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3460

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[PARKER, Dorothy] OPPENHEIMER, George

The Passionate Playgoer

New York: Viking, 1958

8vo, pp. 623. Original pale purple boards, lettered in dark purple to front panel and gilt on dark purple to spine. Top edge purple. Illustrated dustwrapper.

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3446

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TAYLOR, Ted

The Trouble With Toby

N.p. [London]: N.p. [BBC], N.d. [1957]

32 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left corner.

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£395.00

3424

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[illus. SELLERS, Peter] MILLIGAN, Spike and HOBBS, Jack

William McGonagall: The Truth At Last

London: M. & J. Hobbs/Michael Joseph, 1976

8vo, pp. 144. Original black boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Yellow illustrated endpapers. Illustrated... [please click on the image or book title for more details]".... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£295.00

3418

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[HANCOCK, Tony] GALTON, Ray and SIMPSON, Alan

Hancock's Half Hour

N.p. [London]: N.p. [BBC] 1959

56 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left corner.

Camera script of Football Pools, Series Five Episode Ten of ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£700.00

3404

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[SECOMBE, Harry] PEDRICK, Gale

The Laughtermakers No. 8: Harry Secombe

London: N.p. [BBC], 1956

23 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left. Title page bound in at rear, placed there during the show's production.

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£150.00

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.

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£25.00

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.

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£195.00

3400

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[WODEHOUSE, P.G.] CARYLL, Ivan and MONCKTON, Lionel

The Girls Of Gottenberg

London: Chapell & Co., 1908

4to, pp. 176, 4pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Original illustrated stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front and rear... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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£125.00

3389

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AUDEN, W.H.

The Ballad of Barnaby

New York: G. Schirmer, 1970

4to, pp. 53. Original illustrated stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black to front and rear panels.

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In his... [please click on the image or book title for more details]


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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3195

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STOPPARD, Tom

Rosencrantz and Guldenstern Are Dead

London: Faber, 1967

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

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£400.00

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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]


3163

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SHAFFER, Peter

Amadeus

London: Andre Deutsch, 1980

Small 8vo, pp. 124. Original red boards, lettered in silver to spine. Errata slip to p. 109. Photographic dustwrapper, portrait of the author to... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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3162

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SHAFFER, Peter

Equus

London: Andre Deutsch, 1973

Small 8vo, pp. 105. Original orange boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Photographic dustwrapper.

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£175.00

3111

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GROTOWSKI, Jerzy

Towards A Poor Theatre

Holstebro, Denmark: Odin Teatrets Forlag, 1968

8vo, pp. 262. Original printed stiff paper wrappers.

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3144

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SHAFFER, Peter

The Royal Hunt Of The Sun

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964

8vo, pp. 84. Original brown boards, lettered in silver to spine. Photographic dustwrapper.

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2838

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SUTHERLAND, Joan

ALS To Leo McKern

Montreux: N.p., 1993

2pp. ALS on headed notepaper ('Joan Sutherland' over a floral design, light red on cream). Original envelope present, address handwritten, postmarked 23.11.93. Colour photograph of Sutherland and McKern on location for On Our Selection in Braidwood, Australia, taken the following year.

2pp. ALS FROM JOAN SUTHERLAND TO LEO MCKERN, FONDLY REMEMBERING THEIR RECENT MEETING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER ON DAD AND DAVE: ON OUR SELECTION.

In 1994, four years after her retirement from the operatic stage, Dame Joan Sutherland returned to her native Australia to make what would turn out to be her only dramatic film: Dad and Dave:On Our Selection, written and directed by George Whaley. Based on the writings of Steele Rudd, the film, set in Queensland at the end of the nineteenth century, starred Geoffrey Rush, Ray Barrett, Noah Taylor -- and Leo McKern as Dad Rudd. Joan Sutherland played Mother Rudd, with not entirely satisfactory results, and the film, made to mark the centenary of the Australian film industry, was a failure with both critics and paying audiences.

This letter dates from the early days of Sutherland and McKern's association, is written on Sutherland's personalised notepaper and sent from her home in the Swiss village of Les Avants, and looks forward, albeit nervously, to the forthcoming shoot:

'[I]f nothing else convinced me to become involved in the film your honest, down-to-earthness did. I hope, if it all gets sorted out that I shan't be too much out of my depth!'

Accompanying the letter is a photograph, taken on location the following year, of a laughing Sutherland and McKern in costume.

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2678

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[McKern, Leo]

First Night Telegram to Leo McKern from Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

Nottingham: N.p., 1959

Greetings telegram, stamp-dated 10 August 1959 to reverse.

FIRST NIGHT TELEGRAM, DATED 10 AUGUST 1959, TO LEO McKERN FROM LAURENCE OLIVIER AND HIS WIFE VIVIEN LEIGH: 'Great good wishes for huge success, Vivien and Laurence Olivier.'

'[McKern's] second, and last ever, directing job was the Australian prize-winning stage play The Shifting Heart by Richard Beynon, a story of Italian immigrants living in Collingwood, then a slum suburb of Melbourne, and their struggle for acceptance and survival in a racist community. ... It's UK season was at the Nottingham Theatre Royal from 10 August 1959, then the Duke of York's in the West End -- a joint venture by Sir Laurence Olivier's company and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. Olivier had invited McKern to direct.'

George Whaley, Leo 'Rumpole' McKern: The Accidental Actor [USNW Press, 2009]

The show received mixed reviews, and McKern himself felt he'd done a bad job. On the up side, he kept the telegram sent to him by one of twentieth century theatre's most glamorous couples.

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