Book Description

O’FLAHERTY, Liam. Darkness: A tragedy in Three Acts. London: E Archer 1926. With a portrait frontispiece by William Roberts. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author. This copy unnumbered but signed by O’Flaherty. Also signed by Roberts in pencil beneath portrait frontispiece. Original plain wrappers in integral printed marbled wrappers. Light foxing on edges, end papers and occasional pages, staples rusted with staining on immediate area of page, single 4cm tear in rear integral wrapper, otherwise a very good copy.
Dealer Notes
Note: William Roberts’ portrait of O’Flaherty first appeared in New Coterie No. 3, summer 1926, and then as a frontispiece to this title. Darkness was first performed in Irish at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 1926. In order to establish performance copyright in the English version, O'Flaherty asked the publisher, Charles Lahr, to arrange for a reading of the play, and this
reading took place at Roberts' Chalk Farm studio on 27 April 1926. The original portrait is held by the National Library of Ireland.
Author O’FLAHERTY, Liam.
Date 1926.
Binding Original marbled wrappers.
Publisher London: E Archer
Illustrator With a signed portrait frontispiece by William Roberts.
Condition See description below.

Price: £300.00

Offered by William Cowan

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