Design for Living.
COWARD Noel (1933.)
£750.00 [First Edition]
Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.
First edition. 8vo., cloth. New York, Doubleday, Doran and Company.
Inscribed in pencil on the front free endpaper 'For Cecil from Noël. 1933', further inscribed in pencil (first in Lynn Fontanne's hand) 'For Cecil - From Lynn -(then in Lunt's hand) Alfred Lunt', the word Lunt overwritten 'Otto', Lunt's character in the play, which premiered on Broadway in 1933, with Coward, Lunt, and Fontanne in the starring roles. The play was written with Lunt and Fontanne in mind, Coward having first met the couple in 1921, a long friendship ensuing. The possibility exists that the inscriptions are to Cecil Beaton, long time friend of all three, and designer of the sets and costumes for Coward's 'Quadrille'. He was in New York in 1933, vide a photograph of Beaton in fancy dress at the Opera Ball in April 1933. All three actors were also photographed often by Beaton. Spine faded, some browning and light foxing to the endpapers, a very good copy.
Stock Code: 132263