SPOKEN WORD 78RPM RECORDS: K2239 - K2257

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Auction Number 144 ­- AUCTION Closing Date: Monday, 13 June, 2010



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K2239 - K2257 are Spoken Word 78rpm records



K2239. ROBERT FROST reading his own poems, 10s. 5-12” EL red vinyl Library of Congress LC 1760/69, in Orig. Album P-6. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 35, the Set.

K2240. HERBERT READ, PHELPS PUTNAM, JOHN BERRYMAN, HORACE GREGORY & DELMORE SCHWARTZ reading their own poems, 10s. 5-12” EL red vinyl Library of Congress LC 1770/79, in Orig. Album P-7. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 35, the Set.

K2241. RICHARD BLACKMUR, STEPHEN SPENDER, ELIZABETH BISHOP, THEODORE ROETHKE & WITTER BYNNER reading their own poems, 10s. 5-12” EL red vinyl Library of Congress LC 1780/89, in Orig. Album P-8. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 35, the Set.

K2242. ROBERT FITZGERALD, MARYA ZATURENSKA, ROBERT LOWELL, CONRAD AIKEN & WILLIAM EMPSON reading their own poems, 10s. 5-12” EL red vinyl Library of Congress LC 1790/99, in Orig. Album P-9. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 35, the Set.

K2243. ARCHIBALD MACLEISH, MURIEL RUKEYSER, HOWARD BAKER, LÉONIE ADAMS & JANET LEWIS reading their own poems, 10s. 5-12” EL red vinyl Library of Congress LC 1800/09, in Orig. Album P-10. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 35, the Set.

K2244. T. S. ELIOT reading his own poems, 10s. 5-12” EL red vinyl Library of Congress LC 168493. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 35, the Set.

K2245. T. S. ELIOT: The Hollow Men / Gerontion (Read by the Author). 12” EL vinyl Harvard Vocarium P-990/91. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 10

K2246. EDITH EVANS reading Shakespeare, Jonson, Wordsworth, Keats, Blake, Clough, Byron, Scott, Herrick, Masefield, Chesterton, Hardy, de la Mare, Bottomley, Nichols, Davies, Carroll, Church, Noyes, Binyon & Tennyson, 12s. 6-10” EL PW Col. 17151/56-D, POM-1938, in Orig. Album M-375, w.Brochure. M-A, choice copy has, Sd. 1 only, lt. rubs, inaud. MB 25, the Set.

K2247. JOHN GIELGUD reading Shakespeare, Jonson, Byron, Scott, Waller, Shelley, Donne, Kingsley, Rossetti, Morris, Bridges, Sassoon, Masefield, de la Mare, Davies, Tennyson & T. S. Eliot, 12s. 6-10” EL PW Col. 17207/12-D, POM-1938, in Orig. Album M-419, w.Brochure. M-A, Exemplary! MB 25, the Set.

K2248. JOHN GIELGUD: Speeches from Othello, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Richard II, The Tempest, Henry V, Henry IV & Midsummer Night's Dream, 10s. 5-12” EL Linguaphone EEG.28/38E, only form of issue, 1927, in Orig. Linguaphone Album, w.separate, individual Brochure for each disc. M-A, Exemplary! MB 45, the Set.

K2249. JOHN GIELGUD, w.Massed Choirs & Orch.: Excerpts from Richard II & King John (Shakespeare) / ADRIAN BOULT Cond. BBC S.O.: Rule Britannia (Arne); The British Grenadiers. 10” EL plum HMV B.9420, POM-1937, for King George’s Jubilee Trust Fund. M-A, Exemplary! MB 15

K2250. JOHN GIELGUD & EDITH EVANS: The Importance of Being Earnest – Lady Bracknell interviews John Worthing (Wilde), 2s. 10” EL plum HMV B.8883, POM-1938. M-A, Exemplary! MB 10

K2251. JOHN GIELGUD & MARGARET RUTHERFORD: The Importance of Being Earnest – Lady Bracknell interviews John Worthing / JOHN GIELGUD, w.Donald Bain, Richard Wordsworth & Malcolm Keen: Lady Windermere’s Fan – Act III Excerpt (Wilde). 12” EL vinyl Decca DU 90012, POM-1947, in original Decca printed sleeve. M-A, Exemplary! MB 15

K2252. ANTHONY QUAYLE: Soliloquies from Othello (Shakespeare), 2s. 12” EL plum HMV C.4248, only form of issue, 1953. M-A, appears unplayed! MB 15

K2253. ORSON WELLES, et al.: The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare) – Abridged Version by Mercury Theatre, 24s. 12-12” EL gold PW Col. ME-1001/24, POM-1938, in Orig. Album C-6. M-A, appears unplayed; tattered album & paper. MB 65, the Set.

K2254. ORSON WELLES, et al.: Twelfth Night (Shakespeare) – Abridged Version by Mercury Theatre, 16s., plus 2 more sides devoted to Epilogue. 9-12” EL gold PW Col. ME-1025/44, POM-1938, in Orig. Album C-7. M-A, appears unplayed; Excellent album; tattered paper. MB 65, the Set.

K2255. ORSON WELLES, etc.: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) – Abridged Version by Mercury Theatre, 10s. 5-12” EL MasterWorks Col. 11117/21-D, POM-1938, in Orig. Album 325. M-A, appears unplayed. MB 45, the Set.

“Orson Welles,still in his early 20s, was catapulted to fame by his ‘anti-fascist Julius Caesar produced at the Mercury Theater. In 1938 he memorialized that production in a five-record set. It was not a recreation of the stage production. The performers were assigned different parts from those they had on the stage, and the play was greatly condensed. A piece of speech in one act was combined with a line from another act and another part; the entire murder scene from ‘The ides of March have come’ to ‘Et tu Brute’ lasted only 15 seconds. This was the first recording of a complete play in condensed form; it treated the recorded play as a new art form.”
- Robert O’Brien, Encyclopaedia of Recorded Sound


K2256. HELEN HAYES, w.Roy Shields Cond.: Mine Eyes have Seen the Glory (Julia Ward Howe, Francis Scott Key, Samuel Francis Smith & Walt Whitman; w.musical settings by Kurt Weill), 4s. 2-12” EL V 11-8221/22, POM-1942, in Orig. Album M-909. M-A, appears unplayed. MB 25, the Set.

K2257. RALPH BELLAMY: Leaves of Grass – Excerpts (Walt Whitman), 8s. 4-12” EL V 11-8524/27, POM-1943, in Orig. Album M-955. M-A, appears unplayed. MB 35, the Set.