Sign In | Register


RECENT ARRIVALS


Next >
AUTOGRAPH LETTER AND INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH, BOTH SIGNED BY AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT AND FOUNDER OF THE CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE CHARLES STEPHEN BROOKS.
seller photo

AUTOGRAPH LETTER AND INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH, BOTH SIGNED BY AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT AND FOUNDER OF THE CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE CHARLES STEPHEN BROOKS.

By Brooks, Charles S. (1878-1934). Essayist, playwright and founder of the Cleveland Play House(1915).

Cleveland, OH: circa [1930]., [1930].. Very good. - Letter penned in black ink and filling one side of an 8-1/2 inch high by 6-1/4 inch wide sheet of his cream personalized letterhead with his name and address printed at top left. Signed "Charles S Brooks". Folded twice for mailing. Together with a portrait photograph, approximately 7 inches high by 4-3/4 inches wide, inscribed and signed at top left: "for Seymour Halpern / with good wishes / Charles S Brooks". There is a piece out of the bottom right corner of the photograph, not affecting the image. Good. The letter is in fine condition. The photograph is a head-and-shoulders portrait of Brooks who is wearing a suit & tie. The letter sends the probably teen-aged Seymour Halpern somewhat curt advice on the etiquette of writing for autographs: Place sufficient postage on your letter--"yours came to me with 1 c[ent] due"; enclose an envelope addressed to yourself for your enclosure--and sufficiently stamped; "and don't thank people in advance for favours."Charles Stephen Brooks [1878-1934] was an essayist and playwright, a native of Cleveland who was a founder of the Cleveland Play House [1915] and its first president. One of the theatres in its first permanent home was named after him and at his death he was president of the Play House Foundation. He was the author of a number of books of essays and was also a playwright. "Wappin' Wharf", his pirate comedy, had received 150 presentations by 1931. During World War I he served on the House Commission gathering data for the use of the American peace delegation at Versailles.The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co-sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.

$75.00

TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS PUBLICITY PHOTO OF IRISH AMERICAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS SARA [SALLY] ALLGOOD, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY HER.
seller photo

TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS PUBLICITY PHOTO OF IRISH AMERICAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS SARA [SALLY] ALLGOOD, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY HER.

By Allgood, Sara [a.k.a."Sally"]. (1880-1950). Irish American stage and film actress.

Circa [1930]., [1930].. Very good. - Sepia-toned publicity photo, 9- 3/8 inches high by 7-3/8 inch wide. Inscribed and signed "Sally" on the lower section of the photograph. The bottom corners of the photo are very slightly creased & there are 2 tiny pinholes along the top edge. Very good. A head-and-shoulders portrait of 'Sally" Allgood. Smiling invitingly with her head tilted to one side, she wears a fringed shawl around her shoulders, fastened with a jeweled broach. "Copyright The Twickenham Film Studios Ltd" is stamped on the verso.Irish American actress Sarah Allgood, also known as Sally, [1880-1950] first began to study drama under the direction of Maude Gonne and William Fay and began her career at the Abbey Theatre. By 1905 she was a full-time actress, touring England and America. Her most memorable stage performance was in Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" [1923] at the Abbey Theatre and she was acclaimed in London when she played Bessie Burgess in O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars". She was often featured in early Hitchcock films and she settled in Hollywood in 1940 to pursue a film acting career. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Beth Morgan in "How Green Was My Valley" [1941].

$50.00

CONTEMPORARY DANISH PLAYS: An Anthology.

By Clausen, Sven; Munk, Kaj; et al.

Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1955., 1955.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed blue wrappers. There is light creasing & a few tiny chips to the corners & edges of the covers. The spine, the adjacent edges of the wraps & the top edge of the front wrap are darkened. 556 & [1] pages. Good. <p>The introduction is by Elias Bredsdorff who also supervised the translation of the plays into English.

$15.00

SIGNATURE OF ANGLO-AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS FANNY DAVENPORT.
seller photo

SIGNATURE OF ANGLO-AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS FANNY DAVENPORT.

By Davenport. Fanny. (1850-1898). Anglo-American stage actress.

1886., 1886.. Very good. - A slip of cream paper approximately 3 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide is boldly signed in black ink "Fanny Davenport / 1886". The paper is mounted on a piece of card of the same size. Remnants of paper adhere to the verso of the mount & a small area of its surface is rubbed away where it has been removed from an album. The paper is slightly rippled from the mounting & there is some very light glue staining to its top right corner. Very good. <p>Fanny Davenport [1850-1898] was an Anglo-American actress, born in London and brought to the United States in 1854. She made her debut in 1862 at the age of 12, appearing as the King of Spain in "Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" at Niblo's Garden in New York City. In 1869 she joined Augustin Daly's company and later, with a company of her own, appeared with great success in Sardou's "Fedora" [1883]. She took over emotional Sardou roles that had been originated in Europe by Sarah Bernhardt. Her last appearance was at the Grand Opera House in Chicago in March 1898, not long before her death.

$35.00

TYPED LETTER TO IMPRESARIO JAMES POND ABOUT A LECTURE SERIES SIGNED BY BROADWAY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR S. JAY KAUFMAN.
seller photo

TYPED LETTER TO IMPRESARIO JAMES POND ABOUT A LECTURE SERIES SIGNED BY BROADWAY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR S. JAY KAUFMAN.

By Kaufman, S. Jay. (1886-1957). Broadway producer, director and writer.

New York: December 5, 1923., 1923.. Good. - Six typed paragraphs filling most of a sheet of 11" high by 8-1/2 inch wide Evening Telegram /"Round the Town" letterhead with the Telegram's address printed at the top and a small box at top left enclosing the words "ROUND the TOWN / With S. Jay Kaufman". Signed "S Jay Kaufman". The bottom corners of the letter are darkened with the bottom right corner creased. The bottom edge of the letter is darkened, creased & lightly chipped. There is a light paper-clip imprint to the top edge together with the recipient's faded stamp and letter "L". Folded 3 times for mailing. Good. <p>Broadway producer, director and writer S. Jay Kaufman [1886-1957] replies to a letter from impresario James Pond who has proposed a lecture series. Kaufman agrees to Pond's terms for the series: "However, the one matter which isn't clear is the circulars and printed matter. Still, your letter reads that in the event of your undertaking any special mailing campaigns on my behalf, the mailing campaigns are to be mutually agreed upon before undertaking. This is satisfactory to me. On the whole I think you will find me very easy to deal with."<p>"Round the Town" was a musical revue produced by Kaufman which was due to open on May 23, 1924. Kaufman also wrote a column with the same name for the Evening Telegram.

$50.00

BECKET ou l'Honneur de Dieu.
seller photo

BECKET ou l'Honneur de Dieu.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Paris: La Table Ronde, (1959)., (1959).. Good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH AND HIS SON - Octavo, softcover bound in printed cream wrappers. The binding is lightly soiled with some small stains & the corners of the wraps are creased. The spine & the adjacent edges of the wraps are darkened. 209 & [1] pages plus colophon, partially unopened. The pages are darkened. Good. <p>First trade edition, with the date "12-59" on the rear cover.<p>Inscribed in French by the playwright on the half-title and signed by Anouilh and his son: "Pour Honoria Plesch avec l'heureuse surprise de la sympathie des voisins abusifs et reconnaissants / Jean Anouilh et Nicolas". The words "et Nicolas" appear to be in a child's hand.<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$75.00

FABLES.
seller photo

FABLES.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Lausanne [Switzerland]: La Guilde du Livre, [1962]., [1962].. Good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH - Octavo, pictorial maroon cloth titled in gilt with an image of 2 birds stamped in blind on the front cover. The bottom corner of the front cover is slightly creased & there is a small stain to the rear cover. 145 & [3] pages plus colophon. There is creasing to the bottom corners of pages 65-100 with increasingly light creasing to some additional pages. Good. <p>Hors commerce edition of this book of verse fables printed for members of La Guilde du Livre, a reprint of the 1962 edition published by La Table Ronde.<p>Inscribed in French and signed in full by the playwright on the half-title: "Pour Honoria avec l'affection d'un homme comble de boite de the et de dessins de maitre / Jean Anouilh / Noel 66". Perhaps the box of tea and the drawings of a master were a Christmas gift from Honoria to the playwright.<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$150.00

PIECES COSTUMEES: L'Alouette / Becket ou l'Honneur de Dieu / La Foire d'Empoigne.
seller photo

PIECES COSTUMEES: L'Alouette / Becket ou l'Honneur de Dieu / La Foire d'Empoigne.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Paris: Les Editions de la Table Ronde, 1960., 1960.. Very good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH - Octavo, off-white cloth titled between raised bands on the spine with a vignette color portrait of a French army officer on the front cover. With a cream silk bookmark. The corners of the covers are very lightly creased & there is a stain to the tail of the spine. 371 pages plus a 3-page colophon. Very good. <p>First trade edition and first publication of "La Foire d'Empoigne".<p>Inscribed in French and signed in full by the playwright on the half-title: "Pour Honoria Plesch pour la nouvelle annee pour une amitie nouvelle et pour le progres du francais...amicalement / Jean Anouilh / 1er janvier 61".<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$250.00

LA GROTTE.
seller photo

LA GROTTE.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Paris: La Table Ronde, 1961., 1961.. Good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH - Octavo, softcover bound in printed cream wrappers. The binding is lightly soiled & creased with some small stains & with the bottom edge of the rear cover chipped. The spine is darkened. 177 pages plus colophon. The page edges are slightly darkened. The top corners & edges of pages 10-16 are chipped where they have been roughly opened. Good. <p>First trade edition, with the date "12-61" on the rear cover.<p>Inscribed in French and signed in full by the playwright on the half-title: "Pour Honoria qui fournit a l'homme de la grotte, son voisin - des poissons pour la nourriture et des pots d'usage mysterieux pour sa meditation...amicalement / Jean Anouilh / Fev 62".<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$200.00

"JAMES B. POND PRESENTS LEIGHTON ROLLINS, MANAGING DIRECTOR THE SURRY PLAYHOUSE TALKS ON THE THEATRE, ON CURRENT PLAYS, ON PLAY GOING". An original advertising brochure promoting a series of lectures under the aegis of The Pond Bureau.
seller photo

"JAMES B. POND PRESENTS LEIGHTON ROLLINS, MANAGING DIRECTOR THE SURRY PLAYHOUSE TALKS ON THE THEATRE, ON CURRENT PLAYS, ON PLAY GOING". An original advertising brochure promoting a series of lectures under the aegis of The Pond Bureau.

By Rollins, Leighton (1900-1981).

New York: The Pond Bureau, circa [1930]., [1930].. Good. - sc - A 3-page brochure measuring 11 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide advertising a series of lectures by the founder and director of the Surry Playhouse in Surry, Maine. Titled and illustrated in green on the front cover, with biographical and descriptive text and several "appreciation of Mr. Rollins" blurbs, including one by Daniel Frohman, printed within. There are some minor creases to the edges and a tiny piece is out from the bottom corner of the cover leaf. Good. <p>"He built his theatre on the top of a hill. In a hay field. Nineteen miles away one could see the mountains of Mt. Dessert Island rising above Bar Harbor...." -- [Quoted from the text].<p>Referring to himself as a writer, director, producer and teacher of the theatre, Leighton Rollins (1900-1981) first taught English before being engaged as the director's assistant by the Repertory Theatre of Boston. He spent some time working in New York before returning east to found one of the earliest summer stock theaters in the US in Surrey, Maine. He subsequently ran the Mount Desert Playhouse and would take his company to the Palm Beach Playhouse over the Winters. He opened the Leighton Rollins Studio in East Hampton, NY in 1934 and, 10 years later, The Leighton Rollins Theater School. He moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1948, where he continued his work in the performing arts.

$20.00

HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA 4: SI PORADNE ZARADIT [1928]; SLAMENY KLOBOUK [1934]; NEBE NA ZEMI [1936].
seller photo

HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA 4: SI PORADNE ZARADIT [1928]; SLAMENY KLOBOUK [1934]; NEBE NA ZEMI [1936].

By Voskovec, Jiri ; Werich, Jan [V + W].

Praha: Ceskoslovensky Spisovatel, 1957., 1957.. Good. FROM THE LIBRARY OF JIRI VOSKOVEC, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, tan cloth titled in gilt on the spine with the decorative initials "VW" in gilt on the front cover. With a cream silk bookmark. The binding is bumped. The spine is stained with its head chipped & frayed. There is a small, light stain to the front edge of the front cover. 349 & [2] pages. The top inner corners of the pages are lightly creased. The contents are very good. Good <p>First edition<p>This volume of three plays with an essay by Josef Trager is from the library of Jiri Voskovec, signed by him on the half-title: "J. Voskovec / NYC 1957", with a few of his pencil markings.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$350.00

PEST NA OKO ANEB CAESAROVO FINALE: Pribeh o Divadle na Divadle o 19 Obrazech. Hudbu slozil Jaroslav Jezek.
seller photo

PEST NA OKO ANEB CAESAROVO FINALE: Pribeh o Divadle na Divadle o 19 Obrazech. Hudbu slozil Jaroslav Jezek.

By Voskovec, Jiri [George]; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Fr. Borovy, 1938., 1938.. Very good. - Octavo, bound in light tan cloth with the original pictorial front wrapper bound in. There is some minor staining to the upper half of the spine with some very light pink staining to the rear cover along the spine. There is a small piece out of the top corner of the wrapper with 2 short tears. 130 pages plus colophon. Illustrated with 4 black-and-white plates which appear to depict the stage settings. The flyleaf is slightly darkened & soiled with a tiny tear to its bottom edge & a piece of tape affixed to the verso. Very good. <p>Jiri Voskovec's copy signed by him in full with brief ink notations in Czech on the title page and with a few pencil markings in the text.<p>This was the last piece performed by the satiric duo known as "V + W". The striking color wrapper illustration depicts the pair side-by-side on their hands and knees in clown-like attire and make-up. The title of the work translates approximately as "Fist in the Eye or Caesar's Finale". It opened at the Liberated Theatre in Prague on April 8, 1938, directed by Jindrich Honzl. The music was composed by V + W's regular composer Jaroslav Jezek. The play begins with the interruption of a performance of "Julius Caesar" by the arrival of a bailiff named Josef Dionysos who is unaware that his name identifies him as the ancient god of theatre and wine. This encounter branches off into a series of fantastical sketches, often accompanied by songs and inspired by comedia dell'arte. It evolves into a spirited consideration of theatre and history,with the underlying conviction that history is not made by generals and dignitaries but by ordinary people and that people should be challenged to take state matters into their own hands.<p>The text is in Czech.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$750.00

CAESAR: Anticka Feerie o 11 Obrazech. Hudbu Slozil Jaroslav Jezek.
seller photo

CAESAR: Anticka Feerie o 11 Obrazech. Hudbu Slozil Jaroslav Jezek.

By Voskovec, Jiri [George]; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Odeon, 1932., 1932.. Good. SIGNED BY JAN WERICH - Octavo, bound in brick red cloth with the original pictorial front wrapper by Frantisek Zelenka bound in. The spine is foxed & faded with the head & tail chipped. The corners of the covers are slightly rubbed & creased with tiny dents to their top edges. There is a small area of staining to the rear cover. 88 pages plus colophon & 3 pages of ads. The contents are very good. <p>First edition.<p>Signed in full by Jan Werich on the title page.<p>Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" has frequently been adapted to reflect the political situation in the country of its production. Here the adaptation by the satiric duo Voskovec and Werich [V + W] reflects the threats of fascist persecution and civil unrest which influenced almost all creative output in the Czechoslovakia of the 1930s. The characters of the powerful Roman dignitaries are viewed not through their successful careers but rather through their less successful private lives and human failings. According to Voskovec, Caesar does not represent any individual politcian. He is an aging man, a deceived lover and an effective soldier whose betrayal of republican principles and the bourgeois traditions of patrician morality provokes the resistance of reactionaries.<p>The music for the piece was composed by V + W's regular composer Jaroslav Jezek. The striking color wrapper illustration, signed "FZ", is by Frantisek Zelenka. Zelenka was the most influential Czech set designer of his time. In the 1930s, when he was closely associated with V + W's Liberated Theatre, his designs were particularly fresh and innovative, influenced by Surrealism, Dada and the Bauhaus. His work was later banned by the Nazis and he was put to death at Auschwitz.<p>The text is in Czech.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$750.00

TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF ROBERT E. SHERWOOD ABOUT THE FAILURE OF "DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER" SIGNED BY PRODUCER FREDERICK BRISSON.
seller photo

TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF ROBERT E. SHERWOOD ABOUT THE FAILURE OF "DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER" SIGNED BY PRODUCER FREDERICK BRISSON.

By Brisson, Frederick. (1913-1984). Stage and film producer who introduced such writers as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer and Tom Stoppard to American audiences.

New York: May 19, 1983., 1983.. Very good. - 70 words typed on a sheet of Brisson Productions letterhead, 11-3/4 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide, with New York and Beverly Hills addresses printed at the top and lists of the company's stage and film productions at the foot. Signed "Freddie". There is some very light creasing to the letterhead & its top corners are lightly creased. Together with a copy of an unsigned form letter from Brisson to investors. Both letters are folded twice for mailing. Very good. <p>Brisson writes to the widow of Robert E. Sherwood who had given permission for her husband's antiwar comedy "Idiot's Delight" to be turned into a musical. "Dance a Little Closer" opened on Broadway on May 11, 1983 with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Charles Strouse. Following disastrous reviews, the musical closed after one performance and twenty-five previews. Brisson thanks Madeleine Sherwood for her eloquent and heartwarming note. "Not being used to 'one night stands', I am particularly grateful for your genuine and warm expression of having no regrets in giving your permission to have your late husband's play done as a musical. We tried, but we had many problems." Brisson encloses a copy of his May 13 letter to the investors explaining the financial situation and telling them that the company will support the complete write-off of their investment.<p>Carl Frederick Brisson [1913-1984] was born in Denmark and grew up in England. He began his career as a theatrical manager and in 1937 moved into films as an associate producer. He also opened a talent agency with offices in London, Paris and Hollywood. Finding himself more or less permanently based in the U.S., he served in the American Air Force during World War II. After the war he formed Independent Artists Pictures and co-produced the hit musicals "The Pajama Game" [1954], "Damn Yankees" [1955] and "New Girl in Town" [1957]. He also mounted numerous straight plays, introducing important British writers, such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer and Tom Stoppard to American audiences. Among his Broadway productions were the stage presentations of the musicals mentioned above and the plays "Five Finger Exercise", "The Caretaker" and "Jumpers".

$150.00

KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).
seller photo

KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).

By Voskovec, Jiri; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1965., 1965.. Good. JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, cream cloth decorated with red & black squares with a cream silk bookmark.The binding is unevenly darkened & there are 2 dents to the bottom edge of the front cover. 264 & [7] pages plus colophon. Illustrated with a full-page photographic portrait of the author. The top edges of the pages are partially darkened. Good. <p>First edition.<p>A collection of the verse of Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich [V+W], edited with commentary by Voskovec. This is Voskovec's copy, signed by him with his initials on the title page; "J. V. June 65 / NYC / ('Signed' copy)" and with his pencil correction on page 201.<p>Number 33 in the series Klub Pratel Poezie [Poetry Club]. The text is in Czech.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$350.00

KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).
seller photo

KLOBOUK VE KROVI: Vybor Versu V+W (1927-1947).

By Voskovec, Jiri; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1966., 1966.. Good. JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, cream cloth with an image of a bowler hat in black on the front cover in a dust wrapper with a matching image of a hat in blue. The binding is soiled & somewhat darkened. The tail of the spine & the bottom edge of the rear cover are chipped The head & tail of the dust jacket spine are chipped and there is some creasing & a small, light stain to its front panel. 287 & [7] pages plus colophon. Illustrated with a full-page photographic portrait of the author. The hinges are lightly cracked. Good. <p>Second, expanded edition.<p>A collection of the verse of Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich [V+W], edited with commentary by Voskovec. This is Voskovec's copy, signed by him on the title page: "J. Voskovec / NYC 66" with his pencil notes on pages 262 and 263.<p>The text is in Czech.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$350.00

V+ W / HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA II: Sever proti  Jihu; Golem; Caesar; Kat a blazen. (Two copies, one inscribed and signed by Jan Werich and one Jiri Voskovec's copy, signed and dated by him.)
seller photo

V+ W / HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA II: Sever proti Jihu; Golem; Caesar; Kat a blazen. (Two copies, one inscribed and signed by Jan Werich and one Jiri Voskovec's copy, signed and dated by him.)

By Voskovec, Jiri; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Ceskoslovensky spisovatel, 1955-1956., 1955-1956.. Good. JIRI VOSKOVEC'S COPY, SIGNED BY HIM TOGETHER WITH A COPY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY JAN WERICH - Octavo, tan cloth titled in gilt on the spines with the decorative initials "VW" stamped in gilt on the front covers. With cream silk bookmarks. The spine of the Werich copy is slightly faded. There are tears to the tail of its spine & the bottom corner of its front cover. The remaining corners of the covers are chipped. There is a small, light stain to the rear cover of the Voskovec copy. 419 pages plus colophon. The pages of the Voskovec copy are darkened & fragile with a small piece out of its half-title. Good. <p>Two copies of Volume 2 of a collection of plays written and performed by avant-garde Czech authors and actors Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich who together formed the Liberated Theatre [Osvobozene Divadlo]. There is an essay by Josef Trager in the rear of each copy.<p> The copy published in 1955 is a first edition and is inscribed by Werich on the title page to Jiri Voskovec's daughter: "Victoria / Jan / 15 VII 55". The copy published in 1956 is a second edition and is from Jiri Voskovec's library. It is signed and dated by him on the title page: "J. Voskovec / NY 56".<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".<p>Rare thus.

$450.00

POOR MURDERER. Presentation Copy.
seller photo

POOR MURDERER. Presentation Copy.

By Kohout, Pavel.

New York: The Viking Press, (1977)., (1977).. Very good. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED WITH A DRAWING BY PAVEL KOHOUT TO CZECH AMERICAN ACTOR JIRI VOSKOVEC - Octavo, gray boards backed with white cloth in a dust wrapper. The top edge of the dust jacket is lightly creased. ix & 99 pages. Illustrated with black-and-white production photos. The pages are a bit toned. Very good. <p>First American edition, translated into English by Herbert Berghof and Lawrence Luckinbill.<p>Inscribed in Czech on the verso of the half-title by Pavel Kohout to Czech American actor and playwright Jiri Voskovec, with a small drawing on the title page. The inscription is signed "Pavel Kohout / New York / 17.6.79". The addresses of Vaclav Havel and Jaroslav Seifert are penned by Kohout on a rear blank.<p>Playwright Pavel Kohout has never seen a production of any of his plays since he is viewed in his native Czechoslovakia as a "dissenter" both for the part he played in the 1967-68 movement to bring more freedom to his country and for the political and artistic stands he has taken since then. Besides being a leading dramatist, Kohout is a poet, a screenwriter and, to many of his countrymen, a national hero.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$150.00

INSCRIBED BY ISRAEL HOROVITZ: RUNNIN' THE SHOW: A PractIcal Handbook by Richard Whorf, Art Director and Roger Wheeler, Stage Manager, Copley Theatre, Boston.
seller photo

INSCRIBED BY ISRAEL HOROVITZ: RUNNIN' THE SHOW: A PractIcal Handbook by Richard Whorf, Art Director and Roger Wheeler, Stage Manager, Copley Theatre, Boston.

By Whorf, Richard B.; and Wheeler, Roger.

Boston, MA: Walter H. Baker Company Publishers, 1930., 1930.. Good. WiTH A LENGTHY INSCRIPTION SIGNED BY ISRAEL HOROVITZ - Octavo, pictorial green boards illustrated in black & green with a yellow printed label on the front cover. The binding is lightly soiled. There are small areas of staining to the head & tail of the spine & the adjacent corners of the covers. There is a small tear to each joint. 72 pages. The gutters are slightly darkened and there are small areas of light staining to the bottom edges of the pages. Illustrated with profuse black-and-white drawings & vignettes. Good. <p>Inscribed by playwright Israel Horovitz on the front endpaper, continuing on the front pastedown. "Gloucester, / 11.2.84 / Dear Franklin, / I came across this 1st Night present for you, long before anyone learned their lines, long before I finished my revisions, &c., & c.,Therefore, I ANTICIPATE a fine old time for all of us -- and I ANTICIPATE a deep heartfelt need to say 'Thank you. Well done.' / Yrs. / Israel Horovitz. / P.S. If, between 11.2.84 and our 1st Night, 11.3.84, our mutual ship, uh, sinks, keep the book. I.H. / P.P.S. The ship is listing and taking in LOTS of WATER -- But, there is definitely land ho! Keep the book, anyhow. / I.H. / 21.3.84".<p>There are two color stamps depicting the author at work, one on the endpaper and one on the pastedown.<p>Israel Horovitz [b. 1939] is an American playwright, director and actor. He has written more than seventy produced plays, many of which have been translated and performed in more than thirty languages worldwide. Among the best known are "Line", "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard", "The Primary English Class" and "The Indian Wants the Bronx", for which he won an Obie and which featured two as yet undiscovered future film stars: John Cazale and Al Pacino. Horovitz is the Founding Artistic Director of the Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He created this theatre in 1979 and served as its Artistic Director for twenty-eight years. He also founded the New York Playwrights Lab in 1975 and serves as its Artistic Director.

$75.00

JOHN GIELGUD: Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony with an introduction by Michel Saint-Denis.

By (Anthony, Gordon). Saint-Denis, Michel.

London: Geoffrey Bles, (1938)., (1938).. Good. - Small quarto [10 inches high by 7-1/2 inches wide], black cloth titled in silver. The binding is lightly rubbed & bumped with some tiny white stains to the front cover. The head & tail of the spine are lightly chipped. Unnumbered pages, including 24 black-and-white plates from photographs by Gordon Anthony, interleaved with caption pages. Good. <p>First trade edition.

$10.00

Next >