Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, 1st/1st, 1960
London: Methuen, (1960). SIGNED. First edition. This is a near fine copy. The dust wrapper wear typical of Methuen hard back editions and is lightly worn at the corners with very slight separation present. It has not been price clipped. The book itself is in near fine condition. The boards are without any chips and marks and the text blocks are with very slight foxing. The internals are very clean. The author’s signature is present on the half title page in black ink and is inscribed ‘To Michael’ and is dated to the year of publication, 1960. Overall, this is a near fine copy of a scarcely signed title. The first full-length play by Harold Pinter, first published in London by Encore Publishing in 1959. It is one of his best-known and most frequently performed plays. In the setting of a rundown seaside boarding house, a little birthday party is turned into a nightmare when two sinister strangers arrive unexpectedly. The play has been classified as a comedy of menace, characterised by Pinteresque elements such as ambiguous identity, confusions of time and place, and dark political symbolism. An early theatre programme of the play is tucked in the front from 1959.