Constable & Company Limited. London. 1934.
FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. (9.9 x 7.1 inches). Illustrated title page with a fine wood engraving by John Farleigh. Inscribed by Shaw to the film and stage Actress Joyce Bland. There is a presentation inscription, not in Shaw's hand, on the front free endpaper which reads; 'To Miss Bland. With every good wish & in memory of the Malvern Festival. July 1934.'. The second inscription, By G B S, on the half title page reads; 'Inscribed to Joyce Bland Bernard Shaw Malvern 16th Aug. 1934'. A very good copy in the publishers delux leather binding of full tan morocco. Spine with raised bands. The compartments are ruled and lettered in gilt and decorated with a blind ruled multiple box design. Boards with a blind ruled blocked line design within six ruled border lines. Salmon pink endpapers. Top edge gilt. A very good copy with some minimal rubbing to the extremities but still an attractive book. ------ Joyce Bland (1906 to 1963) was a Shakespearean stage actress who appeared in several films in the 1930's. She appeared in The Marvellous Life of St Bernard at the Malvern festival in 1934. The Malvern Festival was established in 1929, initially dedicated to the works of George Bernard Shaw, and with the repertoire of the first season entirely composed of his plays.