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TERRY-THOMAS and MUIR, Frank

Terry's Topics: 'TRIAL RECORDING ONLY - NOT FOR TRANSMISSION'

London: N.p. [BBC], 1947

15 mimeographed pp., secured by split pin at top left.

First edition. PILOT SCRIPT FOR AN EARLY TERRY-THOMAS VEHICLE, RECORDED BUT NEVER... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2181

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MORTIMER, Johnnie; COOKE, Brian; RUDGE, Myles

Stop Messing About

N.P. [London]: N.p. [BBC], 1969

30 mimeographed pp., secured with pin to top left.

First edition. JOAN SIMS' WORKING COPY, WITH HER UNDERLININGS, DELETIONS AND AMENDMENTS THROUGHOUT.

The BBC radio show Round The Horne, one of the medium's finest, funniest and filthiest flowerings, came to an abrupt and tragic end after four series with the death of its star, Kenneth Horne, in February 1969. Prescribed an anticoagulant for a heart condition, Horne was persuaded by a faith healer to stop taking it. He died of heart failure while presenting an awards ceremony at the Dorchester.

Without its star, Round The Horne could not continue. But the material for Series Five was already far advanced at the time of Horne's death, and it was recycled into Stop Messing About, a show featuring most of Round The Horne's surviving cast -- and Joan Sims, the Carry On stalwart who had already been cast as the replacement for the departing Betty Marsden. Stop Messing About ran for a respectable two series in 1969-70, but never really emerged from the shadow of its predecessor. Kenneth Williams, a supporting actor of genius, struggled to anchor the show. But even if Williams had been able to do a better job of leading from the front, the show was still Round The Horne without Kenneth Horne, a melancholy reminder of what radio had lost.

This script is the working copy used by Sims to record the sixth episode of Stop Messing About, and is extensively marked up with her underlinings, deletions and amendments throughout. Unique and beautiful.

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£850.00

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STEPHENS, Larry [MILLIGAN, Spike]

Special Goon Show: The Dreaded Better Pudding Hurler

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

23 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left.

First edition. Valerie Simons' copy, with her plentiful notes and timings... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£850.00

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HAMILTON, Patrick

Souvenir of Rope

London: Constable, 1929

Small 8vo, pp. 90, 4pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Pale green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front panel and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£250.00

3401

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[WODEHOUSE, P.G.] [GODFREY, Arthur E.] LEHMANN, Liza

Selection From Sergeant Brue

London: Hopwood & Crew, 1904

4to, pp. 16. Original paper wrappers, printed in black.

First edition. PRODUCER FRANK CURZON'S COPY, WITH HIS OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE TO... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£195.00

2121

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SHERRIN, NED

Scratch An Actor

London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1996

8vo, pp.323. Original black boards, lettered in silver to spine.

First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR: 'Best Wishes, Ned... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£25.00

3195

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STOPPARD, Tom

Rosencrantz and Guldenstern Are Dead

London: Faber, 1967

8vo, pp. 96. Original card wrappers, printed dustwrapper.

First edition, softbound issue, published simultaneously with its hardbound... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£400.00

3403

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AUDEN, W.H.

Paul Bunyan

London: Faber, 1988

8vo, pp. 150. Original grey boards, lettered in red to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

A softbound edition of Auden's libretto for Benjamin... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2533

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[McKERN, Leo] [HERRMANN, Edward] selected by WAVELL, A. P.

Other Men's Flowers

London: Cape, 1992

8vo, pp. 448. Original burgundy boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Dustwrappers lettered in red and black to front panel and spine.

Reprinted... [please click on the image or book title for more details]"If" -- the complete version will be sent! E.'.

This last refers to a referenced parody of Kipling's poem which begins: 'If you can keep your girl, when all around you, / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...'. In the film Hermann and McKern's characters discover that they have been in love with the same woman all their lives.

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£350.00

2441

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PINTER, Harold

Old Times

London: Methuen, 1971

Small 8vo, pp. 75. Original black boards, lettered in silver to spine.

First edition.

A beautiful copy.

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£65.00

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HEATH, Edward

Music: A Joy For Life

London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1976

4to, pp. 204, index. Original mauve boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: 'For Bob Holness /... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£200.00

3259

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BURTON, Richard

Meeting Mrs. Jenkins

New York: William Morrow & Co., 1966

8vo, pp. 24. Original tan three-quarter boards, lettered in gilt to spine and with device in gilt to front panel. Photographic... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£250.00

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[OSBORNE, John] KNEALE, Nigel

Look Back In Anger

N.p.: Woodfall Film Productions Ltd., 1958

First draft: 8vo, 100 typed pp., secured in a manilla folder. Title label to front page.

Second draft: 8vo, 130... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£12,500.00

3387

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[JOY DIVISION] CUMMINS, Kevin

Juvenes

London: To Hell With Publishing, 2007

Large 8vo, pp. 192. Original silk-screened boards, the book wrapped in original, sealed blue paper, with the number '38' pencilled to... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£1,250.00

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[SELLERS, Peter] GREIFER, Lewis and RICHLER, Mordecai

Insomnia Is Good For You

London: Park Lane Films, 1957

Shooting script, 33 mimeographed pp., stapled in to oversized red card wrappers. Typed title label to front cover, typed ownership label ('Park... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£4,500.00

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[Private Press] [Books About Books] [ed. FRENZEL, H.K.]

Hugo Steiner-Prag

Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck Und Verlag, 1928

Large 8vo, pp. 93. Leather bound, concentric gilt borders to front and rear panels, lettered in gilt on front panel and... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£250.00

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[SELLERS, Peter] GRAFTON, Jimmy and GRIFFITHS, Peter

Happy Holidays

London: N.p. [BBC], 1954

Five episodes, c.45 pp. each, secured with split pin to top left.

First editions. PRODUCER JACQUES BROWN'S COPY, WITH HIS ANNOTATIONS, AND ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2676

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[DENCH, Judi] [McKERN, Leo]

Handwritten Card from Judi Dench to Leo McKern

London: N.p., N.d. [1989]

Greetings card.

CARD FROM JUDI DENCH TO LEO McKERN ON THE OPENING OF THE CHERRY ORCHARD AT THE ALDWYCH THEATRE ON 24 OCTOBER 1989.

Dench played Ranyevskaya in this Michael Frayn translation, and was joined in the production by Leo's daughter Abigail as Yepihodova:

'...[A]t last, I get to work with Abigail -- who is a wonder. What a divine girl and how good she is. It's just the most lovely company and we all love doing the show. ... Mike and Finty join me in sending great love to you, Judi.'

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