[Christopher Fry, playwright.] Two items from his papers: an American first edition of his play 'A Yard of Sun', together with proof leaves of a later printing of the play, entirely reset.

Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright, with Auden and Eliot a leading exponent of twentieth-century verse drama
Publication details: 
First edition: O.U.P. [Oxford University Press], New York. 1970. Proofs undated and without publishing details. [New York: Dramatists Play Service Inc. 1998?]
SKU: 22905

The two items are from the playwright's own papers. FIRST EDITION: [8] + 113pp, 8vo. A good tight copy in lightly-aged brown cloth and price-clipped cream dustwrapper with attractive design by Edward Blakeney in brown and black on front cover, and slight chipping to bottom edge at back. Label with English price on back of dustwrapper. No autograph interpolations. PROOFS: 96pp, 8vo. Duplicated printed pages, each page on a separate leaf. Paginated 1-96. The complete play (pp.5-96), with the prelims as pp.1-4, but without Stewart Perowne's 'Note on the Palio', present in the first edition on pp.111-113. The type in which the play has been reset indicates that this version postdates the 1970 editions (it is not a copy of the 1970 English edition, whose pagination is different), probably to the 1980s or 1990s. The only candidate is the 'Acting Edition' published by the Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, in 1998 or (according to WorldCat) 1999. That edition was one hundred pages long, the other four pages perhaps accounted for by Perowne's 'Note'. Several of the leaves have top corners deliberately dogeared, but there do not appear to be any substantive changes. The only manuscript mark is a pencil cross on p.22, indicating a mistaken line break: ('[...] but I'm | too Young [sic] for truth, [...]'. The two items are housed in a transparent folder of blue plastic.