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10494. Bails, Benito. (1730 - 1797).
Lecciones de Clave, y Principios de Harmonia

Madrid: Joachin Ibarra. 1775. First edition. 4to. [iv] 291 pp, lacking the folding plate of the keyboard, scattered foxing, but otherwise very good. Full leather binding, gilt stamped, title plate to spine partially cracked. Palau (21923) notes: "Es traduccion de la obra de Antonio Bemetzrieder y esta muy bien impresa" and the work is indeed beautifully printed, with musical examples throughout and including a charming engraving at the head of the first lesson, featuring three putti playing around a harpsichord. An interesting and unusual keyboard treatise written by a modestly important Spanish mathematician and architect.

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16248. Baird Rockefeller, Martha. (1895–1971).
Two Signed Photographs

Two signed photographs from the concert pianist, later the wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and an important philanthropist in the field of music. She is shown ca. 1920's and has inscribed one photograph to tenor Lawrence Strauss, dating London, July 11, 1928, and the other photograph to "my beloved Sally & Laurie," dating March 15, 1929. First photograph stamped on the verso by photographer Lenare of London, with some surface wear and corner creases, overall very good; second photograph fine. 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm).

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16604. Bakaleinikov, Vladimir. (1885–1953).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the Russian-American conductor, violist, composer and educator, shown during his period as the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has signed and inscribed at the lower right in Spanish, dating 1949. In very fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.2 x 25.2 cm).

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13525. Baker, Chet. (1929 - 1988).
1982 Autograph Letter about Money, Touring, and Tom Baker

An interesting and rare autograph letter from the later years of the jazz legend's life to his friend Jim Butler. In the original envelope postmarked September 20, 1982, the letter details Baker's money woes while on tour in Canada and California, and apologizes for not being able to pay back Butler the money he had lent Baker. Baker mentions his girlfriend Ruth [Young], and an upcoming gig in Calgary organized by "some young guys who were very interested in my playing," and his upcoming tour in Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. In a subtle mention of his ongoing drug problems, Baker writes, "I've been getting by since I last saw you on Tussion X cough syrup and feel as though I've made a lot of progress," and goes on to mention the death of actor Tom Baker from an overdose. (Complete text below.) A fascinating glimpse into Chet's later years, after his return to jazz, and his ongoing struggles with drugs and debt. Read More...

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13529. [Baker, Chet. (1929 - 1988) & Baker, Tom (1940-1982)] Wulff, Ingo..
Collection of Cards, Letters, Screen Treatment and Book

An interesting collection of material relating to the American jazz trumpeter, vocalist, and flugelhornist, known for his early promise, swift fall into drug addiction, and career resurgence in the 1970's and 80's. From the collection of Jim Butler, a dedicated Chet Baker collector who became a friend to Baker and his family, the archive includes a copy of the 1989 publication Chet Baker in Concert and a brief correspondence with its German editor, Ingo Wulff; part of a screen treatment by Chet's friend, actor and writer Tom Baker, about Chet's life; three Christmas cards from Carol Baker, Chet's widow; and various assorted magazine clippings. Overall in very good to fine condition. Read More...

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14785. Baker, Chet. (1929-1988).
"Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings" - SIGNED LP

Uncommon signed album from the tragic jazz great whose intimate playing style established him as a great talent until his drug related death in 1988. His 1955 album "Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings" is signed on the back cover and dated Boston, 1964. Pacific Jazz Records PJ-1202. Slight edge wear and smudging to the signature, but overall in fine condition.  Read More...

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12375. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
The Original Charleston. Musique de Cecil Mack et Jimmy Johnson dansé par Joséphine Baker dans l'Hyper-Revue des Folies Bergère "La Folie du Jour" ...

Paris: Editions Francis Salabert. [1926]. First Edition thus. Quarto Original bifolium sheet music with pictorial covers, loosely inserted singlesheet, letterpress recto only. A little rubbed externally, with a soft diagonal crease through the front cover, but overall a very good example. Uncommon, just 3 copies listed by Worldcat (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Biblioteca Comunale di Trento, Zentralbibliothek Zurich). Read More...

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12461. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
Gown and Cape worn by Baker to the Cannes Film Festival

Original evening gown and matching full-length cape in a bright red, orange, and yellow print, worn by the legendary entertainer to the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. Accompanied by two reproduction photographs showing La Baker in the eye-catching ensemble, together with a signed photographic letter of provenance from Lelia Scoto Abatino, niece of Pepito Abatino, Baker's original manager. Read More...

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11823. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
Two Signed Photographs in La Créole

Pair of vintage glossy 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photos of Baker in ‘La Creole,’ each signed in fountain pen, “Josephine Baker, 1936.” Both are individually mounted and matted to overall sizes of 14 x 17. In overall fine condition.  Read More...

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8719. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
Vintage Photograph

Vintage 8 x 10 inch doubleweight original photograph of the great singer/dancer "in a happy good mood when she arrives at London airport" in 1959. Fine.

Baker was most noted as a singer, while in her early career she was a celebrated dancer. She was given the nicknames the "Black Venus" or the "Black Pearl", as well as the "Créole Goddess" in anglophone nations, while in France she has always been known in the old theatrical tradition as "La Baker."


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14866. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
Signed Photograph in an Exotic Feather Costume

Vintage matte-finish G. L. Manuel portrait of Baker in a full-length pose with outspread feather wings, a revealing jeweled dress, and large curlicue earrings, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “An Sergent Chef Maurice Laborie, en souvenir de, Josephine Baker, 1940.”  A few small tears to edges, nicely repaired from verso and otherwise in fine condition. 8 x 10.25 inches. Read More...

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15471. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
The Original Charleston. Musique de Cecil Mack et Jimmy Johnson dansé par Joséphine Baker dans l'Hyper-Revue des Folies Bergère "La Folie du Jour" ...

Paris: Editions Francis Salabert. [1926]. First Edition thus. Quarto. Original bifolium sheet music with pictorial covers, letterpress recto only. Lightly toned with fold slightly rubbed; seller's stamp to the cover; overall in fine condition. 10.5 x 13.75 inches (27 x 35 cm). Uncommon; only 3 copies listed by Worldcat (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Biblioteca Comunale di Trento, Zentralbibliothek Zurich).  Read More...

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13614. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975) [Abatino, Pepito, & Josephine Baker. ].
Josephine Baker vue par la Presse Française. [At head of title: Pepito Abatino Présente]

Paris: [Editions Isis]. 1931. 60 pp. promotional brochure, by her long-time manager and lover, celebrating the art of Josephine Baker during her years in Paris, including scores of excerpts and entire reviews of her art by a wide variety of cultural figures writing in myriad venues, an introductory text by Abatino (Josephine Baker vue par son Manager), a list by Baker (Josephine Baker vue par elle-même), profusely illustrated throughout after both photographs and drawings, including some full-page portraits. Sm. 4to. Orig. illustrated silver-foil wrapper, heavily worn, creased and chipped, attached at spine by only a small area else fully separated. An unnumbered copy aside from the deluxe issue of 50 copies with the same silver-foil presentation, separate from the edition with a paper wrapper, only one similar copy recorded in the US by Worldcat. Read More...

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16498. Bakst, Léon Samoilovitch. (1866–1924).
Autograph Letter to Frantz Jourdain

Autograph letter from the Russian painter and scene and costume designer, known for his extensive work for the Ballets Russes. 1 p. June 21, 1915. To architect and art critic Frantz Jourdain (1847–1935), Bakst writes (translated from the French): "Dear maître, I am very touched by your kind letter and thank you sincerely. I will act according to your advice. Until then, please believe my devoted and cordial sentiments. Leon Bakst." In very fine condition. 4.5 x 7 inches (11.3 x 17.3 cm).

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11392. [Bal des 4'Z'Arts] Rapin, Henri. (1873 - 1939).
1911 Bal des Quat'z'Arts Ticket

Paris: Imprimerie Modern Style. P. Marmy. Oversize elaborate printed invitation to the 1911 Bal des Quat'z'Arts. The design by the French painter, illustrator and decorator H. Rapin, featuring a highly stylized illustration on Babylonian themes. 19 x 33 cm. Dampstained along the lower edge, left edge and upper margin chipped with a few small losses, else fine. Read More...

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Attractive postcard portrait of great choreographer by noted American caricaturist, Hirschfeld, who has boldly signed in blue ink next to the image. Very fine. 4.2 x 6 inches.

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12250. Baldwin, James. (1924 - 1987).
Struck Lodestone - SIGNED TO ISHMAEL REED

California: Artists' Resource Center. 1976. First Edition. California Bay Area Poets & Others in poems by Mary R. Rudge. 4to. 52 pp. Metallic illustrated covers, fine. An interesting volume of poems and drawings by "Alameda Poet Laureate" of poets and luminaries (Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Rosa Parks, Snyder etc.), this copy signed and inscribed in ink by James Baldwin to the American poet Ishmael Reed on the portrait of Reed "For Ishmael, with all my love. Jim Baldwin." Read More...

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16686. [Ballet Russe] Swanson, George Allen. (1908-1962).
Rostova and Youskevitch in "L'après-midi d'un faune"

Watercolor on paper, signed 'George Alan Swanson' lower right, titled and inscribed 'Igor Youskevitch / Lubov Rostova' upper left, signed 'George Alan Swanson', titled, and inscribed 'Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo / Lubov Rostova / Igor Youskevitch' upper left.  16 x 12 3/4 in. (sight), 22 1/2 x 18 in. (frame). Beautifully framed. Read More...

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15168. [Ballets Russes].
Comœdia Illustré No17: La Saison Russe a l'Opéra - June 1910 Special Issue

Revue Artistique bi-mensuelle - 2ème année - N°17 - 1er juin 1910. A fine example of the opulent special issue of the illustrated magazine devoted to the second Russian Ballets Russes season in Paris performed at the beautiful building of the Grand Opera, featuring illustrations by Leon Bakst and photographs of Nijinsky, Ida Rubinstein, Tamar Karsavina, Anna Pavlova, Michel Fokine, Catherine Gheltzer, Lubov Tchernicheva, Fokina and many others. The cover bears a striking costume design by Bakst, while the bound-in souvenir program shows Tamar Karsavina and Nijinsky in Sylphides. The 1910 repertoire of the Ballets Russes, listed on the first page, included L'Oiseau de Feu (in its first performance), Shéhérezade, Carnaval, Orientales, Giselle, Cléopatre, Les Sylphides, Le Festin, and Danses Polovtsiennes du 'Prince Igor," with music by Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumann, Borodin, and others. The season's troupe included Karsavina, Fedorova, Rubinstein, Fokine, Fokina, and Nijinsky and Nijinska (in their second season with the company). The program also includes many pages of decorative Parisian advertising. Read More...

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14211. [Ballets Russes].
"Saison Russe" - Two 1911 Special Issues of Comoedia Illustré

Numéro Spécial: n°16 & 19 / 3ème année. Two special issues of the illustrated magazine dated May 15, 1911 and July 1, 1911 and including features on the Saison Russe, with pictures of Nijinsky, Cecchetti, and other dancers, and coverage of the new ballets Scheherazade and Petrouchka. An illustrated article on "La maison des danseuses" includes drawings of ballerinas Anna Pavlova, Tamar Karsavina, and Lydia Lopokova. Further articles on opera, concerts, and the theatre are supplemented with many photographs, illustrations, and advertisements. 37 pp. (480-516) and 42 pp. (600-641). Some wear to the covers, the second issue with a few small tears and the cover detached; a few clippings have been removed inside; otherwise overall in very good to fine condition. 9.5 x 12.5 inches (21.7 x 31.7 cm).

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