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The Delinquent, the Hipster, and the Square and Other Plays
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The Delinquent, the Hipster, and the Square and Other Plays

By MINEO, Sal, intro.; Alva I. Cox, Jr., ed

St. Louis: Cooperative Publication Association / Bethany Press, [1962]. First Thus. Paperback. Octavo (21.5cm.); publisher's decorative card wrappers; 127pp. Minor toning and shelf wear, else Very Good and sound. Collection of one-act plays first aired on the CBS non-denominational religious television show "Look Up and Live."

$20.00

Katiba
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Katiba

By MATLOSA, S.

Mazenod, Basutoland: Catholic Centre, [1966]. Paperback. 12mo (18cm.); publisher's photo-illustrated staplebound card wrapeprs; 116pp. A hint of shelf wear and dust-soil, else Fine. Sesotho-language play first published in 1950, though the author is best known for his novel "Mopheme," addressing problems that arise from polygamy while based on the story of "The Scarlet Pimpernel." (See Nhlanhla Maake, "Watermarks in the Sesotho Novels of the Twentieth Century," in "Research in African Literature," Vol. 37, no. 3, Autumn, 2006, pp. 75-6.) OCLC locates three copies of this edition as of June, 2019, NYPL only outside South Africa.

$45.00

Original Photographic Portrait of Arthur Miller [Signed]
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Original Photographic Portrait of Arthur Miller [Signed]

By VALENTE, Alfredo (photographer); MILLER, Arthur (subject)

N.p.: Alfredo Valente, [n.d. but late 1950's-early 1960's]. Handsome photographic portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller by Alfredo Valente (1899-1973), an Italian-American photographer best known for his coverage of Broadway. Original black and white photograph, measuring 8" x 10" (20.25cm x 25.5cm). Signed by Arthur Miller toward lower right corner. Some handling and light surface wear, with a tiny tear at upper margin; Very Good+.

$300.00

Mother: A Short One-Act Play [Inscribed to Andreas Brown]
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Mother: A Short One-Act Play [Inscribed to Andreas Brown]

By WILSON, Robert A.

N.p.: S.i., 1963. First Edition. Paperback. A warm association copy, connecting two of the 20th century's most notable bookstore owners. OCLC notes 9 holdings. Quarto (28cm); mimeographed leaves (rectos), stapled at upper left corner; [i],8,[1]pp. Signed by the author on the cover leaf, and inscribed by him to Gotham Book Mart owner Andreas Brown: "For Andy / with the homage + gratitude of the author." Light wear to extremities, cover leaf toned, with some dustiness to verso of terminal leaf; handful of holograph corrections throughout in the author's hand; Very Good+.

$150.00

The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Volume 3
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The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Volume 3

By DUNBAR-NELSON, Alice; Gloria T. Hull, ed

New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. First Thus. Hardcover. 12mo (17cm.); publisher's black gilt-lettered cloth; lx,285pp. A hint of soil, else Fine. Forms part of the Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers. Includes a foreword to the series by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and selected short stories and plays.

$30.00

Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1975
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Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1975

By HILL, Andrew, ed.; Albert Johnson, intro

Oakland: [Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Guild of the Oakland Museum Association], 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. Slim square quarto (21.5cm.); publisher's gilt pictorial card wrappers; unpaginated; photographic portraits throughout. Light dustiness, crease to bottom fore-edge corner of upper cover, else Very Good, internally fine. Short biographical pieces of twenty-one honorees, including Lorraine Hansberry, Duke Ellington, and Sidney Poitier.

$25.00

How To: Use Street Theatre
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How To: Use Street Theatre

By [AGITPROP]

London: Agitprop Information, [n.d. but ca.1960's]. First Edition. How-to manual for beginners on the formation of guerilla and street theatre groups, including guidance on techniques, finding audiences, making plays, improvisation, and political affiliations. The Agitprop Information Service, founded in the late 1960's in London, was operated as "a comprehensive information and communications service for all those who are working towards a revolutionary transformation of our society" (Bull, John. British Theatre Companies: 1965-1969, p.80). Not separately listed in OCLC, though we note an example held at U.Wisconsin. Quarto (33cm); mimeographed leaves, alternately printed on recto and verso, and stapled at upper left corner; illustrated title leaf,10,[1]pp. Old horizontal folds smoothed out, oxidation to staple, else Very Good+.

$150.00

Christmas on Earth Continued [Inscribed to Israel Young]
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Christmas on Earth Continued [Inscribed to Israel Young]

By [FILM] RUBIN, Barbara

N.p.: S.i., 1965. First Edition. Paperback. Mimeographed script for one of Rubin's unrealized projects, a sequel to her 1963 film Christmas on Earth. The 29-minute 16mm film, originally titled Cocks and Cunts, was shot when Rubin was only 18, using two cameras and featuring a variety of masked and painted performers engaging in both heterosexual and homosexual acts. The script for her unfilmed sequel features settings in heaven and in the New Jerusalem, with a cast of characters including God, Santa Claus, Biblical figures, fairy tale characters, and a variety of literary, cartoon, and comic book superheros. Her list of "Desired States and Heros / Heroines" is a veritable who's-who of sixties literary, film, and musical royalty. Barbara Rubin (1945-1980), in addition to her talents as a filmmaker and performance artist, was arguably among the best-connected individuals in New York's counterculture scene. Scarce; OCLC notes 4 holdings (UC Berkeley, Indiana, Washington University, New Mexico State). Provenance: From the collection of New York hipster impresario Israel "Izzy" Young, proprietor of the Folklore Center on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, an important nexus for Lower East Side bohemia throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. Quarto (27cm); white sheets (measuring 8" x 10"), mimeographed in green on rectos only, side-stapled; [ii],31pp. With a contemporary inscription to Israel Young on verso of terminal leaf: "April 13, 1965 / For Israel Young / Love Barbara." Preliminary and terminal leaves slightly toned, edgeworn, and dust-soiled, with a few faint, scattered stains; terminal leaf showing tears and numerous creases; contents quite fresh; Very Good, complete copy.

$1500.00

Postcards on Parade (Lettered Edition)

By ELMSLIE, Kenward (Book & Lyrics); Steven Taylor (music)

Flint: Bamberger Books, 1993. First, Limited Edition. Paperback. A late dramatic work by Elmslie (b. 1929), best known as a central figure in the New York East-Side poetry scene of the Sixties, during which time he edited and published Z, the seminal journal of the New York School poets including James Schuyler, Joe Brainerd, John Ashbery et al. The current work - a musical, described in Playbill as "...a surreal show, about a postcard collector who deals with personal loss by seeing postcards come to life" - was produced for the stage in 2000 but ended up being canceled while still in rehearsals. Letter "L" of twenty-six copies, signed, hand-numbered, and with an original postcard collage in rear envelope (the artwork with matching number and signature). Octavo (23cm); pictorial card wrappers; 138pp. A fine, unread copy.

$250.00

Krkavci: Komedie o Trech Dejstvích [The Ravens]

By BARTOŠ, Jan; [Jindrich Štyrsky, cover design]

[Praha: Vydal Devetsil, 1924]. Second Edition. Paperback. Slim octavo (22cm.); publisher's white pictorial wrappers, yapp edges; 61pp. Wrappers rather chipped and worn, especially along spine, repaired shallow loss at bottom edge of upper cover, general dust-soil, some foxing to rear cover, textblock slightly toned, else Good to Very Good. Earliest edition of the author's first play to be issued by the leading Czech avant-garde publishing house Devetsil, upper cover designed by the prolific Surrealist artist Jindrich Štyrsky. OCLC locates one copy in the United States as of November, 2018, at the NYPL.

$125.00

Milenci: Hra o Trech Dejstvích [The Lovers]

By BARTOŠ, Jan; [Jindrich Štyrsky, cover design]

[Praha: Vydal Devetsil, 1924]. Second Edition. Paperback. Slim octavo (22cm.); publisher's white pictorial wrappers printed in orange, yapp edges; 48pp. Wrappers rather chipped and worn, rear cover separated but present, the whole rather dust-soiled; Good overall, though internally about fine. This edition issued by the leading Czech avant-garde publishing house Devetsil, upper cover designed by the prolific Surrealist artist Jindrich Štyrsky. OCLC locates one copy in the United States as of November, 2018, at the Getty.

$125.00

La Almoneda del Diablo

By POSADA, José Guadalupe, cover illus

Mexico: A. Vanegas Arroyo, n.d., but after 1917. Reprint. Paperback. 12mo (14.5cm.); publisher's pictorial self-wrappers printed in black; 9pp. Minor toning, else Near Fine. Cover illustration signed by Posada in image. Forms part of the series Galeria Infantil de Teatro. Presumed reprint, the rear cover advertisements for the estate of Vanegas Arroyo, who died in 1917.

$250.00

Buchanan Dying: A Play [Review Copy]
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Buchanan Dying: A Play [Review Copy]

By UPDIKE, John

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing, a review copy, with the publisher's typed slip and promotional author photograph laid in. Octavo; dark brown cloth, with titles stamped in silver and gilt on spine and front cover; dark gray topstain; dustjacket; x,262,[6]pp. Hint of foxing to text edges, else very Near Fine in a Near Fine, lightly shelfworn dustjacket, with faint pencil price beneath printed price on front flap.

$45.00

Break-Up
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Break-Up

By KROG, Helge; Margaret Linge, trans

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, [1939]. First Thus. Paperback. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's tan card wrappers printed in red and black, French flaps; 95pp. Some dust-soil, shallow crease at bottom fore-edge corner of upper cover, else Very Good and sound. Separate edition of Norwegian playwright Krog's interwar play first published as "Opbrudd" in 1936. Though considered by some to be the finest Norwegian realist theater of the decade, a critic described the English production as "pretentious nonsense" (cf. J.P. Wearing, "The London Stage, 1940-1949," p. 365).

$25.00

Kaleidoscope [Signed]
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Kaleidoscope [Signed]

By BRADBURY, Ray

Woodstock, IL: The Dramatic Publishing Company, [1984]. Paperback. One-act stage play based on Bradbury's story which appeared in book format in 1951 (The Illustrated Man). Slim octavo (18.5cm); stapled card wrappers; 40pp. Signed by the author on the title page. Pinpoint wear to lower right corner of front wrapper, small price-sticker to rear wrapper, else very Near Fine.

$125.00

The Flying Machine [Signed]
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The Flying Machine [Signed]

By BRADBURY, Ray

Woodstock, IL: The Dramatic Publishing Company, 1981. First Edition Thus. Paperback. Stage play based on Bradbury's 1953 short story set in ancient China. Slim octavo (18.5cm); stapled card wrappers; 22,[2]pp. Signed by the author (in ink) on the title page. A few faint creases to wrappers, else Near Fine.

$125.00

To The Chicago Abyss [Signed]
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To The Chicago Abyss [Signed]

By BRADBURY, Ray

Woodstock, IL: The Dramatic Publishing Company, 1988. First Edition Thus. Paperback. Re-issue of Bradbury's 1963 play set in Chicago after a brutal holocaust, where an aging man is hunted by police for the criminal act of reminding people about "the good old days." Slim octavo (18.25cm); stapled card wrappers; 45,[3]pp. Signed by the author (in ink) on the title page. A Fine copy.

$125.00

Letters to Vernon Watkins
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Letters to Vernon Watkins

By THOMAS, Dylan

New York: New Directions, 1957. First American Edition. Hardcover. Cloth boards (hardcover); dustjacket; 145pp. Brief ownership signature to front endpaper, a trace of wear to bottom board edges, else a tight, unmarked copy. In unclipped jacket, lightly rubbed and edgeworn; Near Fine.

$25.00

The Beard [Signed]
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The Beard [Signed]

By MCCLURE, Michael

San Francisco: Coyote, 1967. First Edition. Paperback. Signed copy of McClure's provocative play, with an introduction by Norman Mailer. First Printing, trade issue, one of 4,060 copies. Octavo; illustrated wrappers designed by Wes Wilson; [iv],82,[10]pp. Signed by the author on the title page. Light wear to extremities, some gentle sunning to front wrapper, with faint, scattered foxing to wrappers; Very Good+.

$75.00

An Evening's Journey to Conway, Massachusetts: An Outdoor Play
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An Evening's Journey to Conway, Massachusetts: An Outdoor Play

By MacLEISH, Archibald

[Northampton, MA: Gehenna Press, 1967]. First Edition. Paperback. Large octavo (25.5cm.); publisher's plain blue-grey stitched wrappers in matching paper-covered slipcase; [2],20pp. Slipcase a bit toned and lighty soiled, else Near Fine. "Written for the Bicentennial of the Town of Conway, 1767-1967."

$30.00

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