1955. A typed carbon typescript of an early version of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, written between December of 1954 and 1955 in the lead-up to pre–Broadway tryout in Philadelphia. It incorporates the edits made by Williams in a collection of revisions dated "9 December 1954" (Currently housed at the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection, Butler Library, Columbia University): Big Daddy’s appearance in Act III, Brick’s admittance "I might be impotent, Maggie", and the inclusion of Big Daddy’s "elephant joke" (which was later replaced by the famous "mendacity" speech. Very good and extremely rare - only 7 typescripts of this version are known to exist, most in wraps from the Liebling-Wood agency. Quarto, 120 pages. In leatherette wrap bound with brads, and final title "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" in silver lettering. Label in upper left for Hart Stenographic Bureau. Chipping to bottom right edge/corner of front cover and head/tail of spine, a closed tear near "Hart" label, and a two-inch closed tear along hinge at bottom of the front corner. Some minor age-toning to edges and titlepage. Also includes the playbill for the second week of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof's initial Broadway run at the Morosco Theatre. The play premiered March 24th, 1955, and the first playbill was of the week of March 21. The bill included is from the "Week beginning Monday, March 28, 1955" (stated on page 21 of the playbill). Octavo, 36 pages. Very good condition. There is some minor wear to the spine, mild age-toning, an 1.4-inch closed tear near the tail of the spine.; CX Consignment; shelved case 0.
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New York: Brentano's, 1924. First American Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 126 pages; VG-/none; bound in publisher's black cloth, faded titling to spine, dull gilt titling to front cover; George Gershwin's copy with his ownership signature on pencil on the front endpaper; Herschel Brickell's review newspaper clipping to ffep, offsetting to front pastedown and endpaper; CX consignment; shelved case 3.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 157 pages; VG/VG; spine red with yellow titling; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$2.50', mild wear to extremities; Signed by nearly the entire original cast and Richard Rogers, being 64 total signatures. The signatures are on the first 8 pages, extending from the front pastedown through the title page, plus the half-title and one rear endpaper. Richard Rogers Signature is alone on the title page.; There are very few hints as to the recipient of this book, but multiple inscriptions begin "To Ray," one inscription reads "Wishing you a happy future "Professor" Ray", one inscription reads "Here's to future shows together," and one names the recipients as "Ray + Julia Humphries." While we can only postulate, there was a Julia Humphries and a Ray Harrison in the original cast, neither of whom signed this book.; With an Autograph Letter Signed from Agnes de Mille, the director and choreographer, on her letterhead, reading "The performance I saw this afternoon was 100% better than the one I saw last, particularity in all the ___ scene which were thoughtful, restrained, pointed and true. I was very impressed and grateful. A. de Mille". There is no recipient. There is small smudging to the lower left edge, and a horizontal and vertical fold.; With a Typed Letter Signed by Helen Hayes, on her letterhead, dated May 14, 1948, reading "Dear Allegro Cast: On my own behalf and that of Sydenham Hospital, I want to thank you most sincerely for your aid and generosity in connection with the dinner on April 28 given in honor of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. With Every good wish, I am Cordially Yours, Helen Hayes." With three horizontal and one vertical folds.; CX consignment; shelved case 3.
New York: Random House, 1935. Limited Edition, #54/250. Quarto, 559 pages; VG; bound in publisher's full red morocco, mild wear, primarily to hinges, lacking original leather labels; spine slightly darkened; housed in scarce straw-covered slipcase, mild wear and rubbing, some loss to straw at extremities; signed limited edition, number 54 of 250 copies, signed by George and Ira Gershwin, librettist DuBose Heyward and director Rouben Mamoulian; CX consignment; shelved case 0.
[London]: Printed by Richard Bishop [and Robert Young], and are to be sold by Andrew Crooke, in St. Paules, Church-yard, 1640/1641. Second Folio Printing. Folios, 2 volumes; VG; rebacked with new calf spines, burgundy labels with gilt lettering, previous boards preserved; marbled endpapers; both volumes have previous owners name and information on sfep; For volume 1, the subsidiary plays each have separate dated title pages. That to "Poëtaster" has imprint "London, printed by Robert Young. M.DC.XL.". "Epigrammes" begins new pagination and register; otherwise pagination and register are continuous. Most of the parts have special title page with imprint: London, Printed by R. Bishop, 1640. "Poëtaster" has title page with imprint: "London, Printed by Robert Young, M.DC.XL.".; The title page is engraved and signed "Guliel[mus] Hole fecit".; Signatures: A-Kkk6 Lll4; 2A-2T6.; For volume 2, it consists of two volumes, 2 and 3, the former intended as a continuation of the first volume published in 1615. Vol. 2 was edited by the author, vol. 3 by Sir Kenelm Digby. The three plays comprising volume 2 ("Bartholmew [sic] Fayre", "The Diuell is an asse", and "The staple of nevves") each have separate title page with imprint "... printed by I[ohn]. B[eale]. for Robert Allot ... 1631"; "; Signatures: A6 B-M4 Aa-Cc4 2D-H4 2I6 N-Y4 Vol. 3 B-Q4, R2, S-X4, Y2, Z4, Aa-Oo4, Pp2, Qq4, 2A-K4, 2L2, 2M-R4, 3A-P4, 3Q2, 3R-V4. Closed tear to L4; CK consignment; shelved case 0.