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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.
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.
Rare first edition of this epic sheet 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 goog 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.”
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.
"A friend told me he;s risen above jazz, I leave him there": Dear John, Dear Coltrane; Inscribed by Michael S. Harper
Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1970.
Early printing of this book of Michael Harper’s first book of poetry. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Inscribed by the poet on the half-title page, “For Ruth and Lautz, from Michael Harper in Philadelphia – Oct 78.” In near fine condition. A very nice example.
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”: 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.
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.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Early printing of Christopher Plummer’s memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by Christopher Plummer on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
"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.
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.