(New York:) A New Directions Book, (1955). Original light brown cloth lettered in black, with dust jacket.
First Edition, first issue, of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a dying southern patriarch, Big Daddy Pollitt, and the greed of his would-be heirs -- spiced up by the presence of Maggie the Cat. In March 1955 the play, directed by Elia Kazan, opened starring Barbara Bel Geddes, Ben Gazzara and Burl Ives; three years later came the film (minus the homosexual overtones due to the Hays Code) -- starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives (for which the latter won an Oscar).
This copy is of the first state, without mention of The New York Times on the copyright page and without mention of Lucinda Ballard and Joseph Mielzinger on p. xii. The volume is in fine, clean condition, and the $3.00-priced jacket is close to fine as well (just a little rubbing at the top of its spine). Item #14869