Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, in its first French edition from 1957, comes up at the Morgan O’Driscoll sale in Cork on Monday, November 29.
Arriving on the market at the moment when the financial game is up for Ireland, the national endgame for this indebted country involving a financial bailout from the IMF, the ECB and countries like Britain and Sweden, this particular version is Number 32 in an edition of 54 numbered copies. It is estimated at 3,500-4,500.
Endgame is a one act play with four characters by the Nobel Prize winning Irish writer. It was originally written in French and entitled Fin de partie. Beckett, as was his custom, translated it into English.
The play was first performed in a French language production at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1957.
A first edition of L’innommable (The Unnamable) by Beckett, inscribed by the author in 1953, also features in the sale. It is estimated at 3,000-4,000.
L’innommable is the final installment of Beckett’s trilogy of novels Molloy/Malone Dies/The Unnamable. This edition was inscribed by Beckett to his Swedish translator Carl Gustaf Birger Bjurstrom.