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2891. [Cohan, George. M. (1878-1942)].
Rare 1916 Boston Program with Berlin, Goldberg, Rogers, Spalding etc.

"Friars All Star Frolic-Boston Opera House Boston, Mass. Wednesday afternoon and night, June 7th, 1916. A Union of Famous Authors, Composers, Musicians and Comedians in one performance without a Parallel. Comedy, Minstrelsy, Vaudeville, Operetta under the Direction of Geo. M. Cohan...The Aristocracy of American Fun-Makers that has contributed its genius, - its wit, its humor, its art, - to the most distinguished and brilliant protean show ever presented!" A rare circular for what was undoubtedly a spectacular event.

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Program, unsigned
Theater

12569. Schulz, Charles M. (1922 - 2000).
"It's great to be popular" - SIGNED PRINT

Large printed green and black card calendar page removed from the 1979 Peanuts Date Book, reading "It's great to be popular!", signed by Charles Schultz in black ink upper left, minor wear, small pinholes to top left and right corners, 26 x 33cm , 1979. Read More...

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Art/Sculpture
Art & Design

5121. Cohan, George. M. (1878-1942).
You're A Grand Old Rag

New York: F.A. Mills. 1906. First Edition . An extremely rare true first edition of the popular song, issued before the title was changed from "You're A Grand Old Rag," to "You're a Grand Old Flag," when protests ensued. Front cover has a portrait of the composer in a revolutionary military uniform. Fuld p. 663-64. Owner's 1906 inscription at top, a few minor edge chips and a 1-inch split at top of spine, but overall an uncommonly crisp copy of this notoriously fragile and rare issue. Read More...

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Printed Music
Song

3785. Cohan, George. M. (1878-1942).
Original Photograph

An evocative original 8 x 10 inch doubleweight photograph of the great American entertainer (playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, producer!), shown on stage in his first big Broadway hit, the 1904 show "Little Johnny Jones." It was in this show that Cohan introduced two of his most celebrated and enduring songs, namely "Give My Regards to Broadway," and "The Yankee Doodle Boy."

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Unsigned Photo
Theater

1950. Cohan, George. M. (1878-1942).
You're A Grand Old Flag

New York: F.A. Mills. 1906. First Edition with New Title. A rare copy of the popular song, the first edition after the title was changed from "You're A Grand Old Rag," when protests ensued. Front cover has a portrait of the composer in a revolutionary military uniform. Fuld p. 663-64. Owner's 1906 inscription at top, otherwise in very good condition.

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Song
Two TLS and one ALS to the poet and Nazi apologist, including one (April 15, 1932) from the American steel magnate Charles M. Schwab, declining to ask any questions of Mr. [Leon] Trotsky, the Marxist revolutionary, founder and leader of the Red Army. Another (October 26, 1938), from the controversial Roman Catholic priest Charles Couglin, stating that he was "very anxious to hear the news you have gleaned from abroad." Coughlin, one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience -up to thirty million listeners tuned to his weekly broadcasts during the 1930s - was forced off the air in 1939 after he used his radio program to issue antisemitic commentary and to support some of the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Together with an ALS on Fordham University (NY) letterhead, in an unknown hand. Read More...

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Literature

12135. [Historical Americana].
"I'm A Bachelor...I'm A Daddy" - 1882 Brooklyn Tradecard Set

[New York]: Sammis & Latham. 1882. Highly amusing set of tradecards, printed in black and white and gold, illustrating a dapper Bachelor (apparently the first card only of a related series), followed by an uncertaintly smiling man captioned "I'm a daddy," then increasingly desperate as the captions read "The Nurse Says There Are Two!", "Three!", "Four!" and "Five!'. One of the set stamped on the verso by the Brooklyn grocer, Oscar W. Young. First card creased, a few small stains, overall fine. Read More...

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Ephemera
Art & Design

10979. Berlioz, Hector. (1803-1869).
Benvenuto Cellini. Opera semi-seria en trois actes. Paroles de M. M. Le?on de Wailly et Auguste Barbier. Traduction allemande de M. P. Cornelius.... Oeuvre [23]. FIRST EDITION PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO ERNEST REYER

Brunswick: Chez Henry Litolff. [1856]. First Edition. Oblong 8vo. piano-vocal score, 28 x 17 cm. Title, verso blank. Dedication to Maria Pavlovna, Grande Duchesse de Sax-Weimar, verso blank. Blank, [1]. Music, pp. 2-376. Title and dedication printed in gold on smooth paper, the music engraved throughout. [PN] 1232. Inscribed in black ink on the reverse of the dedication page "A mon ami Reyer / H. Berlioz." Hopkinson 67D. Holoman, p. 178. This copy from the collection of André Meyer, with a note of a provenance from one of his children penned on a rear endpage. A closely trimmed copy, with resultant loss to the title page foot of the foreign distributors, but without any other losses throughout. In a fine half calf modern binding. Read More...

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12789. [King Jr., Martin Luther. (1929-1968)].
Honor King: End Racism. PLACARD

Placard, 14 x 19.75 inches. Memphis, 1968. Large black letters printed on white posterboard stating ”HONOR KING: END RACISM!” Poster designed for a march on April 8, 1968, 4 days after Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s assassination. Printed by Allied Printing. Corners and top are trimmed, creasing throughout, staining and a pair of less than two inch tears on left side and another at top affecting the first "O" in "Honor".  Despite the obvious condition issues this piece displays as a worn relic of one of the most turbulent moments in recent American history and a defining moment of the civil rights movement. Rare. Read More...

13256. [Journey to the Center of the Earth] Bachelin, Franz. (1895-1980).
Collection of Original Drawings and Documents from "Journey to the Center of the Earth"

A remarkable and important collection of 178 original drawings, designs, and color samples by the Academy Award-nominated art director Franz Bachelin from the 1959 Jules Verne adaptation Journey to the Center of the Earth, together with several original documents relating to the production of the film. The drawings include designs for almost every important location in the film, from set designs for the opening scenes in 1880's Edinburgh (with bagpipers on parade) to action scenes of the whirlpool at the Earth's core, the attack of a winged lizard, and the lost city of Atlantis. 145 drawings are in black ink and graphite on 8.5 x 11" sheets, hole-punched, each labeled with a scene number, and many with other indications; 5 are in colored pencil, 9 x 8." A further 4 larger plans on tracing paper, approx. 22-26 x 9", show Bachelin's meticulous planning of the final sequence of adventure scenes, and the geographical location of the lost city of Atlantis!  Read More...

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Archive
Film
Art & Design

12937. [Theater & Art of Japan].
Hand-Painted Scroll with Noh Theater Masks

Hand-painted Japanese handscroll, ca. 1880s, with images of Noh theatrical masks, musical instruments, costumes, and actors. The beautifully crafted scroll is constructed around a glass spool, of several layers of handmade paper, with an outer layer of patterned gold silk and a purple ribbon and bone fastening. Upon opening the scroll, twenty-five individually mounted pictures are revealed one by one, each approx. 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) wide. The images include 9 of Noh masks, 3 of beautifully colored drums, 3 of theater props, 2 of hats, and 8 of actors in costume and masks, many with captions in Japanese characters. The masks and musical instruments are hand-colored, while the drawings of actors are in ink, with occasional small accents of color. In the original wooden box with lid, with calligraphy on the lid and end, and a green ribbon fastening. An interesting scroll commemorating the rich tradition of the Noh theater, which dates back to the 14th century. Read More...

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Culture, Ethnicity & Gender

13327. [Musical Flatulism] Plébus (d. 1955) & Will (1876-1927).
"La Pétarade de Chaudepanse" - Monologue with Amusing Cover Art

Paris: Marcel Labbé. [1907]. A comic monologue of 35 lines from a collection of "Monologues rabelaisiens" telling the story of Monsieur Chaudepanse, who farts as payment for his restaurant lunch. On the cover, a hilarious image by M. Pidot shows the shameless M. Chaudepanse delivering his farts from upon the tabletop, to the dismay of the waiter. 4 pp. Slight wear to the central fold of the bifolium from a previous binding; otherwise in fine condition. 6.75 x 10.5 inches (17.1 x 26.5 cm). Read More...

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Song
Literature

10470. Kinsey, Alfred C. (1894 - 1956).
Sexual Behavior In the Human Male - INSCRIBED TO JEAN BROWN

Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders. 1948. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. xv, 804 pp; 173 text figs.; 154 tables. Original cloth, very good, general toning throughout, lacking dust jacket, corners bumped, extremities of spine frayed. Fifth Printing, February 2, 1948. SIGNED BY ALFRED KINSEY: "To Jean M. Brown/ Alfred Kinsey/ 4.2.49." Read More...

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Health, Medicine & Nutrition

12531. [Klee, Paul. (1879-1940)] Klee, Felix. (1907-1990).
Collection of Letters and Signed Catalogues

An interesting small grouping of autograph notes and signed catalogues, inscribed by Felix Klee, son of the esteemed Swiss-German painter to Ferdinand Vuffray, Swiss Consul. Included are catalogues from exhibitions of Paul Klee's works in 1970-1972 in Munich and Augsburg, as well as a book about the artist's work by Hans K. Roethel and an autograph Christmas card from Felix Klee on a card featuring his father's work. Items overall in very good to fine condition, listed in full below. Read More...

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New York: M. Witmark & Sons. [1948]. "Souvenir Edition." 5 pp. Signed later in life by the composer on the front cover, "Eubie Blake" with an incomplete dedication "To..." Fine.



Originally composed for the 1921 Sissle/Blake Broadway show "Shuffle Along," the song was selected by Harry S. Truman as his campaign song for the U.S. presidential election of 1948. Truman is shown on the front cover of this edition and the rear wrapper features 5 inset images of the candidate.


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Jazz
New York: Congdon & Lattès, Inc. 1980. Signed book from the important French-born Swiss dancer, choreographer and opera director. He has signed and inscribed on the title page to Paul McMahon: "To Paul / Souvenir de M. Béjart." Photographs throughout show highlights of Béjart's ballets, with facsimile handwritten comments by Béjart. 253 pp. Hardcover, cloth with original dust jacket; in fine condition. 10 x 11.5 inches (25 x 29 cm). Read More...

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Book
Dance

15553. Chaliapin, Feodor. (1873–1938).
"Sunshine, love, and music—this is life!" - Autograph Signed Quotation

Halftone photograph of the great Russian basso, mounted together with an autograph note signed by Chaliapin and dated Vichy, August 8, 1911. He has penned (translated from the French): "Sunshine, love, and music—this is life! M. Chaliapin." Carefully mounted together on heavy card, with the note trimmed around the border of the photograph and a decorative border scored around both. Light toning and folds to the note and rough edges of the card; overall in fine condition, although likely impossible to remove from the present arrangement. Overall size 7.75 x 11 inches (19.8 x 28 cm).

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Classical Music
Opera
1823 bronze portrait medal by Caqué as part of his Numismatica Universalis Virorum Illustrium series 41 mm. Recto shows the composer in bust profile, with "Nicolaus Piccini." Verso with the text: "NATUS/ BARII/ IN REGNO/ NEAPOLITANO/ AN. M. DCC. XXVIII./ OBIIT/ AN. M. DCCC./ SERIES NUMISMATICA/ UNIVERSALIS VIRORUM ILLUSTRIUM/ M. DCCC. XXIII./ DURAND EDIDIT " In very fine condition. Read More...

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Ephemera

12499. Sondheim, Stephen. (b. 1930).
Signed FDC

Autograph signature from the important American composer, boldly penned on a 1978 First Day Cover, honoring George M. Cohan. A fine association item, linking two of the greatest of all American musical theatre composers.

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Theater

14781. Cook, Barbara. (b. 1927).
"Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall" - SIGNED LP

Original 1975 LP of the Tony-award-winning singer and actress, signed and inscribed by Cook to Paul McMahon on the back cover. Columbia M 33438. Some light edge wear, but overall in fine condition. Read More...

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