First Edition, Signed by the Original Cast, Including Boris Karloff
KESSELRING, Joseph. Arsenic and Old Lace. A Comedy. New York: Random House , 1941.
First Edition, first printing. With autographs on preliminary cast page of 12 out of 14 original listed cast members, including Boris Karloff. The two missing are Helen Brooks and William Parke. With an number of additional signatures of people connected to the play, including the director, Bretaigne Windust. This cast list was from the January 10th, 1941 premiere performance. Octavo (8 x 5 3/8 inches; 201 x 135 mm)). [8], 187, [1, blank] pp. With 4 full-page black-and-white photos of the production including frontispiece.

Publisher's original oatmeal cloth. Font board and spine lettered in purple and stamped in a skull and crossbones motif in black. Top edge brown. Some minor soiling to cloth. Endpapers a bit toned. Otherwise a very good copy with a wonderful collection of autographs.

"Arsenic and Old Lace was produced by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse at the Fulton Theatre, New York City, on the night of January 10, 1941, with the following cast: Josephine Hull, Wyrley Birch, John Alexander, Bruce Gordon, John Quigg, Jean Adair, Helen Brooks, Allyn Joslyn, Henry Herbert, Boris Karloff, Edgar Stehli, Anthony Ross, Victor Sutherland, William Park. Staged by Bretaigne Windust, Settings and Costumes by Raymond Sovey."

HBS # 68543 $3,000

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