A typed carbon typescript of an early version of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, written between December of 1954 and 1955 in the leadup to pre–Broadway tryout in Philadelphia. It incorporates the edits made by Williams in a collection of revisions dated "9 December 1954" (Currently housed at the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection, Butler Library, Columbia University): Big Daddy’s appearance in Act III, Brick’s admittance "I might be impotent, Maggie", and the inclusion of Big Daddy’s "elephant joke" (which was later replaced by the famous "mendacity" speech. Very good and extremely rare - only 7 typescripts of this version are known to exist, most in wraps from the Liebling-Wood agency.

Quarto, 120 pages. In leatherette wrap bound with brads, and final title "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" in silver lettering. Label in upper left for Hart Stenographic Bureau. Chipping to bottom right edge/corner of front cover and head/tail of spine, a closed tear near "Hart" label, and a two-inch closed tear along hinge at bottom of the front corner. Some minor age-toning to edges and titlepage.

Also includes the playbill for the second week of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof's initial Broadway run at the Morosco Theatre. The play premiered March 24th, 1955, and the first playbill was of the week of March 21. The bill included is from the "Week beginning Monday, March 28, 1955" (stated on page 21 of the playbill). Octavo, 36 pages. Very good condition. There is some minor wear to the spine, mild age-toning, an 1.4-inch closed tear near the tail of the spine.

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