SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. 1856-1950.
Cymbeline Refinished. [Edinburgh: Privately printed, March 1937.] 20 pp. 8vo. Original wraps. Minor spotting to interior, wraps lightly thumbed, wear to lower fore-edge.
First edition, one of 50, heavily annotated in forward and text by Shaw. Responding to centuries of criticism that praise Shakespeares Cymbeline but lament the ungainliness of the final act (which features an elaborate masque), Shaw here offers his version of the plays conclusion, editing the masque and other extraneous bits for clarity. In this copy, he heavily revises the printed forward justifying his changes to Shakespeare's play.
Provenance: Sold Sothebys New York, April 12, 1978, lot 817.