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  1. 124929
    First edition, number 72 of 150 deluxe copies on handmade paper, this copy signed by Desmond after the preface. Berlin dancer and model Olga Desmond (1890-1964) shot to fame when she took her Schönheitsabende ("Beauty-Evenings"), in which she and her troupe struck classical poses in the nude or wearing only bodypaint, to... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 124929

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    Enough Rope.

    New York: 1933 & 1934

    First editions, specially bound presentation copies, warmly inscribed by Parker to Frances Marion on inserted card before each work: "This signature is for Frances Marion I wish I had hers Dorothy Parker", and "To Frances Marion, than whom Dorothy Parker". While signed limited editions of Parker's work do appear at auction,... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 131547

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  3. 130852comp
    First trade edition, first printing. A superb presentation copy, inscribed on the blank before the half-title: "a Pierre Lagarde son ami Marcel Sauvage" and "From Josephine Baker July 13/27 Paris"; on the half-title "á Jacques Baril á l'amateur d'art á l'ami Paul Colin". Colin's presentation was almost certainly made... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 130852

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  4. 130557comp
    Two striking portraits of the renowned African-American contralto, the original photographic portrait inscribed by her in ink on the image, "To Mr Harry L. Aiken best wishes Marian Anderson"; the recipient was president of the Crucible Steel Casting Company of Cleveland and a patron of The Cleveland Museum of Art and the... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130557

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  5. 125093detail
    Rare complete set of all of legendary tattoo artist Cindy Ray's books, the copy of her practical manual inscribed inside the front panel of the wraps, "To Lowell J. Tuckwiller, Best wishes & kind regards, Cindy", with Tuckwiller's circus collection ink stamp above. Ray became an icon of tattoo culture in the early 1960s... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 125093

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  6. 126893
    Two rare original programmes from the 1931 and 1933 Christmas shows given by inmates at New York's Sing Sing Prison. The shows, produced and staged annually by the prison's Mutual Welfare League from 1919 on, showcased the talents of the inmates as singers, instrumentalists, and technicians, while also raising funds to provide... Learn More
    £1,750

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  7. 131479
    First and limited edition of 1, 050 copies, this lettered "H. C." (hors commerce). Attractively produced and stylishly illustrated tribute dedicated to "Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey et à toutes les chanteuses de Blues inconnues". Italian-born French documentary filmmaker Mario Ruspoli (1825-1986), was a pioneer of cinéma verité,... Learn More
    £250

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  8. 131541
    Cecil B. DeMille's set of Ibsen's plays, each volume with his contemporary ownership signature to the front free endpaper and with his bookplate to the front pastedown. DeMille has dated the first volume 6 August 1902, the date of his wedding to the actress Constance Adams, meaning the set can be presumed to be a wedding... Learn More
    £2,250

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  9. 124880
    First edition. This work, reviewed in The Dial as "a rather pleasing volume" consists of the lyrics of four songs with accompanying sheet music: "The Old Folks at Home", "Annie Laurie", "Kathleen Mavourneen", and "When the Swallows Homeward Fly". Learn More
    £275

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  10. 130139
    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue. Gilbert rewrote his classic comic opera for the present lavish book, including many details absent from the stage production. As with any book published before the 1920s, the survival of the original dust jacket is unusual. A trade issue in green cloth, with the plates printed... Learn More
    £250

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  11. 130229
    Appealing, highly characteristic letter evoking Gershwin's easy-going sociability. Writing to Friede - at the time vice-president at Boni & Liveright, later cofounder of Covici-Friede, publishers of Radclyffe Hall, Wyndham Lewes, Nathaniel West and Steinbeck, later still husband of M.F.K. Fisher - Gershwin regrets that due... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 130229

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  12. 128542comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, association copy, with the ownership inscription of Jazz Age lyricist Ira Gershwin to the front free endpaper. Ira Gershwin often collaborated with his younger brother, George, starting with Lady, be Good, in 1924. George Gershwin is mentioned numerous times throughout the book, with... Learn More
    £775

    Stock Code: 128542

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  13. 127019comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This was Lennon's first book, and also the first solo project by a member of the Beatles. Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 127019

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  14. 121839

    Don..."> A beguiling vérité image of the great songwriter, walking away from the camera with slung guitar across the floor of a deserted recording studio, captured by the celebrated Don Hunstein in August of 1963 at Columbia's Studio A in New York City. This was the album session that produced the iconic "The Times They Are A-Changin'".

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    £2,250

    Stock Code: 121839

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    First edition, first impression, signed on the title page by Gered Mankowitz and inscribed by Terry O'Neill: "Long Live the Stones! Terry O'Neill". This work was published to coincide with the opening of Exhibitionism, the first international exhibition on the Rolling Stones, which was held at Saatchi Gallery from 5 April... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 128783

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  16. 128523
    First edition, first impression. "Billie Holiday remains among the most difficult of jazz artists to understand or study. Surrounded by a disturbing legend, it is very difficult to hear her clearly. The legendary suffering and mythopoeic pain which countless admirers have actively sought out in her work make it difficult... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 128523

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Lennon's second book, A Spaniard in the Works is a collection of nonsensical stories and drawings much like his first book, In His Own Write (1964). Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 127022

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  18. 124370comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to Sean Penn and Madonna on the title page, "For Sean and Madonna - In many ways this is the one closest to my heart. All best, Harry Crews". Crews and Sean Penn were good friends, having met when Penn bought the film rights to The Knockout Artist. Crews later played... Learn More
    £1,750

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  19. 120747
    Excellent original caricature of Ellington (dated '32), a copy of the famous Al Hirschfeld caricature, in itself a superbly stylised rendering and first published on 19 April 1931 in The Des Moines Register. The signature appears to be an attempt to reproduce Hirschfeld's famous "concertina-ed" autograph. "Al's iconic caricature... Learn More
    £850

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  20. 125300
    First edition, signed on the upper panel of the wraps, and with two pages of autograph manuscript in black felt tip pen on the stationery of The Argent Hotel, San Francisco, charts in preparation for his Ornette Coleman Quartet SF Jazz Festival concert in November 2005, loosely inserted, together with concert ticket stubs.... Learn More
    £4,000

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  21. 124913
    First Russian edition. This detailed overview of the trends in jazz current in the late 60s - early 70s was written in Czech by noted jazz critic Lubomír Doruka (1924-1970), and published by the state-run record label Supraphone in 1970, and it would appear that a copy was brought to the USSR and translated in Belarus soon... Learn More
    £2,000

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    Second edition in French (following the first of 1950), originally published in the US in 1946. Boldly signed by Mezzrow in blue biro on the half-title, along with the signatures of four other jazz musicians: French pianist Claude Bolling, New Orleanian trumpeter Lee Collins, trombonist Jimmy Archey, and drummer Fred Moore;... Learn More
    £650

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    For the Birds.

    Boston & London: 1981

    First edition in English, first published in French in 1976. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to publisher Marion Boyars; "for you, dear Marion, John Cage (The first sextuple)" The recipient's name and the signature have both been overwritten six times suggestive of the composer's use of chance, number and... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 122647

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  24. 121968
    First edition, first impression. A collection of John Lennon's fiction and non-fiction, illustrated with his own drawings. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 121968

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  25. 121930
    First edition. A scarce book of circus literature, covering the history of the circus in England alongside giving enthusiastic accounts of notable Victorian circuses. Thomas Frost was a radical writer and a Chartist, alongside publishing works on showmen and magic. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121930

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  26. 121901comp
    Special limited edition, 561 of 1000 copies. Bent Rej accompanied the Rolling Stones as photographer on their tour of Germany in 1965. This work collects together photos taken during this tour and acts as "a fascinating historical archive of one of the world's greatest bands in their infancy" (Guardian 3 September 2006).... Learn More
    £500

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  27. 104524comp
    First UK edition, first printing, following the US edition of the preceding year but adding two stories and two other pieces. With a very apposite provenance: from the library of the celebrated actor Christopher Lee, signed by him in full on the front free endpaper (in blue marker pen), and with neat marks next to three... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 104524

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  28. Untitled Film Stills
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published by Rizzoli, New York, earlier the same year. Sherman's first book publication, containing 40 of the original 69 self portraits portraying herself as publicity shots for film actresses. The entire series was purchased by MoMA in 1995. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114593

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  30. "to Bird with love"
    First and only edition, no limitation but 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." Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 67143

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  31. 67123
    First edition. Goffin was a Belgian lawyer, poet and author, a Stormy Petrel of the Nazi invasion, who fled to the USA in 1939. In 1932 he had published Aux Frontières du Jazz., one of the earliest serious analyses of the jazz, and contributed "The Best Negro Jazz Orchestra," translated by Beckett, to Nancy Cunard's Negro... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 67123

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