London: Faber and Faber, mcmlix . First Printing. Wrappers. True First Edition (wrappers) of these two dramatic pieces, a monologue and a play for radio, by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1969. Crown 8vo (200 x 121mm): 36pp. Publisher's sea green wrappers over card end papers, spine and upper cover printed in red and black; priced 4s / 6d. Minute nicks to spine ends, else Fine, fresh, and bright. Federman & Fletcher 37.1. Item #BB2155
"Krapp's Last Tape" was first performed by Patrick Magee at the Royal Court Theatre, in October, 1958. "The fifties and early sixties saw Beckett writing innovative shorter plays, notably Krapp's Last Tape, half of which is spoken by Krapp, and the other half listened-to from a diary-tape of Krapp's younger days, with interpolations from the older Krapp as he spools forward and back." (Literary Encyclopedia) Embers, which Hugh Kenner called "Beckett’s most difficult work," was first aired on 24 June 1959, on BBC radio, with Jack MacGowran (for whom the play was specially written) in the role of Henry. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).