1954

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[HANCOCK, Tony] STUCKEY, Hugh and WALE, Michael

[The] Tony Hancock Special: Director's Post-Production Script.

N.p. [Sydney]: N.p. [ATN-7], 1968

80 mimeographed pp. on white paper, housed in contemporary black springback binder with three labels to front cover ('HANCOCK'; 'TONY HANCOCK SPECIAL'; 'POST PRODUCTION MASTER SCRIPT E.D. JOFFE'). Profusely annotated, revised and corrected on every page, typed inserts tipped in in many places, and scene tags taped to leading edges.

DIRECTOR'S POST-PRODUCTION SCRIPT OF THE TONY HANCOCK SPECIAL, WITH HIS EXTENSIVE NOTES AND REWRITES.

n March 1968 Tony Hancock travelled to Australia to make a television series with the working title Hancock Down Under, a project he hoped would revive his career. He had recently been divorced, his alcoholism was out of control, and his prospects in the UK had sunk to nothing. But the Australian series had serious problems from the outset, quite apart from Hancock's own. The scripts were terrible: feebly structured, hopelessly unfunny, and with no understanding of what made Hancock Hancock. The star would have struggled to make anything of them even in his pomp. The series' fate was sealed by the producers' disastrous decision to shoot without a studio audience. Hancock's onscreen persona -- hapless, loveless, forever on the receiving end -- had always been kept afloat by the presence of supportive laughter provided by an audience willing their hero to dust himself down and try again. And Hancock himself, Hancock the brilliant but under-confident performer, had always been buoyed by the instant approval their presence provided. But here, in this final footage, Hancock seems to have been deserted by his audience just when he needed them most. He cuts a lonely, tragic and desperately unfunny figure. Unable to remember his lines, his eyes are constantly looking for his cue cards. He seems to be searching for his friends.

On 24 June 1968, with only three episodes of the showcompleted, Hancock committed suicide with an overdose of barbitu

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3304

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ELIOT, T.S.

Signed Cheque in payment for Eliot's Introduction to the 1932 Everyman edition of Pascal's Penseés,

London: N.p., 1931



A CHEQUE PAYABLE TO T.S. ELIOT IN THE SUM OF FIFTEEN POUNDS AND DATED 1 OCTOBER 1931, DRAWN ON THE BANK ACCOUNT OF THE PUBLISHER J.M. DENT, AND ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2591

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. and BOLTON, Guy

Bring On The Girls!

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953

8vo, pp. 278. Original black three-quarter boards, lettered in red and green on blue to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY BOTH AUTHORS IN THE MONTH OF PUBLICATION: 'Lewis Pierson with best wishes from the authors, [sgd.] P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton. October 31st.' (Inscription written by Guy Bolton).

Hugely enjoyable, highly unreliable account of Wodehouse and Bolton's involvement as lyricists and book-writers in the early twentieth century Broadway musical, alongside Jerome Kern, Florenz Ziegfeld, and George and Ira Gershwin, among many, many others. Hardly a historical document -- if there is a choice to be made between a fact and a great story, it's the great story that gets the nod -- but a wonderfully vivid evocation of the early days of Broadway, and how much fun it was to be there.

Copies signed by one or other of the authors surface from time to time; copies signed by both are very scarce.

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[HANCOCK, Tony] STUCKEY, Hugh and WALE, Michael

The Tony Hancock Show: Episode Four: The Tape-Recorder

N.p. [Melbourne]: N.p. [ATN 7], 1968

31 mimeographed yellow pp., originally stapled at top left corner, now disbound, pp. 17-18 present in facsimile. 'FINAL SCRIPT' to top... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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3470

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

1p. TLS Discussing the Publication of The Harmonica Mystery and Something Fresh

New York: N.p., 1915

1p. TLS.

1p. TLS FROM P.G. WODEHOUSE (SIGNED 'STEVE'), ALMOST CERTAINLY TO HIS FORMER CONTACT AT MUNSEY'S MAGAZINE BOB DAVIS.... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2154

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GRAVES, Robert

Good-Bye To All That

London: Cape, 1929

8vo, pp. 448. Original salmon boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Bookplate to front pastedown.

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[Gay Ephemera] [Mattachine Society]

Mattachine Society: Minutes Of Coordinating Council Meeting

N.p. [San Francisco] N.p. 1953

11 pp., typed (rectos only) and mimeographed, three on white paper and eight on yellow. Hole-punched in three places in left... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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BARR, James [pseud. FUGATE, James]

Quatrefoil

New York: Greenberg, 1950

8vo, pp. 373. Original black boards, lettered and decorated in gilt on front panel and spine.

First edition of the author's first book, inscribed by Barr to Richard Yates on the front free... [more]

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3272

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BLYTON, Enid

Signed Contract For My Third Enid Blyton Book

London: N.p., 1953

4pp. typed legal document, horizontal fold across centre.

Legal contract dated 1 December 1953, SIGNED BY ENID BLYTON.

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[pseud. ABBOTT, Edwin A.] SQUARE, A.

Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions

London: Seeley & Co., 1884

8vo, pp. 100. Original printed stiff paper wrappers. Leading edge uncut.

First edition.

One of literature's very few geometric Victorian social satires. Set in a two-dimensional world, A. Square visits the one-dimensional community of Lineland, where he is dismissed as a lunatic, and is then visited by a sphere from Spaceland. Convinced of the existence of a third dimension, Square starts to entertain the possibility of a fourth. And a fifth...

All of which made this text something of a sensation when Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915, and Flatland was taken up as a text which foreshadowed major scientific findings. Since then, it has been cited by scientists as eminent as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, inspired films and books, and - of course - has been name-checked in an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

This, the first edition, is now very scarce.


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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Blandings Castle

London: Herbert Jenkins, 1935

8vo, pp. 311. Original green boards, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Publisher's device in black to rear panel. Illustrated... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2585

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WODEHOUSE, P.G.

Psmith, Journalist

London: A&C Black, 1915

8vo, pp. 247. Original blue illustrated boards, lettered in yellow to front panel and in gilt to spine. No dustwrapper.

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[Gay Ephemera] [Mattachine Society]

Mattachine Society: Minutes of Coordinating Council Meeting

N.p. [San Francisco] N.p. 7 February 1954

9 pp., typed, rectos only. Mark of rusted staple to top left. Hole-punched in three places in left margin. Two ink corrections, one... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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[WALLACE, Edgar]

Papers and Correspondence Concerning the Publication by J.W. Arrowsmith of Angel Esquire (1908) and The Melody of Death (1915)

V.p.: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1925-1959

A small quantity of contracts, correspondence and related materials, housed in a manila folder.

A DETAILED PUBLISHER'S ARCHIVE CONCERNING THE PUBLICATION OF TWO NOVELS BY EDGAR WALLACE: ANGEL ESQUIRE.... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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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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2494

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JOHNSON, B.S.

House Mother Normal

London: Trigram Press, 1971

8vo, pp. 204. Original threequarter grey boards, lettered in silver on cream spine. Yellow endpapers.

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[pseud. DESCLOS, Anne Cécile] RÉAGE, Pauline

Histoire d'O

Sceaux: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1954

8vo, pp. 245. Original printed yellow wrappers. Later protective slipcase.

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[HANCOCK, Tony] [trans. AUDEN, W.H.] HAMMARSKJOLD, Dag

Markings

London: Faber, 1965

8vo, pp. 186. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine.

First edition, sixth impression, INSCRIBED IN 1968 TO TONY HANCOCK BY TED NOFFS, ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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[Gay Ephemera] [Mattachine Society]

Mattachine Society: Minutes of Coordinating Council Meeting

N.p. [San Francisco] N.p. 17 January 1954

3 pp., typed, rectos only. Inked initials ('VCEB') in top right corner of top page, mark of rusted paper clip to top... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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BANG, Herman

Mikael

Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandel, 1904

8vo, pp. 379. Contemporary threequarter marbled cloth boards, leather ribbed spine and corners, spine and device on front panel... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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