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"Maybe you could show me how to let go, Lower my guard, Learn to be free. Maybe if you whistle, Whistle for me": First Edition of Anyone Can Whistle; Inscribed by both Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim
New York: Random House, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly Inscribed by both Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. Fine in a near fine bright jacket without the fading usually encountered with the spine.
London: National Portrait Gallery, 2014.
Signed limited edition, number 19 of 21 signed copies. Signed and numbered by Bob Dylan on the title page. In fine condition.
“AT THE CHAPEL DOOR HE [A PRIEST ASSOCIATED WITH A SCHOOL BOULEZ ATTENDED] ASKED ME IF WHAT HE HAD BEEN TOLD WAS TRUE: THAT BOULEZ NO LONGER BELIEVED IN GOD. I SAID IT WAS...”: Inscribed by Pierre Boulez
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author: “To James with my best wishes Pierre Boulez.”
Original LP of The Rolling Stones Album Dirty Work. Signed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the front cover. Richards has written “Love Keith Richards.” In very good condition. Framed.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982.
First edition of this collection of thoughts from Leonard Bernstein. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Leonard Bernstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
San Francisco: 1981.
Signed halftone portrait of Frank Sinatra. Signed on the front of the program, “Peace and Love Frank Sinatra 6-19-81.” In near fine condition. This is a four page program for a benefit for The Mental Health and Child Abuse Foundation of San Francisco, which was held on June 19, 1981, where it was signed. Sinatra was accompanied by Rich Little for this benefit. Measures 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.
New York: Random House, 1932.
Signed limited first edition. Quarto, bound in full publishers morocco. One of only 300 copies signed by George Gershwin and illustrator Constantin Alajalov. In very good condition with some rubbing to the joints, much nicer than usually encountered. This copy with the music to “Mischa, Yascha, Toscha, Sascha” in a pocket at rear, often not found.
"I have the only key to your heart I can stop you falling apart": First Edition of Horses Neck; Inscribed by Pete Townshend
London: Faber & Faber, 1985.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by Pete Townshend on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“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 with a Drawing and also Signed by Paul McCartney
London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
First edition, fourth printing. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Introduction by Paul McCartney. Signed by John Lennon on the front free endpaper, “Love, John Lennon xxx” with an original drawing and also signed by Paul McCartney on the half title page, “Love from Paul McCartney.” In near fine condition with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed by both Lennon and McCartney.
Warner Brothers, 1963.
First Pressing. Signed by Peter Yarrow in silver. In near fine condition. A beautiful signed piece. Their classic recording of Dylan’s Blowin in the Wind. Interestingly, their recording did as much for Dylan’s career as it did for PP&M’s, for, while it sealed their image as the troubadours of the ’60s civil rights movement, it helped position the then-little-known Dylan as the voice of a generation. Other highlightsin this album include their gorgeous interpretation of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as well as spirituals, a lullaby, and even a Civil War ballad. It may all seem quaint now, but when this LP reached No. 1 in 1963, only weeks after John F. Kennedy’s assassination the folk music was in full throttle.
Inscribed “For James Russell Leonard Bernstein ’74 and has added two bars from A Simple Song and the words, “Sing God a Simple Song….”, the second movement from his 1971 work Mass. In fine condition. Matted and framed with a photograph. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 18.25 inches.
New York: Columbia Records, 1973.
Original LP of Leonard Cohen’s first album of Live Songs. Signed by Cohen on the front cover. In very good condition, lacking the record.
Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Books, 1985.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Sylvia who is a part of all this W. Hammerstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Stephen Sondheim.
Warner Brothers, 1978.
Original LP of the minimalist composer’s canonical piece. Signed by Steve Reich and Beryl Knot, who did the cover drawing. In near fine condition. Music for 18 Musicians was written for a cello, violin, two clarinets (both players double on bass clarinet), four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, a metallophone, and four women’s voices.
New York: Random House, 1975.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Richard Rodgers on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1968.
First edition, Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ I am happy that this book was of such an interest for you. Thanks for telling me and very best wishes Pierre Boulez.”
New York: Crown Publishers, 1984.
First edition. Oblong quart0, original cloth. Signed by Maurice Sendak on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"And that's the story of Nutcracker and the King of the Mice": First Edition of The Nutcracker; Inscribed by Maurice Sendak in the Year of Publication
New York: Crown Publishers, 1984.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by Maurice Sendak in the year of publication on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a single small closed tear.
New York : Powerhouse Books, 2014.
Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Photographs by Sharon Robinson. Essay by Larry Sloman. In fine condition.