George Bernard Shaw Dramatic Works 1920's beautiful set of 11 leather booksBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
George Bernard Shaw- Dramatic Works- Plays- Saint Joan-Pleasant & Unpleasant- Heartbreak House.
Unique and attractive group of eleven (11) fine early 20th century books by G. Bernard Shaw. All appear to be early printings somewhat near to original publication date (but majority seemingly not First editions).
Each book separately issued by diff. publishers and then slightly later uniformly bound by an early sophisticated collector.
All in lovely c.90-100 year old English stamped half leather bindings. All bindings "gilt stamp signed" by Hatchard's of Picadilly, London, likely mid-to late 1920's-early 1930's.
Raised bands, spines lettered with compartments gilt ruled in outline, each spine with year of publication gilt stamped at base. Marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
Beautiful shelf appearance.
Minor light small signs of handling and age, inoffensive scattered small patches of sun fading or slight discoloration to some covers along extremities or joints. Spines all uniformly pleasingly age mellowed to light chocolate brown color typical of dark green leather (notoriously light sensitive over time). At times minor light scattered foxing to text block paper. Attractive early owner's custom bookplates to paste downs.
Beautiful age patina individually and as a set, any flaws easy to forgive visually.
Titles in this group are:
Misalliance, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Fanny's First Play. With a Treatise on Parents and Children, 1914, Constable and Company Ltd.
Man and Superman. A Comedy and a Philosophy, 1922, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
Androcles and the Lion, Overruled, Pygmalion, 1923, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
The Doctor's Dilemma, Getting Married, & The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet, 1921, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
Heartbreak House, Great Catherine, and Playlets of the War, 1920, Constable and Company Ltd.
Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant. The First Volume, Containing the Three Unpleasant Plays, 1922, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant. The Second Volume, Containing the Four Pleasant Plays, 1923, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
John Bull's Other Island and Major Barbara: also How He Lied to Her Husband, 1921, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
Saint Joan: a Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue, 1924, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
Three Plays for Puritans: The Devil's Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Captain Brassbound's Conversion, 1922, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
Back to Methuselah. A Metabiological Pentateuch, 1922, London, Constable and Company Ltd.
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Books measure: 7" H X 5 1/4" W.
Set along shelf measures: 14 5/8".