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14258. Bartok, Bela. (1881-1945) & Kodály, Zoltán. (1882-1967).
Original Scrapbook with Signed Program Covers and Press Clippings

A small handmade scrapbook containing two original 1934 Collegium Musicum of Budapest program covers signed by Bartók and Kodály, as well as numerous press clippings relating to the concerts. Bartók has signed in pencil on the cover of the program dated February 12, 1934, in which he accompanied four singers in an concert of Debussy; this program cover serves as the cover of the scrapbook. Kodály has signed the cover of a program dated April 11, 1934, where he performed his own works and those of Bartók. Both program covers have been decorated with clipped halftone portraits of the composers. The remainder of the 12-page booklet includes press clippings and one clipped press photograph from Bartók's performance, all neatly mounted and reinforced with stripes of tape. Toning and light overall wear, but generally in very good condition. 9.25 x 7 inches (23.5 x 17.6 cm). Read More...

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14269. Bartok, Bela. (1881-1945) [Kodály, Zoltán. (1882-1967)].
Magyar Népdalok énekhangra és zongorára (Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano) - SIGNED BY BARTÓK

Budapest: Rozsnyai Károly. [1906]. First edition of the Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano, a collection to which the two great Hungarian composers each contributed ten songs, signed by Bartók on the title page. [PN] B. K. 4to. Softcover, 26 pp. Spine reinforced with fabric tape; wear and soiling to the covers with some small losses at the edges; staple binding partially detached; signature crisp and overall in good condition. 9 x 12 inches (23.5 x 30.5 cm). Read More...

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12068. Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945) .
Important Letter about the Collection of Folk Music

Typed letter signed ("Béla Bartók"), in Hungarian, 1 page, folio (13½ x 8¼ in.), Budapest, September 14, 1937. To the literature historian and general secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Géza Voinovich (1877-1952) about the publication of the Hungarian folk songs collected by Bartók and Kodály: "Since September 1924 the work for printing [the collection] is on the way. During that time I have revised the transcript of all the phonograph cylinders - 1062 cylinders - at the same time Kodály selected from the existing literature any related material….The material to be published comprises circa 12 thousand melodies, and the publication will consist of about 4000 pages 4to. In three years it will be possible to give the entire material to print…." Read More...

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12188. Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945) .
Signed Letter about Hungary in WWII and The Commission of the Arts and Sciences of Independent Hungary

2-page TLS, signed "Bartok Bela." October 27, 1942. In Hungarian, an important letter addressed to the Hungarian-born composer and publisher, Albert Szirmay, who had emigrated to New York in 1923 and took a post as music director for Chappell Music, becoming editor for such Broadway luminaries as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. The letter concerns Hungary's role in WWII and Bartok's involvement as Chair of the Committee of Hungarian Scientists and Artists. Mentioning "the fateful fight carried out against the dictator" and lamenting that "the Hungarian government has declared war on the Axis side of the democracies," he knows that "President Roosevelt...you are on our side" and states that "in this situation...the representatives of Hungarian culture, who in America our principled beliefs are free to declare," must speak for the "the millions of Hungarians who are struggling." He goes on to invite Szirmay to join the newly formed Committee and a retained copy of Szirmay's letter of acceptance is included together with the original letter from Bartok. 8.5 x 11 inches, minor toning and a small tear along one of the original folds, else fine. Read More...

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11715. Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945) [Adler, Guido. (1855 - 1941)].
Über die Herausgabe ungarischer Volkslieder [On the Publication of Hungarian Folk Songs] - INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY TO GUIDO ADLER

Berlin and Leipzig: W. de Gruyter and Co. 1931. Sonderabdruck aus den Ungarischen Jahrbüchern Band XI, Heft 3. Ungarische Bibliothek. Für das Ungarische Institut an der Universität Berlin herausgegeben von Julius Farkas. 8vo pamphlet. 25 cm. 17, [1] pp. Inscribed in ink on the title "Prof. Dr. Guido Adler / hochachtungsvoll [yours respectfully] / Béla Bartók." In fine condition. Read More...

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14186. [Bartók, Béla. (1881-1945)] Dukas, Paul. (1865-1935).
Autograph Letter to Prunieres, Lamenting a Missed Meeting with Bartok

Neatly penned autograph letter, one page, 5 x 6.5, no date but postmarked April 6, 1922. Addressed on the reverse in Dukas’s own hand to Henri Prunières and signed "Paul Dukas." The letter apologizes for missing a visit from the addressee and from "Monsieur Béla Bartok, whose acquaintance I would have been delighted to make. All the more so since I must respond to your kind invitation for Saturday. I have to be in Valenciennes on Sunday to help with the concert of the Societé du Conservatoire there. And if I don't take the train at 5:10 in the evening on Saturday, I will have to get up at 6:30 to leave on Sunday morning! So in this case despite all my regrets, I must excuse myself..." A scarce and rather charming letter from the French composer, critic, scholar and teacher best known for his "L'apprenti sorcier "(The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and his opera "Ariane et Barbe-bleue." Read More...

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17267. Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945).
Mikrokosmos - Two Signed Columbia Test Pressings

Rare and unusual original pair of Columbia Recording Corporation 12″ inch test pressings, one marked "Pt 1, Mikrokosmos, Bartok" and the other "Pt IV, Mikrokosmos, Bartok," both signed by the composer on the label: "Accepted / Bartok." Framed to an overall size of 16.75 x 30.75. In very good to fine condition, with some paper loss to each label. Read More...

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Ephemera
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15842. Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945).
Early Autograph Musical Quotation, inscribed to his Mother

An important early autograph musical quotation from the Hungarian composer, inscribed to his mother. Bartok has penned 12 measures from his Scherzo in B flat minor (B.B. 21), signed boldly, dated March 26, 1901 and inscribed at the head (translated from the Hungarian): "To widowed Mrs. Bartok," it being convention in Hungary to use the husband's name and then add "widowed" after his death. Matted together with a later photograph of the composer. Visible size 4.5 x 6.5 inches (11.8 x 16.3 cm), handsomely matted in red and gold to an overall size of 14 x 11 inches. Overall toning, but otherwise very fine. Read More...

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19243. [Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945)] Serly, Tibor. (1901–1978) [Monteux, Pierre. (1875–1964)].
"Homage à Béla Bartók" - Heavily Annotated and Edited Score from the Collection of Pierre Monteux

MS Facsimile score signed thrice by the Hungarian violist and composer, with autograph MS signed title page ("Homage à Béla Bartók: Lament (Lento and Fugata) for String Orchestra by Tibor Serly.  Duration 8 Minutes"), additional signature and autograph title to head of the work, and final signature near the final measure of the piece, "Tibor Serly / 1955 / 10 W. 580 St. / N.Y.C. 19 / N.Y.," extensively edited with autograph corrections and annotations throughout in blue ink and red pencil in the hand of the composer.  20 pp.  Light water damage to lower blank margin throughout, ink stains to lower front cover, blocks of toning to front and rear covers, else fine.  8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm.). Read More...

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18100. Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948).
Group of Original Photographs

Group of eight original photographs of the important ballet dancer. Included are a 1991 portrait by Annie Leibovitz showing Baryshnikov in a deep arabesque; a portrait by Gregory Heisler for the American Ballet Theatre; two on-stage photos in costume by Leslie E. Spatt; a portrait by Kenn Duncan for the American Ballet Theatre; and three photographs by Martha Swope of Baryshnikov with other dancers. He is seen with Deirdre Barberry in "The Little Ballet," with Elaine Kudo in "Sinatra Suite," and rehearsing with Gil Boggs for "Cinderella." All photos 8 x 10 inches and stamped on the verso by the photographer. Some light edge wear, but overall in very fine condition. Read More...

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Dance

1194. Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948).
Large Satin-Finish Signed Photograph

Color satin-finish 8 x 12 inch photo of Baryshnikov performing, signed in-person in blue felt tip. In very fine condition.

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485. Baryshnikov, Mikhail. (b. 1948).
Photograph at White House with Patricia McBride and President Carter!

Original press photograph from "Baryshnikov at the White House." Light spotting, overall fine.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.).

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Dance

5387. [Baseball].
Original US Army Baseball Game Photograph

A striking 11 x 11 inch doubleweight 1945 photograph of American troops enjoying a baseball came "in the shell-scarred Rizal Stadium, Manila." The image, by Sgt. Dick Hanley, was reproduced on the cover of "Yank," the Army's weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II.

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Culture, Ethnicity & Gender

8486. [Baseball] Longbrake, Arthur. (1884 - 1963).
Brother Noah gave out checks for rain

Philadelphia: Jos. Morris. 1907. "Goliath was struck out by David, A base hit was made on Abel by Cain, And the Prodigal Son made a great home-run. Brother Noah gave checks out for rain." Read More...

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19560. [Basie, Count. (1904–1984)] Gottlieb, William. (1917–2006).
Original Photograph - Signed by Photographer

Original William Gottlieb black and white photograph of the great jazz pianist, circa 1946-48; printed circa 1979.  Gottlieb, who has signed his name and added a copyright symbol to the lower left, captures an energetic and smiling Basie at the piano.  In fine condition.  Sight: 10.75 x 13.25 inches (27.3 x 33.6 cm.); framed to 17.75 x 21.75 inches (45.1 x 55.2 cm.).  Literature: The Golden Age of Jazz, Pomegranate Artbooks, 1995, p. 100. Read More...

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Jazz
A striking large original photograph of the American sculptor, illustrator, wood-engraver, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and teacher. Baskin is shown at his workbench, with a large wooden sculpture in progress. Signed by the photographer Philip Wyatt in a elaborate calligraphic hand on the verso. Some wear and discoloration to the edges, a few small abrasions to the surface, overall in very good condition. 9.5 x 10 inches (24.5 x 25.9 cm).

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Art & Design

17989. Baskin, Leonard. (1922–2000).
Untitled Head, ca. 1965

Ink on paper. Signed "Baskin" at the lower right. 9.25 x 11 inches (23.7 x 28.3 cm), matted and framed to an overall size of 14.5 x 17 inches. Read More...

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13514. Bassi, Amedeo. (1872-1949).
Signed Photograph Postcard with Facsimile AMQS

Postcard portrait of the great Italian tenor with a facsimile AMQS from his role as Chopin in the opera by Giacomo Orefice, and with an autograph signature in bold ink to the right of the image. Orefice's fancified version of the composer's life premiered at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, in 1901, and Bassi recorded excerpts from the opera ca. 1903-1905. The postcard is addressed on the verso to the Argentinian collector Ramona Imaz Otaño and postmarked April 14, 1904. In fine condition. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm). Read More...

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Opera

7024. Bastianini, Ettore. (1922 - 1967).
Signed Photograph in "La Battaglia di Legnano"

Unusual signed original Piccagliani photograph of the great baritone whose career was tragically cut short by throat cancer. A boldly signed photograph from his first and only performances of Rolando in Verdi's rarely heard opera "La battaglia di Legnano" at La Scala in December of 1961. 10.5 x 15.5 cm. Very fine.

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Opera

18354. Bates, Clayton "Peg Leg". (1907–1998).
Signed Photograph

Uncommon original James Kriegsman photograph of the one-legged dancer in top hat and tails, signed and inscribed: "For Tommy/ Each show that I have worked with you has been a grand pleasure. Keep your mouth open – you dig?/ Your pal/ Peg-Leg Bates/ April 1939."  8 x 10 inches. Surface creasing, tape remnants to all corners, small stain to upper edge, mounting remnants to verso.  Read More...

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