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“If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know": Original Program Signed by Louis Armstrong and His All Stars
Northampton, Massachusetts: The Northampton Jaycees, 1947.
Rare original program from Louis Armstrong and His All Stars’ performance at the John M. Greene Hall in Northampton Massachusetts during their All Star tour. Octavo, 6 pages. Boldly signed by Louis Armstrong on the program cover. Additionally signed by Clarinetist Ed Hall, Trombonist Trummy Young, Pianist Billy Kyle, Bassist Mort Herbert, and Vocalist Velma Middleton. In near fine condition. A unique example.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
First edition of this deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Chip Kidd. Translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin.
"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.
Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature
Single page typed signed letter with notes in Stravinsky’s hand. Typed signed letter from 1962 to Igor Styravinsky from Carl Haverlin, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and longtime president of Broadcast Music Inc. The letter is on Broadcast Music Inc. stationary, and Haverlin writes to inquire about some illustrations which Dulac had made for Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet. He writes: “I…take the liberty of asking you if your memory will bring forth any background on the sketches.” In the margin adjacent to this sentence, Stravinsky writes “Not at all!” in red pen. Haverlin closes the letter with: “Photostats of the sketchbook pages are enclosed.” Beneath this Stravinsky writes, along with his signature, “I find it unfortunately very bad.” Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19.25 inches.
"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.
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.”
First Edition of Woody Guthrie's autobiography Bound For Glory; in the scarce first issue dust jacket
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1943.
First edition of folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, and only book published during his lifetime, in the scarce first issue dust jacket. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece portrait of Guthrie after a photograph by Robin Carson, illustrated with sketches by the author. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with chipping and wear, bookplate. Rare and desirable.
First edition of Bourne Inc. 1919-1948: Songs of Yesterday That Are Memory Songs of Today; Bonnie Bourne's copy with her name gilt on the front panel
New York: Bourne Inc. and ABC Music Corporation, 1919-1948.
First edition of this catalogue of songs published by Bourne Music Company between 1919 and 1948. Quarto, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, pictorial endpapers. Bonnie Bourne’s copy with her name gilt on the front panel. In near fine condition. Rare a desirable with noted provenance.
Paris: Henri Plon, 1867.
Finely bound example of the popular songs and operettas of French chansonnier Gustave Nadaud. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. In very good condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
New York: Welcome Enterprises, 1995.
First edition of Cohen’s work, a lyrical tribute to love. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Paintings by Henri Matisse. Edited by Linda Sunshine.
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.
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.
“LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ - IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE": Rare musical quotation signed by legendary American composer George Gershwin
Rare original Rhapsody in Blue musical quotation signed by American composer and pianist George Gershwin. One page with an original photograph of Gershwin playing the piano mounted to the page. Boldly inscribed by Gershwin, “For Tessie Best Wishes & love, George Nov. 22, 1926.” With a hand-drawn bar with Treble Clef displaying a stanza from Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Mounted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 by 17.5 inches. In very good condition with minor loss to the top right edge of the photograph and a closed tear. Rare and desirable with a hand written quotation by Gershwin from his most notable orchestral composition.
“Life is a lot like jazz - it's best when you improvise": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE GERSHWIN’S SONG-BOOK
New York: Random House, 1932.
Signed limited first edition, number 37 of only 300 copies signed by George Gershwin and illustrator Constantin Alajalov. Quarto, bound in full publishers morocco. In good condition with dampstaining to the text.
Photograph signed and inscribed and dated in 1905 by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini to Argentine composer, conductor, and pianist Alberto Williams. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 18 inches. An exceptional piece with noted provenance.
"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.
"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 of Townshend’s series of short fictions. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by Pete Townshend on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pentagram.
"I have the only key to your heart I can stop you falling apart": First American Edition of Horses Neck; Inscribed by Pete Townshend
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985.
First American edition of Townshend’s series of short fictions. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed and dated by Pete Townshend on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pentagram.
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" I'm Your Man; Signed by Leonard Cohen
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2012.
Early printing of the definitive biography of Leonard Cohen. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Leah Springate. Rare signed.