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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.
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.
Original self-portrait sketch by Caruso, showing himself in profile, boldly signed by him, “Enrico Caruso London 1905.”In near fine condition. The drawing measures 5.75 inches by 6.25 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 18.75 inches.
“Life is a lot like jazz - it's best when you improvise”: FIRST EDITION OF GEORGE GERSHWIN’S SONG-BOOK; INSCRIBED BY HIM
New York: Random House, 1932.
First edition of Gershwin’s classic songbook. Quarto, original cloth, with 18 color illustrations by Constantin Alajalov. Inscribed by George Gershwin beneath his frontispiece portrait, “To Dorothy Turnley – Every good wish, George Gershwin.” Signed examples of the trade edition are rare. Affixed to the endpapers are several related newspaper clippings and a program from a January 26, 1934 performance by Gershwin and tenor James Melton at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Coliseum. The program is autographed by Melton. With the bookplate of Dorothy Scallin Turnley. Dorothy Turnley was the first wife of Howard Chandler Turnley, proprietor of the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park, Iowa. After her marriage to Howard Turnley, Dorothy married artist Andre Boratko, then director of the WPA Federal Art Project in South Dakota. In near fine condition, lacking the rare dust jacket. Scarce and desirable signed and with noted provenance.
“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 108 of only 300 copies signed by George Gershwin and illustrator Constantin Alajalov. Quarto, bound in full publishers morocco. This copy includes the music to “Mischa, Yascha, Toscha, Sascha” in the pocket at the rear, often not found. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
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.
"Fairy tales can come true It can happen to you If you're young at heart": Large Signed Photograph of Jimmy Durante
Large photograph of Jimmy Durante, inscribed by him, “To Sammy – For all you did for me – I hope I may get the chance to do something for you. My Best Always, Schnozzle Durante.” The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Double matted and framed.
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, with the original record.
"If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet": Life: Keith Richards' Autobiography; Signed by Him in the year of publication
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2010.
First edition, early printing of Richards’ autobiography. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed and dated in the year of publication, “Keith Richards ’10” on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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.
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 very good condition with a small crease to the bottom. 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.