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COWARD, Noël.

The Vortex

A Light Comedy in Three Acts.

Stock Code
101713
London, Ernest Benn, Limited, 1925
£1,200

The inscription to cast member Mary Robson reads 'For Mary With all, love and thanks for your sweetness to me Noel 1924' (assumed pre-publicaton copy). Front panel of original dust-jacket laid in, as well as a printed advertisement for the play's pre-West End run at the Everyman Theatre in Hampstead. The original printed wraparound band from the book ' The Vortex Now Being Played At The Royalty Theatre, London' is also present; the play transferred to this West End theatre on Coward's birthday, 16 December 1924 and ran for a further 224 performances. It moved to the Comedy Theatre on 9th March, 1925 and then to the Little Theatre, on 4 May, 1925.

Mary Robson (1893-1977) first appeared with Coward in Cosmo Hamilton's comedy 'Scandal' at the Strand Theatre; opening on December 7, 1918 and running for 237 performances. Her second appearance with Coward was her starring role in 'The Vortex'.

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Description

First edition; 8vo; inscribed by Coward on front free endpaper, age-toned but clean; publisher's blue cloth, printed paper labels to upper cover and spine (browned, more so to spine), endpapers lightly spotted, mild rubbing to extremities; preserved in a modern quarter blue morocco solander box by Baker Bindery, Alabama; (106), (1) (ads) pp.

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