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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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18193. [Beatles].
The Beatles - Enormous Four Sheet Black and White Poster (1969)

How often do you see this?  A four sheet poster featuring an early image of the group. This poster was made in 1969 with four panels put together measuring approx: 77 ½" tall by 64" wide!  There is some soiling, tears, fold separation and paper missing throughout, but this is a real head turner indeed!

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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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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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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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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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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. The present example of the famous poster is from the collection of former Beatle, Ringo Starr. Some light creases to the edges, difficult to image given the relective nature of the foil, but in overall fine condition.

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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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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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13745. [Beckett, Samuel. (1906-1989)] [Lahr, Bert. (1895-1967)].
"Waiting for Godot" - Original 1956 Program

Original playbill from the Broadway debut of Beckett's absurdist play at the John Golden Theatre, beginning on April 19, 1956. Starring Bert Lahr (also the original Cowardly Lion), the play had opened in Florida in January 1956 and bombed, before its more successful Broadway production that spring. Overall age wear and one vertical crease, but otherwise in very good condition. 20 pp. 6.5 x 9 inches (16.5 x 23 cm).

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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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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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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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New York: Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. Co.. 1903. Sheet music, 13 1/2 x 10 3/4. 1903. 5 pp. Edges a little worn, lightly creased, period pen initials on inset photo, overall good. Read More...

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18325. Beethoven, Ludwig Van. (1770-1827).
33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer für das Piano-Forte componirt und Der Frau Antonia von Brentano gebornen Edlen von Birkenstock hochachtungsvoll zugeeignet...120tes Werk. [DIABELLI VARIATIONS]

Wien: bey A. Diabelli et Comp. Graben No. 1133 ; Leipzig : bey H.A. Probst. [1824]. Oblong folio. disbound.  [i] (title), 4-43, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] 1380. On t.p. above imprint: No. 1380.; Eigenthum der Verleger.; Pr. 2f. 45x.C.M; At head of 1st. line of music: Thema von A: Diabelli; At foot of p. 43: Gestochen v: Jos: Sigg.  Tears and repairs to margins of first and final leaves, those two pages also somewhat browned, stamps of E. Hoffmann Musikalienhandlung of Dresden, else a clean and wide-margined copy throughout.  Titelauflage of the Cappi u. Diabelli first edition of 1823 (ie printed from the same plates) but with the edition of a secondary "collection" title page "(Vaterländischer Künstlerverein Veränderungen...") not present here,  the main title of the present copy being an updated version of the title from the first issue (1823), where pp. 2 and 3 were left blank. Kinsky p. 350-51. Dorfmüller p. 345 (copy in Bavarian State Library, Munich). Hoboken 2, 485. Hirsch IV, 387 (with "2. Abtheilung" angebunden). Beethoven-Haus C 120/1 (or Schorn 39?).  Read More...

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6594. Beethoven, Ludwig Van. (1770-1827).
Vier Arietten und ein Duett (italienisch und deutsch) mit Begleitung des Pianoforte…(Der unterlegte deutsche Text ist von Dr. Chr. Schreiber.) Op.82.

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. [1811]. First edition. Typeset oblong folio, 16 pp. [PN] 1474, printed on pages 3, 5 and 7 only. Kinsky pp.220-22; Hoboken Vol.2, No.360. Read More...

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4327. Beethoven, Ludwig Van. (1770-1827).
Bound Collection of the Middle String Quartets in First Edition

Nicely bound collection of the complete Middle-period string quartets [Opus 59 - 1,2,3; Opus 74; Opus 95], all first editions in score. 4to. Black cloth, half black leather, gilt-stamped and with four raised bands. As follows: Read More...

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4624. Beethoven, Ludwig Van. (1770-1827).
Cabinet Card Life Mask Photograph

19th century cabinet card photograph of the famous life mask by Franz Klein, this image issued by Julius A. Gross of Brooklyn. Trimmed to 10.5 x 16 cm, else fine.

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