“THE THEATER WILL FOREVER NEED THE TOWERING REBUKE OF HIS LIFE AND HIS WORK AND HIS AGONY”: SIGNED 12-VOLUME SET OF O’NEILL’S PLAYS, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND
O'NEILL, Eugene. The Plays. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, (1934-35). Twelve volumes. Tall octavo, contemporary full navy morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and covers, red and navy morocco doublures, watered silk endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $5500.
Signed limited “Wilderness Edition,” limited to 770 sets signed in Volume I by O’Neill, this copy number 1 of only 20 numbered sets for presentation, with photogravure frontispieces, beautifully bound.
“O’Neill was the great wrestler, fighting God to a standstill. The theater will forever need the towering rebuke of his life and his work and his agony” (Arthur Miller). This set is considered “the most complete [early] collection” of O’Neill’s plays (Spiller, 671) and includes Strange Interlude; Mourning Becomes Electra; The Emperor Jones; Ah, Wilderness!; All God’s Chillun Got Wings; Lazarus Laughed; Marco Millions; The Hairy Ape; Beyond the Horizon; Welded; Dynamo; Diff’rent; The Straw; The First Man; Days Without End; Gold; The Great God Brown; Anna Christie; Desire Under the Elms; The Fountain; and nine one-act plays, including the famous “Before Breakfast.” See Atkinson A15-IX-I.
Joints expertly repaired. A beautiful set.