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  1. 130982comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his future publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "For Tom from Leonard London 1968". Tom Maschler was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published the first UK edition of Beautiful Losers in 1970. Maschler (born 1933)... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130982

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 123583
    First and limited edition, first impression, number 125 of 350 deluxe copies signed by Allen and Mike McCartney; the whole edition was 1,750 copies. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 123583

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  6. 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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  7. 128786comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Piet Klaasse on the title page. The book gathers 120 portraits of jazz musicians drawn by Klaase, with the text by Gardney and Bernlef. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 128786

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  8. 128783comp
    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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  9. 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

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  10. 127022comp
    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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  11. 125314comp
    Limited edition, number 284 of 2,500 copies signed by Ono and Gruen, of a total edition of 3,500. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 125314

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  12. 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

    Stock Code: 124370

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  13. 124049comp
    Tipped in are two black and white photographs. The first is of Blake, and is inscribed by him, "To two of my best friends,..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed on the half title by Eubie Blake, "To my two best friends, my wife Marion loves you, I love you both, Bill and Peggie Smith, Eubie Blake April 12th 1945".
    Tipped in are two black and white photographs. The first is of Blake, and is inscribed by him, "To two of my best friends,... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 124049

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  14. 122647comp

    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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  15. 103666
    A remarkable piece, we can trace no other Ornette Coleman musical manuscript ever having appeared on the market. Written in brown felt-tip, the sheet is inscribed lower right in black ink: "To Anthony / Thanks For Everything / Ornette Coleman." Harmolodics was the name that Coleman gave to his unique musical philosophy and... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 103666

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  16. 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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  17. 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

    Stock Code: 121901

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  19. "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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