"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself": The Collected Works of George Bernard Shaw; Finely Bound
The Works of George Bernard Shaw: [Including Man and Superman, Pygmalion, Saint Joan, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra].
New York: Wm. H. Wise, 1930-32.
The collected works of Nobel Prize-winning author George Bernard Shaw. Octavo, 30 volumes, bound in full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, frontispieces. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it": Finely bound collection of selected plays of George Bernard Shaw
New York: Penguin Books, 1946.
Finely bound collection of selected plays of George Bernard Shaw. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black morocco spine label, raised bands, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. Bookplate to the front free endpaper.
Sculptural bust of influential Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Faux antique bronze, mounted on a walnut base. Signed by the artist, “T. Holland” on the rear of the bust. Best remembered as a sculptor and avid polo player, California native Thomas Holland created a variety of bronze pieces primarily depicting equestrian themes and major literary figures. The entire piece measures 15 inches tall. In near fine condition.
First Edition of My Fair Lady, a Musical Play in two acts; Signed by Alan Jay Lerner, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Robert Coote and Wilfrid Hyde-White
New York: Coward-McCann.
First edition of “one of the best musicals of the twentieth century” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated, frontispiece of Andrews and Harrison. Signed by Alan Jay Lerner on the title page. Affixed to front free endpaper is a signed photograph of Julie Andrews, and “with the compliments of Miss Andrews” affixed to the pastedown. Laid in signed photograph by Stanley Holloway (Alfred P. Dolittle). The verso of the front free endpaper has a signed photograph of Rex Harrison affixed to it. On the dedication page is a card signed by Robert Coote (Colonel Pickering), and a signature of Wilfrid Hyde-White who played Colonel Pickering in the film version. There’s also a magazine clipping of Harrison’s behatted head, also signed by him. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by David Lyons.
First Edition of George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion, Overruled, Pygmalion; Inscribed by Him
London: Constable and Company, 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.
"'Where is God?' Said the black girl to the missionary who had converted her?": First edition of George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God; Inscribed by him and wife Charlotte to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife Eleanor
Constable & Company Limited: London, 1932.
First edition of George Bernard Shaw’s short story collection, including the satirical allegorical title story: The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, designed and illustrated with engravings by John Farleigh. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt this Visiting Card after a memorable day at Government House, Manila from Charlotte F. Shaw and G. Bernard Shaw 9th February 1933.” Mr. and Mrs. George Bernard Shaw stopped at Manila on a round-the-world cruise where they were invited to lunch with Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the eldest son of Theodore Roosevelt, and his wife Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt where they enjoyed lunch and Shaw assisted in editing one of Theodore’s reports to the war department. Laid is is a small copy of a selection of pages from Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt’s 1959 autobiography ‘Day Before Yesterday’ which describes the visit in detail and also mentions the occasion upon which they received the current inscribed volume in the mail after the Shaw’s visit. In near fine condition. In the original glassine which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable with exceptional provenance.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself": First Edition of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
Westminster: Archibald and Constable & Co., Ltd, 1903.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page with a humorous inscription, “Never ask an author to autograph a copy of one of his books without first making sure that all the leaves have been cut open. See pp. xxvii, 200, 217, 221 and 237. I assure you they are quite worth reading. G. Bernard Shaw.” In very good condition with some of the usual toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Rare original playbill signed by Marlon Brando, Katharine Cornell, Cedric Hardwicke, Oliver Cliff, Wesley Addy, and Mildred Natwick
Shaw, George Bernard. (Marlon Brando, Katharine Cornell, Cedric Hardwicke, Oliver Cliff, Wesley Addy, and Mildred Natwick) .
Playbill Incorporated, 1946.
Rare original playbill from the 1946 production of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida starring Marlon Brando and Katharine Cornell. Octavo, original wrappers, illustrated. Boldly signed on the front panel by Marlon Brando, Katharine Cornell, Cedric Hardwicke, Oliver Cliff, Wesley Addy, and Mildred Natwick. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by the entire cast of this important production.
Rare Original Playbill from the 1952 Broadway Performance of Caesar and Cleopatra/Antony and Cleopatra; Signed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
New York: Laurence Olivier Productions Ltd, 1952.
Rare original playbill from the February 25th 1952 performance of the Caesar and Cleopatra/Anthony and Cleopatra repertory at the Ziegfeld Theatre starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Octavo, illustrated with photographs and advertisements. Signed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh on the front panel and inscribed by Ronald Adam, “with happy memories and good wishes, Ronald Adam.” A close friend of Olivier’s, WWII RAF fighter pilot Ronald Forbes Adam made his stage acting debut at this very performance. In near fine condition.