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  1. Jazz Life.
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    Jazz Life.

    Auf den Spuren des Jazz.
    First edition, first printing, only reissued in English in a revised edition in 2005. Presentation copy from photographer William Claxton to the actor and acknowledged jazz fan Robert Mitchum, inscribed on the half-title: "For Bob Mitchum, a Swinger! William Claxton Feb. 1962" and with the library stamps stating "From the Estate of Robert Mitchum, Santa Barbara, California". Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: Offenburg

    Stock Code: 106683

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The English Ballad.

    The English Ballad.

    A Short Critical Survey.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106674

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  3. A Young Man with a Horn.

    A Young Man with a Horn.

    First UK edition, first impression of Baker's first book, a jazz novel. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106270

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  4. Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony with Supplementary Notes.
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    Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony with Supplementary Notes.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to George Antheil, the subject of the book, inscribed by the author, "Mr Atheling to Mr Antheil, Oct. 1927, duly certified by E.P. ‘for annihilating lucidity'." William Atheling was the pen name Pound had used from 1917 when writing music reviews for The New Age. The phrase "annihilating lucidity"was used in Covici's press release for the book. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 106135

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me when I Die.
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    Roll Me Up and Smoke Me when I Die.

    Musings from the Road. Foreword by Kinky Friedman. Illustrations by Micah Nelson.
    First edition, first printing, with a facsimile signature. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 2012

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 106090

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Between Thought and Expression.

    Between Thought and Expression.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Plennie, thanks. Lou Reed." Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1991

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 105633

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  7. Four Lives in the Bebop Business.

    Four Lives in the Bebop Business.

    First UK edition, first impression (following the US edition of the previous year) and consisting of four essays on Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Jackie McLean, and Herbie Nichols; an influential work, described by Philip Larkin as "an absorbing book in more ways than one" (Spectator review 11 August 1967, anthologised in Jazz Writings, 2001) . The dust jacket design is by none other than a fresh-out-of-the-Royal-College-of-Art Ian Dury (of the Blockheads). Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105516

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  8. Erik Satie.

    Erik Satie.

    First and limited edition, first impression, one of 300 copies; scarce: Copac records only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge, Tate Britain), no further copies in OCLC. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of Satie's death in 1925. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: Bath

    Stock Code: 105275

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  9. Unsung Americans Sung.
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    Unsung Americans Sung.

    First Edition
    First edition, first printing, of Handy's important collection of song tributes to outstanding African-Americans and articles on black culture and history. Presentation copy from the editor: "To my good friend Langston Hughes, who is the first to review this book. W. C. Handy". A wonderful association copy, linking Handy, the "Father of the Blues", and Langston Hughes, early innovator of jazz poetry and leader of the Harlem Renaissance. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1944

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 104469

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Magic Flute.

    The Magic Flute.

    An opera in two acts. Music by W. A. Mozart. English version after the libretto of Schikaneder and Giesecke by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman.
    First edition, first impression, of Auden and Kallman's acclaimed translation of Mozart's libretto. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104451

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  11. People and Pianos. A Century of Service to Music.
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    People and Pianos. A Century of Service to Music.

    Steinway & Sons, New York, 1853-1953.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on page 3, and with Steinway ephemera laid-in, inscluding an autograph note from the author, "With grateful thanks to you for your kind recognition of the ‘Steinway Centenary', Steinway and Sons, Theodore Steinway (Pres.)", and a Steinway compliments slip addressed to the renowned Cape Breton fiddler, Winston Fitzgerald. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1953

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 104361

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Original 12-inch LP record inscribed.
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    Original 12-inch LP record inscribed.

    A maquette of The Tonsils first album, inscribed by Steadman across the wraparound band and sleeve, "Ralph Steadman, 23 Oct. 2002." The Tonsils was formed in the summer of 2001 by Sam Cave and Dave Walsh (also in The Explosion, another Tarantula Records band); their first album was completed in May 2002, and they commissioned Ralph Steadman to design their logo and the artwork for the album. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 2002

    Published: [No place]

    Stock Code: 103951

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Born Under a Bad Sign.
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    Born Under a Bad Sign.

    First Edition
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Steadman on the frontispiece in orange and red ink, "Give chance some peace - for God's sake! Ralph Steadman." It is scrawled over an image of John Lennon's "Give peace a chance!" letter to Tony Palmer and his readers. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103736

    Signed: Yes

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  14. The Stardust Road.
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    The Stardust Road.

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the first blank. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: New YOrk

    Stock Code: 103427

    Signed: Yes

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  15. The Eye of Jazz.
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    The Eye of Jazz.

    Graphic Design by Francis Paudras. Text assembled by Philippe Carles.
    First edition in English, second printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the photographer on the half-title, "To Jolie and Stewart - you are family! Much love, Herman Leonard, 90". One of the greats of jazz photography, Leonard worked freelance in New York, shooting at Birdland and the Royal Roost. He produced numerous record covers with Norman Granz and was Marlon Brando's personal photographer. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1989

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102637

    Signed: Yes

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  16. That Lucky Old Sun.
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    That Lucky Old Sun.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Signed by Brian Wilson and Peter Blake. Together with the original prospectus. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 2009

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 102619

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Le Jazz.

    Le Jazz.

    First edition, this number VIII of an edition of 1625, being one of 10 copies "sur japon impérial". A superb copy of the tête de tirage of this important book. The work of a modernist music critic, Cœuroy, and an ethnomusicologist, Schaeffner - who in 1931 accompanied Michel Leiris on Marcel Griaule's Mission Dakar-Djibouti, to study the music of the Dogon - the publication of Le Jazz was one of the key reasons that "jazz - its meaning and influence - increasingly became a topic for debate" across Europe (Susan C. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 102417

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  18. The Sound of Surprise.

    The Sound of Surprise.

    46 Pieces on Jazz.
    First edition, first printing. Laid in is an author's compliments card reading, "At the suggestion of the author with the compliments of Elliot". This is the first collection of Balliett's journalism. John Fordham describes his first encounter with Balliett's work: "I began reading that book with amazement on the Tube home, and finished it in a blur that night. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 101429

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  19. Signed photograph.
    signed

    Signed photograph.

    Signed "Thelonius Monk" together with a small self-portrait sketch with trademark beard and hat, it also appears that Monk tried to sign previously with a dry pen which has left some vague ink traces, and a couple of scratches to the emulsion. The date docketing verso places the signing unusually late in Monk's life; "In 1973, he vanished again. There were rumours that he was ill and had been taken in by his old friend and mentor the Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter, who lives in a big house in Weehawken, New Jersey. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: c.1981

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 101072

    Signed: Yes

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  20. "Look, who's rehersin' this darned piece, you or me?"

    "Look, who's rehersin' this darned piece, you or me?"

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and 1954 he drew regular cartoons for the weekly Time and Tide, and after that for the daily News Chronicle. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [c.1960s]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 100812

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