NOEL COWARD RARITIES
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COWARD, Noël Poems by Hernia Whittlebot
London Jon Waddington, Ltd. 1923 First edition. UNKNOWN AND UNRECORDED [COWARD, Noël].
Poems by Hernia Whittlebot with an Appreciation by Noël Coward. [London: John Waddington, Ltd., 1923]. First edition. Octavo. 29, [1, blank] pp. with a caricature of 'Hernia' by E. Lorn Macnaughton on page five. Publisher's printed wrappers. A couple of old small stains to front cover, fore-edge a little thumbed. Errata tipped onto title page. Overall, an excellent copy of an extremely scarce item. Inscribed by Coward to Maisie Gaye on the verso of the title-page-"To Maisie who has made 'Hernia' such a winsome, cosy thing! All my love always, Noel 1923". No reference to this work appears in the Coward bibliography and, according to information received, it appears to be unknown to Coward scholars. Coward's alter-ego of 'Hernia Whittlebot' was a satire on Edith Sitwell and these poems were written for Maisie Gaye to perform in Coward's 1923 review "London Calling". "The hits of the show were primarily Maisie's singing of 'What love means to girls like me', and her performance of Hernia Whittlebot, my little burlesque on the Sitwells " (from "Present Indicative"-see following item). These poems were subsequently published in 1924 in Coward's 'Chelsea Buns' but the book offered here predates that by one year. Probably this is an extremely rare printing of the poems, presumably for distribution to the members of the cast and other friends. The fact that this is Maisie Gaye's own copy, inscribed to her by Coward, makes this a truly outstanding rarity. Together with a second printing of Coward's "Present Indicative" also inscribed by Coward to Maisie Gaye and with a telegaph from him to Odee Harris. This is Coward's 1937 autobiography. HBS 42756. Book # 42756
Price: US$ 2750.00 convert currency

Heritage Book Shop, Inc., ABAA, CA, U.S.A.
Coward, Noël Autograph Note Signed (“Noël”) to Beatrice Lillie (“Lady Peel”) “Darling, Darling…no reason I am writing to you — Oh but there IS a reason — you sent me a sweet telegram — Thank you really Love as ever Noël.” London, 26 June 1962 12mo. One page. Fine. With accompanying envelope addressed in Cowad’s hand
Price: USD 350.00 other currencies order no. 23703 Offered by James Cummins Bookseller Inc.
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Mander, Raymond and Mitchenson, Joe Theatrical Companion to Noel Coward Macmillan, 1957. 1st ed. With an appreciation by Terence Rattigan. This copy is from the library of the great comedienne and Coward intimate, Beatrice Lillie. It is signed on the flyleaf by both Coward and Lillie, with Lillie's underlinings and marks on certain pages where she's cited. A wonderful, just-about-perfect theatrical association piece. Near fine in very good jacket. Book # 5052
Price: US$ 600.00
G. Curwen Books, NY, U.S.A.

COWARD, Noel Pomp and Circumstance.
William Heinemann. 1960. 8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper designed by the author. Wrapper just a little creased at extremities, price clipped, otherwise a near fine copy. First edition. Inscribed by Coward to Rex Harrison "For Rexie with love as always Noel". A fine association copy. Rex Harrison had starred in Coward's play Design for Living at the Haymarket Theatre in 1939 and the two became good friends thereafter.
Price: USD 825.00 order no. 143517
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Coward, Noel "I'll Leave it to You"
London: Samuel French, 1920 Wraps. VG+/NA. 1st Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 71 pages, mild wear. Together with a Program from The Footlight Club, Jamaica Plain, 4 pages, about fine, 1926, and Two Signed letters from William Stanley Parker to Miss Georgette Faxon to tell of Rehearsal dates. She played Faith Crombie in the Production at The Jamaica Plain and is listed. Book # 001704
Price: US$ 225.00
Book Meister Rare Books, NH, U.S.A.

COWARD, Noel Blithe Spirit. An Improbable Farce in Three Acts.
William Heinemann. 1942. Crown 8vo. Original purple cloth; a very good copy in slightly spotted dust-jacket. [with] Typed letter to "Bill" from Noel Coward, on Chalet Coward (Vaud, Switzerland) headed notepaper, dated 27th November 1972 and signed "Noel": ". No, I didn't see the TV of 'Joyeux Chagrins' (I have written far too much, and can't keep track of it all) but heard from all sides that it was well done . How well I remember that cocktail party you and Constance gave in Venice! I haven't had a word from Edward either, for some time, but Ginette (Spanier) had lunch with him some weeks ago in Paris and reported that he was very cheerful and funny and in fine form ." Also with a letter, to the same "Bill", from "Graham", almost certainly Graham Payn, one of Coward's inner circle for many years, thanking him for a letter of sympathy following Coward's death in 1973: "As he used to say to me if there was any trouble or unhappiness about - 'Press on dear boy, press on'. That is exactly what I am trying to do." Both letters are mounted and preserved together with the first edition of Blithe Spirit in a specially made cloth-covered fall-down-back box with a leather label. Book # 150106
Price: US$ 897.00
Henry Sotheran Ltd., LON, United Kingdom


COWARD, NOEL. Present Indicative
Garden City: Doubleday Doran, 1937 First American Edition; one of 301 numbered deluxe copies signed by the author. A very good copy in the publisher's slipcase. Additionally inscribed by Coward, "For Robert Williamson, In reminder of St. Margaret's Bay 1945, Cement, French Windows, Comedy, Tragedy, Red Bricks and White Bricks etc. etc. With all very best wishes for a Happy Christmas, Noel Coward. 'White Cliffs' St. Margaret's Bay." Book # 16088 Price: US$ 950.00
Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc., A.B.A.A., MA, U.S.A.

COWARD, Noel POST-MORTEM
Garden City Doubleday 1931. Very Good copy with an exceptional association. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Coward "Dear George/with my love/Noel" to George Cukor, with his bookplate designed by Paul Landacre. Cukor directed "My Fair Lady," "The Philadelphia Story," and part of "Gone with the Wind," among many other films. Spine sunned, lacking the dustwrapper. 1st American edition. Book # 001033
Price: US$ 750.00
Charles Agvent, ABAA member, PA, U.S.A.

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