Best Edition Of Waiting For Godot

Danielle Fletcher
• Thursday, 14 January, 2021
• 11 min read

A very good minus, generally clean, original hard cover first edition SECOND PRINTING from “February, clvi”, of this British edition with minor shelf wear; binding solid, paper moderately yellowed with foxing to the endpapers and fore-edges. In a good, edge worn dust jacket with light surface soiling and minor yellowing BUT several edge tears with slight chipping.

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Paper loss to portion of title on spine. Various notes written on blank inside pages, final “About the Author” page on Beckett stained at lower edge.

About this Item: Grove Press, Sixth Printing, stated on verso, New York, NY, 1954. Photo in front cover, photographer not identified.

Title listings continue to inside of rear cover, ending with E-30, The Balcony, by Jean Genet. Condition: light wear around all corners, slight roll to spine, previous owners' names in ink on half title.

In yellow cloth with red type to spine. Minimal wear with some foxing/spotting to top and front page end as well as endpapers and first and last leaves.

Jacket has some chips and small splits to spine ends and to a lesser degree corners. 1/2 × 3/4 inch to top corner of rear panel with spine.

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Includes London Times blurb on rear wrapper, lists Evergreen books E-1 through E-32 listed at the back. Prime edition in lingual singles, dodo la primissima absolute in Frances Del 1952.

Number DI ta vole: pp.60 altered 0 larghezza 0 Book in good condition, text in English. Exemplar in bone conditions, test in singles.

Considerable spotting to boards, edges, endpapers, dust jacket and internally. Dark marks to Beckett's portrait on rear of DJ.

Chipping and small tears to edges of price clipped DJ (now protected in a removable plastic sleeve). Two owner's names in pen to front endpaper and small price mark in pencil to inside front board.

From the library of the theater director Jacques Otis Burdock with his blind-stamp neatly on the title page. NEAR FINE in Very Good dust jacket.

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The book itself with just slight shelf rubbing along the edges, else Fine/As New. The dust jacket shows marginal shelf rubbing along the edges, the occasional light scuff, otherwise is not price-clipped remaining bright, colorful and distinct.

Very good+ clean tight binding in very good+ dust jacket. Dust jackets have had a few small repairs over their lifetimes.

“With a revised text,” Edited with an introduction and notes by Donald McMillan and James Kowloon. Large-format volume, measuring approximately 8" x 10.25”, is bound in black cloth, with bright stamped gilt lettering to spine.

Book is in excellent condition, with clean and bright pages. Dust jacket, now preserved in paper-backed Mylar cover, exhibits very light shelf wear.

About this Item: New York, NY, USA: Grove Press, 1994. The front jacket flap is price-clipped at the bottom; Bro dart cover.

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E-33 the first paper bound edition, trade sized softcover. The Nobel Prize winner's most famous title, one of the great works of the world stage.

Wrappers little edge darkened, faint stress line to cover along for edge. Stapled fragile wrappers, small chip bottom right edge, a Mag.

Students which remarkably prints the ENTIRE TEXT of Waiting for Godot, with a number of illus of productions both on the cover and inside, Holly Hughes intro, also a Ray Bradbury story etc, very scarce.VV1/1. Very good+ clean tight binding in very good+ unclipped dust jacket.

Book comes with 1950s Flyer/Poster and two Ticket stubs For the Grand theater Leeds. First impression of the first UK edition, preceded by Beckett's original French version “En attendant Godot published by Les Editions De Minuit, Paris in 1952, and an American edition published by Grove Press, New York in 1954.

The UK edition was the first to publish the play as performed in London in 1955, its English-language premiere, with the alterations to comply with censorship of British theaters, as noted on the publisher's note which is tipped in to the book. ***Very good in yellow cloth-covered boards with red titles to the spine.

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The text printed here is that used in the Criterion Theater production.' Small pencil notes to the margin of the publisher's Note page, detailing Hugh Burden as the actor playing 'Vladimir' in the Criterion Theater production.

***In a very good monochrome-illustrated dust wrapper, that has not been price-clipped, showing the original publisher's price of 9s 6d net. Dust wrapper slightly rubbed, nicked and creased at the extremities.

Beckett's naked play about two tramps waiting for Godot has tapped into our 20th-century public consciousness. ***'”The first production of Beckett's own English translation, directed by Peter Hall, was staged at the Arts Theater Club in London in August 1955.

Kenneth Than's and Harold Hobson's reviews made it into an intellectual hit which has since been regarded as having transformed the British stage” . ***First impression of the first UK edition, complete in its original first-state dust wrapper.

Spine slightly faded, else very nice copy. The first edition in English, preceding the UK one by two years. No dust jacket.

(Source: www.timesfreepress.com)

About this Item: Faber and Faber London 1956, 1956. First UK edition 94pp VG+ (mustard cloth, v.SL.soiled, prelims.and content edges SL. Foxed, owner's instr.to FEP, publisher's note slip loosely inserted, spine cracked at half-title gutter, but contents are tight and clean) in VG- d/w (rubbed and soiled, chipping and wear to extreme.,3 cm closed tear and crease to foot of front cover, small splits to head of hinges). 12mo., yellow cloth lettered in orange, foxing to endpapers; unclipped pictorial dust jacket, with extremities slightly rubbed.

First English edition, with publisher's tipped-in note opposite copyright page. From the library of John French, with the noted Irish-American artist's bookplate and ownership signature on the front endpaper.

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