THE THEATRE OF WAR

OSTROWSKA, Wanda and Viola G. GARVIN. London’s Glory.

London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1945.

4to, pp. 51, [5]; with twenty plates of watercolours; a little light toning, generally a very good copy in the original publisher’s cloth, lightly sunned to head and spine; presentation note of Charles B. Cochran to James to the title.

£75

Approximately:
US $94€83

Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
OSTROWSKA, Wanda and Viola G. GARVIN. London’s Glory.

Checkout now

First edition, a poignant collection of paintings of war-torn London by the Polish artist-in-exile Wanda Ostrowska, accompanied by extracts from her own writings and narrative by Viola Garvin.

Cochran was one of the leading lights of English theatre in the 1920s and 30s, discovering numerous talents, including Noel Coward, and revolutionising the London stage through his lavish productions. Curtailed by the war from production, the break and stimulus of the war years was to enable his ideas to ferment, producing many of his greatest productions.

Severely arthritic in his old age, Cochran met a terrible though theatrical death, scalding himself to death at home in his bath when unable to lean forward to turn off the tap.

‘James’ of the inscription is likely Edward James, the wealthy husband of one of Cochran’s favourite performers, Tilly Losch.

You may also be interested in...

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF JONATHAN SWIFT TEMPLE, Sir William.

An Introduction to the History of England …

First edition. Newly arrived in England from Trinity College, Dublin, Swift in 1689 entered upon a ten-year period as secretary to Sir William Temple at Moor Park near Farnham in Surrey. ‘Partly thanks to Swift’s support several of Temple’s important works were published in the 1690s, notably the second part of his Miscellanea ... and … his Introduction to the History of England.’ (Oxford DNB). As usual with works by Temple printed in Swift’s time, the manuscript sent to the press was in Swift’s hand, a copy of the original incorporating Temple’s corrections (Elias, pp. 4-5). Temple in turn ‘helped his young protégé with the revision of the Tale of a Tub’.

Read more

PRIVATE EDITION :: PRESENTATION COPY [TALFOURD, Thomas Noon].

Ion; a Tragedy, in five Acts. To which are added a few Sonnets. Second Edition.

Second private edition of Talfourd’s blank verse tragedy, adding a small group of eight sonnets not in the first edition (also privately printed, 1835), and with a new preface: ‘Having exhausted the small impression which was originally printed of Ion, and finding that there are yet friends in whose hands I wish to place it ... I send it again to the press. I have availed myself of this opportunity ... to introduce considerable alterations.’ Among the friends to whom he presented a copy was William Wordsworth, who was to attend the first performance in 1836, having dined beforehand with Talfourd and Landor. Afterwards they had a celebratory supper with Macready, who had taken the leading role, and Browning.

Read more