Signed by Arthur Miller and the entire original cast
MILLER, ARTHUR. (English) Death of a Salesman
New York: Viking, 1949
Original cloth and dust jacket. Fine. Half morocco case
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Arthur Miller to William Targ and further signed by the original cast members, who have all signed on the list of cast members printed after the title page.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is one of the landmarks of American theater. “By common consent, this is one of the finest dramas in the whole range of the American theater (Brooks Atkinson).
Death of a Salesman “is the most poignant statement of man as he must face himself to have come out of our theater.” “Mr. Miller’s play is a tragedy modern and personal, not classic and heroic. Its central figure is a little man sentenced to discover his smallness rather than a big man undone by his greatness” (John Mason Brown).
The play was first performed at the Morosco Theatre where it opened on February 10, 1949 and lasted 742 performances.
Provenance: 1. William Targ, the recipient of this presentation copy. Targ is widely considered one of the great editors of the postwar era; 2. the celebrated library of Mrs. Charles Engelhard, Christie’s New York, 2 December 2005, lot 215.