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  1. Christkindleins Wiegenlied.

    Christkindleins Wiegenlied.

    An old German Carol set to Music.
    First edition, number 93 of 250 copies only on handmade paper. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110005

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  2. Il Solimano Tragedia.

    Il Solimano Tragedia.

    First edition of this famous opera about Suleyman the Magnificent's execution of his son Mustafa. "One of the earliest Turkish operas was written in 1619 by the Italian Prospero Bonarelli, whose Il Solimano became the blueprint for many eponymous operas and for other operas that employed elements of its plot" (Berman, German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989, p. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1620

    Published: Florence

    Stock Code: 109664

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  3. Jazz Graphics.

    Jazz Graphics.

    First and only edition. Beautifully produced in limited numbers, this is the closest thing to a catalogue raisonné of the work of this prolific and highly influential artist-illustrator, Norman Granz's designer of choice for JATP, and for the Clef, Norgran and Verve labels. Learn More
    £395

    Date of Publication: 1991

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 109129

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  4. Man and Mask.

    Man and Mask.

    Memoirs. Forty years in the life of singer.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the half title. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108677

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  5. Man and Mask.

    Man and Mask.

    Memoirs. Forty years in the life of singer.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108676

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  6. Man and Mask.

    Man and Mask.

    Memoirs. Forty years in the life of singer.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front pastedown, and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £35

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108675

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  7. The Sound I Saw.

    The Sound I Saw.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by DeCarava to civil rights attorney Elizabeth Fink on the verso of the title page: "To Liz, Roy DeCarava". Presenting numerous photographs by DeCarava together with his own poetry, The Sound I Saw originated back in the 1960s when the photographer first designed, wrote, and hand-bound a mock-up of the book. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 2001

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108465

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Rapsodiia v stile bliuz

    Rapsodiia v stile bliuz

    Perelozhenie dlia dvukh fortepiano [Rhapsody in Blue … transcribed for two pianos].
    Apparently the first Russian edition of Rhapsody in Blue, and as was often the case with Muzizdat publications of contemporary Western music, it is possible that it was a piracy. Uncommon, no copy traced on OCLC. Introduction by the leading soviet musicologist Grigori Schneerson. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: Moscow

    Stock Code: 107399

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  14. Dictionary of Jazz.

    Dictionary of Jazz.

    Foreword by Louis Armstrong. With 16 pages of half-tone illustrations.
    First UK edition, first impression. "Every musician that is important, his life is right in the book. And there are lots of important foreign jazz musicians in it too, like Humphrey Lyttleton from England, Claude Luter and Django Rheinhardt from France. And [Parnassié] got them all in whether or not he likes them. That's why I say this book is going to be wonderful for we jazz folks to have, not only musicians, but so many fans, who want to know about their different players" (Louis Armstrong, Foreword). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107256

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. The Music of Hindostan.

    The Music of Hindostan.

    First edition. Strangways, musician and schoolmaster, travelled to India following his retirement from Wellington College in 1911, gathering material for a book "which continued to hold its place as an authoritative work at the end of the twentieth century" (ODNB). Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1914

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 106951

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  18. 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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  19. Oklahoma!

    Oklahoma!

    A Musical Play Based on Lynn Riggs' Green Grow the Lilacs.
    First edition, first printing, of the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. Based on Lynn Riggs's play, Green Grow the Lilacs (1931), Oklahoma! premiered on Broadway on 31 March 1943 and ran for a record 2,212 consecutive performances. It is still viewed as one of the greatest of all musicals, and is particularly suited to book format, and well noted for epitomising the development of the more dramatically substantial "book musical". Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1943

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 106890

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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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