First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author. Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the very good rubbed and nicked dustwrapper that has two large scuffs resulting in surface paper loss to the upper panel. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to the front flap).
Inscribed by Brendan Behan in blue ink on the front endpaper "for Alan / an lá roimh / Lá le Padraig - / The day Before / Saint Patrick's Day '59". The recipient was Alan Baker who at the time of presentation was employed at the BBC. He was married to the poet and (Hogarth Press) author Barbara Baker. Brendan Behan's critically acclaimed first play, set in Dublin's Mountjoy Prison in 1949 was first produced in 1954. The first publication in book form was in 1956, the same year as the London premiere. In 1962 the play was adapted for the screen by Arthur Dreifuss starring Patrick McGoohan, Sylvia Syms and Walter Macken. Author inscribed examples of the first edition are very scarce.
Stock code: 20102