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Waiting for Godot

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First edition of En attendant Godot. Pièce en deux actes ([Paris]: Les Editions de Minuit, 1952). One of 35 numbered large-paper copies on vélin supérieur.

Jerome Lindon had already published Waiting for Godot by the time it was finally produced onstage.

 

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Second editon, photographically reprinted, of En attendant Godot. Pièce en deux actes ([Paris]: Les Editions de Minuit, 1952 [1954]). Inscribed by Beckett to Nancy Cunard.

Unlike the first edition, this one is illustrated with six photographs taken from productions of Godot in Germany. (At the end of the play’s second run in Paris, in September 1953, Roger Blin had taken the original cast on tour through France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany.)

 

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Third edition of En attendant Godot. Pièce en deux actes ([Paris]: Les Editions de Minuit, 1952 [1956]). Large-paper copy, one of 30 numbered copies on Alfama, illustrated with six photographs from the German production of the play.

In the decade following the first printing of Godot, there were a number of photographic reprints, with and without plates.

 

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First edition in English of Waiting for Godot. Tragicomedy in Two Acts, translated from the original French text by the author (New York: Grove Press [1954]). Illustrated with photographs from a production given in Germany by the original Paris cast. Inscribed by Beckett to Jake Schwartz.

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