentation of "Joan of Lorraine," originally presented on Broadway in 1946 with Ingrid Bergman in the title role. This program was for the touring company with Sylvia Sidney (who has SIGNED this copy at the top of the front cover, which is a full-page portrait of herself). Much of the program is about Miss... View more info