Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward 1st / 1st 1942
First edition and first print published by William Heinemann in 1942. This is a near fine copy. The jacket is in lovely condition with no rips, chips or tears. It is not price clipped displaying the correct price of 5s. net. The book itself is a shade faded to the spine and has a contemporary name written on the front free end paper. Pages and text blocks are clean and without foxing. Overall a near fine copy.
Noel Cowards play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. A long running play at theatres many times over and recently made it to the big screen in 1945 and more recently in 2020. Rare in this condition.