FIRST EDITION OF THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHTS CLASSIC PLAY; SIGNED BY HAROLD PINTER
The Birthday Party.
Item Number: 3718
London: Methuen & Co, 1960.
First edition of Pinter’s modern classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Harold Pinter on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities.
The Birthday Party is the second full-length play by Harold Pinter and one of Pinter's best-known and most-frequently performed plays. The Birthday Party is about Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player in his 30s, who lives in a rundown boarding house, run by Meg and Petey Boles, in an English seaside town, "probably on the south coast, not too far from London". Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him, turn Stanley's apparently innocuous birthday party organized by Meg into a nightmare.
Other Books by this Author
London: Methuen & Co., 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Harold Pinter on the title page. Very good in wrappers as issued. Uncommon signed.
"You won't get me being...I won't be lost in it": First Edition of the Nobel Prize-Winning Playrights Classic Play The Homecoming, Signed by Harold Pinter
London: Methuen & Co, 1965.
First edition of the two-act play by the Nobel laureate Harold Pinter. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Harold Pinter on the title page. “With compliments” slip from Harold Pinter laid in. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing to the extremities. Also included is a playbill of No Man’s Land signed by Pinter.
London: Eyre Methuen, 1978.
First edition of one of Pinter’s major works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Harold Pinter on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Original Playbill from the May 1991 performance of The Caretaker; Signed by Harold Pinter, Colin Firth, and Donald Pleasence
London: Proscenium Publications, 1991.
Original Playbill from the May 1991 performance of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker performed at the Alhambra Theatre. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Rehearsal photographs by Ivan Kynci. Signed by Harold Pinter, Colin Firth, and Donald Pleasence. In near fine condition.
London: Faber & Faber, 1990.
First edition of this “fascinating work . . . possessing extraordinary power. Masterful” (San Francisco Chronicle). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Harold Pinter on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Andrzej Klimowski.
London: Faber & Faber, 1998.
First edition of this anthology by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Harold Pinter on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket painting by Justin Mortimer.
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat": Rare First Edition of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich; Signed by Him
CT: Ralston Society, 1937.
First edition of this classic bestseller, which has sold over 100 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is the first example of a first printing we have seen signed. Rare and desirable.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
Henry Landau's All's Fair: The Story of the British Secret Service Behind the German Lines; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1934.
Early printing of Landau’s biography of his time in the British Secret Service. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Captain Henry Landau.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.