A Collection

Edward Albee, American playwright, was a three time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a three time Tony Award winner (including one for Lifetime Achievement, 2005), with a career that spanned nearly half a century. This collection was meticulously assembled by a principal of the estimable Dodd, Mead publishing house. Included are more than 50 signed or inscribed items; dozens of first editions (many signed or inscribed); a dozen or so playscripts (and one filmscript), many with textual differences from the published editions; dozens of acting editions (many signed or inscribed); a dozen photostats of Al Hirschfeld's drawings of cast members; dozens of Playbills and programs, many for opening night or a preview performance; more than a half dozen window cards for performances; a handful of original photographs of cast members; other assorted ephemera including reviews and articles. Most of the first editions and associated editions are housed in custom cases. An overview of the collection is given below; a more expansive inventory is available in hard copy. The asking price for the collection is $20,000.

  • All Over. Photocopied script in black binder, August-November, 1970, with textual differences from published version. Photocopied script in blue binder, August-November 1970, inscribed. First edition, 1971, inscribed. Acting edition, 1971, inscribed. Paperback edition, 1974. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of the original 1971 Broadway cast. Window card for the original 1971 New York production. Playbill for the opening night performance, with NYT review laid in. One program and one Playbill for later productions.
  • The American Dream. First edition, 1961, signed. Paperback, 1961, signed. First appearance, in Mademoiselle, 1960.
  • The American Dream, The Death of Bessie Smith, Fam and Yam. Acting edition, 1962, signed. Note: first book publication of Fam and Yam.
  • The American Dream and The Sandbox. First mass market paperback, 1963.
  • The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, The Box. First edition, 1963, signed. Paperback edition, with white lettering, 1963, signed. Paperback edition, with orange lettering, 1963, signed. Acting edition, 1963, signed. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of the original 1963 Broadway cast. Playbill for the 1963 premiere. Program for a later production.
  • Box and Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. Photocopied script, 1968, in green binder and custom clamshell box: substantial differences between this script and the published version. First edition, 1969, signed review copy. Acting edition, 1969, signed. Paperback edition, 1970. Program for the March 6 premiere. Playbill for the Broadway premiere on September 30.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's. 1966. Albee's attempt to fix failing musical: loose photocopies of all version of the script on hand at the NYPL, with a letter from Albee granting permission for duplication. Abbreviated Playbill.
  • The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Volume 1, 1958-1965. First edition, 2004.
  • The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Volume 2, 1966-1977. First edition, 2005.
  • The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Volume 3, 1978-2003. First edition, 2005. Note: first appearance in print of Knock! Knock! Who's There? and Occupant.
  • Counting the Ways and Listening. First edition, 1977, inscribed. Acting edition, 1978, inscribed. Program for the world premiere, 1977, and the New York premiere, 1993. Photograph of three cast members, 1977.
  • A Delicate Balance. Pulitzer Prize winner. Photocopied script, 1966, in black binder and custom clamshell case. First edition, 1966, signed. Acting edition, 1967, inscribed in 1980. Later acting edition, inscribed. Paperback edition, 1967. Paperback edition, 2014. Two Hirschfeld drawings, 8" x 10" photostats, one of 1966 cast members, one of 1996 cast members. Two photographs of cast members from the 1996 production. Program for a preview of the 1966 Broadway production; Playbill and souvenir program for the original Broadway production; one program and two Playbills for later productions. 1966 Life magazine article on Albee.
  • Everything in the Garden. Photocopied script, in blue binder. First edition, 1968, signed. Acting edition, 1986, signed. Paperback edition, 1969. Playbill for the 1967 Broadway premiere. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of 1967 Broadway cast members.
  • Fam and Yam. First published in Harper's Bazaar, 1960.
  • Finding the Sun. Acting edition, 1994, signed. First published in Antaeus and Plays in One Act, each 1991.
  • Fragments. First edition, 1993, signed. Program for the 1994 premiere.
  • The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? Tony Award. First edition, 2003, signed. Paperback edition, 2005. Acting edition. Two Playbills, March and November, 2002. Window card for the original Broadway production. 2001 New York Post article.
  • The Lady from Dubuque. Photocopied script, 1977, in black binder. Another copy of the script, unbound, sourced from Albee's agent in 1980, 11 days after the play opened, and showing excised speeches and minor additions. First edition, 1980, inscribed. Acting edition, inscribed. Playbills for opening night on Broadway and the first post-Broadway production. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of the 1980 Broadway cast members. Two photographs of cast members. Window card from the original Broadway production. Two reviews: Time and People.
  • Lolita. Acting edition, 1984, signed. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of the 1981 Broadway cast members. Playbills: opening night in Boston (January, 1981); Boston, February, 1981; preview performance on Broadway and opening night on Broadway (both March, 1981). Window card for the original Broadway production. New York Magazine article.
  • Malcolm. First edition, with erratum slip, 1966, signed. Acting edition, 1966, inscribed. Two Playbills: Broadway preview and Broadway premiere.
  • The Man Who Had Three Arms. Photocopied script in black binder, 1982. Playbill for opening night on Broadway, 1983. Window card for the original Broadway production.
  • Marriage Play. Acting edition, 1994, signed. Program for the New York premiere, 1993.
  • Me, Myself and I. Acting edition. Playbill for the New York premiere, 2010.
  • Occupant. Acting edition. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of Anne Bancroft in the 2002 production, which never officially opened due to Bancroft's illness. Playbill for the 2002 production, signed. Playbill for the 2008 production. 2001 New York Post article.
  • Peter and Jerry (At Home at the Zoo). Acting edition. Program for the world premiere, 2004, signed. Playbill for the New York premiere, 2007. New York Times 2004 review.
  • The Play About the Baby. Acting edition, 2002, signed. First edition, 2003, signed. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of 2001 cast members. Program for the 1998 world premiere in London, 1998; Playbill for the 2000 U.S. premiere in Houston, with press kit; Playbill for the 2001 New York premiere; reviews in New York Magazine and New York Times, 2001.
  • The Plays: Volumes One, Two, Three, and Four. First editions, 1981-1982.
  • The Sandbox and The Death of Bessie Smith (with Fam and Yam). First mass market paperback, 1963; first Plume paperback, 1988.
  • Seascape. Pulitzer Prize. Two photocopied scripts in black binders: one with a handwritten "3" and a dedication page. First edition, 1975, inscribed; two copies. Acting edition, 1975, inscribed. Book Club edition. Two photographs of cast members in the 1975 Broadway production. Playbill for the opening night on Broadway, 1975. Program for a 2002 production. Playbill for the opening night of the 2005 revival. Window card for the 2005 production.
  • Selected Plays of Edward Albee. Book Club, no date, signed. Note: first publication of The Man Who Had Three Arms.
  • Three Tall Women. Pulitzer Prize. New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Photocopied script in mustard binder, signed by Albee and cast members. One word changed by hand on final page. A second copy of the script, without the word change. First edition, 1995, signed. Acting edition, 1994, signed. Book Club edition and paperback edition, 1995. Three photographs of cast members from the original 1994 production. Playbill for the New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre, 1994; Playbill for the 1994 production at the Promenade Theater. First published in American Theatre, 1994.
  • Tiny Alice. Mimeographed script, 1965, in black covers: with textual differences between this script and the published version. First edition, 1965, signed. Acting edition, 1965, signed. Paperback edition, 1966. Hirschfeld drawing, 8" x 10" photostat, of cast members in the original production. One Playbill page for a preview; Playbill for the opening night (December 29, 1964) on Broadway; Playbill for New York's Second Stage production, 2002.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tony Award. New York Drama Critics Circle Award. First edition, 1962, signed. Paperback edition, 1962, signed. Acting edition, inscribed. Paperback edition, 1963. Scribner Classics edition, 2002, signed. Script for the Warner Bros. film. Two Hirschfeld drawings: 8" x 10" photostats of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and two others in the film; Colleen Dewhurst in the 1976 Broadway revival. Playbills: opening night on Broadway, 1962; Broadway, 1963; 1976 Broadway revival; one-performance staged reading, 1999; opening night 2005 revival; opening night 2012 revival; also a program for a 1980 CT production. Window cards for the Broadway production (with replacement cast) and for the 2004 Broadway revival. Original Broadway cast recording: 4 LPs. Dramatists Guild Quarterly, 1962, with panel discussion on the play. Half dozen articles and reviews on the play, the film, the play's revival, and the 1999 one-person reading.
  • The Wounding: An Essay on Education. First edition, one of 250 hardcover copies signed; first edition, one of 250 copies in wrappers, signed. 1981.
  • The Zoo Story, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox. First edition, second issue dust jacket, 1960, signed. Paperback, 1960, inscribed. Program for the American premiere of The Zoo Story, January 14, 1960, double-billed with Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape; program for Players Theatre production, 1960. The Zoo Story's first publication in Evergreen Review; The Sandbox, first publication in Best Short Plays of 1959-1960.
  • The Zoo Story and The Sandbox. Acting edition, 1961, signed.
  • The Zoo Story and Other Plays. First British edition, 1962. Inscribed.
[#032842] $20,000

All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.

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