“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.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 96087
"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.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 103475
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 1956.
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.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 79755
“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.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 28096
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.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 86436
"'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.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 96134
"The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal...Always down a lengthening record, save for a set-back ever and again, he is doing more": First Edition of H.G. Wells' The World Set Free; inscribed by him to George Bernard Shaw
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited 1914.
First edition, first issue of Wells’ prophetic novel predicting the arrival of atomic weaponry with the publisher listed as Macmillan and Co. Limited (as opposed to Ltd.), 8 pages of advertisements at rear, and no statement of printing to the copyright page. Octavo, original cloth stamped in blind with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt. Association copy, inscribed by H.G. Wells to George Bernard Shaw, “G.B.S. from H.G.” Like Wells, George Bernard Shaw used writing fiction as a vehicle to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. Wells and Shaw connected when Wells joined the gradualist Fabian society in 1903. Shaw had, since the mid 1880s, been a dedicated member and advocated its message of moderation in the face of a debate regarding the option to embrace anarchism. In the years following the 1906 election, Shaw felt that the Fabians needed fresh leadership and saw this in the form of Wells. Wells, however, held views at odds with the party’s “Old Gang” led by Shaw, particularly with proposals for closer cooperation with the Independent Labour Party, and soon resigned from the Society. Following Wells’ death in 1946, Shaw wrote his obituary for The New Statesman, stating, “To Fabian socialist doctrine he could add little; for he was born ten years too late to be in at its birth pangs. Finding himself only a fifth wheel in the Fabian coach he cleared out; but not before he had exposed very effectively the obsolescence and absurdity of our old parish and county divisions as boundaries of local government areas.” Shaw spoke highly of Wells and his genius, asserting that Wells “…foresaw the European war, the tank, the plane and the atomic bomb; and he may be said to have created the ideal home and been the father of the prefabricated house.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 109903
George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion, Overruled, Pygmalion; from the library of American actor Zachary Scott
New York: Brentanos 1916.
Early printing 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. From the library of American actor Zachary Scott, the first husband of Elaine Scott who later married writer John Steinbeck. Scott is best remembered for his many roles as villains and “mystery men” in dozens of musical comedies, film noirs, and psychological thrillers throughout the 1940s and 50s including Hollywood Canteen, The Unfaithful, Shotgun, Man in the Shadow, and The Young One. In very good condition with Scott’s bookplate to the pastedown.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 114097