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Music & Drama

Rare books and other printed works relating to the performing arts, including music, opera, theatre and ballet.

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  1. First edition; 2 vols, oblong folio (330 x 260mm, 13 x 10 1/8 in); orchestral score with libretto in Italian and German, vol. I with additional engraved vignette title by Bolt after Kinninger (foxed) of the supper scene between Commendatore and Don Giovanni, printed title with attractive ink presentation to upper corner margin, dated 1877) and 2 following pp. of text, engraved musical score 6-292pp, vol. II with printed title and engraved musical score 294-590pp, with separate printed divisional title 'Anhang von spaeter eingelegten Stuecken', some sporadic light foxing and minor staining, mostly to final leaf of vol. I, some leaves trimmed at upper edge with loss to pagination in vol.2 but in the main clean and bright; modern diced calf, upper covers lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges, most attractive.

    £9,500
  2. 4to (285 x 230 mm); engraved vignette title with portrait of John Gay, Table of the Songs, Dramatis Personne 1777, Introduction, the playscript, and music score with libretto, toned, a few random spots or marks, otherwise very good; later full polished calf, scuffed, marked and bumped but very sound.

    £400
  3. First edition; 8vo; inscribed by Coward on front free endpaper, age-toned but clean; publisher's blue cloth, printed paper labels to upper cover and spine (browned, more so to spine), endpapers lightly spotted, mild rubbing to extremities; preserved in a modern quarter blue morocco solander box by Baker Bindery, Alabama; (106), (1) (ads) pp.

    £1,200
  4. First edition; small 4to (205 x 205 mm.); frontispiece and illustrations; publisher's red cloth, dust-jacket, a very good copy.

    £75
  5. First edition, signed presentation copy from the author with musical quotation; 8vo; bookplate to front pastedown; publisher's black cloth, without dust-jacket.

    £675
  6. Caruso seated with right hand holding cigarette and leaning on cane, signed boldly and diagonally upwards, 85 x 140mm (3 1/4 x 5 1/2 ins), mounted, 240 x 1295 mm (9 1/2 x 11 1/2 ins), near-fine.

    £850
  7. 4to., xxiii (1), 123 pp. the odd, random spot, neat ink presentation to margin of half-title, otherwise fine, publisher's quarter vellum over read cloth gilt, top edge stained red, fore-edge a little spotted but not weeping to leaves, otherwise and very crisp and bright.

    £175
  8. 2 vols; 8vo; libretto, one of 10 examples on Japon imperial, hors commerce, this for the publisher Henri Barthlémy, 8vo, 14 original Pochoirs by Saude after Georges Lepape, original wrappers. Décors et costumes: one of of 10 copies on Japon Imperial, hors commerce, this for the publisher Henri Barthlémy, 61 colour plates (seven double page folding), loose in the original wrappers, both volumes protected by a chemise and slipcase (slight wear).

    £6,500
  9. First edition, 4to, an additional 66 pages of illustrations tipped in. Pages untrimmed, illustrations and decorations, many by Bakst, some in colour. Original pale-green cloth boards, with gilt illustrative decorations to front and spine, spine faded.

    £2,500
  10. First edition, with tipped-in card bearing his signature and dated 1937, 8vo., frontispiece photographic print of of the author with her husband, Richard Tauber, further illustrations taken from photographs, publisher's red cloth, illustrated dust-jacket, a little chipped and creased at extremities, a bit rubbed, otherwise very good.

    £125
 

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