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MONK, Thelonious. Signed photograph.
New York : c.1981Signed "Thelonoius 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... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 101072
FREUD, Lucian. Recent Work.
London : 1968First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "Dear Binky, You missed it and I missed you. Are you angry about the vanishing act? 'I went see sic a man about a dog'... A Borzoi in fact that looked like you. Lots of Love, Lucian" to title page, with the address "227 Gloucester Terrace W.2 (Until Friday)" penned above.
The recipient,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138200
POTTER, Beatrix. Plays based on the published stories.
London : 1930-62A group of six theatrical versions of Beatrix Potter stories, three titles with one or two variant issues. The Tailor and Gloucester and Ginger and Pickles were dramatized by Potter in collaboration with the character actor and director Ernest George Harcourt Williams; the others were adapted from her books without her direct involvement.
(i,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 109504
BAKST, Leon - LEVINSON, André. Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life.
London : 1923First UK edition, number 157 of 300 copies, of this handsome and important record of Bakst's work, including images of not only his most celebrated costumes, but also sketches and theatre settings. From the library of a celebrated Texas balletomane: with the crested bookplate of Thomas Lawton Osborn (1927-2010), trustee of Houston Ballet, former professional... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144128
PAVLOVA, Anna. Theatre bill for a fund-raising matinee at the Palace Theatre.
London : 1935A rare theatre bill for a fund-raising performance at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on Thursday 21 February 1935; the fund had been established to erect a memorial to Anna Pavlova in Regents Park. The performers included Tilly Losch, Larry Adler, Alicia Markova, Robert Helpman, and Anton Dolin.
Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir William Rothenstein,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 115100
ARONOWITZ, Al. The Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz.
Bearsville, NY : 1981Aronowitz was one of the first professional journalists to cover rock music, developing lasting friendships, and enmities, with many of his stellar subjects, writing " in a smooth yet informal voice and frequently including himself in the story, an early proponent of the participatory style later called New Journalism" (NYT obituary). Fired by The New... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146261
BURRELL, Kenny. Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey - On View at the Five Spot Cafe.
Paris : 1986Signed cleanly and in full by Burrell in black ballpoint on the back cover, "To Stan, Best wishes! Kenny Burrell". This is the 1986 French pressing of an attractive live date recorded on 26 August 1959 at the famous New York club and released in 1960. The "star-crossed" tenorist Tina Brooks shares the front line (Cook & Morton).
"Recommended... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148976
CHARTERS, Samuel B. The Bluesmen: the story and the music of the men who made the Blues.
New York : 1967First edition, first printing, issued in both softcover and hardback, the latter now difficult to find. An important study by one of the pioneering writers on the blues, covering the life and work of such greats as Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Charley Patton, Bukka White, and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Samuel Charters (1929-2015) was also... Learn More£60.00
Stock Code: 143046
CHINESE CULTURAL REVOLUTION; Zhongguo wuju tuan. (China Ballet Troupe.) Hongse niangzi jun. (The Red Detachment of Women.)
Beijing : 1970First edition, first impression, of the full performance directions for the first revolutionary model opera written and performed in Mao's China, which provided some of the defining images of Maoist stage propaganda. This is an unusually nice copy with a pleasing provenance, bought in Beijing by the prominent sinologist Paul Pickowicz in the year following... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 149732
GUTHRIE, John. Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Flansham : 1925First edition, first impression, number 45 of 50 copies only signed by the designer. Five plates show Guthrie's designs for the stage decor; the others illustrate six characters for a theatre production of Shakespeare's play. John Guthrie was the son of the printer and owner of the press, James Guthrie, whose print-making technique and aesthetic was... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 140871
PEPPER, John Henry, "Professor". The True History of the Ghost;
London : 1890First and only contemporary edition, inscribed by the author on the title, "Mr. John Bailey, July 25 1893, With the Author's kind regards, J. H. Pepper". The work gives his exposition of the famous stage illusion that came to be known as "Pepper's Ghost", in which a spectral image of an actor was projected before the audience.
Pepper (1821-1900)... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 133346
WESTON, Randy. Get Happy with the Randy Weston Trio.
Japan : 1974Signed flamboyantly by Weston in red marker pen on the back cover, "To Eugene, Randy Weston"; the recipient adding his name and spiral motif in green marker pen at the foot, "Timiraos". Albums autographed by Weston are certainly not common.
An appealing provenance: born in Havana, Eugene Timiraos (1955-2018) was a graduate of the UCLA Film School... Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 144665
DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano". Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.
New York : [c.1878]A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.
As... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 113225
LEONARD, Herman. The Eye of Jazz.
London : 1989First edition in English, first impression, originally published in French four years previously. This is an excellent collection of the work of one of the greats of jazz photography. As Francis Paudras writes in his introduction, "Herman Leonard's work comes close to pure art: in the beauty of the image, for the emotion and feeling that it radiates".
Apprenticed... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143044
GELBER, Jack. The Connection.
New York : 1981Later reprint of Gelber's hyper-realistic play about drug addicts, first published by the Grove Press in 1960, inscribed by the theatre's founder Judith Malina to the owner of the Press: "For Barney Rosset with loving gratitude for your pioneering work for art & freedom. With love, Judith."
Malina's inscription further notes that it was inscribed... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 107213
OLIVER, Paul. Screening the Blues:
London : 1968First edition, first impression. An important early contribution to the serious study of the origins of the Blues and certainly difficult to find in anything approaching such sharp condition, as here. Paul Oliver "first encountered the music as a teenager, hearing black American servicemen singing a work song. In the 50s he studied the field recordings... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 142989
CHRISTIE, Agatha. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;
1953-72A superb collection of material, illuminating Christie's relationship with her director and producer over the course of five plays and two decades. The typescripts in particular document the process from casting to opening night in great detail, the contributions and opinions of the director and producer recorded at each point, but with little doubt... Learn More£16,000.00
Stock Code: 110880
LATEEF, Yusef. Morning. The Savoy Sessions.
New York : 1976Signed attractively on the front cover by Lateef in black marker pen, "Dear Sister Sylvia, in Peace, Bro. Yusef Lateef"; it is tempting to speculate that this may be Sylvia Shemwell (1941-2010), singer with The Sweet Inspirations the vocal group who most famously backed Elvis - but who also appeared on the multi-instrumentalist's 1968 Atlantic album... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144538
PARMELIN, Hélène. Cinq Peintres et le Théâtre.
Paris : 1956First edition, one of 150 copies only with a separate suite of four original lithographs by Lucien Coutaud, Léon Gischia, Félix Labisse, and Édouard Pignon (Fernand Léger had passed away the year before). This work provides a full study of the scenography and costume designs of these five influential theatre artists. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 63331
LACY, Steve. Reflections: Steve Lacy plays Thelonious Monk.
Los Angeles : 1983Lacy's first all-Monk album and the first album made up entirely of Monk compositions recorded by another artist, signed boldly in full in black marker pen on the front cover. Lacy's is an uncommon autograph and the context here is highly appealing, as the soprano master devoted much thought to exploring Monk's work.
This is a reissue of the... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144542
NARAHARA, Ikko. A Collection of Stage Fantasy Photos. Tenjo Sajiki People.
Tokyo : 1977First edition, first impression. A photographic study of the Japanese independent theatre troupe co-founded by Shūji Terayama, Kujō Kyōko, Yutaka Higashi, Tadanori Yokoo, and Fumiko Takagi. The theatre was a major phenomenon on the Japanese underground scene in the 1970s, producing stage works marked by experimentalism, folklore influences, social... Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 35143
MARCEAU, Marcel. Les rêveries de Bip.
Paris : 1978First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A Hubert Juin, de tout coeur, Bip flower, Marcel Marceau 1978". Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". The recipient, in fact Hubert Loescher (1926-1987), was a Belgian poet, novelist,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140934
MORGAN, Helen. Collection of manuscript band parts for some of her most famous songs.
1920-30sFascinating collection of original band parts used by one of the foremost torch singers of the period. Helen Morgan (1900-1941) lived a life that would not have seemed out of place had it been written into a Kern-Hammerstein musical. All the signs of use that these working scores display make for a highly evocative glimpse into the career of an unforgettable... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 150139
GAVRILOV, Mikhail Filippovic. Kukol'nyj teatr Uzbekistana.
Tashkent : 1928First and only edition, one of 500 copies, of an early study of Uzbek puppet theatre, including the text of two key plays in the canon, Sarkardalar and Kachal Palvan, the Uzbek Punch. A contemporary original photograph of the puppet cast of Kachal Palvan from the Tashkent Museum is loosely inserted.
Puppet theatre in the region was a rich tradition... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 112595
MAY, Betty. Tiger-Woman.
London : 1929First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "To Mr. & Mrs. Percy with love from Betty May, 1929". The autobiography of the notorious night-club singer, darling of the Café Royal set, and muse to Aleister Crowley, Augustus John, and Jacob Epstein is uncommon, with ten locations on Library Hub.
Tiger-Woman "provides a very... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 107273
CHILTON, John. Who's who of jazz. Storyville to Swing Street.
Philadelphia, New York, London : 1972First US edition, first printing. Chilton is probably best known for his work accompanying George Melly, but as a writer he was one of the few Europeans to win a Grammy - for his liner notes for Bunny Berigan (1983) - and the present work was considered by Phillip Larkin to be "one of the essential jazz books." Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 143021
JONES, Rufus. Five on Eight.
Philadelphia : 1964First and sole pressing of Rufus "Speedy" Jones's only album as leader, inscribed in blue ballpoint on the back cover, "To Lee, I thank you for buying the album, Rufus Jones"; by Duke Ellington ("To my friend Lee"); and by altoist Johnny Hodges, and trumpeters Cat Anderson and Cootie Williams, presumably garnered later while Jones was with the Ellington... Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 148489
JORDAN, Duke. Flight to Denmark.
Copenhagen and Tokyo : 1980Signed by Jordan in black marker pen on the front cover, "Thank you - Duke Jordan". The pianist, whose work is "enlivened by a delightfully crisp touch and unexpected turns of phrase" (Brian Priestley in Jazz: The Rough Guide) had been away from the studio for many years before returning and recording initially for the Danish SteepleChase label.
Here... Learn More£235.00
Stock Code: 144625
JORDAN, Duke. Blue Duke.
Japan : 1983First pressing, signed by Jordan in full in black marker pen on the front cover. "This trio set by pianist Duke Jordan (with bassist Harry Memmery and drummer James Martin) differs from his usual recordings in putting an emphasis on blues, although not exclusively. Jordan performs six of his originals (including "No Problem," "Ben Sugar Blues," "Jordu"... Learn More£195.00
Stock Code: 144623
SAPPHO - SALTER, Mary Turner. Lyrics from Sappho.
New York : 1909First edition of this musical rendition of Sappho's poetry, the words taken from Bliss Carman's 1904 translation Sappho One Hundred Lyrics and set to music by the soprano and composer Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (1856-1938). Turner was one of the founding members of the American Society of Women Composers.
Lyrics from Sappho is a typical example... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 132586
HAMILTON, Chico. Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring Buddy Collette.
Hollywood, CA. : 1979Signed cleanly and in full by Chico Hamilton in black marker pen on the front cover. This is the 1979 Japanese pressing, retaining the original liner notes (in Japanese) and obi band, of an early Hamilton album, originally issued in 1956.
In his study of West Coast jazz, distinguished music historian Ted Gioia writes, "Hamilton's quintet was... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 149046
SHAW, George Bernard; COSTER, Howard (photographer). Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
London : [early 1930s]A fine photographic portrait of Shaw, by Howard Coster, one of the most renowned portrait photographers of the day, signed by both sitter and photographer, and presented by Shaw to the American actress who had appeared in many of his plays, additionally inscribed by him "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36".
An excellent association: Shaw... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 114626
JAZZ IN RUSSIA. [Title in Russian:] Koncert dzhaz ansambl' - chasti vojsk nkvd.
Russia : c.1945A genuinely remarkable object, advertising a jazz concert for NKVD units - the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs, successors to the notorious OGPU - during the Second World War. The NKVD was renamed the MVD - Ministry of Internal Affairs - in 1946, so the event was clearly planned in wartime. Rather than the free expression and improvisations... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 149782
COWARD, Noël. Post-Mortem.
London : 1931First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to William Armstrong, director and producer of the Liverpool Playhouse, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For William with my love, Noël." The play, heavily influenced by R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End, set in the trenches of the Great War, was written in 1930, but Coward decided that it was for... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 114999
FLANAGAN, Tommy. Montreux '77.
Beverly Hills : 1977Signed cleanly by Flanagan in full, in ball-point pen on the front cover; a surprisingly uncommon signature. Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the "Detroit master" is supported here by Keter Betts and Bobby Durham (Penguin Guide).
Thomas Lee "Tommy" Flanagan (1930-2001) was a Detroit-born pianist probably best known for his over two... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144409
McRAE, Carmen - SHAPIRO, Nat, & Nat HENTOFF, eds. Hear me talkin' to ya.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing, presentation copy from jazz singer Carmen McRae, inscribed boldly across the front free endpaper, "To Dan A Wonderful Friend My best wishes to you always. As ever Carmen". It is tempting to speculate that the recipient may be the distinguished jazz writer Dan Morgenstern (b. 1929). McRae's several contributions here... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142976
MILLER, Paul Eduard, ed. Esquire's 1946 Jazz Book.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing, of this excellent overview of the jazz scene as the bop revolution was gathering pace; Bird is pictured ("Parker features a fast, driving style") and Esquire's "New Stars Band" features Bird as their alto pick and Erroll Garner for piano. The attractive dust jacket is by Esquire art director Tony Palazzo. Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 143012
HOLIDAY, Billie. Billie Holiday Favorites.
New York : 1951First pressing. Down Beat reviewed the album on 20 April '51, remarking, "An LP of Holiday reissues that spot her with Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Georgie Auld, and many others. You've already read thousands of tributes to Billie, this won't be another. Suffice it to say that this item is a must" (cited in Vail, p. 138). Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 148688