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“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between”: Rare First Editions of the Full Orchestral Scores of the Symphonies of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; Including the first appearance of of the full scores of Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Symphony no. 40
A Compleat Collection of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies, in Score, Most Respectfully Dedicated, by Permission, to H.R.H The Prince of Wales.
London: Lavenu, Cianchettini & Sperati 1808-1810.
First editions of the first printings of the full orchestral scores of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Mozart, and Hadyn. Quarto, two volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards wit gilt titles and tooling to the spine, including A Complete Collection of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies (Cianchettini and Sperati) and A Complete Collection of Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies. A Compleat Collection of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies contains the first appearance of the full scores of Mozart‘s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Mozart‘s Symphony no. 40, and no. 41. (Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music, 564-567). A Complete Collection of Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies (Lavenu) contains the first appearance of the full scores of Mozart‘s Symphony no. 39, no, 13, and no. 38. In very good condition with light toning to the text. An exceptional collection of the utmost rarity.
Signed musical score of one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. Boldly signed by George Gershwin on the front panel. Quarto, original printed wrappers, back wrapper with advertisements for Gershwin’s “Tip, Toes,” and “Lady, Be, Good” (covers and title-page detached, marginal tears). In very good condition with some wear, name to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions signed and inscribed by Gershwin are rare and desirable.
“There's no liquor in the land that can stop your brain from bleedin": First Edition of Bob Dylan's First Book Tarantula; Signed by Him
Madison, Wisconsin: Wimp Press c. 1966.
First pirated edition. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Bob Dylan in a contemporary hand on the title page. A very good example with the cover a little rubbed and marked. One of the earliest pirated editions of Dylan’s novel, taken from the Macmillan 1966 proofs after production was delayed, pre-dating the 1971 trade edition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Dylan.
"Why wait any longer for the one you love, When he’s standing in front of you": Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline; lengthily inscribed by him
Columbia Records .
Vinyl of Dylan’s ninth studio and singular country music album, marking a dramatic shift in his direction and style. Inscribed by Dylan on the album cover, “Best wishes to the ‘Sorcerer,’ NYC, Bob Dylan, 6/2/90.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads, “I met Bob Dylan when he was recording the album ‘Under a Red Sky’ at Sorcerer Sound Studios on Mercer St. in New York City in June of 1990. I was working in the smaller of the 2 recording studios at the time. I brought in 2 albums for him to sign for me which he obliged. On the ‘Nashville Skyline’ album he referred to me as the Sorcerer. I don’t know why.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 10 inches.
Autograph musical quotation signed and an autograph letter signed by Maurice Ravel. The quotation, 3 bars from his Chansons madécasses, notated on a two-stave system, with holograph title, lyrics, tempo directive and instrument labels. The letter in French is addressed to “My friend”, in French, stating that he received his note when leaving Geneva and mentioning two places he might be when he returns at Christmastime, dated Paris 15 December 1928 With Hotel D’Athènes” stationery. Both matted and framed together with a commemorative medallion. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 27 inches. A striking piece, rare and desirable.
"If your time to you is worth savin'then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'": Rare original The Times They Are A-Changin' Vinyl; signed by Bob Dylan
Modern pressing of Dylan’s third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’. Inscribed by Bob Dylan, “To Dino Bob Dylan ’17.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads in part, “On April 26, 2017, I was at the Swiss Life Hall in Hannover…to see Dylan’s concert and meet some European tour managers…I had an ‘all areas’ pass which allowed me to access the external but reserved area of the concert hall. Dylan and his band had just got off the buses heading for catering/dressing room area…At that moment I presented him the LP ‘The times they are a-changin’ and a black marker. Bob did not say a word.” Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26 inches by 19 inches. Signed examples of this particular album do not appear often.
"He was totally unlike anybody else" (Judy Collins); First Edition of Dance Me To The End of Love; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to Judy Collins
New York: Welcome Enterprises 1995.
First edition of Cohen’s work, a lyrical tribute to love. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. Paintings by Henri Matisse. Edited by Linda Sunshine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Judy Collins on the front free endpaper, “Dear Judy thank-you for shameless love, as always Leonard Los Angeles 1995” with Cohen’s “Order of the Unified Heart” ink stamp, his embossed stamp, and Collins’ signature above. Collins was essentially responsible for Cohen’s musical career. As she writes in her autobiography Trust Your Heart, “I met Leonard Cohen in 1966, when my Canadian friend Mary Martin arranged for us to meet. Leonard had been a published and successful writer and poet for many years, and had recently written his first songs. He came down from Canada one night, and I listened to his songs in my living room. He sang ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ that night, sitting on the couch, holding the guitar on his knee. I was moved by his singing voice, and by the songs, and by his whole presence. There was something very ethereal and at the same time earthy about his voice. When Leonard sang, I was entranced. I became immediately devoted to him, and we soon were friends… I recorded ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ on In My Life in 1966, and it went gold in 1967. With the record’s success, Leonard became known as a songwriter. I suggested he make his debut and sing in public, but he was terribly shy. I knew once he got over his fear, he would be powerful on stage. I was going to appear at a concert for Sane against the Vietnam War at Town Hall, on April 30, 1967. I asked Leonard if he would sing Suzanne there. ‘I can’t do it, Judy, I would die from embarrassment.’ ‘Leonard, you are a great writer and a fine singer, people want to hear you.’ He finally agreed, reluctantly. When I introduced him, he walked onto the stage hesitantly, his guitar slung across his hips, and from the wings I could see his legs shaking inside his trousers. He began ‘Suzanne,’ with the hushed audience leaning forward in their seats; he got halfway through the first verse and stopped. ‘I can’t go on,’ he said, and left the stage, while the audience clapped and shouted, calling for him to come back. ‘We love you, you’re great!’ Their voices followed him backstage, where he stood with his head on my shoulder, my arms around him. ‘I can’t do it, I can’t go back.’… He looked about ten years old. His mouth drew down at the sides, he started to untangle himself from his guitar strap. I stopped him, touching him on the shoulder. ‘But you will,’ I said. He shook himself and drew his body up and put his shoulders back, smiled again, and walked back onto the stage. He finished ‘Suzanne,’ and the audience went wild. He has been giving concerts ever since. I have loved and recorded so many of his songs… His songs carried me through dark years like mantras or stones that you hold in your hand while the sun rises or the fire burns. They kept me centered as I stood in front of thousands of people, my eyes closed, my hands around the neck of a guitar, my voice singing his ethereal lyrics. The audience responded to his writing, the songs were like water to a person dying of thirst. They were songs for the spirit when our spirits were strained to the breaking point.” An exceptional association, perhaps the finest possible as without Collins, Leonard Cohen musical career may not have been discovered. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Judy Collins.
Handwritten musical quotation inscribed by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Russian above the opening three bars of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47) on a two-stave system with holograph tempo directive and title, “To Lionel Okvin from Dmitri Shostakovich 17th February 1947.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Shostakovich. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 15.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF PORGY AND BESS; SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN, DUBOSE HEYWARD, AND ROUBEN MAMOULIAN
George Gershwin. Libretto by DuBose Heyward. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Production Directed by Rouben Mamoulian.
New York: Random House 1935.
Deluxe limited edition of Porgy and Bess, number 55 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and director Rouben Mamoulian. Folio, original full red morocco, raised bands, top edge gilt, illustrated. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
“Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life”: John Lennon's In His Own Write; Signed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape 1964.
First edition, second printing of Lennon’s first book. Octavo, original laminated pictorial boards. Introduction by Paul McCartney. Presentation copy, signed by John Lennon on the front free endpaper, “For Judy love, John Lennon xx.” In near fine condition with light rubbing, with the recipient’s name above the inscription. Designed by Robert Freeman. Rare and desirable signed by Lennon.
"Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe Even you don't know by now And it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe It'll never do somehow": Original LP Signed by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger
Original stereo LP put out by Zenith featuring various folk singers, including Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Signed by both Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger in contemporary signatures on the front panel of the record sleeve. It features Dylan singing: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right and House of the Rising Sun; Pete Seeger singing, John Henry and Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd; New Christy Minstrels Californi-o and Rovin’ Gambler; Brothers Four San Francisco Bay Blues and Michael; Village Stompers If I Had a Hammer and Reilly’s Daughter. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 25.5 inches. Contemporary signatures on an original record are rare.
"These are the songs of Bob Dylan, the pioneer, the trail-blazer, the innovator, who has disturbed, delighted, dismayed and deepened the thinking of millions of listeners": Rare first edition of the Bob Dylan Song Book; Signed by Bob Dylan
New York: M. Whitmark & Sons .
First edition of this music collection of the songs of Bob Dylan. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers as issued, frontispiece portrait of Dylan after a drawing by Cambert, illustrated. Signed by Bob Dylan on the front free endpaper. Introduction by New York Times folk music critic Robert Shelton. Photographs by Chuck Stewart. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Original 1959 Road Program From West Side Story's First American Tour; inscribed by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, and Larry Kert
Laurents, Arthur; Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Choreographed by Jerome Robbins..
New York: Kal Efron 1959.
Rare original 1959 program from West Side Story’s first American tour. Signed and inscribed by all four contributors, “For the Bernsteins, from, Leonard Bernstein,” “For Norman & Michael Bernstein – Best Wishes – Arthur Laurent,” “For Norman Bernstein – from, Jerome Robbins,” “For Norman and Michael Bernstein, Best Wishes, Stephen Sondheim,” and “To Norm, Best Wishes, Larry Kert.” Kert starred as Tony in the original Broadway musical and in the production of the first American tour. Following the production’s initial 732 Broadway performance run, the musical went on tour throughout the Unites States, returning to New York ten weeks later for an additional 249 shows. Quarto, original wrappers, sixteen pages. In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by all four contributors.
“LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ - IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE": Photograph of legendary American composer George Gershwin; Signed by Him
Rare original black and white photograph of Gershwin playing the piano, boldly inscribed by Gershwin, “For Mary Maggenti- Every good wish, George Gershwin May 20, 1930.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 by 13.5 inches. In near fine condition.