THE PLAYS.

(London: Duckworth, 1929). 225 x 145 mm. (9 x 5 3/4"). [viii], 1150 pp., 1 leaf. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION.

Lovely green levant by Bayntun (stamp-signed on front turn-in, raised bands, spine with gilt rules and lettering, simple gilt ruled turn-ins, housed in green cloth slip case. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the limitations page. Spine very slightly darkened, otherwise A PRISTINE COPY inside and out.

Beautifully printed on handmade paper and handsomely bound in Kelly green levant, this work contains the collected plays of John Galsworthy, best known for the "Forsyte Saga" trilogy of novels. Galsworthy (1867-1933) was interested in illuminating the darker places of society (prisons, industry, the family), and his plays often deal with class struggle and social ills. The first play in this collection, "The Silver Box," examines the repercussions of a similar crime on members of opposite social classes; his play "Justice" was part of a larger campaign for prison reform; "Strife" is set amidst a labor strike at a factory. Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1932.
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