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O'Casey, Sean
COLLECTED PLAYS. MACMILLAN & CO. LTD, 1949-1951
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198
O'Casey, Sean
COLLECTED PLAYS. MACMILLAN & CO. LTD, 1949-1951
Estimate
12,00015,000
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O'Casey, Sean
COLLECTED PLAYS. MACMILLAN & CO. LTD, 1949-1951
4 volumes in 2, 8vo, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, BOTH VOLUMES INSCRIBED BY SEAN O'CASEY ("Inscribed to | Saul Shapiro | by | Sean O'Casey | With all good wishes. | Devon. 1956") ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY O'CASEY WITH A WALT WHITMAN QUOTATION ("Today at Twlight, hobbling, answering | company roll-call, Here, with | vital voice.") on the half-title to volume 1, and with another quotation on the half title of the second volume ("There's more in the sound of a | name than two or three | pronunciations"), later full black pictorial morocco gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, designed by Kenneth Hobson, with multicoloured morocco inlays depicting the proscenium arch flanked by the figures of tragedy and comedy, titled in gilt on spines, all edges gilt, red morocco doublures with morocco inlays showing the masks of tragedy and comedy, patterned endpapers, collector's matching patterned slipcases, slipcases slightly rubbed
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Provenance

Saul Shapiro, presentation inscriptions and bookplates

For other books from Shapiro's library see lots 209 and 212. The primary focus of his collection was Anglo-American writing of Jewish interest.

Literature

The Cinderella of the Arts: A Short History of Sangorski & Sutcliffe, illustrated p.117

Catalogue Note

A BEAUTIFULLY BOUND SET, INSCRIBED AT LENGTH BY THE PLAYWRIGHT.

The quotation that O'Casey has inscribed in the first volume comes from Walt Whitman's 'My 71st Year', from Leaves of Grass. O'Casey himself was in his mid-seventies at the time he inscribed this copy.

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