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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.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 95829
"to George You're Great And Always will be!": Bob Dylan's Lyrics; Inscribed by Him to George Harrison
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
First printing of the second edition of this compilation of Dylan’s lyrics. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Dylan to close friend and fellow legendary musician, George Harrison on the front free endpaper: “To George [surrounded by a sun] You’re Great And Always will be! Best wishes Bob Dylan/3/’86.” George Harrison wrote the lyrics to the Beatles hit, “Here Comes the Sun” and Dylan was a major catalyst for Harrison as a musician. They met in person for the first time in August of 1964 at the Delmonico Hotel in New York City, where Dylan, after misinterpreting ‘It’s A Hard Day’s Night’ lyric “I get high”, offered Harrison and his fellow Beatles their first marijuana joint. After this meeting, the friendship between the Beatles and Dylan grew and his influence allowed them to expand past the conventions of pop music, with an increased use of acoustic rather than electric instruments in their recordings and more of a focus on craftsmanship vs. music for the mass market. In the fall of 1968, Harrison came to Dylan’s home in upstate New York, where they co-wrote the song, “I’d Have you Anytime”, which is recognized as a statement of friendship between the two musicians. The song was released on Harrison’s first solo album, “All Things Must Pass”, which also included a song about Dylan called, “Behind That Locked Door” and a cover of Dylan’s song, “If Not For You”. The two musicians continued occasional jam sessions in private and onstage, but the closeness of their connection was not as apparent to the public until the formation of the Travelling Wilburys in 1988, which consisted of Dylan, Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. In near fine condition. A wonderful association copy linking these two music geniuses.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 80146
“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.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 60050
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on May 27, 1963 by Columbia Records, boldly signed by Dylan. Whereas his self-titled debut album Bob Dylan had contained only two original songs, Freewheelin‘ represented the beginning of Dylan’s writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are Dylan’s original compositions. The album opens with “Blowin’ in the Wind”, which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary soon after the release of Freewheelin‘. The album featured several other songs which came to be regarded as among Dylan’s best compositions and classics of the 1960s folk scene: “Girl from the North Country”, “Masters of War”, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”. Dylan’s lyrics embraced news stories drawn from headlines about the Civil Rights Movement and he articulated anxieties about the fear of nuclear warfare. Balancing this political material were love songs, sometimes bitter and accusatory, and material that features surreal humor. Freewheelin‘ showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time, propelling him to national and international fame. The success of the album and Dylan’s subsequent recognition led to his being named as “Spokesman of a Generation”, a label Dylan repudiated. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Bob Dylan.
Price: $10,500.00 Item Number: 109822
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.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 72755
Original pressing of one of the greatest albums of all-time. Boldly signed by Bob Dylan on the front panel. The cover photograph of Blonde on Blonde shows a 12-by-12 inch close-up portrait of Dylan. The double album gatefold sleeve opens to form a 12-by-26 inch photo of the artist, at three quarter length. The artist’s name and the album’s title only appear on the spine. A sticker was applied to the shrink wrap to promote the release’s two hit singles, “I Want You” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”. The cover shows Dylan in front of a brick building, wearing a suede jacket and a black and white checkered scarf. The jacket is the same one he wore on his next two albums, John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114175
"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.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 96536
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.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 82418
"How does it feel, how does it feel? To be without a home Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone": First Edition of Bob Dylan Lyrics: 1962-2001; Signed by Him
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001.
First edition of this collection of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s lyrics from 1962-2001. Quarto, original half cloth. Signed by Bob Dylan on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Geoff Gans. Jacket photograph by Jerry Schatzberg. Signed by Dylan in Sweden in 2017.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119548
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.
First printing of the second edition of this compilation of Dylan’s lyrics. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards. Signed by Bob Dylan on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition. One of a few examples signed by Dylan for Knopf representatives.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119777
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.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 98943
"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.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 90802
“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 206 of only 300 copies signed by George Gershwin and illustrator Constantin Alajalov. Quarto, bound in full publishers morocco, frontispiece portrait of Gershwin and numerous full-page illustrations by Alajalov. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119552
"Don't Stop Me Now'Cause I'm having a good time, having a good time": Original Record of Queen's Jazz, Signed by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon
Original record, boldly signed by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon on the front panel. In fine condition. Framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 18 inches. Rare and desirable signed by each member of Queen.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 122488
New York: Boosey and Hawkes, 1945.
First edition of the Booksey and Hawkes Pocket Orchestral Score of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, one of the most enduring of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original wrappers as issue. Inscribed by the composer on the title page, “For Bruce Kubert Aaron Copland Heaton Hall July 1946.” In very good condition with a tear to the front panel. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 96244
"This is a book that needed to be written": First Edition of Tin Pan Alley; Signed by George Gershwin, Charles Previn and James Melton
New York: The John Day Company, 1930.
First edition of this work on American popular music. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by George Gershwin. Boldly signed “Sincerely George Gershwin” on the dedication page. Additionally signed by conductor Charles Previn and tenor James Melton. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Previn was an American film composer who was highly active at Universal in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. Before going to Hollywood, Previn had arranged music for over 100 Broadway productions. Melton was a popular singer in the 1920s and 1930s and later began a career as an operatic singer when tenor voices went out of style in popular music around 1932–35. Contemporary bookplate, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 84308
“I'M WILD ABOUT YOU, GAL, YOU OUGHT TO BE A FOOL ABOUT ME”: Bob Dylan's Original Album Modern Times; Signed by Him
New York: BMG & Columbia Records, 2006.
First pressing of this album by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Quarto, 2 original vinyl records. Boldly signed by Bob Dylan on the front panel. In fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 122328
London: National Portrait Gallery, 2014.
Signed limited edition, number 20 of 21 signed copies. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Signed and numbered by Bob Dylan on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 36073
DYLAN, Bob; Joan Baez; Jack Elliott; The Greenbriar Boys; The New Lost City Ramblers; Peggy Seeger; Introduction by Pete Seeger.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1963.
First edition of this collection of songs from the 1960’s folk music scene. Quarto, original cloth, with 112 pages with photographs. Signed by Bob Dylan in a contemporary hand on the front free endpaper. Features photos and tabulature of music by Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Jack Elliott, The Greenbriar Boys, The New Lost City Ramblers and Peggy Seeger. Introduction by Pete Seeger. Notes by Earl Robinson. Rare and desirable signed by Dylan.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 43008
Berlin: N. Simrock, 1877-86.
The first four symphonies. Opus 68, 73, 90, 98, the orchestral scores, Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. First Symphony (plate 7957), is first printing, conforming to McCorkle; the balance appear to be early printings. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 48030
Quarto, 6 volumes. Bound in full red morocco, gilt titles, gilt ruling to the spine, front and rear panels. In near fine condition. Mixed early editions. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 51080
Rare 18th Century Catholic Antiphonal; containing the Festa Februarii, Festa Martii, and Festa Aprilis
Rare 18th Century Catholic antiphonal containing the Festa Februarii, Festa Martii, and Festa Aprilis. Quarto, bound in full leather, hand-written script of both music and lyrics in black and red, all edges red, ribbon bound in. In very good condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 123047
"One of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century": Rare Original Hank William's Country Hit Parade Original Songbook; Signed by Hank Williams and all four members of the Drifting Cowboys
Nashville, Tennessee: Acuff-Rose Publications, c. 1950.
Rare original songbook featuring scores to Hank Williams’ most popular country songs. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers, featuring 20 of Williams’ most popular songs, illustrated with photographs. Signed on the front panel by Hank Williams and all four members of the final line-up of The Drifting Cowboys: steel guitarist Don Helms, fiddler Jerry Rivers, guitarist Sammy Pruett and bassist Cedric Rainwater. In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed by Williams and his final ensemble.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 96144
"Here it comes, here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown": Rare Rock 'N' Rolling Stones LP; signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts
The Decca Record Company Limited, 1972.
Rare Rock ‘N’ Rolling Stones vinyl signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 122194
Rare collection of first and limited editions, catalogs and magazines signed by American rock legend Patti Smith. Approximately twenty volumes, each signed by Smith, the collection includes a first edition of New Women in Rock (New York: Delilah/Putnam, 1982), a signed limited edition of Rimbaud (Zurich: Vasellari, 1991), a first edition of Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith (Pittsburgh: The Andy Warhol Museum, 2002), a first edition of Robert Mapplethorpe Portraits Patti Smith Dessins (Paris: Baudoin Lebon, 1998), the July/August 1996 issue of Option Music and Culture, the March 1998 issue of Time Out: New York, several copies of the November 2011 issue of Interview, a January 1998 issue of Goldmine, and a collection of photograph negatives and prints of Smith with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Andy Warhol. Each document is in near fine to fine condition. A unique collection.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 110268
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.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 51014
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there": Signed Limited Edition of Songs by George Harrison
Guildford: Genesis Press, 1987.
Signed limited edition of this work by George Harrison. Quarto, original leather, raised bands, all edges gilt, clamshell, illustrated by Keith West. Signed by George Harrison and Keith West. Fine in a fine clamshell box, with compartment containing original compact disc and with title label to front.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 111536
Rare collection of late 18th and early 19th century sheet music of the Celebrated Symphonies and Overtures of Joseph Haydn and George Frideric Handel
London: I. Walsh, William Randall, C.S. Thompson, G. Walker, et al. Ossenbach sul Meno: Giovanni Andre, c. 1740-1815.
Rare collection of late 18th and early 19th century sheet music of the Celebrated Symphonies and Overtures of Joseph Haydn and George Frideric Handel. Quarto, bound in a variety of marbled wrappers and boards with some disbound. The collection includes Sei Quartetti concertanti per due Violini, Viola e Violoncello al Signor Giuseppe Haydn (Ossenbach Sul Meno: Giovanni Andre) Alexander’s Feast or The Power of Musick: An Ode Wrote in Honour of St. Cecilia By Mr. M. Dryden Set to Musick by Mr. Handel (London: J. Walsh), Six Overtures fitted to the Harpsicord or Spinnet Composed by Mr. Handel (London: J. Walsh), and Haydn’s Celebrated Symphonies Composed for and Performed at Mr. Saloman’s and The Opera Concerts adapted for the Piano Forte No. 5 (London: G. Walker), among others. In very good to near fine condition. A remarkable collection.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 112946
New York: Tams-Witmark Music Library, .
Rare original Silk Stockings shooting script with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Quarto, original black Hart Stenographic Bureau leatherette wrappers bound and bradded. In near fine condition. Annotations throughout. Accompanied by the vocal part of Ninotchka which is in fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 110658
"Pretty woman, I don't believe you, you're not the truth. No one could look as good as you, mercy": Signed Original Album of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
Roy Orbison‘s Greatest Hits compilation album boldly signed by him on the front panel, “Love, Roy Orbison.” In near fine condition with the original album. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 123631
Rare original woodblock-print diploma from the 1970 Polish Sacrosong Music Festival. Signed by Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła), “Karol card Wojtyla.” The famous Polish Sacrosong Festival was established in 1969 to preserve Catholic identity during the Cold War, future pope Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was a major patron of the festival, featured vocalist, and appeared in a full-length feature album, Pope John Paul II At The Festival Sacrosong, produced and distributed in more that 30 worldwide networks in 1979. In excellent condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Pope John Paul II.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 82450
"I live in a silver mine and I call it beggar's tomb; I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune": Original Album of The Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead; Signed by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter and Tom Constanten
Original LP of Workingman’s Dead boldly signed by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter and Tom Constanten who has written out the lyrics to the classic song Uncle John’s Band, which reads, “I live in a silver mine and I call it beggar’s tomb; I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune.” In near fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 86948
"I'm a cool rockin' Daddy in the U.S.A. now": Album of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.; Signed by Him
New York: Columbia Records, 1984.
Born in the U.S.A. original album, boldly signed by Bruce Springsteen on the front panel. In fine condition with the original record present.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117081
"But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone I'll be speaking to you sweetly From a window In the Tower of Song": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs; Inscribed by Him to Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson
New York: Pantheon, 1993.
First edition of this collection of poems and songs. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “To Mort and Judy warm regards on Christmas Day Leonard Los Angeles 1993.” Cohen has include his trademark entwined heart stamp. The recipients were composer Mort Lindsey and fellow singer Judy Johnson and close friends of Cohen. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen DiGrado. Jacket photograph by Edward Gajdel. Association copies are uncommon.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117464