Spring 2019 Catalogue


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Large original photograph of the important jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, by photographer Duncan Schiedt. Smith is shown at the keyboard, smiling around a cigar as he looks back over his shoulder. The photograph was published in Schiedt's book Jazz in Black and White (2004). Signed at the lower right by Schiedt in silver pen. Mounted on foam core board with a hanging clip on the verso. Some light edge wear, but overall fine. 11 x 14 inches (26.3 x 34 cm). Read More...

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Original 1966 handbill advertising an October 8 concert by Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete and The Grateful Dead at Mt. Tamaipais Outdoor Theater in Marin County, CA. The design, by iconic psychedelic poster artists Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley of Mouse Studios, shows A. A. Milne's characters Pooh and Piglet walking towards a setting sun, under the word "Peace" (with Pooh carrying a kilo in his arm and Piglet casually blowing smoke at the sky!) The show was presented by the congressional campaign of anti-war candidate Phil Drath. Trimmed down to 6.25 x 9.5 inches (15.7 x 24 cm) and mounted on a same-size mount. Toning and some edge chips; overall very good. Read More...

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123. [Opera] Albanese, Licia. (1909–2014).
Signed Program

Signed program from the Italian-born American soprano, known for her Verdi and Puccini roles. She performed in Manon at the Metropolitan Opera on November 21, 1959, and has signed on a page advertising her recording on RCA Victor, with a reproduction of a drawing of her (p. 17). Fine. 41 pp. 8 x 11 inches.

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124. [Opera] Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Signed 1952 Recital Ticket and Program

A rare signed London Royal Festival Ticket from a November 14, 1952 recital by great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. Boldly signed in blue ink, and sold together with the complete original recital program.

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125. [Opera] Chaliapin, Feodor. (1873–1938).
Signed Contract to Sing "Boris Godunoff" at La Scala

Typed contract (3 pp.) signed by the great Russian bass, engaging Chaliapin to sing in Boris Godunoff at La Scala from March 22 to April 3, 1930. Signed by Chaliapin on the last page and dated Milan, March 25, 1930. Hole punches, light toning; overall fine. 8.25 x 12 inches (21 x 30.2 cm). Read More...

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126. [Opera] Christoff, Boris. (1914–1993).
Signed Carnegie Hall Program

Signed program from a January 31, 1960 recital of the great Bulgarian basso with the Symphony of the Air and Julius Rudel at Carnegie Hall. Christoff has signed below his photograph on an internal page. The program included arias by Gluck, Mozart, Verdi, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky. Program in very fine condition, together with a separate single-sheet program with some wear, a newspaper clipping and two ticket stubs. Program 7.25 x 9.75 inches (18.7 x 24.8 cm).

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Autograph letter signed from one of the last internationally renowned castrati singers, reputed to have been one of Napoleon's lovers, and appointed singing teacher of the Imperial Family. Bologna, May 2, 1818; 1 p. Writing to Giovanni Battista Benelli, impresario at the Opéra Italienne of Paris, Crescentini writes that the present letter will be carried by the Neapolitan impresario Domenico Barbaia, and asks Benelli to assist him during his time in Paris. Translated from the Italian: "Signor Domenico Barbaia, impresario of the theaters of Naples, will be the bearer of this letter. Since he is traveling through Paris on the way to London, I wanted to give him a letter for you [...] If during the short time he will spend in the capital you can assist him, I ask that you make yourself available to support him; you will oblige me very much, being a very good friend. I am still waiting for your response to various letters, and am anxious to know what determination has been made about the pension [room and board.] [...] G. Crescentini." Addressed and postmarked on the verso. Toning, light foxing and folding creases; overall fine. 8 x 9.75 inches (20.4 x 24.8 cm). Read More...

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128. [Opera] Kirsten, Dorothy. (1910–1992).
Signed Program

Signed program from the American soprano. She performed in La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera on December 7, 1965, and has signed over the cast listing (p. 23). Fine. 61 pp. 8 x 11 inches.

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129. [Opera] Olivero, Magda. (1910–2014).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the Italian soprano ca. late 1950's, inscribed at the foot to pianist Raymond Lewenthal. Stamped on the verso by Foto Troncone of Napoli. Fine. 4.5 x 7 inches (11.6 x 18 cm).

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130. [Opera] [Opera].
"Martin Famous Opera Velvet...Libretto of Colors" - 1940's Trade Catalogue

New York: Martin Fabrics Corporation. [ca. 1947]. [8] pp. An attractive trade catalogue of velvet samples, marketed as "Martin Famous Opera Velvet" and with names evoking the opera world such as "Traviata," "La Tosca," and "Leonora." Designed to look and feel like a classic Metropolitan Opera program or libretto, the booklet features an Art Nouveau design of a woman playing a lyre on the cover, and boasts on the verso: "This Libretto of Colors conveys only partially the elegance and grandeur imparted by Martin Famous Opera Velvet. It has been prepared with the kind cooperation and permission of Fred. Rullman, Inc., publishers of the official libretto to the Metropolitan Opera Company." Green card stock wrappers held with metal rivets, a bit cocked; decorative string to upper portion of spine; small card with a manuscript note pinned to the inside front wrapper; several pencil notes in margins; overall very good. 8.5 x 11.25 inches (21.8 x 28.7 cm).

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131. [Opera] [Opera & Theater].
Two "Reserved" Chair Back Covers

Two vintage chair back covers designed to reserve seats, with the word "Reserved" in orange velvet on a red silk background. The two matching covers have two identical panels so that they can be read from either side, and a handsome gold cord handle above the two panels. In very fine condition. Approx. 11 x 7 inches (27 x 18 cm).

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132. [Opera] McCormack, John. (1884–1945).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph from the Irish tenor celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires. He is shown in a portrait by Autrey and has signed and inscribed at the upper right, dating February 1933. Some very slight surface cracks, but overall very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm).

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133. [Opera] Patti, Adelina. (1843–1919).
Signed Childhood Cabinet Photograph

Signed cabinet photograph from the legendary soprano, who is shown as a girl, ca. age 10, and has signed and inscribed at the upper left: "A few years older than the picture / Adelina Patti / Chicago, April 17, 1885." Issued by Scholten of St. Louis. Trimmed, chip to the upper right corner, toning, and mounting remnants to the verso, with some notes in pencil; overall very good. 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15.2 cm). The earliest signed image we've seen!

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134. [Opera] Supervia, Conchita. (1895-1936) .
Signed Photograph

Very rare signed Alban of Paris photograph of the popular Spanish mezzo-soprano, made famous by her Rossini roles, who left more than 200 recordings but died in childbirth at the age of 40. Supervia has boldly signed and dated 1931, London.  Elaborately and beautifully framed, with the visible area of the photograph measuring approx. 13.5 x 21 cm, quite possibly a larger photograph including margins though unexamined out of frame.  Read More...

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135. [Opera] Wunderlich, Fritz. (1930–1966).
Autograph Signature from the month of his tragic early death

Autograph signature from the great tenor, who died tragically young from a fall at the age of 35, signed very shortly before his death. On a small album leaf, he has penned: "Greetings! / Fritz Wunderlich / September 1966." Right edge rough; further signature to the verso. Overall fine. 6.5 x 7.5 inches (16.5 x 19 cm). Read More...

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Menu from a dinner given in honor of the opening of the ballet Les Cent Baisers on July 23, 1935, signed by over 30 members of the ensemble. Signatures include dancer and choreographer Bronislava Nijinska; regisseur Serge Grigoriev, ballerinas Lubov Tchernicheva, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Irina Baronova, Sono Osato, and others; impresario W. de Basil, designers Cecil Beaton and Jean Hugo, costumer Barbara Karinska, conductor Antal Dorati, Russian poet, dancer and librettist Boris Kochno who from 1920 was Diaghilev's secretary, sometimes lover, and eventually main collaborator; and many others. Signed on the second and third pages, mostly in pencil. 4to; faint scattered staining, owner's inscription at upper right of cover. Overall very good. 15 x 9.25 inches (38 x 23.5 cm) when opened. Read More...

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137. [Dance] [Ballets Russes].
Serge de Diaghileff's Ballet Russe in Philadelphia - 1916 Program

Original program from a March 31, 1916 performance of Serge de Diaghileff's Ballet Russe at the Metropolitan Opera House Company of Philadelphia, conducted by Ernest Ansermet, with a list of 16 principals and a corps de ballet of 790 dancers. The program included Stravinsky's "L'Oiseau de Feu," "Thamar," L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune," and "Le Prince Igor." The program also includes portraits of the principal singers at the Met, including Caruso, Gatti Casazza, and Geraldine Farrar, and many pages of advertising. 48 pp. Wrappers somewhat worn with one small chip and slight split to spine, but intact and internally fine. 10 x 7.85 inches (17.3 x 25.4 cm).

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138. [Dance] [Dance] Pecour, Louis- Guillaume. (1653–1729) [Chéreau, François. (1680–1729)].
"Louis Pecour Pensionaire du Roi, Compositeur des Balets de l 'Academie Royalle de Musique, et Maitre a Danser de Mad. La Duchesse de Bourgogne." - Original 1716 Portrait Engraving

Original copper plate portrait engraving of the important French dancer, choreographer and dance master. A half length portrait of Pecour,elegantly dressed and wearing a plumed cap, pointing with his right hand at his opened notebook with a choreography. The engraving by Chéreau after the painting by R. Fourniere. On laid paper, no watermark visible. A very fresh and clean impression, small creases within the image and to edges, overall fine. 28.3 x 42 cm. Reference: Dict. des éd. d'estampes BnF Estampes, Inventaire du fonds français, graveurs du XVIIIe siècle / par Marcel Roux, 1940, Volume IV, Cathelin-Cochin Père (Charles-Nicolas) p. 317-331 : Chéreau l'aîné (François). 12 x 17.25 inches (31.8 x 44 cm). Read More...

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139. [Dance] [Dance] Tomlinson, Kellom. (ca. 1690–after 1753).
"The regular Order of the Minuet" - Engraving from "The Art of Dancing"

Engraving of a lady and gentleman dancing a minuet, with dance notation illustrating their steps and eight measures of music at the head, from Kellom Tomlinson's 1735 book The Art of Dancing. At the head: "B. II / The regular Order of the Minuet continued or Presenting of the Right Hand. / F. IX." At the foot: "To my much honoured Scholar the most Noble and Pussant Lord William Stafford Howard Earl Viscount and Baron of Stafford, and to the Right Honourable the Lady Mary Stafford, his Lordship's Sister, this PLATE is most humbly inscribed by their very much obliged Servt. Kellom Tomlinson." Somewhat toned, slight tape remnants to verso; overall fine. 7.5 x 9.5 inches (19.3 x 23.8 cm). Read More...

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140. [Dance] Dolin, Anton. (1904–1983).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the important English ballet dancer and choreographer, who is shown holding a cigarette and has inscribed at the foot to pianist Raymond Lewenthal: "For Raymond in friendship / Anton." N.d., ca. 1950's–1960's. Slightly curled, with one small surface crack; overall fine. 8 x 10 inches (18 x 24.4 cm).

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