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Works By and About George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

"Hollywood is the most immoral place in the world. But you do not realize this, because the moment I use the word 'immoral,' every American begins to think of ladies' underclothing."
-- From The Political Madhouse in America and Nearer Home

"For his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty."
-- Citation for the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature

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Shaw, George Bernard. Advice to a Young Critic: Letters 1894-1928. London: Peter Owen, 1956. [First UK edition]. Yellow-lettered black cloth; just a touch rubbed at edges; boards splaying slightly. Black pictorial (Shaw) dust jacket, surface rubbed; a few short edge tears, and minor wear resulting in tiny chips at corners. Near fine, in very good dust jacket. A collection of letters from Shaw, most to critic and agent R.E. Golding Bright, discussing his plays, their production, and theatrical criticism.

[----- Another copy]. This one not splaying. Dust jacket more rubbed, and darkened on spine; rear panel dusty; corners and spine ends worn, lacking small chips. A fine volume in very good dust jacket.

Shaw, George Bernard. The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza. London: Constable and Company, 1930. [First edition]. A fine copy in original apple green cloth and plain grey-brown dust jacket printed in dark green. As nice a copy as one could hope for! While by no means a scarce title, it is not often found in this unusually fine condition.

[----- Another copy]. This one with endpapers and edges lightly foxed; covers very faintly sunned at edges; corners slightly bumped. Dust jacket evenly browned; a few closed edge tears and a couple tiny chips; a few small marks on front panel. Near fine.

Shaw, George Bernard. Buoyant Billions: A Comedy of No Manners In Prose. [London]: Constable & Co., 1949 [i.e.1950]. "Pictures by Clare Winsten." Parchment backed pictorial (Shaw and Winsten) cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; lightly foxed along top edge of front cover; folio. #373 of 1025 copies . A near fine copy.

Shaw, George Bernard. Everybody's Political What's What. London: Constable, 1944. First edition. Pencilled name and date on front endpaper. Contemporary Sunday Times review by A.L. Rowse laid in. Fine.

Shaw, George Bernard. Misalliance, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Fanny's First Play. London: Constable and Company, 1914. [First edition]. "With a Treatise on Parents and Children." Original apple green cloth lettered in gilt on spine, now somewhat soiled; corners bumped and spine ends creased, with minor fraying; ownership ink stamp on front endpaper; bookseller's label laid in at rear; endpapers and some pages "thumbed." A very good copy.

Shaw, George Bernard. My Dear Dorothea: A Practical System of Moral Education for Females Embodied in a Letter to a Young Person of That Sex. London: Phoenix House, 1956. First edition. "Illustrated by Clare Winsten with a note by Stephen Winsten." Original pictorial (Shaw and Dorothea) cream and rust boards; spine ends bumped; endpapers age-toned where not in contact with jacket; contents clean and tight. With matching price-clipped pictorial dust jacket; a bit worn at spine ends and corners; a touch of rubbing to spine; light dusting to rear panel. A fine volume in near fine dust jacket.

Shaw, George Bernard. Translations and Tomfooleries. London: Constable, 1926. First edition. Original apple green cloth, gilt-lettered on spine; fine and bright, with only minor edge foxing and tanning of endpapers where not in contact with dust jacket; ink number on front endpaper. Lacking top 2" of spine of dust jacket and internally reinforced at spine with archival tape, otherwise jacket is clean and intact.

Shaw, George Bernard. An Unfinished Novel. London: Constable; New York: Dodd, Mead, 1958. [First edition]. "Edited, with Introduction by Stanley Weintraub." One of 50 numbered copies for presentation (from and edition of 1025 copies) with, inexplicably, a small piece of paper tape covering "This copy is 7" statement. Original 1/2 brown cloth with marbled paper boards, lettered in gilt on spine; thin 2" glue streak on centre of rear cover at join of paper and cloth (binding fault); partial fading to 2" of red coloured top edge. Publisher's printed acetate dust jacket (often lacking) a little rubbed and lacking small chip at head of spine. A near fine copy.

Shaw, George Bernard. The Unprotected Child and the Law. [London]: The Six Point Group, [n.d., ca,1923]. [First separate edition]. Printed by the Women's Printing Society. Original printed grey wrappers, severely faded 2" across top of front panel and less so on rear; 8 pp.; staples rusted. A very good copy.

Elliot, Vivian (comp. and ed.). Dear Mr. Shaw: Selections from Bernard Shaw's Postbag. London: Bloomsbury, 1987. First edition. "Compiled and edited by Vivan Elliot. With an introduction by Michael Holroyd." A fine copy in red boards and pictorial (envelopes) dust jacket. Shaw's wit at its best, nicely illustrated and wonderfully introduced!

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Autograph Postcard Initialed. Note, postmarked Paris, 28 IV 1931, to Walter Rummel of Paris. On "Hotel Loti. 7et 9 Rue de Castiglione. Paris" photographic postcard.

Mrs. Shaw has upset all
our plans by going to bed with
a temperature. She will, I hope,
be up tomorrow and presentable and uninfectious the
day after: at any rate, we have committed
ourselves provisionally to a Thursday lunch. But
that will be the utmost she can do. Possibly,
however, I could take on Thursday afternoon
                                    singlehanded. G.B.S.
Text written across card; age-toned; vertical crease; postmark affecting text, including "G" of signature and adressee's name. Very good.

Personal "Compliments" Card. Light cream card (4-1/2" x 2-1/8"), printed in black "With Bernard Shaw's Compliments          * / Ayot St. Lawrence, Welwyn, Herts." and dated in Shaw's hand, "3/10/29". One corner bumped; lightly age-toned. Fine.
We'll never know what this accompanied, or to whom Shaw was sending it ...

Personal Note Paper. Unused sheet of "Ayot Saint Lawrence, Welwyn, Herts." notepaper headed "From Bernard Shaw"; cream light paper measuring 5" x 6"; a touch toned, yet clean and bright.

[Prospectus]. 30 Years with G.B.S. by Blanche Patch. 4 pp. Canadian (Burton's Limited, Montreal) folder advertising book by "Mr. Shaw's private secretary for the last 30 years of his life" on first 2 p., with publisher's ads for "The Works of George Bernard Shaw ... Standard Edition" on final 2 p.; GBS portrait on front. Horizontal folds rubbed; light wrinkling; 2 pencilled checkmarks within. Near fine.
Includes notation re Buoyant Billions : "It has been limited to one thousand numbered copies, of which only one hundred are available in Canada ..."

1911 G.B. Shaw Vanity Fair Vanity Fair Print. "G.B.S." August 16, 1911.

Vanity Fair Print. "Magnetic ..." December 28, 1905. 1905 G.B. Shaw Vanity Fair

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Broad, C. Lewis and Broad, Violet M. Dictionary to the Plays and Novels of Bernard Shaw. London: A. & C. Black, 1929. [First edition]. "With bibliography of his works and of the literature concerning him with a record of the principal Shavian play productions." Original brick red cloth, with blind stamped decoration (Shaw medalion) on front and gilt lettering on spine; 4 pp. publisher's ads at rear; tail of spine a touch creased. Light foxing to endpapers and adjacent leaves; small bookseller's label removed from rear pastedown. Cream pictorial (Shaw) dust jacket, a bit dusty; minor wear and light chipping at extremities. A fine volume in near fine dust jacket.

[----- Another copy]. This one in pinkish-red cloth; gilt lettering on faintly speckled spine now bronzed; some sunning at top edge, more so at spine ends; front cover bowed. Edges and pastedowns and a few pages faintly foxed. Defective dust jacket now soiled and edge worn, lacking several pieces, especially at spine ends; 1.5" label partially removed from now tanned and rubbed spine. A very good copy of this useful reference book.

Ervine, St John. Bernard Shaw: His Life, Work and Friends. London: Constable & Company, 1956. First edition. Illustrated with photographs of Shaw and his contemporaries. Original dark blue cloth, lightly speckled on gilt-lettered spine; lower corners bumped; faint scoring to front cover, now slightly bowed. Lower corner of preliminary leaves lightly creased; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy.

Hanley, Tullah Innes. The Strange Triangle of G.B.S. Boston: Bruce Humphries, 1956. [First edition]. Signed by the author on front endpaper . Original red boards, poorly but brightly lettered in gilt on spine; bright coloured pictorial dust jacket. A fine copy of this novel based on Shaw's relationship with the Charringtons, his leading lady and her husband.

Holroyd, Michael. Bernard Shaw: Volume I - 1856-1898, The Search for Love. London: Chatto & Windus, 1988. [First edition]. A fine copy in original black boards, and pictorial (young Shaw) dust jacket, a touch creased at spine ends and very lightly rubbed on rear panel.

Loewenstein, F.E. The Rehearsal Copies of Bernard Shaw's Plays. London: Reinhardt & Evans, 1950. [First edition]. Original printed lavender wrappers, a little soiled and faded at margins; back cover a little dog-eared with minor damage to top left corner. A fascinating census, surely a labour of love for the author.
Contains Shaw's preferatory note and his "Rhymed Prologue to Fanny's First Play". Shaw also revised the author's introduction.

Pearson, Hesketh. Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality. London: Collins, 1942. [First edition]. Illustrated with sepia photographs of Shaw and his contemporaries. Publisher's gilt-lettered deep red cloth, bumped at spine ends and a touch dusty; front cover slightly bowed; pages slightly age-toned. Brownish-red dust jacket, printed in yellow; a bit dusty overall; spine lightly sunned. A fine copy.

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