FIRST UK EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xxiv], . Original brown cloth, orange lettering to spine. Chip and wear to head of spine, bruising and wear to bottom extremities, blotching to lower board. Top edge dusty, fore-edge a little spotted. Feps lightly toned, pushing to bottom corner of a couple of early signatures, short closed tears to top edges of pp. 89-104, reaching 2cm at pp. 103-4, text unaffected. Else, pleasingly clean and tidy. Unusual.
‘With an Introduction on the American Negro in Art’ by DuBose Heyward. Publication of the British edition of the Heywards’ play (plus other international editions) coincided with a nine-week tour of Porgy to London in early 1929. While British theatre-goers welcomed the Porgy cast, with the opening night receiving 12 curtain calls, and the production subsequently playing to packed houses, members of the cast struggled to find accommodation in the capital (see Noonan, The Strange Career of Porgy & Bess (2012)). Adapted from DuBose’s 1925 slim hit of a novel, the US edition of the play was published in 1927; the play formed the basis for Gershwin’s libretto, Porgy & Bess (1935). Jisc LHD lists 7 libraries in the UK with copies: BL, UoBristol, UoExeter, UoHull, John Rylands, NLW/ LGC and TCD.
Author HEYWARD, Dorothy and HEYWARD, DuBose
Publisher London: Ernest Benn, Limited
Condition Very good