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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
Signed musical score of one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. Boldly signed by George Gershwin on the front panel. Quarto, original printed wrappers, back wrapper with advertisements for Gershwin’s “Tip, Toes,” and “Lady, Be, Good”. In very good condition with some wear, name to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions signed and inscribed by Gershwin are rare and desirable.
Price: $18,000.00 Item Number: 99784
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
“Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life”: John Lennon's In His Own Write; Signed by Him
London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
First edition, second printing of Lennon’s first book. Octavo, original laminated pictorial boards. Introduction by Paul McCartney. Presentation copy, signed by John Lennon on the front free endpaper, “For Judy love, John Lennon xx.” In near fine condition with light rubbing, with the recipient’s name above the inscription. Designed by Robert Freeman. Rare and desirable signed by Lennon.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 96139
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
"He was totally unlike anybody else" (Judy Collins); First Edition of Dance Me To The End of Love; Inscribed by Leonard Cohen to Judy Collins
New York: Welcome Enterprises, 1995.
First edition of Cohen’s work, a lyrical tribute to love. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. Paintings by Henri Matisse. Edited by Linda Sunshine. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Judy Collins on the front free endpaper, “Dear Judy thank-you for shameless love, as always Leonard Los Angeles 1995” with Cohen’s “Order of the Unified Heart” ink stamp, his embossed stamp, and Collins’ signature above. Collins was essentially responsible for Cohen’s musical career. As she writes in her autobiography Trust Your Heart, “I met Leonard Cohen in 1966, when my Canadian friend Mary Martin arranged for us to meet. Leonard had been a published and successful writer and poet for many years, and had recently written his first songs. He came down from Canada one night, and I listened to his songs in my living room. He sang ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ that night, sitting on the couch, holding the guitar on his knee. I was moved by his singing voice, and by the songs, and by his whole presence. There was something very ethereal and at the same time earthy about his voice. When Leonard sang, I was entranced. I became immediately devoted to him, and we soon were friends… I recorded ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Dress Rehearsal Rag’ on In My Life in 1966, and it went gold in 1967. With the record’s success, Leonard became known as a songwriter. I suggested he make his debut and sing in public, but he was terribly shy. I knew once he got over his fear, he would be powerful on stage. I was going to appear at a concert for Sane against the Vietnam War at Town Hall, on April 30, 1967. I asked Leonard if he would sing Suzanne there. ‘I can’t do it, Judy, I would die from embarrassment.’ ‘Leonard, you are a great writer and a fine singer, people want to hear you.’ He finally agreed, reluctantly. When I introduced him, he walked onto the stage hesitantly, his guitar slung across his hips, and from the wings I could see his legs shaking inside his trousers. He began ‘Suzanne,’ with the hushed audience leaning forward in their seats; he got halfway through the first verse and stopped. ‘I can’t go on,’ he said, and left the stage, while the audience clapped and shouted, calling for him to come back. ‘We love you, you’re great!’ Their voices followed him backstage, where he stood with his head on my shoulder, my arms around him. ‘I can’t do it, I can’t go back.’… He looked about ten years old. His mouth drew down at the sides, he started to untangle himself from his guitar strap. I stopped him, touching him on the shoulder. ‘But you will,’ I said. He shook himself and drew his body up and put his shoulders back, smiled again, and walked back onto the stage. He finished ‘Suzanne,’ and the audience went wild. He has been giving concerts ever since. I have loved and recorded so many of his songs… His songs carried me through dark years like mantras or stones that you hold in your hand while the sun rises or the fire burns. They kept me centered as I stood in front of thousands of people, my eyes closed, my hands around the neck of a guitar, my voice singing his ethereal lyrics. The audience responded to his writing, the songs were like water to a person dying of thirst. They were songs for the spirit when our spirits were strained to the breaking point.” An exceptional association, perhaps the finest possible as without Collins, Leonard Cohen musical career may not have been discovered. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of Judy Collins.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 98477
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
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
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
“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, frontispiece portrait of Gershwin and numerous full-page illustrations by Alajalov. In good condition with dampstaining to the text.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 97842