Item #00188 Works of Bernard Shaw, The. George Bernard SHAW.
Works of Bernard Shaw, The
Works of Bernard Shaw, The
Works of Bernard Shaw, The
Works of Bernard Shaw, The

Works of Bernard Shaw, The

London: Constable & Co., 1930. Item #00188

The Best Edition of Shaw’s Works
A Near Mint Set in the Original Printed Dust Jackets

SHAW, [George] Bernard. The Works of Bernard Shaw. London: Constable & Co., [1930-1938].

First collected edition. One of 1,000 numbered copies (this copy being No. 501), out of a total edition of 1,025 copies. Thirty-three octavo volumes (9 1/8 x 6 inches; 232 x 153 mm.).

Original jade green cloth lettered in gilt on spines. Top edge gilt. A fine set of the best edition of Shaw’s works. In the original gray dust jackets with spines printed in red.

The “Collected Edition” consisted of thirty volumes, published between 26 July 1930 and 24 February 1932. Three additional volumes were published, one on 7 June 1934 and two on 1 July 1938. Volume I is the first publication of Shaw’s first novel, Immaturity, written in 1879 (see Laurence).

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish dramatist, critic, and social reformer. “Political and economic socialism, a new religion of creative evolution, antivivisection, vegetarianism, and spelling reform were a few of his causes…[Shaw] began to write for the stage in 1885. With most of his early plays either banned by the censor or refused production, Shaw sought a reading audience with his first published collection, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant (1898)…Shaw wrote his best plays prior to, during, and shortly after World War I. They include Man and Superman [1905], John Bull’s Other Island (written [1904] at the request of William Butler Yeats for the Irish Literary Theatre), Major Barbara [1905], Fanny’s First Play (1912), Androcles and the Lion (1912), Pygmalion [1913], Heartbreak House [written 1913, produced 1920], Back to Methuselah [1921], and Saint Joan [1923]. He received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1925…Shaw wrote many essays on socialism, politics, and economics and one longer work, The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928)” (Benét’s Reader’s Encyclopedia).

Laurence A198a.

Price: $2,250.00