Rare Copy of “Annals of the English Stage”, Inscribed First Edition, Handsomely Bound, Beorge Cukor’s Copy | By Dr. John Doran, “Their Majesties’ Servants.” Annals of the English Stage, from Thomas Betterton to Edmund Kean | Published: London: Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1864 | Complete in Two Volumes | Size: Octavo | Binding: Original full brown levant Morocco leather, raised bands, elaborately gilt decorated spines and dentelles, gilt-panelled boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, untrimmed | First Edition, signed and inscribed by Doran on the half-title of Volume I: “To Henry T. Riley with the kind request (?) of John Doran.” Doran was well known for his books about the English stage. Also inscribed to George Cukor “in memory of a lovely lunch…” Frontis portraits. Bookplates. A splendidly bound set, with the author’s inscription and Cukor’s bookplate, in fine condition. Previously sold to owner by Bauman Rare Books prior to 1999. Dimensions: Octavo Artist or Maker: John Doran Medium: Original full brown levant morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt decorated spines and dentelles, gilt -panelled boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, untrimmed. Date: 1864 Condition Report: Fine Condition. Provenance: Remarkable Provenance. The Books were given and inscribed to Henry T. Riley by the author John Doran. Henry T. Riley was a prominent author and translator during the 19th Century in England. The Books were then inscribed to the famous American Film Director George Cukor. The Books were sold to the owner by Bauman Rare Books of Philadelphia / New York. Notes: Henry Thomas Riley (1816–1878) was a famous English translator, lexicographer, and antiquary. Born in June 1816, He was educated at Chatham House, Ramsgate, and at Charterhouse School (1832–4). He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, but at the end of his first term migrated to Clare College where he was admitted on 17 December 1834, and elected a scholar on 24 January 1835. In 1838 he obtained a Latin essay prize. He graduated B.A. in 1840 and M.A. in 1859, after which he moved to Corpus Christi College. On 16 June 1870 he was incorporated at Exeter College, Oxford.Riley was called to the bar at the Inner Temple on 23 November 1847, but early in life he began hack work for booksellers to make a living, by editing and translation. On the creation of the Historical Manuscripts Commission (by royal charter in April 1869), Riley was engaged as an additional inspector for England, and given the task of examining the archives of various municipal corporations, the muniments of the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, and the documents in the registries of various bishops and chapters. George Dewey Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. His career flourished at RKO when David O. Selznick, the studio’s Head of Production, assigned Cukor to direct several of RKO’s major films, including What Price Hollywood? (1932), A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Our Betters (1933), and Little Women (1933). When Selznick moved to MGM in 1933, Cukor followed and directed Dinner at Eight (1933) and David Copperfield (1935) for Selznick and Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Camille (1936) for Irving Thalberg. He was replaced as the director of Gone with the Wind (1939), but he went on to direct The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Adam’s Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star Is Born (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), and My Fair Lady (1964). He continued to work into the 1980s.