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    [Der Ring des Nibelungen, the four libretti:] Das Rheingold …; Die Walküre … Siegfried …; Götterdämmerung …

    First published editions of all four volumes of the libretti of the Ring cycle, with the ownership inscription of the American Wagnerian Richard Cowell Dixey (1844-1914) at the head of the first title page, recording his acquisition of the volume in Rome, December 1875. Dixey had already played a role in bringing Wagner's music to his home state of Massachussetts by arranging the first Boston concert of selections from Lohengrin in 1872. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: Mainz

    Stock Code: 94629

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Sex.

    Sex.

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1992

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 94531

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  3. A Young Man with a Horn.

    A Young Man with a Horn.

    First edition, first printing. Baker's first book, a jazz novel. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: Massachusetts

    Stock Code: 94229

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  4. Sometime in New York City.
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    Sometime in New York City.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 3,500 copies, this is one of the first 2,500 signed by Ono and Gruen. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1995

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 94076

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Born Under a Bad Sign.
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    Born Under a Bad Sign.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the illustrator on the title page: "Ralph Steadman, Owl Farm, Woody Creek. HST Memorial Blast-Off. 20th August 2005." Steadman were attending the private funeral of his long-time collaborator Hunter S. Thompson, at which Thompson's ashes were packed into firework casings and blasted from a cannon mounted on top of a 47 meter high monument, accompanied by firework and music. Learn More
    £700

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 93836

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Jimmy Page.
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    Jimmy Page.

    Signed limited edition, number 1,797 of 2,500 copies signed by Page. A large and sumptuously designed photographic autobiography detailing the Led Zeppelin guitarist's career. Page personally selected and arranged the images, which spring from a range of sources including family albums, concert photographs, posters, magazines, and record covers. Learn More
    £1,350

    Date of Publication: 2010

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 93132

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Der Rosenkavalier.
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    Der Rosenkavalier.

    Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Herbert von Karajan.
    Signed by Schwarzkopf across the production portrait on the lid of the box. A production which for years was the undisputed Reference, and for many remains the preferred, recording of Strauss's most popular opera, featuring Schawarzkopf in her favourite rôle. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 92233

    Signed: Yes

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  8. My Music, My Life.

    My Music, My Life.

    With an Introduction by Yehudi Menuhin.
    First UK edition, first impression. A scarce presentation copy inscribe by the author on front free endpaper: ‘To Jack, affectionately Ravi Shankar, 11.11.69'. A biography of Shankar (1920-2012), the famous sitarist and composer who greatly increased the popularity of the sitar, as well as Indian classical music, in Europe and America during the 1950s and 1960s. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91895

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  9. A Spaniard in the Works.

    A Spaniard in the Works.

    First edition, first impression. His second collection of humorous poetry and prose. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91875

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  10. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie 1950.
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    Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie 1950.

    Wonderfully produced poster celebrating the work of David Stone Martin, using the imagery from the 1950 album "Bird and Diz". This copy signed by DSM at the lower left-hand corner and highly desirable thus. Martin was one of the most influential sleeve designers in jazz history, Norman Granz's designer of choice for JATP and for the Clef, Norgran and Verve labels, his is an elusive signature. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1989

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 91773

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Le Jazz.

    Le Jazz.

    First edition, this number 162 of an edition of 1625, this one of 1500 "standard" copies "sur vélin d'lafa teinté". An excellent copy 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
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 91512

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  12. Histoire des Disques Swing.
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    Histoire des Disques Swing.

    Enregistrés a New-York par Tommy Ladnier, Mezz Mesirow, Frank Newton, etc.
    First edition. History of the label founded by Charles Delaunay and Panassié in 1937 to provide for the needs of the burgeoning French jazz market, here with a superb inscription from Panassié to the half-title; "To Paul and Gloria, faithful friends and unfaithful correspondents! Know that I often regret not having heard these discs without having been involved recording them; I can only imagine the impression that they make on first hearing. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1944

    Published: Geneva

    Stock Code: 91511

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Jazz Album Covers: The Rare and the Beautiful.
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    Jazz Album Covers: The Rare and the Beautiful.

    First edition, first printing, this copy one of a private edition limited to 150 copies published in Tokyo, 19 July 1993, signed by Manek Daver, Gil Mellé, Kobo Abé, Pierre Merlin, Frank Gauna, and Herman Leonard. This copy additionally inscribed by the author on p. 16, "For my own Rare and Beautiful Roxana and Tannaz, Manek Daver." A superbly produced collection of the album covers from the great designers, David Stone Martin, Herman Leonard, Andy Warhol, K. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1993

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 91203

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Ella Fitzgerald.

    Ella Fitzgerald.

    A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz.
    First US edition, first printing. An attractive copy of this highly regarded critical biography, also containing a discography by noted jazz historian and broadcaster, Phil Schaap. First published in the UK the year before. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1994

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 91143

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  15. Bass Line. The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton.
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    Bass Line. The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton.

    Foreword by Dan Morgenstern.
    First edition. Widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz bassists of all time, Hinton documented his career photographically, amassing some 35,000 negatives covering the period from the 30s to the 90s. "If there is a line between Milt Hinton the bassist and Milt Hinton the photographer, it's indistinguishable. The musician strives to play the note seldom heard; the photographer the subject at an angle seldom seen. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1988

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 90961

    Signed: Yes

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  16. "to Bird with love"
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    "to Bird with love"

    First and only edition, no limitation but remarkably hard to find, particularly in the fragile, entirely integral box. Visually superb, très émouvant memorial to Parker, reproducing the pictorial and documentary archive about which Chan, his lover, had "cared enough to preserve religiously." This copy inscribed "with love Chan Parker". Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1981

    Published:

    Stock Code: 90960

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Swing Era Scrapbook.
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    Swing Era Scrapbook.

    The Teenage Diaries & Radio Logs of Bob Inman, 1936-1938. Compiled by Ken Vail.
    First edition. Uncommon published compilation from the remarkable journals/scrapbooks kept by teenage jazz fan Bob Inman. Inman spent his high-school years in 30s New York chasing the Swing Age; hanging out at stage doors for autographs, in record shops, at live broadcasts. From the time his parents gave him a radio at Christmas 1935, Inman at 15, began to write a meticulous daily account of his musical adventures. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 2005

    Published: Lanham, Maryland & Oxford

    Stock Code: 90486

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Louis Armstrong on the Screen.

    Louis Armstrong on the Screen.

    First edition, first impression. Remarkable feat of research. Printed throughout on coated paper and consequently a hefty volume and hard on the hinges, this an unusually tight, well-preserved copy. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1996

    Published: Copenhagen

    Stock Code: 90484

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  19. Jazz Milestones. A Pictorial Chronicle of Jazz 1900-1990.

    Jazz Milestones. A Pictorial Chronicle of Jazz 1900-1990.

    First edition, first impression. Remarkable, encyclopaedic chronology of births, deaths, recordings, books, compositions and other notable events in the world of jazz. Learn More
    £25

    Date of Publication: 1993

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 90482

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  20. Dizzy Gillespie. The Bebop Years, 1937-1952.

    Dizzy Gillespie. The Bebop Years, 1937-1952.

    Ken Vail’s Jazz Itineraries: 1.
    First edition, predating the Scarecrow Press US issue by three years. Painstakingly researched, superbly illustrated, and as far from a dry recitation of dates as can be imagined. Learn More
    £35

    Date of Publication: 2000

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 90479

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