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Queen of Scots. A Play in Three Acts.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1934 - Octavo. Original black cloth, red paper label to spine lettered in black. With the dust jacket and the wraparound band laid in. Spine slightly rolled, spotting to spine and boards, some foxing throughout, loss and creasing to wraparound band, a little wear to dust jacket which has a sunned spine and a pencil annotation to front cover, a very good copy with bright and clean text. First edition, first impression, of MacKintosh's third historical drama written under her theatre pseudonym Gordon Daviot. MacKintosh, who took "Daviot" from the name of a village close to her home city of Inverness, became better known by her other pen name, Josephine Tey, under which she wrote several detective novels. Queen of Scots was first presented at the New Theatre on 8 June 1934. Produced by John Gielgud and with Laurence Olivier playing the Earl of Bothwell, it was a success, "though Gielgud, who had helped her rework it, felt that she made too much of the romantic Mary Stuart and failed to show her as intriguer and harlot also" (ODNB). MacKintosh was close friends with Gielgud who had directed and starred in her first play, Richard of Bordeaux, which was enthusiastically received and helped to launch Gielgud's career. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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