The Oxford Companion to the Theatre
1951, fine full leather prize binding from RAF Halton
First edition, hardback, rebound in full leather as an RAF prize, with gilt decoration and contrasting title label to spine, and the RAF eagle and station name (Halton) to the upper board. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers. 23.5 × 16cm, xi + 888pp.
Not signed as such but this book was an RAF prize and has a prize label to the ffep. It is signed by the station commander who was Air Vice-Marshall Sir John Gerard Willsley Weston. He had been a high-ranking signals officer for the RAF in the Second World War and went on to become the deputy head of MI6.
An alphabetical study of the theatre from Ivar Aasen to Karl Zuckmayer, and also has a useful bibliography at the rear.
An attractive copy of this book, there is some light bumping and scarping to the leather and a dry waterstain to the bottom edge of the rear board. Light spotted foxing to the endpapers and some folding at the corners, but otherwise a handsome copy.
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