Richard Aldrich (1902-1986) - Presentation & Association Cop...

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Richard Aldrich (1902-1986) - Presentation & Association Copies - Three Plays, comprising Massingham (Dorothy) & MacDonald (Murray), The Lake: A Play in Three Acts, autograph presentation copy to Richard Aldrich from Katharine Hepburn, first edition, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1933, Spanish blue leather gilt, marbled endpapers, 8vo, (1); Author's Presentation, Kanin (Fay), Goodbye, My Fancy: A Comedy, ink MS presentation inscription: 'For Dick - For whom it will always be a joy to "reunite"/Love - Fay', first edition thus, New York: Samuel French, 1949, b/w frontispiece, Spanish green leather gilt, marbled endpapers, 8vo, (1); Reed (Mark), Petticoat Fever: A Non-Tropical Farce in Three Acts, New York: Samuel French, 1935, b/w frontispiece, Spanish blue leather gilt, marbled endpapers, 8vo, (1), [3]

Richard Aldrich produced "The Lake" in 1934, casting Katharine Hepburn in the lead. Miss Hepburn saw this play as the vehicle for her return to the theatre after her tremendous success in the film "Little Women". The play was a huge flop. It was Hepburn's performance in "The Lake" that elicited Dorothy Parker's acid quip that Hepburn "ran the gamut of emotions from A to B." This copy of the play is signed and inscribed by Katherine Hepburn to Aldrich.

Provenance: Richard Aldrich (1902-1986), theatre producer and second husband of Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), his Casa de Aldrich armorial bookplate to each marbled front-free endpaper.

Auction Date:
10th Jun 21 at 10:30am BST

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