Holiday 2021 Catalogue


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1. [Christmas & New Year] Bartók, Béla. (1881–1945) [Fachiri, Adila. (1886–1962)].
Happy New Year's Postcard to Adila Fachiri

Signed postcard from the great Hungarian composer who has amusingly signed "B2" and neatly penned "Pozsony, 1902 dec. 31" and "Boldog Új Évet!" ["Happy New Year!"] to recto corners surrounding a raised relief-printed image of a pig in a horseshoe eating a four-leaf clover, meant to evoke luck. Verso addressed in his hand to the great violinist Adila Aranyi [Fachiri].  Fine.  5.5 x 3.5 inches (8.9 x 14 cm.). Read More...

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2. [Christmas & New Year] [Beach Christmas] Whelan, Arleen. (1916–1993).
"Merry Christmas—From Pacific Sands to You" - Promotional Photograph

Universal Pictures promotional photograph of the American actress, best known for her roles in westerns such as Passage West and Flaming Feather.  The 1947 image shows her standing on a California beach, a festive wreath in her hand.  The studio blurb affixed to verso reads, "Merry Christmas—From Pacific Sands to You / King Neptune did his Christmas shopping early this year - and what he ordered was a pretty girl, redhead preferred, to convey his season's greetings a la bathing suit style from a southern California beach.  Arleen Whelan filled the bill for His Highness, and herewith brings you greetings.  Arleen's new movie, coming your way shortly after the first of the year, is the Nunnally Johnson production, The Senator Was Indiscreet, starring William Powell.  It's a Universal-International release."  "Arleen Whelan / new Universal star" is penned to verso in Spanish by an unknown hand.  Light edge wear, toning, two large pin holes to upper left corner, else in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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3. [Christmas & New Year] Casals, Pablo. (1876–1973).
Signed Christmas Card

Christmas greeting card, signed and inscribed by Pablo Casals, with his wife Martita adding her name, both in ink. Sold together with the original envelope in which this was sent in 1958 to Gregory Marshak, close friend of the great cellist who, the previous year, had been instrumental in organizing the first "Concours Pablo Casals." 4.75 x 8 inches fully opened. Very fine.

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4. [Christmas & New Year] [Christmas] Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
Original 1934 Photograph

Original 7 x 5.25 inch photograph of the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, an interesting photograph showing them in a dance routine on the stage, with the orchestra in the pit given equal weight in the composition. Read More...

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5. [Christmas & New Year] Corelli, Arcangelo. (1653–1713).
XII Concerti Grossi. Opera Sesta. INCLUDING THE CHRISTMAS CONCERTO

London: J. Walsh and I. Hare,. [1715]. Second (first English) edition. Concerti grossi. Con duoi violini, e violoncello di concertino obligati, e duoi altri violini, viola, e basso di concerto grosso, ad arbitrio, che si potranno radoppiare. Opera sesta. XII great concertos, or sonatas, for two violins and a violincello: or for two violins more, a tenor, and a thorough bass: which may be doubled at pleasure. Being the sixth and last work of Arcangelo Corelli. 7 volumes (parts): Violino Primo Del Concertino; Violino Primo del Concertino Grosso; Violino Secondo ; Violino Secondo del Concertino Grosso; Alto Viola; and Violoncello del Concertino. Removed from bound volumes (sometimes with previous owner’s white tape strip over inner margin of title and last page). Ink notation on scores, "F. Cockerel." Very minor scattered foxing, mostly very crisp and fine throughout. Smith 466. Read More...

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6. [Christmas & New Year] Curzon, Clifford. (1907-1982).
Signed Rachmaninoff Concerto LP Recording - "With All Good Wishes / Christmas 1956"

LP record for his recording of the Rachmaninoff Second Cto. with the LPO and Adrian Boult, signed and warmly inscribed by the beloved English pianist on the jacket verso "With All Good Wishes / Christmas 1956".  London Records LL 1424.  Sleeve corners dinged, else fine; record untested but in apparently good condition.    
The recipient of the autograph, Alice Carr, worked at the Steinway & Sons showroom in New York City.


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7. [Christmas & New Year] Grosz, George. (1893–1959).
Dunes and Sand (Dünen und Strandgräser) - INSCRIBED "with my heartiest Christmas wishes"

Etching with drypoint on paper, signed, dated and inscribed in pencil lower right "To Arnott & Clara with my heartiest Christmas wishes- as ever, George." Framed, with Pazo Fine Art label attached to verso.  11 3/4" x 14" sight, 17 3/4" x 19 7/8" framed. Unexamined out of frame but in apparently fine condition. An unnumbered example outside of the edition of 200. Dückers E 109 II.  Read More...


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8. [Christmas & New Year] [Jingle Bells] Pierpont, James Lord. (1822–1893).
Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh

Boston: Oliver Ditson. 1859. 5 pages including illustrated cover. 4to, 13 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches, disbound; dampstaining, minimal wear.  The rare first edition under the title "Jingle Bells," synonymous with the Christmas holiday and one of the most performed and most recognizable songs in the world. Read More...

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9. [Christmas & New Year] Lerner, Alan Jay. (1918–1986).
"I hope it will prove to be a rich New Year." - Typed Letter Signed to the Producer of Brigadoon

TLS from the Broadway lyricist to John Yorke, a Broadway Theatre manager, thanking him for his efforts during the previous year.  December 20, 1950;  1 pp. on personal stationary.  In full, "Jackie boy: / You have been a real hero this year.  I won't forget it.  And I hope some day I will be able to put my admiration into deed. / In the meantime a merry Christmas and I hope it will prove to be a rich New Year. / Faithfully, [Alan]."  Light toning, expected mailing folds, else fine.  7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.4 x 26.7 cm.). Read More...

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10. [Christmas & New Year] Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. (1809–1847).
Autograph Letter - "If society is still in existence by New Year's Eve (which is doubtful), then let it be sung that evening"

Highly intriguing and important autograph letter, signed "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy." 1 page, 8vo., Leipzig, March 12, 1846.  In German, most probably to Jacob Bernhard Limburger, founder of the Liedertafel Chorus of Leipzig. Boldly inked, block of mild toning from past display, a few archival repairs on verso, overall fine. Read More...

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11. [Christmas & New Year] Picasso, Pablo. (1881–1973).
Père Noël, 1957 - Signed Lithograph

Amusing lithograph on wove paper of the Spanish artist's Father Christmas, or Santa Claus.  Hand signed by Picasso and numbered 85 from the edition of 200 along the lower edge.  Horizontal and vertical scuffs, some affecting the image; mild spotting, most notably to the verso; somewhat sun-faded.  Sheet 15.1 x 21.5 inches (38.5 x 54.6 cm.), matted and framed under acrylic to an overall size of 24 x 29.5 inches (61 x 75 cm.). Read More...

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12. [Christmas & New Year] [Santa Baby] Kitt, Eartha. (1927-2008).
Signed Postcard Photograph

Signed postcard photograph of the American actress, singer, and activist, who has inscribed "Hello Paul / Eartha Kitt" in blue ballpoint.  Very fine condition.  3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.9 x 14 cm.). Read More...

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13. [Christmas & New Year] [Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971) & Benois, Alexandre. (1870–1960)].
Greeting Card with Stage Design for "Petrouchka"

French-language greeting card with a printed reproduction of Benois's set design for Petrouchka mounted to front.  A personal message and unknown signatures inside are written in pen beneath printed text reading "Meilleurs voeux et souhaits sincères" (Best Hopes and Sincere Wishes).  In fine condition.  7.25 x 4 inches (18.4 x 10.2 cm.).

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14. [Christmas & New Year] Tetrazzini, Luisa. (1871–1940).
Autograph Note Signed to Aurelia Arimondi, sending Christmas and New Year's Wishes

Autograph postcard signed from the legendary coloratura soprano, who has written to her friend Amelia Arimondi on a postcard depicting the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C..  Dated 23/12/20, New York, she sends the fellow opera singer in Chicago "my best wishes for Christmas and the new year and all the happiness that your heart desires. A kiss from your friend Luisa Tetrazzini."  Light bumping to edges and some stray marks, overall fine.  5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 8.9 cm.). Read More...

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15. [Christmas & New Year] [Weill, Kurt. (1900–1950)] Lenya, Lotte. (1898–1981).
Die Dreigroschenoper - SIGNED WITH CHRISTMAS WISHES

Double LP vinyl box set of "Die Dreigroschenoper" (The Three Penny Opera) sung in German, the LP book inscribed with Merry Christmas wishes in German and English by Lotte Lenya and signed by her, New York 1958. Illustrated book with play list in German and English and art poster by Ben Shahn. Music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht with Lotte Lenya as Jenny. Read More...

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16. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)].
Hartig Portrait Medal

Attractive bronze uniface portrait medal by Arnold Hartig, commemorating the great composer in the centenary of his death, 1927. Signed "A. Hartig" below the front-facing bust portrait. 75 mm. Niggl 145a.

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17. Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897) [Henschel, George (1850–1934)].
"For once in a way Simrock is right!" - Autograph Letter to George Henschel

Autograph letter in German, signed “JB,” one page, postmarked Vienna, April 18,1894. Addressed to his close friend George Henschel, musician of many talents who was a great conductor, composer, and baritone and playfully mentioning the music publisher Fritz Simrock in Berlin.  In full: "Dear Friend / For once in a way Simrock is right! I am not in the least and not by a long way, the only one who is rejoicing in your coming. Welcome! Hotel Tegetthof, Vienna, 1 Johannes Street, I can recommend. So goodbye 'til our next happy meeting. / Yours, JB".  Minor losses and wear to edges; overall fine.  5 x 6.25 inches (12.7 x 15.9 cm.). Read More...

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18. Carter, Elliot. (1908–2012).
Variations for Orchestra - Inscribed to Nicolas Nabokov

New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc.. 1957. First edition. Small quarto [10-1/2 inches high by 7-1/2 inches wide], softcover bound in printed light tan wrappers. 152 pages. A splendid association copy inscribed on the title page by Carter to the composer Nicolas Nabokov, cousin of Vladimir Nabokov: "To Nicolas Nabokov affectionately, Elliot Carter." Fine condition.  Read More...

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19. [Chant].
16th Century Illuminated Antiphonal Manuscript on Vellum

A nicely illuminated page from a 16th century European gradual, a book of chants for the mass. The text reading "Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Jesu Christi: In quo est Salus" and being the Introit of Evening Mass on Maundy Thursday and the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the Roman Catholic Church. Five staves of 4 lines.  3 x 3 inch watercolor initial "N" extending into margins. 19.5 x 14 inches (49.5 x 35.5 cm.) on vellum, in glass-fronted frame. Moderate wear and toning, overall fine.

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20. Chávez, Carlos. (1899–1978).
Signed Concert Program

Original program from a performance by The Little Orchestra Society at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday, March 9, 1969.  The Mexican composer and conductor has signed in felt tip above the program listing, which includes his Toccata for Percussion and the New York premiere of Elatio.  The afternoon also included performances of works by Lully, Beethoven, Ravel, and Shostakovich.  Spots of toning, else in fine condition.  6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm.).

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