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Athol Fugard

Three Early Inscribed & Period Signed First Editions by the Renowned South African Playwright

Published: Cape Town,

Edition: First Editions

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Athol Fugard is a world-renowned SA playwright. His novel Tsotsi was filmed in 2005 and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


First edition published by Buren-Publishers, 1969, Cape Town.

Pictorial hardcover. Binding tight and clean internally.

Period inscribed on the front end paper "To Luana, with warmest regards, Athol Fugard. Pretoria 11/4/70."

Filmed in 1999, this play starred Danny Glover and Angela Bassett in the leading roles. 'Although acclaimed and much loved at home and abroad, as late as 1984 Boesman and Lena was targeted by the Cape's Department of Education with the edict to schools that "all copies of the book issued are to be taken in and destroyed forthwith". A public outcry followed the order, which was lated rescinded. The question arose as how to best destroy the copies of the play. A spokesperson from the Department of Education of the time is reported to have said that burning the books would be the most efficient way.' - Saturday Star, June 12, 1999.


First edition published by Buren-Publishers, 1969, Cape Town.

Hardcover with dust jacket. Binding tight, contents clean.

Period inscribed on the front end paper, "To Johan, with sincerest gratitude for your warm encouragement (both personally and in your official capacity with PACT) Athol Fugard. Breytenbach 11/4/70."

Note: PACT was the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal, and 'Breytenbach' refers to the Breytenbach theatre in Pretoria.

3.) THREE PORT ELIZABETH PLAYS (The Blood Knot, Hello and Goodbye, Boesman and Lena)

First edition published by Oxford University Press, 1974, Cape Town.

Hardcover with dust jacket. Binding tight, contents clean. Jacket with light age-associated edge wear and a short tear at the top of the front panel.

Inscribed on the title page, "For Nick Kinsey, Athol Fugard, 3/9/95".

  • Jacket Condition: Fine
  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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