Summer 2019 Catalogue


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Signed program from an April 1960 performance of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at La Scala. Soprano Antonietta Stella and baritone Ettore Bastianini have signed below their photographs on an internal page. Program includes plates of costume and set designs. In fine condition. 6.75 x 9.5 inches (17 x 24 cm).

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142. [Opera] Teyte, Maggie. (1888–1976) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Signed Photograph to David Diamond

Signed photograph of the celebrated English soprano, one of the greatest interpreters of French art song, inscribed to American composer David Diamond. Teyte has penned across the image: "To David Diamond / Souvenir de / Maggie Teyte." Some slight surface wear to image; overall fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.5 x 25.5 cm). Read More...

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143. [Opera] Viardot, Pauline. (1821–1910).
Carte de Visite Photograph

Carte de visite photograph of the important soprano, shown in a Grecian costume for Gluck's Alceste, holding a lyre. Photographed by Disdéri of Paris. Some notes and slight mounting remnants to verso; overall fine. 2 x 3.75 inches (5.5 x 9.7 cm). Read More...

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144. [Opera] Weisgall, Hugo. (1912–1997).
"6 Characters in Search of an Author" - 2 Ticket Stubs from the 1959 Opera Premiere

Two ticket stubs from the April 26, 1959 premiere of Hugo Weisgall's opera Six Characters in Search of an Author, based on the play by Luigi Pirandello. Two pink ticket stubs for orchestra seats at the New York City Center, in a small box office envelope with several notes. Very good. Envelope 4.25 x 2.5 inches (10.8 x 6.3 cm). Read More...

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145. [Opera] Weisgall, Hugo. (1912–1997).
"Six Characters in Search of an Author" - Signed Program

Signed playbill from the 1959 world premiere of the American composer's opera Six Characters in Search of an Author, based on the play by Luigi Pirandello. The opera was premiered on April 26, 1959 by the New York City Opera Company, starring Ernest McChesney and Beverly Sills. Weisgall has signed and inscribed on the program listing page. In very fine condition, together with two newspaper clippings. In very fine condition. 36 pp.

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146. [Literature & Art] [Anatomy] Seiller, Johann Georg. (1663 - 1740).
Two Anatomical Engravings

Two anatomical engravings by J. G. Seiller, showing a standing male figure whose major muscles are made visible and labeled with their Latin name, each figure oriented in relation to a tree. The engravings numbered "Tab. VI" and "Tab VII" at the upper right. The first shows the figure turned to the left, with one arm raised, and with a framed image at the left showing details of internal organs; the second shows the figure from behind, with a framed image showing a hand and leaves. Toning and foxing, and wear around the edges; overall fine. 11 x 17.5 inches (28 x 44.5 cm). Read More...

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147. [Literature & Art] Braque, Georges. (1882–1963).
Tête Grecque, ca. 1957

Lithograph with hand coloring on japon paper. H.C. (aside from an edition of 150). Signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin. Image size 11.75 x 15.75 inches (40.0 x 29.8 cm), sheet size 13.5 x 20.5 inches. Framed.  Published by Jean-Paul Loriot, Paris. Vallier, 298. Read More...

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148. [Literature & Art] [Calder, Alexander. (1898–1976)] Thomson, Virgil. (1896–1989).
The National Tribute to Alexander Calder - Signed Program

Signed program from the National Tribute to Alexander Calder on November 10, 1977, which included a performance of Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts. Thomson has signed and inscribed on the first page of the program. The oratorio version of Four Saints in Three Acts was paired with Erik Satie's opera Socrate, with a mobile set by Calder and English text by Thomson. 21 pp., including program notes, photographs and set designs. Very good. 11 x 8.5 inches (28 x 21.5 cm).

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149. [Literature & Art] Cummings, E.E. (1894–1962) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
CIOPW - Signed Presentation Copy to David Diamond, with Original Painting

New York: Covici Friede. 1931. First edition. Collection of artwork by the noted poet and visual artist, inscribed by Cummings on the copyright page to composer David Diamond: "Diamond— W the score of Tom—Cummings", and with an original drawing of an elephant by Cummings in watercolor on the rear free endpaper. One of 391 copies, this copy not numbered, signed by Cummings in green watercolor on the title page. The title is an acronym for Charcoal, Ink, Oil Colors, Pencil, Watercolor - each of which have a section in this book in sequence. Illustrated. Printed in NYC by the Stratford Press. Typography by S.A. Jacobs. Reproductions by the Meriden Gravure Company. 119 pp. 1 vols. Large 4to. Hardcover, brown burlap cloth with silver signature to the front board. Housed in a custom box in quarter leather and brown cloth, printed with "Presentation to David Diamond" at the lower right. Slight splits to the edges of the spine; small toned tape remnants on the endpapers. Overall fine in very fine box. 10 x 13.5 inches (26 x 34 cm). Read More...

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150. [Literature & Art] Day-Lewis, Cecil. (1904–1972) [Effinger, Cecil. (1914–1990)].
Autograph Letter Signed - From the Collection of David Diamond

Autograph letter signed from the Anglo-Irish poet to American composer Cecil Effinger. November 27, [1949]; 2 pp. Day-Lewis writes: "Dear Mr. Effinger, I am most interested to hear that you have done a setting of 'The Christmas Tree.' It is curious that you have mentioned a detection plot in connection with opera, for although none of my own work would be suitable—I feel sure a new plot would be necessary, not a re-hashed one, with a fantastic or mock-heroic approach—a fellow-poet over here, Patric Dickinson, suggested to me only a few months ago that he thought of trying his hand at the libretto of such an opera. You might be interested to get in touch with him: his address is 38 Church Square, Rye, Sussex; he has had two poetic plays performed by the B.B.C. & in the theater, & is no novice at dramatic construction, though I do not know how well versed he may be in musical matters. Yours sincerely, C. Day-Lewis." Together with a half-tone photograph of the author as a young man with a dog. Slight mounting traces; overall fine. Letter 5.25 x 7 inches (13.3 x 17.7 cm); photograph 3.25 x 4.75 inches (8.5 x 12.3 cm). Read More...

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151. [Literature & Art] Ferber, Edna. (1885–1965) [Arden, Elizabeth. (1878–1966)].
"A Kind of Magic" - Inscribed to Elizabeth Arden, with a Typed Note Signed

Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc.. 1963. Signed presentation copy of the American novelist, short story writer and playwright's memoir A Kind of Magic, inscribed to makeup mogul Elizabeth Arden and with an accompanying typed note signed wishing Arden a good recovery after an operation. 335 pp. Hardcover, black cloth boards, with dust jacket. Ferber has penned on the front free endpaper: "For Elizabeth Arden—who has a kind of magic of her own. Edna Ferber. New York, September 1963." In the typed note (September 23, 1963; 2 pp. on blue-bordered letterhead) she writes: "Here am I, dear Elizabeth Arden, with some of that unwelcome commodity—unasked advice. In 1940 I had my gall-bladder out. It wasn't fun. But the later change in my general well-being was miraculous. It doubtless will be the same in your experience (though I always think of you as being equipped with more health and vitality than any other living human being.) In the coming year please don't forget that one mustn't be too smarty after a major goings-on such as this certainly is. Please don't move pianos or even continents. It doesn't pay off, that post-operational year. Take it—as our American saying goes—easy. In eight months of a year you'll be better than new. Well, I said it was unasked advice, didn't I! Edna Ferber." Paperclip mark to the note and to the first few pages; some edge losses to the dustjacket, in mylar; toning; overall fine in very good dust jacket. 6.25 x 9.5 inches (16 x 24.5 cm). Read More...

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152. [Literature & Art] Gans-Ludassy, Julius von. (1858–1922).
Autograph Signature

Autograph signature from the Austrian journalist, poet and writer. Signed on a small card, 3.75 x 2.25 (9.4 x 5.5 cm) and together with a small envelope dated November 8, 1911. Fine.

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153. [Literature & Art] Gide, André. (1869–1951) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Autograph Signature and Dedication to David Diamond

Autograph signature and dedication from the French author and Nobel prize-winner, clipped from a book. Gide has penned (translated from the French): "With my apologies for offering a damaged copy, but it was the only one left that I could find. / André Gide / Le Pauvre sous l'Escalier is out of print." Together with a clipped half-tone photograph of the writer. Rather heavily toned with mounting remnants at the head; overall very good. 3.5 x 5 inches (8.8 x 12.4 cm), photograph 5.5 x 7.25 inches (14 x 18.8 cm). Read More...

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154. [Literature & Art] Goltzius, Hendrick. (1558–1617).
Euterpe, 1592

Engraving of the muse of lyric poetry, shown playing a flute, with a shawm and books lying at her feet. Numbered and signed in lower part of impression: "6" and "HG fecit". Text at the foot reads: "Euterpen calami, et genialis Tibia honestat, / Et quo cantari consuerunt Pyrthia versu; / Flla Aganippeos colles, Saltusque peragrat, / Concentu dulcis, doctoque Mathemate clara." ("Euterpe the genial reeds and flute honor..."). Lifetime impression, the third state (of five), before the addition of number. Toning, some small corner losses, mounting remnants to verso. Overall fine. 7 x 10 inches (18 x 25.8 cm). Read More...

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155. [Literature & Art] Haring, Keith. (1958–1990).
Art in Transit - SIGNED

New York: Harmony Books. 1984. First edition. Signed by the American graffiti artist and social activist on the title in silver ink. Photographs of Haring's early chalk drawings in New York subway stations by Tseng Kwong Chi, with an essay by Henry Geldzahler. Softcover, 96 pp. Light wear to gutter, light shelf wear; overall fine. 8 x 12 inches. 

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156. [Literature & Art] Lagerfeld, Karl. (1933–2019) [Ando, Tadao. (b. 1941)].
Tadao Ando, Vitra House - SIGNED

Göttingen: Steidl. 1998. First edition. Signed presentation copy of the German fashion designer and photographer's collection of architectural photographs, showing the Vitra conference pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany, designed by Tadao Ando. Lagerfeld has penned on the title (translated from the French): "September 10, [19]98. Dear Elie, Thank you for letting me spend this evening of September 10 with you and Lilian, and for the warm atmosphere of your house. With all my friendship, Karl." Softcover, unpaginated, in mylar. Very fine. 7.75 x 8 inches (19.5 x 20 cm).

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157. [Literature & Art] Pound, Ezra. (1885–1972) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
"I am god damned if I am going to meet any more Americans" - Typed Letter Signed to DAVID DIAMOND

Typed letter signed from the important poet to composer David Diamond, refusing to meet with him and denouncing in strident terms the work of the Guggenheim Foundation. N.d. [April 1938], 1 p. Pound writes: "Dear Mr Diamond, I doubt very much if any man who has been passed by Erskine and the Guggenheim committee can do anything that wd/ interest me. At any rate there are only about 200 dollars avialable [sic] for work of men NOT subsidized by [Guggenheim Foundation staff] Moe and Aydelotte. And as these scavangers [sic] have always opposed any efforts of mine and the work of any and every good artist whom I have recommended to them BEFORE said artists were very well and widely known I don't honestly think I can be bothered with any of their favorite composers. Put it this way: Until some, any, American institution spend a little money on something I believe in I am god damned if I am going to meet any more Americans. Yrs all too frankly, [Ezra Pound.]" The letter has been damaged by fire at the head and foot, leaving only part of the signature visible; this occurred in a house fire when David Diamond's possessions were being stored at the home of Willem de Kooning. Overall soiling and toning from the fire; holograph corrections; legible and overall good. Approx. 9 x 10.5 inches (22.7 x 26.5 cm). Read More...

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158. [Literature & Art] Remington, Eliphalet. (1793–1861).
Signed 1853 Bank Check

Signed bank check from the founder of the Remington Arms Co., dated March 28, 1853. Partially printed with a woodcut of a blacksmith at left, drawn on the Cashier of Ilion Ban, made payable to "Wm. Harrington" for ten dollars, and signed "E. Remington & Sons" at the lower right. Small cross-shaped tear to the center, otherwise fine. 7.25 x 2.5 inches (18.4 x 6.7 cm). Read More...

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159. [Literature & Art] Steinbeck, John. (1902-1968).
Original Drawing of a Seagull with Autograph Signature

An amusing original drawing of a seagull and autograph signature from the American author who was awarded the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes and whose many important works include The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. Penned on a torn portion of a pillow case for our consignor when she was a teenager in late 1960's in Sag Harbor, where her family was friendly with John and Elaine Steinbeck. Some discoloration from age, overall very good. 3.25 x 1.5 inches (8.5 x 4 cm). Read More...

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160. [Literature & Art] Villon, Jacques. (1875–1963).
Vendanges

Inscribed "40" in pencil l.r., identified on a plain exhibition label affixed to the paper backing. Ink and watercolor on laid paper, sheet size 9 x 5.5 inches (20.5 x 11.5 cm), framed to an overall size of 15 x 12 inches. Sheet laid down to card, tape-mounted to board, toning, some wear to frame. Overall fine. Read More...

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