BECKETT, Samuel (1906-1989). Six proofs and playscripts with autograph annotations and emendations, alongside further notes to the printers in the hand of Peter Moldon and proof readers' annotations, for Footfalls, That Time, and Three Occasional Pieces (A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby and Ohio Impromptu), [c.1975-1982], comprising:
That Time, [c.1975], corrected proof bearing c.13 emendations by Beckett in red and black biro. 16 pages on unsewn bifolia, 8vo; Footfalls, [c.1976], corrected proof bearing 6 emendations by Beckett in red biro, including a change of word in V's monologue. 16 pages on unsewn bifolia, 8vo; Footfalls, [c.1976], photocopied typed playscript bearing 4 emendations by Beckett in black ink. 5 pages, 4to; Footfalls, [c.1976], annotated typed playscript bearing 5 emendations by Beckett in black ink, including the addition of four words to V's monologue. 5 pages, 4to; Three Occasional Pieces, , galley proofs bearing c.21 emendations by Beckett in black ink, often additions of 1-8 words. 11 pages, stapled; Three Occasional Pieces, , photocopies of the typed prelims and part titles for each play, the page listing the first performance details bearing 3 emendations by Beckett in black ink, including the substitution of Billie Whitelaw's name. 27 pages, folio; [Also with:] an autograph envelope, postmarked Paris, 7 April 1976, originally containing corrected proofs [and:] further material relating to Beckett's publications.
Compiled by Peter Moldon (1937-2014), who oversaw the design of Beckett's playscripts at Faber & Faber, this collection offers an insight into the final editing stages for Beckett's works, with minute details being made by the author right up to the moment they were sent to the printers. In 1983, the year after Three Occasional Pieces was published, Beckett was to write his final play, What Where.