SIGNED BY HENRY FONDA, CO-STAR LEORA DANA AND TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT PAUL OSBORN: FIRST EDITION OF POINT OF NO RETURN
(FONDA, Henry) OSBORN, Paul. Point of No Return. New York: Random House, (1952). Octavo, original tan cloth, mounted photogravure, original dust jacket. With quarto playbill, in original self-wrappers. $1100.
First edition of Point of No Return from its 1951-2 Broadway premiere, signed by award-winning playwright Paul Osborn and lead actors Henry Fonda and Leora Dana, who also starred in the play’s subsequent Chicago premiere, as seen in the accompanying playbill.
Henry Fonda followed his critically acclaimed performance in Broadway’s Mister Roberts (1948-51) by teaming again with famed producer/agent Leland Hayward for Tony Award-winning playwright Paul Osborn’s adaptation of the 1949 novel by John Marquand, widely considered his “best book” (Atlantic). Point of No Return premiered on Broadway in December 1951, earning high praise as “intelligent and interesting… an impressive accomplishment” (New Yorker). On completing its Broadway run in November 1952, stars Fonda and Leora Dana accompanied the play to Chicago’s Erlanger Theatre in January 1953. Bruccoli & Clark, 245. Book with four photogravure plates of the original Broadway production, which won a Tony Award for co-star John Cromwell.
Playbill and book fine; bright about-fine dust jacket with one small closed marginal tear and one tiny abrasion. Scarce signed.