1934 Agatha Christie Play, Black Coffee

Baker's Plays


Agatha Christie's "Black Coffee," French's Acting Edition No. 322. Book measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches with 69 pages. Distributed by Baker's Plays, Boston, Mass. Original Copyright 1930, by Agatha Christie, Copyright (Acting Edition) 1934, by Agatha Christie. Printed in Great Britain by Latimer, Tend and Co, LTD, Plymouth and published by the Samuel French Company in London.

The origin of Baker’s Plays dates almost as far back as the foundation of Samuel French. Baker’s predecessor, the Herbert Sweet Company, published and sold plays in Boston from 1845-1872. When the great Boston Fire of 1872 destroyed many of the company’s printing plates and other material, it moved into the newly rebuilt district and continued operation under the name of George M Baker & Company. George Baker was a playwright himself, and had written a number of plays and farces specifically for the amateur market that were extremely popular during the time. Walter Baker, brother of George, took over the company in 1892, and Baker’s Plays was officially incorporated in 1921. Click here to learn more about "Baker's Plays" and the "Samuel French" company.

Black Coffee is a play by the British crime-fiction autho Agatha Christie (1890–1976) which was produced initially in 1930. The first piece that Christie wrote for the stage, it launched a successful second career for her as a playwright. Click here to learn more on Wikipedia.

Below is a photo of the "Baker's Plays" building from the MIT libraries. The photo was taken by Nishan Bichajian between 1954 & 1959. The next photo is of the same building as it appears today.



Condition: Generally good condition with some wear, water stain on front cover, and a small rip on spine. The owner stamped their name and address on front cover.

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