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16836. [Cohan, George. M. (1878–1942)].
"Gambling" - Program Pages

Five loose pages from an original playbill of George M. Cohan's play Gambling, produced at the Fulton Theatre on Broadway from August 1929 to January 1930. The play starred Cohan, Harry Lillford and Harold Healy. Very good. 5.25 x 7.75 inches (13.2 x 19.8 cm).

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Theater

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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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 & 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

18927. [Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009)] Oshinsky, David M. (b. 1944).
"'Worse Than Slavery'" - Inscribed to Senator Ted Kennedy

New York: The Free Press. 1996. First. 8vo, 324pp., hardcover, inscribed on title page "For Senator Ted + Vicki Kennedy,/ with all best wishes/ David M. Oshinsky/ May 8, 1997."  Light marking to original dust jacket, else fine. Read More...

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Law, Politics & Social Sciences
Book
Signed Document/Item
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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New York: Marks Music. 1931. First Edition. Sheet music for a song "written for the American People" by the entertainer, songwriter, and producer to celebrate the bicentennial of George Washington's birth, with a cover painting by Flagg depicting Washington on horseback in front of a map of the United States.  Issued by the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission in Washington, D.C.  4to.  6 pp.  Unbound, heavy wear and small tears along edges, else good.  9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm.). Read More...

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Classical Music

17503. Cage, John. (1912–1992) [Zukofsky, Paul. (1943–2017)].
M, Writings '67–'72 - Inscribed to Paul Zukofsky

London: Calder and Boyars. [1973]. Signed and inscribed on the first blank leaf to the important composer's frequent collaborator, violinist Paul Zukofsky: "for Paul Zukofsky, at the beginning with pleasure, John Cage, February 1977." 217 pp. Softcover. Wrappers somewhat faded, overall fine. 8 x 9 inches (20.4 x 23.2 cm). Read More...

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Book
Signed Document/Item

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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16971. [Lunatic Asylum] Stevens, J. H. & Newcome, W. T..
Archive of Materials Relating to Amateur Dramatics at the Kent County Lunatic Asylum, 1860's

A highly interesting collection of ephemera relating to amateur dramatics taking place at the Kent County Lunatic Asylum in Kent, England in the 1860's. The archive contains 15 programs, a prologue and two epilogues, a photograph of an actor, and 28 newspaper clippings, nicely laid down on scrapbook pages which are housed in a custom cloth box. Taken together, the items give a fascinating and unusual view into the Victorian treatment of the mentally ill. Read More...

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Archive
Theater
Health, Medicine & Nutrition

19690. D'Annunzio, Gabriele. (1863–1938) [Gándara, Antonio de La (1867–1917)] [Hardouin, Maria. (1864–1954)].
Autograph Letter Signed regarding a portrait of his wife by Gándara

ALS from the Italian poet, novelist, and dramatist to an unspecified individual regarding a portrait by the French painter.  Undated, ca. 1885;  1 pp. on folded paper in striking purple ink.  D'Annunzio writes, in full (translated from the French): "Sir, / I am writing to ask that my portrait be sent to the studio, because M. de la Gándara has seen it—he can make corrections to it this afternoon. / Sincerely, / M. D'Annunzio."  Light crease to lower half, else in fine condition.  4.5 x 7 inches (11.4 x 17.8 cm.). Read More...

Collection of signed photographs, including numerous important figures from the worlds of jazz and classical music, dance and entertainment, together with several autograph and typed letters signed.  Some of the more notable names include Pearl Bailey, Sid Caesar, Robert Casadesus, Maurice Chevalier, Phyllis Curtin, Antal Dorati, Eileen Farrell, Lukas Foss, Edwin Frank Goldman, Dick Hyman, Robert Joffrey, Grant Johannesen, Andre Kostelanetz, Henry Mancini, Peter Mennin, Zubin Metha, Patrice Munsel, Wilfrid Pelletier, Max Rudolf, William Schumann, Gunther Schuller, Rise Stevens, Walter Susskind, Deems Taylor, Renata Tebaldi, Virgil Thomson, Jennie Tourel, Leonard Warren, Vitya Vrinsky and Victor Babin.  Generally in fine condition and measuring 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) unless otherwise indicated. Complete alphabetical list, as follows: Read More...

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Signed Photograph
Jazz
Theater
Dance
Film

15073. Duchamp, Marcel. (1887-1968).
"Esquivons Les Ecchymoses Esquimeaux Aux Mots Exquis" - SIGNED Screenprinted Disk Trial Proof

Original signed screen printed disk designed with a spiraling text in French, one of the last works by the important French conceptual artist, produced to be mounted on a record which was issued with SMS magazine no. 2 (April 1968). Boldly signed and dated 1968 by Duchamp at the lower right of the untrimmed sheet. The record for which this label was intended, distributed directly to the subscribers of the SMS portfolios, was a seven-minute recording of Duchamp himself reading "Contrepèteries," a form of wordplay in French similar to the spoonerism; the spiraling text on the disk is an example of this genre. Both the recording and the design are a reference to Duchamp's iconic 1926 film Anemic Cinema, in which are shown nine revolving disks printed with contrepèteries, interspersed with abstract spiraling animations. Duchamp's fascination with spirals and word-play continued throughout his life, and he returned to the material of Anemic Cinema to create this work a few months before his death. Duchamp has signed and dated 1968 at the lower right. Published in an edition of approximately 2,000 copies, the edition itself was not signed. Peel-off wax paper backing paper is still affixed and like new; original wax paper sleeve shows traces of the embossment. 9 x 8 inches. Archivally framed. Read More...

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Art & Design
Film
Classical Music

16808. Milosz, Czeslaw. (1911–2004).
"In Search of a Homeland" - Signed Manuscript Draft

Signed autograph fragment from the Polish writer, who has penned a bold signature, dating Berkeley, March 13, 1987, on a single sheet bearing 14 struck-through lines of text in his hand. 8vo. Folding creases; overall fine. 5.75 x 7.75 inches (14.7 x 19.6 cm). Read More...

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Literature
Signed Document/Item
Signature

16851. [Variety Show].
Casino de Paris Variety Show Program

Original program from a January 13, 1905 variety show performance at the Casino de Paris. The evening's entertainment included acrobats, contortionists, burlesque, the pantomime "Feminissima," "M. le Professuer Angelo avec ses Porcelaines vivantes," and other delights. Dated in pen at the head of the program listing. Attractive color cover; booklet bound with a pink cord. Mounting remnants to the verso of the back cover, with some chips; overall fine. 6.26 x 5.25 inches (16 x 13 cm).

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Dance
Theater

17219. Montale, Eugenio. (1896–1981).
Untitled, 1950

Pastels on paper, signed and dated at the lower right - "M / 1950." Drawn on the verso of the cover of a periodical, dated February 1950. Fine. 9.5 x 6.5 inches (24.3 x 16.4 cm). Read More...

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Literature

12914. [Opéra de Monte-Carlo] Gunsbourg, Raoul. (1860-1955).
Autograph Musical Quotation and Autograph Letter mentioning Grand Duke Vladimir and Fauré

ALS in French from the Romanian-born director, impresario, composer, and writer who led the Opéra de Monte-Carlo for nearly six decades.  On Parisian letterhead of the periodical Gil Blas, dated December 11, 1907, he writes: "Are you free to lunch tomorrow (or soon, today), Thursday?  If so, you would do Mme. Gunsbourg and me a great pleasure if you come to lunch with us..."  He goes on to list the other guests, who include "S. A. S. le Grand Duc Wladimir, M. M. Hébrard, Fauré" and others.  He gives his address and phone number and concludes, "a warm handshake and best wishes, Raoul Gunsbourg."  Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia was a patron of the arts and made frequent trips to Paris.  Letter folds, light spotting; otherwise in fine condition.  13.3 x 20.8 cm. Read More...

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AMQS
Autograph Letter
Classical Music
Opera

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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