Winter 2019 Catalogue


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An exceptionally rare signed mounted halftone photograph of the dancer shown as a Harlequin in the 1910 Fokine Ballets Russes production of 'Carnaval,' music by Robert Schumann and sets by Leon Bakst. Mounted to a cardstock sheet measuring 18 x 26.5 cm, the image is identified lower left in type "Bon De Meyer - Londres" and has been signed by the dancer  in ink with his name alone at the right "W. Nijinsky." In fine condition.  Read More...

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162. [Dance] [Nijinsky, Waslaw. (1889-1950)] [Dance] [Ballets Russes] .
Programme Officiel des Ballets Russes Theatre du Chatelet Mai-Juin 1912.

Paris: 1912. Folio, original wrappers stapled as issued with a reproduction of the Bakst painting of Nijinski on the upper wrapper. Illustrated with black and white photographs and colour reproductions of sets and costumes, all framed within gold printed geometric borders. The official programme for the 1912 summer season of the Ballets Russes which includes an essay in French by Louis Delluc. Amongst the dancers photographed are Nijinski, Karsavina, Bonislava Nijinska, and Lydie Nelidoff. The set and costume designs are by Leon Bakst. The ballets performed during the season included "Le Spectre de la Rose", "Le Dieu Blue", "L'Oiseau de Feu" "L'Apres-midi d'un Faune" and "Petrouchka". It also featured the premiere on June 8th of "Daphnis et Chloe" scored by Ravel and designed by Leon Bakst.

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163. [Dance] Robinson, Bill "Bojangles." (1878-1949).
Autograph Signature and Original Photograph

Bold autograph "Best Wishes / Bill Robinson" on a page measuring 11 x 15 cm. Collector's notation at top of page ("World's Most Famous Tap Dancer / Nixon Dec. 29, 1939"), overall fine. Sold together with a gorgeous original vintage 8 x 10 inch photograph of the dapper dancer in top hot and tails, resting his white-gloved hands on his cane.

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164. [Dance] [Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich. (1840-1893)] Benois, Alexandre. (1870 - 1960).
"A Guest" - Original Costume Design for The Nutcracker

A remarkable original costume design made by Benois for the 1957 production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker first performed on 24 December by the Festival Ballet at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Pencil, indian ink, watercolours and body-colours, signed in pencil "Alexandre Benois" and identified at the head by the artist "Nutcracker - N. 18" and titled "Un invité" ["a guest"] and measuring 15.5 x 24 cm. Block of light toning around the image, slightly irregularly trimmed and mounted to rigid backing, else fine.  Read More...

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165. [Opera] Anderson, Marian. (1897–1993).
My Lord, What a Morning - SIGNED

New York: The Viking Press. 1956. Signed autobiography from the trailblazing African-American opera singer. Signed on the title: "To Paul / Kind regards / Marian Anderson." 312 pp. 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in original dust jacket with some edge wear, shelf soiling, and small edge losses. Read More...

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Autograph quotation from Beethoven, penned on a small card and signed by the Hungarian mezzo-soprano. Translated from the German, the quotation reads: "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." Matzenauer has signed at the foot and dated Munich, August 1908. Very fine. 3.5 x 2.25 inches (9.3 x 5.7 cm).

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Cover of a Royal Opera House souvenir programme, signed by Maria Callas, Charlie Chaplin and Tito Gobbi. The program comes from a performance of Tosca on Feburary 5, 1964, where Callas starred as Tosca opposite Gobbi's Scarpia, and which Chaplin evidently attended as an audience member. A few smudges to Chaplin's signature, light creasing, left edge rough. Overall fine. 7.25 x 6.75 inches (17.5 x 18.5 cm).

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168. [Opera] Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich. (1925-2012) .
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the great German baritone, lieder specialist beyond compare, shown as a younger man in evening dress. In fine condition. Approx. 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm), affixed to a mat measuring 7.5 x 9.25 inches (19 x 23.5 cm).

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Signed program from an October 13/14, 1960 performance of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron by the Städtische Oper Berlin as guests at the Staatsoper Wien. Josef Greindl (Moses) and Helmut Melchert (Aron) have signed over the cast list on an internal page, with Greindl additionally signing over a photograph of the two in costume. Program includes photographs and extensive notes. In fine condition. 28 pp. 6 x 9.25 inches (15.7 x 23.4 cm).

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170. [Opera] Lanza, Mario. (1921-1959).
Secretarial Signed Photograph

Photograph of the handsome tenor and screen star, signed in a secretarial hand at the head and dated 1953. Fine. 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 12.7 cm). Read More...

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171. [Opera] Muzio, Claudia. (1889–1936).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the great soprano, who is shown wearing a bonnet, long dress, and carrying her distinctive long, decorative cane. She has signed across the image. One very slight corner crease, but overall very fine. 3.25 x 5 inches (8.3 x 13.5 cm), mounted to 5 x 7 inches (12.8 x 18 cm). Read More...

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172. [Opera] Pinza, Ezio. (1892–1957).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph from the great Italian basso, who is shown in a smiling portrait and has signed at the right. Very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.2 x 25.3 cm).

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173. [Opera] Setti, Giulio. (1869–1938) [Pons, Lily. (1898–1976)].
Signed Photograph to Lily Pons

Signed photograph of the Italian choral conductor who served as the Metropolitan Opera chorus-master for 29 years. He is shown in a studio portrait and has signed and inscribed at the left to soprano Lily Pons (translated from the Italian: "artist, exquisite singer, delightful friend") and dated N. Y., 1934. Very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.2 cm).

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174. [Opera] Stevens, Risë. (1913–2013).
Typed Letter Signed

Typed note signed from the American mezzo-soprano, thanking composer and professor Peter Pindar Stearns for his work in the audition process at Mannes College of Music. Stevens served as the president of Mannes from 1975 to 1978. June 15, 1976; 1 p. Together with the original envelope.

Peter Pindar Stearns (1931–2016), the son of composer Theodore Stearns (1881–1935), was a composer, organist, and for many years professor at Mannes School of Music.


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175. [Opera] Sutherland, Joan. (1926–2010).
Signed Postcard Photograph in "La Fille du Regiment"

Signed postcard photograph from the legendary soprano, who is shown onstage in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera (likely in the 1972–73 production.) Sutherland has signed boldly in silver marker. Very fine. 6 x 4 inches (15.2 x 10.8 cm).

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176. [Opera] Tucker, Richard. (1913–1975).
Signed Program

Signed program from a February 26, 1955 recital of the popular and powerful American tenor at Hunter College in New York. Tucker has signed at the head of the program listing, which is printed opposite the listing for an earlier concert of Wilhelm Backhaus. The recital included arias by Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Halévy. Area of heavy toning over the signature, with a paperclip mark, but overall in very good condition, together with a promotional flyer and a newspaper clipping about the concert. Program 7 x 10 inches (17.7 x 25.3 cm).

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Two pages taken from a book, showing "Promising New Actors of 1982" and "Promising New Actors of 1983" and signed on 3 of 4 sides over their photographs by Glenn Close, Kate Capshaw, Diane Lane, Jennifer Beals, Matthew Broderick, and Gregory Hines. Also pictured are a young Kevin Bacon, Eddie Murphy, Gilda Radner, Tom Cruise, Cynthia Nixon, and others. Fine. Each leaf 6.25 x 9 inches (16 x 23 cm).

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178. [Film & Theatre] Dean, James. (1931–1955).
Group of Original Photographs

Group of seven vintage photographs of the iconic film star, some relating to his film Giant and some to his love of racing cars. Included are: press photograph of Dean holding several racing trophies (stamps and Spanish press caption to verso, 8 x 9.5 inches); press photograph of Dean in a Porsche (stamps and labels to verso, 9 x 7 inches); photograph of Dean receiving a trophy from "Miss Sports Car Race" of 1954, actress Jeanne Baird (handwritten caption to verso, 10 x 8 inches); two stills of Dean in the 1956 Western Giant (one with cast listing tipped to the verso; 7.5 x 9 and 10 x 8 inches); one promotional photograph of Dean with colleagues and a scale model of an oil rig, on the set of Giant (10 x 8 inches); and one handsome portrait photograph of Dean, possibly also in Giant. Slight stain to the last photograph, but overall in fine condition. Read More...

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179. [Film & Theatre] Evans, Wilbur. (1905–1987).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the American singer and actor, who performed in opera, film, radio and television. He is shown in a Bruno of Hollywood portrait and has signed and inscribed at the right, "with very happy memories of the Merry Widow in Boston." A few corner creases; overall fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.6 x 25.3 cm).

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180. [Film & Theatre] Fontaine, Joan. (1917–2013) & Jourdan, Louis. (1921–2015).
Letter from an Unknown Woman - Signed Photograph

Signed still from the 1948 film Letter from an Unknown Woman, signed by both its stars, Louis Jourdan and Joan Fontaine. The two are shown sharing a meal at an elaborate table and have signed at the foot. Some light edge wear; overall fine. 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.7 cm). Read More...

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