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The Playboy of the Western World
Dublin: Maunsel & Co.,, 1907. Slim octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles to spine, raised bands, twin rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With a black and white portrait frontispiece of Synge by Yeats entitled 'Synge at rehearsal W. B. Yeats Jan 25 1907'. The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a fine binding. First edition, first impression. Considered the playwright's most important work it was first performed in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on 26 January 1907. The central theme of apparent patricide attracted a hostile public reaction and on the second night riots broke out and the rest of the play had to be performed in dumb show.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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