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2025. Battistini, Mattia. (1856-1928).
Signed Costume Photograph

A fine signed postcard photograph of the "King of the Baritones," generally considered to be one of the great figures in 20th century vocal history. A rare Russian photograph, signed "Battistini," 8.5 X 13.5 cm. Beginning in 1892, he performed regularly in Russia, where he was a favorite of the Imperial family and was an enormous star.

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Opera
Unusual pairing of early ink signatures of the two great pianists both born in 1873, on a single album page dated Paris, 1903 and measuring 12 x 17.5 cm. Risler has added a single musical note below his signature.

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Classical Music

11686. Bax, Arnold. (1883 - 1953).
Autograph Musical Quotation

Boldly penned AMQS from the popular English composer. Three measures from an unidentified work, signed "Arnold Bax / March 2nd, 1933." On a small paper measuring 11 x 6 cm. Scarce.

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10506. Bazzini, Antonio. (1818 - 1897).
Important Autograph Letter

Autograph letter signed ‘A. Bazzini.’ 4 pp. Paris 5 May, 1862. Addressed "Cher Monsieur," probably to Stephen de la Madeleine, editor of L'univers musical until 1863. A very important letter, rich with biographical information about the influential Italian violinist and composer. Translated in full: "Here it's been already a year that I've promised to come spend an evening with you, but my absence from Paris, intended to be only for 2 weeks, has been prolonged until today, and may even last until next winter! Another example of the proverbial "1 man proposes..." etc. // As I have not forgotten the kind invitation that you made to me, Sir, and because I would like to be able to keep the promise as much as possible...I won't hesitate to send you this letter to recall your friendly memory, and to tell you in a few words what I've been up to since the month of April, 1861. // I was called to Angers and Nantes, where I gave many concerts with success; right away I began a summer tour with Madame Sanchioli [Giulia Sanchioli, b. 1819], celebrated Italian singer; passing through Poitiers, Neort, la Rochelle, then right away the Pyrenées...and giving never fewer than two concerts in each location, frequently three - Success had by all accounts very satisfying; and my association with Mad. Sanchioli ended in October in Bordeaux where she gave many performances at the Theatre and where we were honored at the Soirée of the Grand Festival of St. Cecilia - Mad. Sanchioli left for Nice called to a brilliant engagement, and I was called for numbers of concerts by the directors of the Theatres of Périgueux, Limoges, Angouleme etc.. Then I gave three concerts in Toulouse, a dozen in the towns around there. Then right away I went to Paris where my success was exceptional not only in the different public concerts, but in a bunch of soirées, which were had in the salons of the cosmopolitan aristocracy who spend the winter in the city of Henry IV. In one great house they wanted to hear me three times. My new compositions had a great success during this long peregrination, and amateurs and artists alike wanted to procure them immediately. // I am soon to return to Italy to visit my mother, and I'm planning on being back in Paris in the next winter, where I will be honored to come see you after my arrival. // Please will you have the kindness, dear Sir, having read this long scrawl, to send me a few lines, as you know how to write, to the many readers of the Univers Musical? // I could not be more grateful to you and I am no less aware of your benevolence well known by all artists. // Please accept, dear Sir, the expression of my most distinguished sentiments and believe me your very devoted and obedient servant."

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11848. Bazzini, Antonio. (1818 - 1897).
Moderato [String Trio] - Autograph Musical Quotation

An impressive detailed AMQS from the influential Italian violinist and composer. Eight measures penned on hand-ruled paper, identified at the beginning as "Moderato" with lines for violin, viola and violoncello, signed at the conclusion "All Gentile Sigra. Contessa Malvezzi / Ferrara 20 Luglio 1847 / A. Bazzini." 27 x 18 cm. Very fine. From the album of Anna Maria Malvezzi. Read More...

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15518. Beach, Amy. (1867–1944).
Group of Autograph Postcards

Three autograph postcards from the important American composer to a Mrs. Attwood, ca. 1904–1905, two related to her piano work Variations on Balkan Themes, op. 60. Two of the postcards are invitations to attend a musical gathering at Beach's home; in the first (n.d., 2 pp.), she writes: "Knowing your interest in national folk-songs of all countries, I write to ask if you and Mr. Attwood will not come to us on Thursday the 28th at a little before four o'clock. Mrs. Ruggles, contralto, and her brother, Rev. Mr. Sleeper, will give us some interesting Bulgarian folk-songs gather by Mr. Sleeper during his missionary days..." In the second (n.d., 2 pp.) she writes: "I am asking just a few friends to hear my new 'Variations on Balkan Themes' on Thursday afternoon June 1st at four o'clock [...] I think that you will find the 'themes,' at least, interesting." The final postcard (August 14, 1905) sends best wishes from Cape Cod. Some light toning and edge wear; overall fine. 5.5 x 3.25 inches (14 x 8.2 cm) and 5 x 4 inches (12.8 x 10.3 cm). Together with an envelope bearing a collector's note. Read More...

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15519. Beach, Amy. (1867–1944).
Original Concert Invitation

Invitation to a performance of the important American composer and pianist, penned on a card of the MacDowell Club of Boston. Text, in full: "The MacDowell Club requests the pleasure of your company Wednesday, November eighteenth at Copley Hall from four to six, to meet Mrs. H. H. A. Beach. Music at 4:15. Please present at door for admission." Beach performed at the piano in a program of her songs and her Romance for violin and piano at the Copley Hall in Boston on November 18, 1914. In very fine condition. 4.5 x 3.5 inches (11.3 x 9 cm). Read More...

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Signed Document/Item

12990. [Beatles] .
Signed Ludwig Drumhead

An translucent 15" Ludwig Weather Master drumhead, autographed by three of the Fab Four! Signed by George Harrison in black felt-tip in 1992, then signed by Ringo (also in black felt-tip), and Paul (in blue marker) later in 2015. A fantastic group of signatures, attractively grouped together on a drumhead made by the manufacturer most closely associated with the Beatles. In very good condition, the signatures untouched, light wear shows to a few other spots of the head. 

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Song

15918. [Beatles] Avedon, Richard. (1923–2004).
1967 Richard Avedon First-Edition Psychedelic Beatles Posters - Complete Set of Four

Complete set of four first-edition psychedelic Beatles posters created by noted photographer Richard Avedon in 1967, printed by the Daily Express in 1968. Also included is the corresponding black and white landscape photographic group portrait print, also by Avedon. The psychedelic posters each measure 18.5 x 27 inches, while the banner poster measures 14.5 x 40 inches. Pinholes, creases and tears, particularly to edges of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, several pieces of tape to borders of Lennon poster, banner poster exhibits an area of loss at the right edge; overall very good. Read More...

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Song

13618. [Beatles] Harrison, George. (1943-2001) & Shankar, Ravi. (1920-2012).
Souvenir Program from a 1974 Joint Concert

Original souvenir program from a 1974 joint concert of the ex-Beatle and the renowned Indian musician, with fantastic psychedelic graphics, many pictures, biographies of the Eastern and Western ensemble members, and texts on Indian music and instruments. Shankar and Harrison's collaboration led to the albums Shankar Family & Friends and Ravi Shankar's Music Festival from India. This concert, given in aid of the Appalachian Regional Hospitals, was most likely part of the ensemble's late-1974 tour of North America. 20 pp. with an additional page inserted with the biographies of further musicians. In fine condition. 11.5 x 9 inches (29.2 x 22.8 cm).

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Song
Culture, Ethnicity & Gender
An original 9 x 11.5 inch photograph of the famous couple, signed and dated on the verso by the photographer, George Tebbens.

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Song

15949. [Beatles] Starr, Ringo. (b. 1940) .
Original Ringo Photograph of McCartney and Lennon

Original photograph measuring 20” x 30”, published Genesis Publications. Signed and numbered by Ringo from the edition of 25 and sold together with the publisher's COA.  Unframed. Read More...

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Art & Design
Jazz
Signed Photograph
Performing Arts & Media
Song
Art
Enormous original ink and watercolor portrait of Ringo by Heinz Edelmann, 31 x 47 inches, showing him in a Yellow Submarine-esque striped suit jacket against a psychedelic background. Framed and in very good condition, with scattered staining and soiling. Edelmann, a German illustrator and designer, is best known for his art direction and character designs for the Beatles' 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. This work is unsigned and was presumably intended for some sort of display, possibly a performance set or event promotion. It may have been a preliminary draft for one of those things  - we have puzzled over the name spelling and frankly don't know what to make it of it. We acquired this from a French collector, who likewise didn't know what to make of that feature. But the piece is certainly contemporary to the period and based on the confidence and style of the line and overall impression, we feel confident in ascribing this to Edelman himself. However, as the work is unsigned, we must allow for the possibility it may have been executed by another hand, possibly an assistant or imitator. In any event, impressive in size and style, this is an extraordinary Beatles piece. 

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Song

12533. [Beatles] Starr, Ringo. (b. 1940) [MARTIN SHARP (1942-2013)].
Live Give Love - 1967 POSTER FROM THE COLLECTION OF RINGO STARR

London: Big O Posters Ltd. [1968]. 30 x 20 inches, 76 x 50 3/4 cm. Striking metallic poster printed on foil, the design by Martin Sharp, a psychedelic adaptation of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco The Creation of Man (1511-12). High art meets high art in this glistening piece of Sixties psychedelia, a companion piece to Sharp's more famous Wheels of Fire album cover of the same date for English rock band Cream. The two works, as printed in black ink on silver foil-coated card, present Christian and Eastern religious icons in a manner accessible to a Sixties audience familiar with the effects of hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD and marijuana. The text of Live Give Love reflects the dominant themes of peace and love which were at the heart of the counterculture and hippie movement between 1966-8, reaching their peak in the United States and United Kingdom during 1967's Summer of Love. This example of the famous poster from the collection of former Beatle, Ringo Starr.

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15798. Beauclerk, Diana. (1734-1808) [Burgur, Augustus. (1747-1794)].
Illustrations for the poem Lenore by Gottfried Augustus Burger (1747-1794) - Three Original Engravings

Group of three original stipple engravings after drawings by Lardy Diana Beauclerk, showing a man and woman on horseback being pursued by Death. In the first image, the man and woman look back as cloaked ghouls fly behind them; in the second, the man points ahead at a monk and a group of pallbearers. In the final image, the man has been replaced by a skeleton wielding a spear, and the woman swoons lifelessly on the horse behind him. Engraved by A. Birrell (first image) and Harding (last image) and all published June 1, 1796 by E. & S. Harding, Pall Mall. Each engraving ca. 11.75 x 9.25 inches (29.7 x 23.2 cm), clipped and mounted on card, slightly irregularly trimmed. Some toning and foxing, especially to the mounts; one corner rip has been repaired. Overall very good.

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Art & Design

14766. [Beauty Pageants].
"One of Them Gets a Ride" - Original Press Photograph

Original 1937 press photograph showing the contestants for the title of Miss California posing in swimsuits on the wing of an airliner. Press caption on the verso dated July 17, 1937. In very good condition with one small tear to the upper edge. 9 x 7 inches (22.8 x 18 cm).

4261. Bechet, Sidney. (1897 - 1959).
Original Concert Program

An attractive 16 pp. concert program from an International Jazz Show performance at Royal Albert Hall with Humphrey Lyttelton and his band and Andre Reqeliotty and his orchestra. Vertical crease, otherwise in fine condition.

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Jazz

10909. Beecham, Sir Thomas. (1879 - 1961).
Original Photograph

Original 1959 photograph of the dynamic and celebrated British conductor as he arrived at the London Airport on the eve of his 80th birthday. In very fine condition. 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Unsigned Photo
Classical Music

9010. Beecham, Sir Thomas. (1879 - 1961).
Signed 1933 Covent Garden Contract

D.S., Thomas Beecham, three pages, folio, London, 30th January 1933. The partially printed document, in French, is issued by the Covent Garden Opera Syndicate, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, London, for the year 1933, and is a contract engaging Beecham's services as 'Chef d'Orchestre et Directeur Artistique' from 1st May - 10th June 1933 for the sum of 'un mille francs (£1000) pour la saison.' Boldly signed at the conclusion. Some light age wear, else fine. Together with a vintage postcard photograph.

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Classical Music
A remarkable original presentation photograph in original photographer's folder/mount, stamped "Swaine, 146 New Bond St.W. and at Southsea," photograph measuring an impressive 42 x 16 cm. The photograph shows the entire orchestra -all men - assembled in a large dining hall, in their most elegant attire, seated at 6 long tables. Sir Thomas may be see standing along the far right wall, with his eyes closed. We do not know on which occasion this image was taken, but it may include additional musical luminaries, as there seem to be more than a single orchestra's worth of attendees.

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