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HIS MAJESTY THE AMERICAN: THE FILMS OF DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, Sr. by Tibbetts, John C.;Welsh, James Michael.

Hardcover First Edition in black hardcovers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by A. S. Barnes & Company, New York in 1977. Dimensions: 28.5cm x 22cm approx.

A comprehensive look at Fairbanks and his films.

223 pages with numerous black and white photographs.

Condition: Dustcover has a fair bit of wear and some tears to the edges. Hardcovers good. Internal pages good with some light yellowing to extreme edges and a slight crease to the last few pages. Binding tight.

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"WHERE'S THE DOG?" by David Young. 1994.

Hardcover First Edition in glossy hardcover with origina dustcover, published by Obelisk Publications, Exeter in 1994. Dimensions: 25cm x 18cm approx.

A rather fascinating book that follows the travels of veteran TV presenter David Young around the South West of England. A great book for anyone who loves the South West, written with humour. We have two copies of this book on offer - both signed. One is signed to the first title page whilst the other is signed to the second title page.

95 pages with numerous black and white photographs.

Condition:  Both copies fine in fine dustcovers (though one dustcover is price clipped). Internal pages excellent. Bindings tight.

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"FOREVER AMBRIDGE - Twenty-five Years of 'The Archers' by Norman Painting. 1975.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Michael Joseph, London in 1975. Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

A fascinating book for any "Archers" fan with some unique insights into the programme and its development.

253 pages with 33 black and white plates.

Condition:  Good in Good dustcover. Dustcover has some fading, light creasing and a small closed tear to the bottom of the front cover. Hardcover has some fading and minor rubbing. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"COMEDY QUEENS OF THE GEORGIAN ERA" by John Fyvie. 1906.

Hardcover First Edition (Second Impression) in decorated red cloth covers, published by Archibold Constable and Company, Ltd, London in 1906.

"...a series of biographical sketches of some of the most prominent English comedy actresses of the Georgian period." Actresses included are: Lavinia Fenton, Charlotte Charke, Catherine Clive, Margaret Woffington, George Anne Bellamy, Frances Abington, Sophia Baddeley, Elizabeth Farren, Mary Robinson, Mary Sumbel, Dora Jordan, and Harriot Mellon.

445 hand cut and untrimmed pages with 8 black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good.
Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Corners slightly bumped. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Slight damage and small area of loss to front free endpaper. Other internal pages good with some yellowing and very minor foxing.

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"TRAGEDY QUEENS OF THE GEORGIAN ERA" by John Fyvie. 1909.

Hardcover Second Edition in red hardcover, published by Methuen & Co, London in 1909. Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx.

A series of "biographical sketches [that] cover the entire era of the great players, and include every prominent and representative tragedy actress who trod on the English stage during the Georgian period." Actresses included are: Elizabeth Barry, Anne Bracegirdle, Anne Oldfield, Mary Porter, Susannah Maria Cibber, Hannah Pritchard, Mary Ann Yates, Anne Crawford, Elizabeth Pope, Elizabeth Inchbald, Sarah Siddons, Julia Glover, and Eliza O'Neill.

316 hand cut and untrimmed pages with 16 black and white plates.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Corners slightly bumped. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just some yellowing.

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"BEHIND THE SCREEN - How Films are Made" Edited by Stephen Watts.  1938.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcovers, published by Arthur Barker, Ltd, London in 1938.  Dimensions: 20cm x 14cm approx. 

An interesting and scarce compilation of pieces on film making by various authors and covering all the facets of film making.

176 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings.  Covers have some wear/rubbing/marking/fading.  Internal pages good with some minor yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"THE PUPPET THEATRE HANDBOOK"  by Marjorie Batchelder. 1948.

Hardcover First Edition in orange cloth cover, published by Herbert Jenkins, Ltd, London in 1948.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx. 

An extremely comprehensive guide to the the puppet theatre that includes chapters on "The Puppet Theatre and is Uses", "Planning the Puppet Show", "Puppet Construction", "Puppet Stages" and much more. The book really covers every aspect of putting on Puppet Shows and goes into considerable detail on puppet construction including detailed diagrams to work from.

295 pages with numerous black and white illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings that has been rebound for library use.  Gutters reinforced in a number of places.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to the cloth covers.  Internal pages good with some light wear and yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"FOOTNOTES TO THE FILM" Edited by Charles Davy.  1938.

Hardcover Edition in printed hardcovers, published by The Readers' Union, Ltd, London in 1938.  Dimensions: 20cm x 14cm approx. 

An extremely interesting compilation of pieces on film making by Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Donat, Graham Greene, Alexander Korda, and others. In four parts: "Studio Work: How to a Film is Made", "Screen Material: Help from other Arts", "Film Industry Problems", and "Films and the Public".

334 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:   Reasonably Good.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings.  Spine cracked at front hinge.  Covers have some minor wear/marking.  Internal pages good with some minor yellowing.  Binding tight.

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"FILMCRAFT" by Adrian Brunel.  1935.

Hardcover First Edition (First Re-print) in brown cloth covers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by George Newnes, Ltd, London in 1935.  Dimensions: 18.5cm x 12cm approx. 

A fascinating look at the techniques of film making during the 1930's. Includes chapters on the "Scenario", "Production", "Editing", "Shooting Script of a Silent Film" and much more.

238 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Spine cracked at front hinge.  Dustcover covered in plastic and has therefore remained good. Internal pages good with some minor yellowing. Binding tight.

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"THE CINEMA - Historical, Technical, and Bibliographical. A Survey for Librarians and Students" by M. Jackson-Wrigley and Eric Leyland.  1939.

Hardcover First Edition in orange cloth covers, published by Grafton & Co, London in 1939.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An interesting look at numerous areas of film including the rise of the film industry, production, colour film, film in relation to education plus a comprehensive bibliography of film that also includes a list of film periodicals.

198 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with some minor yellowing and light foxing to extreme edges. Binding tight.

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"THE MOVIES THAT CAME FROM AMERICA" by Gilbert Seldes. With a preface by Charlie Chaplin.  1937.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by B. T. Batsford, Ltd, London in 1937.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A fascinating look at world Film up to 1937. Colour frontispiece of early Walt Disney cartoon plus numerous black and white plates.

120 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Spine slightly skewed with a number of pages reinforced to the gutter. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with some minor yellowing and some wear. Binding tight.

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"FILMS - Facts and Forecasts" by L'Estrange Fawcett.  1927.

Hardcover First Edition in mauve cloth covers, published by Geoffrey Bless, London in 1927.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A fascinating look at world Film up to 1927. Includes coverage of the history and future of film, British film, film and politics, Charles Chaplin and much, much more. Frontispiece photograph of Charlie Chaplin and the author plus numerous other black and white plates.

277 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good.  Ex-Library copy with normal library markings.  Spine cracked at title page.  Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers.  Internal pages good with some minor yellowing and some minor foxing to extreme page edges.  Binding tight.

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"WHO NEEDS THEATRE - Dramatic Opinions"  by Robert Brustein. 1989.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Faber and Faber, London in 1989.    Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx. 

A collection of the finest essays by American critic, actor and teacher, Brustein.  The book answers the question posed by the title.  A fascinating book for lovers of the theatre.

234 pages.

Condition:  Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing to dustcover and cloth covers. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"THE FILM TILL NOW - A Survey of World Cinema" by Paul Rotha.  1949.

Hardcover Edition in green cloth covers with black cloth spine, published by Vision, London in 1949.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx. 

A large and quite fascinating look at world Cinema up to 1949. Includes a large selection of black and white photographs. The photographs are mainly stills from movies including some of the all-time classics such as "The Birth of a Nation", "Metropolis", "Dracula", "All Quiet on the Western Front" and numerous others.

755 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"21 - The Life and Times of New York's Favorite Club"  by Marilyn Kaytor.  1975.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Viking Press, New York in 1975.    Dimensions: 26cm x 20.5cm approx. 

A well illustrated volume which tells the story of the "21" club in New York - from it's origins as a "speak-easy" to it's status as "the place to be seen" in New York.

176 pages with numerous black and white photographs and a number of "21" recipes to the rear.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to dustcover (which has a small tear to the top of the front cover) and cloth covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"THE ENGLISH STAGE - Being an Account of the Victorian Drama"  by Augustin Filon.  1897.

Hardcover First UK Edition in red cloth covers, published by John Milne, London in 1897.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16cm approx. 

A rather interesting look at the Victorian drama, translated from the French by Frederick Whyte. Has a contemporary review of the book pasted to the front free endpaper.

319 untrimmed pages.

Condition:  A bit tatty. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking and particularly fading to covers which have some damage to corners and spine covering. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Preliminary pages very yellowed and endpapers rather brittle. Internal pages good if yellowed. Binding tight.

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"NEW THEATRES FOR OLD"  by Mordecai Gorelik.  1947.

Hardcover First UK Edition in blue cloth covers, published by Dennis Dobson, Ltd, London in 1947.  Dimensions: 23.55cm x 16cm approx. 

The first volume in the publisher's "International Library of the Theatre and Cinema" written by "a practising man of the theatre, and furthermore one associated with the highest artistic level yet reached in American Theatre."

553 pages with numerous black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Spine covering coming away from binding and spine cracked at title page. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Frontispiece loose. Internal pages good with some edge wear. Binding tight.

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"LEIGH HUNT'S DRAMATIC CRITICISM 1808-1831"  Edited by Lawrence Huston Houtchens and Carolyn Washburn Houtchens.  1950.

Hardcover Edition in burgundy cloth covers, published by Geoffrey Cumberlege, London in 1950.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16cm approx. 

A collection of Leigh Hunt's previously uncollected essays on the drama - primarily his theatrical reviews but also including comments on musical entertainment.

347 pages with black and white frontispiece portrait of Hunt.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed.   Binding tight.

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"PARTIES OF THE PLAY"  by Ivor Brown.  1928.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by Ernest Brown, Ltd, London in 1928.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx. 

An interesting volume on the Theatre based on five lectures given at the University of Liverpool in the winter of 1926 under the Shute lectureship in "The Art of the Theatre".

192 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers and spine. Corners bumped. Spine slightly soft. Internal pages good with some yellowing. Binding tight.

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"DESIGNING AND PAINTING SCENERY FOR THE THEATRE"  by Harald Melvill.  1948.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by The Art Trade Press, Ltd, London in 1948.  Dimensions: 25cm x 19cm approx. 

An interesting volume on designing painting and decorating stage scenery for the theatre.

99 pages with numerous black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been re-bound for library use. Hinges taped. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed with some wear. Binding tight.

Postage:  UK First: £2.90, US Airmail: £7.00, Europe Airmail: £4.00, US Surface Mail: £3.90

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"THE RESTORATION COURT STAGE (1660-1702) with a Particular Account of the Production of Calisto"  by Eleanore Boswell.  1932.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by Harvard University Press, Massachusetts in 1932.  Dimensions: 20cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A interesting volume based mainly on materials from the Accounts of His Majesty's Office of Works and the records of the Lord Chamberlain's Department. The book is split into three main parts dealing with: "Court Theatres", "Maintenance and Production" and "Calisto".

370 pages with colour frontispiece illustration and 9 black and white illustrations.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"DESIGNING FOR THE STAGE"  by Doris Zinkeisen.  1945.

Hardcover First Edition (first re-print) in brown cloth covers, published by "The Studio", London in 1945.  Dimensions: 24cm x 19cm approx. 

An unusual volume that covers a variety of subjects linked to costume and scenery design for the theatre. More unusual are the illustrations which have been separately printed on glossy paper and then pasted in.

79 pages with 46 black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been re-bound for library use. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed with some wear. Binding tight.

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"ON ACTORS AND THE ART OF ACTING"  by George Henry Lewes.  1875.

Hardcover Second Edition in green cloth covers, published by Smith, Elder & Co, London in 1875.  Dimensions: 19.5cm x 13cm approx. 

A rather interesting look at actors and acting from a 19th Century perspective. The volume looks in particular at Edmund Kean, Charles Kean, Rachel, Macready, Farren, Charles Mathews, Frederic Lemaitre, and the Two Keeleys.

278 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking to covers which have some damage to corners and spine covering. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed with a few minor pencil markings. Binding tight.

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"THE ROMANCE OF THE ENGLISH THEATRE"  by Donald Brook.  1947.

Hardcover First Edition (Fourth impression) in red cloth covers, published by Rockliff, London in 1947.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A concise history of English theatre from the earliest times and first professionals to the "modern theatre".

208 pages with numerous black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has probably been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed. Binding tight.

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"STAGECRAFT FROM THE STAGE DIRECTOR'S POINT OF VIEW"  by Hal D. Stewart.  1949.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers, published by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd, London in 1949 in their "Theatre and Stage" series.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14cm approx. 

An interesting and useful volume covering Design, Scenery, Furnishings, Costume, Lighting, Effects, Stage Management, and Festivals. Well illustrated with black and white photographs and drawings.

237 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has probably been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed. Binding tight.

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"THE OXFORD AMATEURS - A History of the Theatricals at the University"  by Alan Mackinnon.  1910.

Hardcover First Edition in gilt embossed blue cloth cover, published by Chapman and Hall, Ltd, London in 1910.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15.5cm approx. 

A very interesting volume about the history of the amateur theatrical tradition at Oxford University. The book focuses mainly on the mid to late 19th Century.

309 pages with numerous black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and in a number of places internally. Internal pages fairly good with some yellowing and foxing throughout. A few of the hand trimmed pages have some wear/chipping to the edges and are poorly cut. Binding tight.

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