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SHAW, George Bernard.


Last Will and Testament.
1950.

Original carbon copy of Shaw's Will comprising 22 pages of typed print. Not signed. Later brown cloth, title in gilt to upper cover. Witnessed by Shaw's friends Mr and Mrs Harold White.
Pencil note to first page "Claude: Pls file in morgue" Paper repairs to last leaf with some loss of text. 3 leaves with pencil annotations.

Shaw died five month's after making this will at the age of 93. Four leaves of the will refer to instructions that for the first 21 years after his death, the earnings from the royalties of all his works should be spent on the creation and promotion of a phonetic alphabet, using 40 or more letters, each of which represented one sound, and one sound only, of the English language. This is now know as the Shavian alphabet. The development of the Alphabet was initially delayed. If his will had been executed immediately, and the Alphabet Trust had been established as envisioned more than five hundred thousand pounds would have been spent to develop and proliferate the Shaw Alphabet. However, the will was successfully contested by other hopeful beneficiaries, and an out-of-court settlement awarded the Alphabet Trust a meagre £8,300.

Price £ 1000.00
Stock Code 21924
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