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  1. 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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  2. 116362comp
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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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  3. 116361comp

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. I Con.tact. Rolling Stone Archive.
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    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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  9. Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 - 1967.
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    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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  10. Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story.
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    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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  11. Wyman Shoots Chagall.
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    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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  12. 25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane.
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    25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1750 copies. Signed by Bob Gruen. Together with the original prospectus. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1997

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 114858

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Lyrics on several occasions.
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    Lyrics on several occasions.

    A selection of stage & screen lyrics written for sundry situations; and now arranged in arbitrary categories. To which have been added many informative annotations & disquisitions on their why & wherefore, their whom-for, their how; and matters associative.
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Louis Aborn - with all best - From Ira Gershwin". Louis H. Aborn (1912-2005) was the President from 1956 of Tams-Whitmark Music Library, the largest collection of printed and manuscript music then in existence. During Aborn's presidency Tams-Whitmark acquired rights in many of the most popular American musical stage plays and made those musicals available for presentation by schools, community theatres, and professional theatres throughout the world. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113826

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Paroles de Villon.

    Paroles de Villon.

    First and only edition, rare: no copies located by either Copac or OCLC. "Ezra Pound's principal musical composition ['Le Testament de Villon'], a one-act opera (referred to also as ‘Villon' and ‘The Testament of François Villon') was written in Paris during 1920, 1921, and 1922. The libretto is taken from poems of Villon, with ballades and rondeaux providing material for the arias, sung in the original French. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 113618

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  15. Spheres.
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    Spheres.

    First and only edition, first printing. Presentation copy of the jazz musician's first collection of short stories, "a remarkable blending of his creative experiences - of his music and his painting as well as his feeling for words" (preface), inscribed "To the Gannon's [sic], in peace, sincerely, Yusef A. Lateef" on the title page. Uncommon: eleven copies only traced in libraries worldwide, all in the United States. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: Amherst, MA

    Stock Code: 113564

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Tragical History of Young King Cole.

    The Tragical History of Young King Cole.

    By Didymus Belcampus.
    First and only edition, privately published, number 83 of an unspecified limitation. A quite wonderful memento of a short-lived but entertaining spat between Sir Thomas Beecham and Cole Porter: "Beecham spent most of the summer of 1926 on the Continent with Maud Cunard. In Venice he had an altercation with the American master of musical comedy, Cole Porter. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Venice

    Stock Code: 112395

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  17. South Pacific. A Musical Play.

    South Pacific. A Musical Play.

    Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Adapted from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Tales of the South Pacific.
    First edition, first printing. The book version of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, with three illustrations from photographs of the original cast. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112334

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  18. Fantasia.

    Fantasia.

    With a foreword by Leopold Stokowski.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Walt Disney, "To David Von Kessell sincerely Walt Disney." David was the son of Disney Imagineer, Glendra Von Kessel. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 111964

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  19. [XII Sonatas or Solos for a Violin with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsichord or Violoncello.]

    [XII Sonatas or Solos for a Violin with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsichord or Violoncello.]

    The second part containing preludes, allemands, corants, jiggs, sarabands, gavots, & y follia.
    A handsome Regency-era presentation binding incorporating a variety of exquisite lyre tools, a suitable binding for one of the most influential opuses of the 18th century: "Within months of their publication in 1700 [in Rome] Corelli's Sonate e violone o cimbalo had been accepted by the musical work as having a special status. No other collection of sonatas for solo instrument was to be so studied and imitated. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: [1706

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 111109

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  20. Ode to a Highflying Bird.

    Ode to a Highflying Bird.

    First edition, first impression, of Charlie Watts's tribute to Charlie "Bird" Parker in the form of a children's book. With the price label of "Seven Shillings" tipped in on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: [1964]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110135

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