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10762. [Ballets Russes] Karsavina, Tamara. (1885–1978).
Theatre Street - INSCRIBED

London: William Heinemann. 1930. 2nd Printing. Signed copy of the autobiography of the great ballerina, Nijinsky's dance partner at the Ballets Russes, inscribed and signed on the front free endpage ("To 'Pearl' and 'Feonna' in one / with love / Tamara Karsavina / 1930"). 341 pp. Plain photographic illustrations, blue cloth rather worn, lacking dust jacket. 


Karsavina's account of her early life at the Imperial Ballet School, and her subsequent career at the Marinsky Theatre and the Ballets Russes.


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15583. [Ballets Russes] [Karsavina, Tamara. (1885–1978)].
Le Theatre No. 298, May 1911

Special number of the Parisian cultural magazine, focusing on the 1911 season of the Ballets Russes. No. 298, Mai (II) 1911. The decorative cover features a color image of Tamar Karsavina as the Firebird; featured inside are more photographs from The Firebird, including a frontispiece with Michel Fokine and Alexis Boulgakov as the frightening Koschei; a set design for The Firebird by Leon Bakst; photographs of Nijinsky in Scheherezade, Sophie Fedorova in Cleopatra, Fokine and Fokina together in costume, and Ludmilla Schollar curtseying in a tutu; and further texts and photographs on the theatre and opera performances of the season. 24 pp. Front wrapper detached, with a large diagonal tear affecting the image, and heavy edge wear to the front and back wrappers; internally fine; overall good. 11 x 14 inches (27.5 x 35.3 cm). Read More...

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14369. [Ballets Russes] [Nijinsky, Waslaw. (1889-1950)] Bolm, Adolph. (1884-1951) & Revalles, Flore. (1889-1966).
Souvenir Serge De Diaghileff's BALLET RUSSE 1916 Tour Program - SIGNED

An original 1916 souvenir program from the first American tour of the Ballet Russe, with full-color illustrations of costumes by Leon Bakst, photographs of the dancers, signed by principal dancers Adolph Bolm and Flore Revalles. Bolm has signed below a photograph of himself firing a bow as Prince Igor; Revalles has signed below a photograph of herself in an oriental costume and dated Baltimore, November 14, 1916. The program contains many full-color illustrations and photographs, including a photograph of Nijinsky in Spectre de la Rose and Bakst's Nijinsky as Faun, ballet descriptions, an itinerary, and 2 pages of ads. Pages are of thick ivory uncoated paper, cover is thick mottled grey paper, with embossed gold lettering and an attractive illustration of Nijinksy in Scheherezade. 36 pp. Heavy edge wear to the covers, which are detached from the pages; internally in very good condition overall. 9 x 12 inches (23.5 x 31.5 cm).

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Paris: Manzi, Joyant & Cie. 1909. Special number of the Parisian cultural magazine, devoted to the Saison Russe of 1909. No. 249, Mai (I) 1909. The decorative cover features a color image of Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova in Le Pavillon d'Armide; featured inside are photographs of Feodor Chaliapin in Rimsky-Korsakov's Ivan the Terrible; Michel Fokine, Vera Fokina, Tamara Karsavina, Vera Karalli, Pavlova and Nijinsky, and other singers, actors, and dancers of the Russian companies; and set designs by Roerich and Golovine. 24 pp. Archival tape repairs to the spine and one corner; some light soiling and toning, with one small tear to the back wrapper; overall in fine condition. 11 x 14 inches (27.5 x 35.3 cm). Read More...

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11153. [Ballets Russes] [Nijinsky, Waslaw. (1889–1950)] Stravinsky, Igor. (1882–1971).
Le Sacre du Printemps. Réduction pour piano à quatre mains par l’auteur.

Berlin; Moscou; St. Pétersbourg: Édition Russe de Musique (Russischer Musikverlag G.M.B.H.). 1913. First edition. Upright folio. 1f., 89pp [PN] 196.  Hardcover.  Wrappers mounted over tan buckram boards.  Corners of boards nicked, tape affixed to lower spine, two small holes to the half title, else clean and in a good state.  DeLerma S3, p. 80. CPM 54 p.444; Kirchmeyer: "Kommentiertes Verzeichnis Der Werke & Werkausgaben Igor Strawinskys bis 1971," pp.115-126.  The first edition of the corrected version, published within a year of the first version.  The full score was not published until 1921. Read More...

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5225. [Ballets Russes] Opera Privé de Paris.
1929 Premiere Saison Program

Profusely illustrated 1929 program for the Opera Privé de Paris production of “Prince Igor” by Borodine. 9.5 x 12.5 inches. 28 pp. Nine tipped-in color plates, including a portrait of its star singer, Maria Kousnetzoff; and, by Konstantin Korovine, six character costumes and two stage sets. The color cover is by J. Bilibine. Also included are full-page portraits of Madame Alexandra Balachova and of baritone Michel Benois, as well as many smaller photographs of other participants such as orchestra director Emil Cooper and choreographer-dancer Michel Fokine (who, a few years later, developed the famous Ballet based on Prince Igor). The center pages somewhat loose from the staples, edges slightly chipped, but complete and overall in very good condition. Read More...

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Drawing, graphite on cream wove paper mounted on board, monogrammed lower left "Bs," ca. 1968. 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches. Monnier, Balthus Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works, 1999, p. 343, number D 1173.


From the Estate of actor Tony Curtis, a collector of Balthus' works and a friend of the notoriously reclusive artist.


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Exuberant original 1963 candid photograph of the stunning Natalie Wood, the incredible Jerome Robbins and the magnificent Anne Bancroft. This photograph was taken backstage after the opening of "Mother Courage" which starred Miss Bancroft. 7 x 9 inches, clipping on the verso, slight bend along right edge.

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19023. [Banjo] Harris, Harry C..
"The Banjo. An Original Imitation of this Inimitable Instrument, for the Piano"

Philadelphia: Lee & Walker. 1857. Upright folio. 4 pp.  Engraved throughout, featuring graphically striking illustration of the banjo on the cover.  Pages fully separated along spine, upper right corner perished, three short horizontal tears, else fine.  9 x 13.25 inches (22.9 x 33.6 cm.).

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20367. Bankhead, Tallulah. (1902–1968).
Collection of Original Candid and Publicity Photographs

Collection of 20 photographs of the American actress, including several original backstage candids by Paul McMahon, five original candids taken during a performance of the 1963 revival of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, her final theatrical role, and two promotional photographs from Fanatic, her final film appearance.  The original period promotional photographs include three stills from the 1944 Alfred Hitchcock film Lifeboat, three from the 1965 Hammer film Fanatic (identified in the captions by its American title, Die! Die! My Darling!), and two stills from the 1953 musical comedy Main Street to Broadway.  The collection also includes a publicity photograph from New York City's Stork Club, showing Bankhead at dinner with several friends.  Overall in very fine condition.  Seven photographs measure 5 x 3.5 inches (12.7 x 8.9 cm.), one 3.5 x 3.5 inches (8.9 x 8.9 cm.), twelve 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

20459. Bankhead, Tallulah. (1902–1968).
"Main Street to Broadway" - Signed Promotional Photograph

Signed promotional photograph of the American actress in the 1953 MGM comedy Main Street to Broadway, a film that featured contemporary Broadway stars such as Bankhead playing exaggerated versions of their public personas.  Embossed National Screen Service stamp to lower right corner, stamp reading "4 May 27 53" to verso.  Moderate edgewear, else in fine condition.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

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11685. Bantock, Granville. (1868 - 1946).
Autograph Musical Quotation

Boldly penned AMQS from the popular English composer. Four measures from an unidentified work in B minor, marked "Con Anima" and "mf espress[ivo]" and signed "Granville Bantock." On a small paper measuring 11 x 5.5 cm. Scarce.

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13356. [Baptist Meeting House, Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts].
"A Grate Singyng Meetyng! At Ye Publick Hall" - 1889 Concert Program

Amusing concert program for an 1889 concert of sacred music at the Baptist Meeting House in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, written throughout in a precious "ye olde English" style. The concert took place "on ye evening of Thursday, May 9, 1889 at earlie candle lighte, wh occurs by ye Olde Farmers' Almanack, and not ye new fangled time, at 7.45 of ye clocke... For a true and faithful chronicle of all ye events wh will then come to pass, see ye lyst wh is in ye middle of ye booke [etc., etc.]" 16 pp. Original green wrapper with some edge nicks; overall toning; otherwise in very good condition. 7.5 x 10 inches (19 x 26 cm).

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17341. Baraka, Amiri. [born Everett LeRoi Jones; (1934 -2014).
5 Boptrees - SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY

Newark: Rising Tide. [1990]. First. 8vo., 16 pp. black wrappers lettered in pink, orange and blue, stapled, as issued; minor soiling. First edition, first printing (not to be confused with the more commonly seen xeroxed edition with silver wrappers). A remarkable presentation copy, inscribed: "For Marlene / Be Everything We Need / Amiri Baraka, '91," on the front pastedown.

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19731. Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981).
Signed Photograph to Ralph Berkowitz

Superb early right-facing bust doubleweight photograph of the dashing young American composer and conductor, signed and inscribed "To my good friend Ralph / Sam / West Chester / March '37." The recipient and dedicatee of the photograph was American composer and pianist Ralph Berkowitz, who with cellist Felix Salmond, performed Barber's Cello Sonata on March 7, 1937 at a surprise party arranged by Mary Curtis Bok for Barber's twenty-seventh birthday (Barbara Heyman, "Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music," p. 115).  Signed photographs of Barber are extremely rare and desirable and this is a particularly early and remarkable example with a wonderful association.  8 x 10 inches. Light wear to margins, overall very fine.  Read More...

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10125. Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981).
Collection of privately issued and limited edition recordings of Barber, some inscribed

Nineteen rare gramophone recordings, privately issued, some from broadcasts (some probably unique), several with autograph writing or inscribed, twelve of which are contained in a worn cloth record binder stamped "Samuel Barber Compositions," including of Barber as baritone, accompanying himself performing: Brahms, "Der Gang zum Liebchen", "Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht"; Schubert, "Der Jüngling an der Quelle"; Schumann, "In der Fremde"; Mendelssohn, "Ist es wahr?"; C.P.E. Bach "Nonnelied", and Tuscan, English, Kentucky and Tyrolean folk-songs: all at the Curtis Institute, 26 Dec[ember 19]38, 4 records, privately issued, 78 RPM. Read More...

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19574. Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981) & Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy. (1929–1994).
Press Photograph at the Metropolitan Opera House

Press Photograph of the former First Lady and the American composer attending a performance at The Metropolitan Opera House.  Caption above image reads in part "The two will attend the Met's 125th Anniversary performance."  Stamp to verso dated December 8, 1967.  Printed in low contrast sepia for publication mockup, overall good.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

11190. [Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981)] Auden, W.H. ( (1907–1973).
Birthday Invitation addressed to Samuel Barber, with autograph musical notations

Printed bifold 1962 invitation to the Birthday Party of British-American poet W.H. Auden, addressed in Auden's hand to "Mr. Samuel Barber" at the head in ink and annotated by Barber in pencil with musical rhythms and some calculations on the verso, the inside being blank and thus easily displayed open so both sides are visible. In fine condition, a remarkable association.  From the collection of Barber's close friend Manfred Ibel. Read More...

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13198. [Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981)] Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Certificate Awarding the Composer the Governor's Citation

Original certificate awarding the important American composer the Governor's Citation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dated September 22, 1971 and signed by Governor Milton J. Shapp and Secretary of the Commonwealth C. Delores Tucker. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Barber studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and maintained a close link to the city throughout his life. The composer's name is hand-lettered and a gold seal with purple ribbons is affixed at the foot. One slight chip to the edge and mounting remnants on the verso; overall in fine condition. 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.7 cm).

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20155. Barber, Samuel. (1910–1981) [Mitropoulos, Dimitri. (1896–1960)].
"Vanessa" - Vocal Score INSCRIBED TO MITROPOULOS

New York: G. Schirmer. 1958. First. Vocal Score. Piano reduction by the composer.  4to.  Softcover.  Lithograph.  [PN 44349].  Title (Licensing note); Characters (Synopsis); Synopsis (vb); 1–269 pp.  Barber has inscribed to the conductor who lead the work's premiere, "For Dear Dimitri— / with appreciation boundless / affectionately, / Sam / Capricorn [Barber's house in Mount Kisco, NY] October '58" in black ink to the title page.  Partial internal separation of wrapper from spine, general wear to cover and spine, else in fine condition. Read More...

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