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"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
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
“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 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
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.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 92541
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
Rare postcard signed by famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. One page with the Hotel Cecil, London coat of arms, the post card is addressed to Miss Nelly Bachman in Caruso’s hand and signed by him on the verso, “Enrico Caruso London 1906.” Caruso has added a self-caricature beneath his inscription. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 117755
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.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 95819
Richard Strauss signed program. The program was for a concert by the Dusseldorf City Orchestra and Richard Strauss, held April 30, 1925. The program measures 6.5 inches by 8.75 inches. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Strauss. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 65034
"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
“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
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
New York: Whittlesey House, 1941.
Early printing of the composer’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Harold Moran Aaron Copland April 1944.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 116734
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.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 95187
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
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
“If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know": Rare Original 1953 Jazz Concert Programme; inscribed by Louis Armstrong
New York: Columbia Records, 1953.
Rare jazz concert program from a 1953 performance of the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Louis Armstrong All Stars. Folio, original pictorial wrappers, featuring full page photographs of each band member. Inscribed by Louis Armstrong below his photograph, “To Virginia, Best Wishes Louis Armstrong.” Additionally signed by Barney Bigard, Velma Middleton, and Willie Smith. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 96540
New York: Boosey and Hawkes, 1957.
First edition of this score of Copland’s Piano Fantasy, commissioned by the Julliard School of Music on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary celebration. Quarto, original wrappers as issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the composer on the title page, “For Betty and the Baby Love Aaron Oct. 1957.” In near fine condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 96243
"For Alden Who Really loves Music": First Edition of Copland on Music; Inscribed by Aaron Copland and with a signed letter
New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1960.
First edition of this work by the “Dean of American composers.” Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Alden, who really loves music, Aaron Nov 1960.” With an autographed letter signed to the same recipients by Copland on his letterhead which reads, “Dear Alden and Rolf: What a pleasant surprise to get your Encyclopedia for my birthday! Many thanks. It is full of nostalgic memories for me, especially of my student days in the teens, and those exciting twenties. Where on earth did you find such a book?? All best to you both Aaron.” With the envelope written in Copland’s hand and his printed address. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph by Constantine Manos.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 118362
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.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 84762
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
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
New York: Crown Publishers, 1964.
Original playbill of this classic play. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the lyricist Sheldon Harnick on the front panel, “For Peter: Sheldon Harnick 12/16/15.” In near fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 112721
"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 of this classic work. 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.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 762
Rare autograph letter signed by Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky. One page, type-written, dated December 21st, 1966 and addressed to John McClure at Columbia Records, the letter reads, “Dear John, Please answer this Mercury Record letter for me, telling them that they can have the permission, though they can have it, I think, without asking me, in any case. I have been ordered to rest — no conducting at all — after Chicago. This postpones our January plans, I greatly regret to say (and not only for me, as I realize, bu can’t help). Happy New Year to you and your wife. Igor Stravinsky.” The recipient, John McClure was an American recording producer at Columbia Records throughout the 1950s and later operated in a freelance capacity. He worked on over 30 recordings with Stravinsky, 200 with Leonard Bernstein, and oversaw recordings by the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams. Double matted and framed with a black and white portrait of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 14.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95109
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
First edition, first printing of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle; with music by Donald Swann
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1967.
First edition, first printing of the first appearance in sheet music form of the classic song cycles that appeared throughout The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Quarto, original boards with gilt titles and gilt tooling to the spine and front panel. Poems and by J.R.R. Tolkien. Music by Donald Swann. With decorations by J.R.R. Tolkien and Samuel Hanks Bryant. The songs from the book were sold simultaneously in a record album entitled Poems of the Middle Earth with verse performed by Tolkien and piano accompaniment performed by William Elvin. Small name to the front free endpaper, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photographs by Roger Hill and Brian Shuel.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 119260
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.”
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 1794
"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
“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.”
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 1793
New York: Alchemical Music Co, 1971.
First edition of the sheet music accompaniment to the Doors’ seventh studio album; the first album released by the band following Jim Morrison’s death. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by drummer John Densmore on the front panel. In good condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117962
“It's four in the morning, the end of december I'm writing you now just to see if you're better": Original Record of Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate; Signed by Him
Original lp vinyl record of Leonard Cohen’s third album Songs of Love and Hate, boldly signed by him on the front panel. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971, through Columbia Records. The album reached no. 145 on the US Billboard 200, but was his most commercially successful album in many other parts of the world, reaching no. 4 in the UK and no. 8 in Australia. Writing in 2011, Cohen biographer Anthony Reynolds noted, “In some quarters it was the album that seemed to seal Cohen’s reputation as being something of a downer, to say the least.” In his review of the 2007 reissue release, Tim Nelson of BBC Music stated that Cohen’s third LP “is perhaps less varied than the first two albums, but the focus is more intense and the sequencing superb. Be warned though: this is one of the scariest albums of the last forty years…” Mark Deming of AllMusic calls Songs of Love and Hate “one of Leonard Cohen’s most emotionally intense albums – which, given the nature of Cohen’s body of work, is no small statement.” In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album no. 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, the only Cohen album to make the list. It was ranked no. 74 on Pitchfork Media’s 2004 list of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. “Famous Blue Raincoat” was voted #3 by in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the top ten greatest Leonard Cohen songs. In near fine condition. Framed.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 70988