En attendant Godot: Piece en deux Actes. Paris: Editions de Minuit, 1952. Later issue printed in 1954. Publisher's cream wrappers printed in black & blue. Title to spine and list of works by Beckett to lower cover. One plate of photographs in the text. Light browning to covers, otherwise a very good copy of this fragile publication. Presentation copy, Inscribed by Beckett on half-title "For --- affectionally, Sam, Paris, August 1954" An early presentation copy of Beckett's masterpiece, first published in French and performed in 1953 at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris. It would later be translated into English by Beckett himself. Beckett said of his famous play: 'I began to write Godot as a relaxation, to get away from the awful prose I was writing at the time.' Godot established Beckett as 'the most original and significant dramatist of our time..whatever it is 'about' [it] has recast the face of theater in our time.. immediately and simultaneously a succes de scandale and a piece a succes, it ran on in France, then moved through Germany and Italy, England, the United States -- the world -- to cheer, trouble, and awe hearts and minds as few other plays of modern times (from among those not designed for popular consumption) have done' (Lake p. 65). Housed in custom made clamshell box.