MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. Presentation Copy & Cast Photo Album.London: Faber And Faber, 1935.
1st Edition. OUTSTANDING ELIOT PRESENTATION COPY WITH ORIGINAL CAST PHOTO ALBUM. First [complete] edition published June 13th, 1935 - Preceded in May, 1935, only by the abbreviated wrappered Acting Edition. 8vo. pp87. A fine copy in original gilt-lettered purple boards *. The very good dustwrapper showing a 3/8" chip at the upper spine margin of the rear panel. This special copy inscribed TO THE FIRST LEADER OF THE CHORUS OF CANTERBURY WOMEN on the occasion of the first performance ever of the play, June 19th, 1935. " To / Miss Beverly Primrose Wells / from T.S. Eliot / June 15-22, 1935" - the first production week. With, THE ORIGINAL CAST PHOTO ALBUM FOR THE PERFORMANCE. 4to. Decorative brown cord tied card covered portrait album (slightly bowed, hand-lettered in blue & showing light use) produced & supplied by W. Fisk-Moore, Photographers, The Studio, Canterbury, containing 16 original 3" x 5" black & white portraits - one of which appears in Peter Ackroyd's, T .S . Eliot / A Life (Photo #40, Robert Speaight as Beckett). Inscribed on the first fly, " From the leader of/ the Chorus of Canterbury Women - / from the First Production/ of "Murder in the Cathedral" / performed in Canterbury/ Cathedral - England - under / The Direction of T.S. Eliot / Beverly Primrose Wells / Beverly Primrose Lowe." Further, Ms. Wells has signed three of the photos at her appearance. Perhaps 10 or 15 albums were produced for key cast & management of which very few other copies if any survive today. An interesting & unique presentation. Ms. Wells had her copy with her for more than 50 years. [ * Curiously, pages 85-87 & two final blanks of four, trimmed 1/4" short at the bottom, yet with the page numbers properly lined-up - a fact unobserved by Gallop [A29b] but possibly an early issue point as this copy is likely one of the earliest available]. Custom half red calf clamshell case, with black leather labels lettered in gilt.
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