Original Playbill from the May 1991 performance of The Caretaker; Signed by Harold Pinter, Colin Firth, and Donald Pleasence
Original The Caretaker Playbill.
Item Number: 88116
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.
It was with The Caretaker that Harold Pinter had his first major success, and its production history since it was first performed in 1960 has established the work as a landmark in twentieth-century drama. The obsessive caretaker, Davies, whose papers are in Sidcup, is a classic comic creation, and his uneasy relationship with the enigmatic Aston and Mick established the author's individuality with an international audience.
Other Books by this Author
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him to fellow novelist Vincent Sheean
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Vincent Sheean pour le remercier de savoir si bien parler de Stendhal Sympathiquement Albert Camus.” The recipient, Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Sheean’s most famous work was Personal History, which won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Distinguished Biography of 1935. Film producer Walter Wanger acquired the political memoir and made it the basis for his 1940 film production Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Sheean wrote the narration for the feature-length documentary Crisis (1939) directed by Alexander Hammid and Herbert Kline. He translated Ève Curie’s biography of her mother, Madame Curie (1939), into English. Sheean wrote Oscar Hammerstein I: Life and Exploits of an Impresario (1955) as well as a controversial biography of Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy and Red (1963). He studied at the University of Chicago, becoming part of a literary circle which included Glenway Wescott, Yvor Winters, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Janet Lewis while he was there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years. Exceedingly scarce and desirable.
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them": Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946.
Early printing of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Antoinette Hurtrel with all good wishes, Aldous Huxley, 1947.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which is a slightly shorter than the book with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1987.
First edition in English of Murakami’s first novel. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Translated by Arnold Birnbaum. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the wrap-around band present.
London: Cassel, 1966.
First British edition of this early autobiography by Gary Player. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Gus Take Care Gary Player.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Dempsey. Jacket photograph by Sidney Harris.