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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. 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

    Regular Price: £625

    Special Price £250

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: Victoria

    Stock Code: 116335

    Signed: Yes

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 40 Years of Queen.
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    40 Years of Queen.

    Forewords by Brian May and Roger Taylor.
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by Harry Doherty on the contents page: "To Ciz, all the very best, Harry D". Also signed by Brian May on the same page. With pockets to the inside of the boards. Front board pocket containing a CD, a facsimile Live at the Rainbow poster, as well as a press release concerning the book and an invite to the release party. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 2011

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108098

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Servants.
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    The Servants.

    Opera in three acts. Libretto by Iris Murdoch, based on her play The Servants and the Snow. Music by William Mathias.
    First and limited edition, number 61 of 125 copies and signed on the limitation leaf by Iris Murdoch, William Mathias, producer Adrian Slack, conductor Anthony Hose, designers Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe. "Murdoch cut the [original] play by half for the libretto. Two of the original characters are cut... and a chorus of servants is added to reveal the servants' pain and fear giving the opera parallels to Greek tragedy. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 107955

    Signed: Yes

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  14. negre + blues.
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    negre + blues.

    revista d’art i poesia. No. 19
    First edition limited to 325 copies, this marked as an artist's proof. Includes a signed colour print by Tharrats, 80/100. Attractive Catalan celebration of black music centred on the work of Catalan painter, art theorist and publisher Joan Josep Tharrats. "Initially close to impressionism, he soon switched to abstraction. In 1948, he founded the Dau al Set group with Tàpies and others, and published the magazine of the same name. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: Barcelona

    Stock Code: 107933

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Jazz People.
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    Jazz People.

    Photographs by Ole Brask. Foreword by Dizzy Gillespie. Introduction by James Jones.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the photographer, inscribed on a preliminary leaf: "To my friend Irwin, who loves music as much as I do, and creates it. Ole. N. Y. April 1. 77." An important history of jazz (and Dan Morgenstern's first book) accompanied by some unforgettable portraits by Danish photographer Ole Brask. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107705

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Red Special.
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    Red Special.

    The story of the home-made guitar that rocked Queen and the world.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Brian May on the title page. The fascinating story of the guitar May built with his father in 1963. With a copy of the publisher's press release loosely inserted. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 2014

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107584

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Republic Box Set.
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    Republic Box Set.

    Being documentary materials relating to Jamie Reid’s God Save the Queen artworks. All sourced from original artefacts held in the Jamie Reid archive.
    Signed limited edition. Number 16 of 113 boxed sets signed and numbered by the artist. With a pair of black latex handling gloves as issued. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 2015

    Published: [Hove]

    Stock Code: 107222

    Signed: Yes

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  18. The Voice. The Story of an American Phenomenon.
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    The Voice. The Story of an American Phenomenon.

    First edition, inscribed by Sinatra "To [illegible], all the best for you. Frank Sinatra." The book was originally published as a series of articles in the New Yorker, and issued here in book form at the height of Sinatra's initial success. Ely Jacques Kahn Jr. was employed by the New Yorker in 1937 and originally came to prominence with a series of pieces on his life in the Army published during the Second World War. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107048

    Signed: Yes

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  19. The Word on the Street.
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    The Word on the Street.

    The Unsanctioned Story of Oasis.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Bonehead and the Gallagher brothers on the rear panel. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1996

    Published: Edinburgh and London

    Stock Code: 106896

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Carmen.
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    Carmen.

    An Opera in Four Acts. Taken from the story of Prosper Merimée, the original Libretto by H. Meilhac and L. Halévy. New English version.
    First edition thus, number 539 of 650 numbered copies signed by the translators on the limitation page (600 for sale). This was the fruit of Galworthy's long-standing admiration for, some would say obsession, with Carmen. A visit to Bizet's opera furnished the pivotal moment in his 1913 novel The Dark Flower when the unhappily married narrator, Mark finds himself entranced by the seventeen-year-old daughter of an old friend, who at the evening's close presents him with a carnation from her hair, moving him to exclaim "Carmen! Ah! Carmen!". Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106768

    Signed: Yes

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