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  1. 116878

    Studies from the Russian Ballet.

    First edition, first impression, of Hoppé's first publication. When the Ballets Russes arrived in London for the first time in June 1911, Hoppé secured the exclusive rights to photograph its leading members in his new studio at Baker Street. The plates show principal dancers Tamara Karsavina, Adolph Bolm, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Sofia Vasylievna Fedorova posing in elaborate costumes from a variety of productions. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: [1913]

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 116878

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  2. 116363comp
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    The Story of the Blues.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to head of half-title, “To Franklin and Penelope, Paul Oliver”. Franklin and Penelope Rosemont were the directors of Charles H. Kerr & Company, a publisher of books on history and radical history in Chicago. A biography of Franklin was co-authored by Paul Garon, noted Blues scholar and friend of Paul Oliver. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 116363

    Signed: Yes

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    American Singers.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Burt Britton, who runs a way of life, Whitney Balliett, N.Y.C. 1979". Burt Britton, the book collector and co-founder of Books & Co, also collected self-portraits, or ‘self-doodles', from a variety of famous figures, including Whitney Balliett. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116362

    Signed: Yes

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    Devil at the Confluence.

    The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis Missouri. Foreword by Paul Garon.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Garon to foot of foreword. Garon is an author of a number of books on the Blues and was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. The accompanying CD, “The St Louis Blues Legends Delmark Collection” is an exclusive collection of music from St. Louis musicians drawn from from the Delmark Records Archive. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 2009

    Published: St. Louis

    Stock Code: 116361

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  5. 116335comp
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    La Stupenda.

    A Biography of Joan Sutherland.
    First edition, third impression (first 1980). Inscribed by Sutherland on the title page, "To Den, best wishes, Joan Sutherland". Sutherland, dubbed "La Stupenda" after a performance of Handel's Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams over the course of a year during his filming of the television documentary, Joan Sutherland: A Life On The Move. Learn More
    £625

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: Victoria

    Stock Code: 116335

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 116318

    De Bail Ballets Russes: 1934-1941 - bound volume of de luxe souvenir programmes.

    Highly attractive bound volume collecting together of six de luxe souvenir programmes from British and American tours of the various incarnations of the celebrated Russian ballet company between 1933 and 1941, billed as the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo, Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes or Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes (de Monte Carlo), Covent Garden Russian Ballet Company, and Original Ballet Russe. Learn More
    £825

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: Various

    Stock Code: 116318

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  7. 116317

    Souvenir Serge De Diaghileff's Ballet Russe: With Originals by Leon Bakst and Others. - 1916 American Tour Programme.

    An important piece of ballet history, an original souvenir programme from the first American tour of the Ballet Russe, with full-colour illustrations of the sumptuous costumes designs of Leon Bakst. Programme includes brief ballet synopses, an itinerary, and two pages of illustrated advertisements. This is an unusual and highly desirable variant in that it features the superb Nijinsky illustration of on the cover. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116317

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  8. 116304

    Gerald McBoing Boing.

    Based on United Productions of Americas Academy Award-Winning Motion Picture.
    First edition, first printing. Based on United Productions of America’s short film, which was adapted from Dr Seuss’s original story and given wide release by Columbia Pictures in 1950. It won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116304

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  9. 116263comp
    signed

    Andy Warhol Films and Paintings.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Warhol in purple felt-tip pen on the title page. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1971

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116263

    Signed: Yes

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  10. 116241comp
    signed

    If.... a film.

    Modern Film Scripts.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy. Inscribed on the title page by Lindsay Anderson to Ben Travers, "For Ben - another egotistical gift I'm afraid: but with my warmest affection and gratitude for the honour of this happiest of collaborations, From Lindsay. A lucky man indeed to have directed The Bed Before Yesterday, and no [If...]s about it! [A film by] Lyric Theatre Company ‘75'. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116241

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Joan Mir.
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    Joan Mir.

    First edition. Inscribed by the artist (in Catalan) at the request of Pere Portabella, “a Christopher Lee, amb afecte i admiracio, Miró, 11/iv/72” on the front free endpaper, with an original drawing. With a laid-in facsimile of a typed letter from Portabella, dated 27 April 2015, together with a facsmile of a covering letter from his assistant. Learn More

    Regular Price: £3,000

    Special Price £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: Barcelona

    Stock Code: 115482

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Antoni Tàpies. O, l'Escarnidor de Diademes.
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    Antoni Tàpies. O, l'Escarnidor de Diademes.

    First edition. Inscribed by the artist at the request of Pere Portabella “A Christopher Lee, Souvenir amical [sic] de Tapies, Barcelona, Avril 1970” on the half title. With a laid-in typed letter from Portabella, dated 27 April 2015 with his signature, reading: “I, Pere Portabella, Director and Producer of Films 59 in Barcelona, Spain, certify that many years ago I purchased two art books. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: Barcelona

    Stock Code: 115479

    Signed: Yes

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    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    Edited by J. Dover Wilson Litt.D. from the text of the second quarto printed in 1604–5 ‘according to the true and perfect coppie’. With which are also printed the Hamlet stories from Saxo Grammaticus and Belleforest and English translations therefrom. Illustrated by Edward Gordon Craig.

    First edition in English, copy B of seven copies printed on vellum, with three extra sets of loose proofs signed by the artist, marked A to G. This is the most luxurious presentation of one of the most remarkable printed books of the 20th century. There were also printed for sale 15 copies on imperial Japanese paper with one set of loose proofs signed by the artist, numbered I to XV, and 300 copies on handmade paper. Learn More

    £250,000

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: Weimar

    Stock Code: 115397

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  14. The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs.
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    The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs.

    Signed by Maria von Trapp on the front free endpaper. This is a later printing of the book first published in 1950, produced to tie in with the 1965 American musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, and features a still from the film on the dust jacket. It contains an introduction by Maria von Trapp, the stepmother and head of the Trapp Family Singers, and features illustrations by one of her stepdaughters, Agathe. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: [c.1965]

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115207

    Signed: Yes

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  15. A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

    A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

    [with two offprints of articles by Farmer in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society:] Music, The Priceless Jewel (1941); The Music of the Arabian Nights (1945).
    First edition, first impression of this pioneering study of Arab music from the pre-Islamic period until the extinction of the ‘Abbasid caliphate in 1258, uncommon in the dust jacket, this copy accompanied by two interesting offprints, and with a nice association, containing the ownership inscription of American Arabist Robert Brenton Betts, author of The Druze (1991) and other works, to the front pastedown (dated Cairo 1987), and also to the inside wrapper of one of the offprints, Music, The Priceless Jewel (dated 31 January 1994). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115062

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  16. The Art of Jazz Photography.

    The Art of Jazz Photography.

    Claxography.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1995

    Published: Kiel

    Stock Code: 114935

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  17. I Con.tact. Rolling Stone Archive.
    signed

    I Con.tact. Rolling Stone Archive.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 950 copies. This is one of the 100 deluxe copies signed by Gered Mankowitz but comes without the photographic print as issued. Together with the original prospectus. A complete archive of Mankowtz's Rolling Stones contact sheets, taken from 1965 - 69, 3000 images. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1998

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 114867

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 - 1967.
    signed

    Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 - 1967.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1750 copies signed by Gered Mankowitz. With an original photographic contact print of three images taken directly from the negatives tipped in. Together with the original prospectus. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1995

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 114866

    Signed: Yes

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  19. Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story.
    signed

    Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 2500 copies signed by Wood. Together with the original prospectus. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1998

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 114863

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Wyman Shoots Chagall.
    signed

    Wyman Shoots Chagall.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1500 copies signed by Wyman. Together with the original prospectus. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1998

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 114861

    Signed: Yes

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