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  1. "Tell Her"

    "Tell Her"

    In a crowd of 1960s youths, a stylish man loses his words before a beautiful young woman, as her trendy entourage look sceptically on. In the background a sign advertises Fred Williams and the Jewels Band, whose hit track "Tell Her" was released in 1969. 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. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: [1960s]

    Published:

    Stock Code: 100805

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  2. Singing Games.

    Singing Games.

    Illustrated by F. Schuyler Mathews.
    A beautifully illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, with instructions for dances and games giving a precious insight into which songs were most popular with New York children in the late 1880s. Originally published in 1889. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: [c.1900]

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 100513

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  3. Witt.
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    Witt.

    First edition, first printing of this early poetry collection. Signed limited edition, number 72 of 100 copies specially bound and signed by the author. An additional 26 lettered copies were produced for the use of the author and publisher. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 100130

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Musica futurista per orchestra, Op. 30.

    Musica futurista per orchestra, Op. 30.

    Riduzione per pianoforte. Precedono: Il manifesto dei musicisti futuristi. Il manifesto tecnico della musica futurista. La distruzione della quadratura.
    First edition, first impression. Pratella (1880-1955) joined the Futurists in 1910 and went on to write the first music manifests for the movement, in which he emphasised the need to break free from constricting rhythms and traditional musical language. The present volume includes the score for the composer's Musica futurista per orchestra, together with his Manifesto of Futurist Musicians (1910), Technical Manifesto of Futurist Music (1911), and Destruction of Squareness (1912). Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1912

    Published: Bologna

    Stock Code: 99644

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  5. The A-Z of Rock 'n' Roll.
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    The A-Z of Rock 'n' Roll.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist on the title page: "Enjoy!! Terry O'Neill." Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 2014

    Published: Woodbridge

    Stock Code: 99241

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Frederick Delius.

    Frederick Delius.

    First edition, first impression, of this first English-language biography of English composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934), written by fellow-composer and lifetime devotee Philip Heseltine (1894-1930), known as Peter Warlock, who first met Delius as a schoolboy in 1911. There had been a German biography and study of Delius by Max Chop (Berlin, Harmonie, 1904), but Heseltine's was the first full length biography of Delius to be published in his native England. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99171

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  7. Sugar Foot Stomp.

    Sugar Foot Stomp.

    Music by Joe Oliver. Words by Walter Melrose. Successfully featured by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.
    First edition, this first issue uncommon with OCLC recording just 3 copies. A song of contested origins, based on Dippermouth Blues, a tune for which Satchmo claimed credit from his days with King Oliver, it was rearranged by Don Redman for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, when Armstrong had joined them, under the present title, "Redman's arrangement updated the song, which now sounded as though it had shed its threadbare overalls for a stylish tuxedo. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 98911

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  8. Nigger Melodies;

    Nigger Melodies;

    The Only Entire and Complete Work of Ethiopian Songs Extant.
    Seemingly first edition, predating editions published by Cornish, Lamport and Co., successors to Nafis & Cornish, around 1851. All early editions uncommon, with perhaps two dozen copies on OCLC, all of them in North America. This copy with the armorial bookplate of Edward Royall Tyler, son of the Rev. Edward Royall Taylor, abolitionist Connecticut Congregational minister whose anti-slavery lectures at the Eliot Street Chapel in Brattleboro in 1837 caused a near riot; "Cannon fired, and all manner of noises made to interrupt the services, no violence, however, offered. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: c.1849

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 98782

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  9. For You. The Libretto.

    For You. The Libretto.

    First edition, first impression. This volume contains McEwan's libretto for Berkeley's opera of the same title, which was first performed on 31 May 2008. Learn More
    £35

    Date of Publication: 2008

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 98681

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  10. The Penguin John Lennon.
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    The Penguin John Lennon.

    With an original photograph of John Lennon.
    First edition thus, first impression, combining two previous books by the author: John Lennon In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965). Presentation copy, inscribed by Lennon in blue ink on the half-title "To Dinah, thank you for making me boil. Lots of love, John Lennon xx." The recipient, Dinah Greet, was the costume designer for the 1967 film How I Won The War, in which John Lennon played the role of Private Gripweed (the inscription refers to the heavy costume he had to wear). Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Harmondsworth

    Stock Code: 98494

    Signed: Yes

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  11. "A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the world premiere of A Hard Day's Night, London Pavilion, 6 July."

    "A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the world premiere of A Hard Day's Night, London Pavilion, 6 July."

    Signed across the front in blue ink by each of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, and by their manager Brian Epstein. The premiere of the Beatles debut film A Hard Day's Night was attended by the Beatles and their wives, as well as guests of honour Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. The premiere was a charity event and the film was shown in aid of the Variety Club Heart Fund and the Dockland Settlements Charity, an organisation which established and ran youth clubs and community centres for the residents of the more deprived areas in the East End of London. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published:

    Stock Code: 98183

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  12. La Tribu Arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.
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    La Tribu Arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.

    With the assistance of Jo Bouillon.
    First edition & first edition in English, first impressions. Both copies inscribed by Josephine Baker on the front free endpaper verso, one copy reading "Maman" and the other "Mama". Written by Baker in collaboration with her then-husband Jo Bouillon, and beautifully illustrated by Piet Worm, The Rainbow Children tells of the adventures of a one-eyed black hen named Kott-Kott. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: [1957]

    Published: Amsterdam

    Stock Code: 98034

    Signed: Yes

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  13. This Modern Music.

    This Modern Music.

    A Guide for the Bewildered Listener.
    First edition, first printing of this introduction to late 19th and early 20th century music, including Impressionism, Atonality, and Neo-Classicism, by the American music historian John Tasker Howard (1890-1964). Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 97787

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  14. Casta Diva.
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    Casta Diva.

    Titled and signed by Zeffirelli in green ink in the lower margin, "Franco Zeffirelli—1965". Zeffirelli began his career in the theatre as Luchino Visconti's assistant, working on the 1955 La Scala Traviata, and subsequently becoming a close friend of Callas, first working with her as director in the Dallas 1958 production of the same opera. In 1964, he created what was to be Callas' last Norma at the Paris Opera, for which the present commemorative print was designed, it bears no imprint and was probably produced for Zeffirelli himself. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 97482

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Original Van Vechten Portrait Photograph.
    signed

    Original Van Vechten Portrait Photograph.

    Thoughtful portrait study, signed and dated by Van Vechten verso in red ink in his characteristic minuscule handwriting; "photograph by Carl Van Vechten/ March 28, 1933-XII c: 4". Despite the variance in dating, the image appears to be number four of a series listed in the Library of Congress' collection as dating from March 28, 1937. The name "George Gershwin" is also pencilled across the back in signature style, this is in the handwriting of Irene Gallagher. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 97471

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Jazz Parody.

    Jazz Parody.

    (Anthology of Jazz Fiction)... foreword by Charles Delaunay.
    First edition, first impression, with the neat "Made in Great Britain" stamp on the foot of title. A scarce jazz book, published in conjunction with the American Jazz Society and issued as number 1 in the series. The foreword is by the acclaimed French jazz critic Charles Delaunay and the photographs are by one of the great jazz photographers, William Gottlieb; the portraits in Jazz Parody are among the best known and most widely reproduced in jazz history and include Billie Holiday, Earl Hines, Leadbelly and Django Reinhardt. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: [1948]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97225

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  17. Group of seven photographs, two signed, and one annotated by Sinatra.

    Group of seven photographs, two signed, and one annotated by Sinatra.

    Al Silvani was a childhood friend of Sinatra's, had a moderately successful career as a boxing trainer, at various times looking after Jake La Motta, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio, Fritzie Zivic, Pone Kingpetch, Rocky Graziano, Ingemar Johansson, and Lou Ambers, he worked as Robert De Niro's trainer for Raging Bull; "moonlighted" as one of Sinatra's bodyguards; worked as an actor and stuntman in a number of movies, many of them Sinatra vehicles; and generally hung with the Rat Pack. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: c.1944

    Published: California

    Stock Code: 97119

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  18. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
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    Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

    First printing of the score. Inscribed by the composer and writer Johnny Marks on the front cover, "Dear Marlin, Merry Christmas, Johnny Marks." Though Marks is responsible for penning many holiday tunes such as Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (1958), Silver and Gold (1964) and A Holly, Jolly Christmas (1964), he will be best remembered for his tune Rudolph based on a poem written by his brother-in-law Robert L. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 96566

    Signed: Yes

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  19. God Save the King, with eight variations for the piano forte, Op. 18.

    God Save the King, with eight variations for the piano forte, Op. 18.

    The musical score of God Save the King, with Eight Variations for the Piano, by Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner (1785-1849), then one of the foremost pianists in Europe, and only to be surpassed with the emergence of Chopin, Lizst and Thalberg in the 1830s. The score was first published in the UK in 1815, and reviewed in The Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review in 1822 thus: "The musical world were often regretting the want of some original characteristic variations upon the national anthem ‘God Save the King', for except the meagre ones by Bach, and those of Dussek (not in his happiest manner,) we have seen none that could for a moment arrest the attention of persons who from the national predilection are attached to the air. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: [c.1820]

    Published: [No place

    Stock Code: 95788

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  20. Blinds & Shutters.
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    Blinds & Shutters.

    Forewords by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Introduction by Terry Southern. Consultant Bill Wyman.
    First edition, first impression, number 4,926 of 5,000 numbered copies. Each copy is signed by a different selection of contributors, this copy by Adam Cooper, Keith Richards, Peter Blake, Terry Southern, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Allen Jones, Ann Marshall, Anita Pallenberg, Nigel Waymouth, Derek Boshier, and Colin Self. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1990

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 95770

    Signed: Yes

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