Signed by Nigel Playfair, this edition issued for his production at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
First edition. Hardback, bound in the original cloth boards with gilt titling to spine and upper board. Fore-edge untrimmed. 26 × 19cm, xxvii + 105pp.
This copy has been signed by Nigel Playfair to the ffep. There is also a newspaper clipping concerning Playfair tipped in, and a previous owner's signature from 1932, L H Sidwell, who I believe was something to do with London libraries.
This book was issued at the same time as Nigel Playfair's production of The Duenna at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith (Playfair was the managing director with Arnold Bennett as chairman). This copy is illustrated with the designs for costumes and scenery used in the production by George Sheringham. The book also reproduces facsimile title pages of early editions and playbills.
Good condition, with some wear. There is a slight lean to the spine and the corners are rubbed and the spine a little faded. The contents are in good condition with secure binding but with some tanning to the page edges and some light spots of blotchy foxing.