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21668. Beckett, Samuel. (1906–1989).
Texts for Nothing - SIGNED

London: Calder and Boyars. 1974. Softcover edition of Texts for Nothing (Signature 21), first thus, signed and inscribed on the title page in black ink by the important Irish novelist and playwright, to the actor Alan Wade "with every good wish / Sam Beckett / Paris March 1976." 8vo. 64 pp. Creases to lower corners, light toning around the edges, overall fine.  Read More...

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Book
Signed Document/Item

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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Program, unsigned

21542. Beckmann, Max. (1884-1950).
Autograph Signature and Photograph

Uncommon autograph signature of the important German painter, draftsman, printmaker and sculptor. Neatly penned in blue ink on an album sheet, with a bust portrait photograph affixed beneath and a collector's notation at the foot, recording that the signature was obtained at the City Art Museum [St. Louis, MO] on May 10, 1948. 4.5 x 5.5 inches [11.5 x 14 cm]. In fine condition. Read More...


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Signature

20001. Beecham, Thomas. (1879–1961).
Signed Photograph

Atmospheric original Erich Salomon of Den Haag gelatin silver print of the British conductor leading an ensemble in performance.  Beecham has inscribed "To Theo Laude [?]  / Sir Thomas Beecham / Bart" to front.  Photographer's stamp to verso.  Signature low-contrast, some spotting to image, overall in fine condition.  5.25 x 5 inches (13.3 x 12.3 cm.).

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Signed Photograph

22925. Beecham, Thomas. (1879–1961).
Original Photograph

Portrait of the British conductor in his later years in profile seated at his desk studying a score.  8.75 x 7.25 inches (22 x 18.2 cm).  Mounted to rigid backing, in fine condition.

Sir Thomas Beecham founded both the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1932) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1949).  He was never happy with being a salaried employee of any orchestra and preferred to gather his own ensembles instead.


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Unsigned Photo

20262. Beecham, Thomas. (1879–1961).
Signed Photograph

Bust portrait photograph of the British conductor, signed with his name alone in black ink.  Signature somewhat low contrast, else in fine condition.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).

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Opera

10909. Beecham, 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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Classical Music

9010. Beecham, 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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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 16.5 x 6.3 inches (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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Classical Music
Paramount Pictures promotional photograph of the American actress surrounded by a retinue of handsome young men, including a pre-fame John Payne third from the left (best known for his role as Fred Gailey in Miracle on 34th Street), as well as by James Ellison, Lee Bowman, Richard Denning and James Craig. 1937.  Fine.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

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Film
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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Song

22496. Beeson, Jack. (1921–2010).
Autograph Musical Quotation Signed

AMQS by the American composer, best known for his operas and songs.  Twelve measures from an unidentified song, neatly penned on one staff marked "S A" (i.e. soprano and alto) with text underlay, beginning, "Oh I'm H-A-P-P-Y And I know the reason why."  Dated New York, NY, June 24, 2003.  Upper half of sheet cut from a 12-staff pad.  5.5 x 7.5 inches (14 x 19 cm).  In fine condition.

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21038. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770-1827)].
Pink Ivory Pass to First Quartet Cycle Performance

Rare and important ivory ticket pass to the London Beethoven Quartett Society where the monumental String Quartets were first performed as a cycle.  Handpainted on pink-stained ivory, the pass reads "Honor to Beethoven," the chair number "55", and "Quartett Society."  37mm, 4.38g.  Crack to center, else in fine condition.    Read More...

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Classical Music

18238. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)].
Einladung zu Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leichenbegängniss. ORIGINAL INVITATION TO BEETHOVEN'S FUNERAL

Single sheet black-bordered invitation to Beethoven's funeral, the text composed by Beethoven's life-long friend Stephan von Breuning. Vienna, March 29, 1827. Printed on heavy paper, cut by hand, measuring 19.2 x 13.1 cm. "...Man versammelt sich in der Wohnung des Verstorbenen im Schwarzspanier-Hause Nr. 200, am Glacis vor dem Schottenthore. / Der Zug begibt sich von da nach der Dreyfaltigkeits-Kirche / bey den P. P. Minoriten in der Alsergasse. Die musikalische Welt erlitt den unersetzlichen Verlust des berühmten Tondichters am 26. März 1827 Abends gegen 6 Uhr. / Beethoven starb an den Folgen der Wassersucht, im 56. Jahre seines Alters, nach empfangenen heil. Sacramenten ...“ Read More...

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18323. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Rondeau en Sol pour le Piano-Forte [Op. 51, Nr. 2]

Mayence: Charles Zulehner. [ca. 1805]. Upright folio Disbound. 1f. (title), 1-9 pp. Engraved throughout. [PN] 67.  Ticket of the Rotterdam publisher L. Plattner overlayed on title printed Charles Zulehner publisher identification. A few small stains and stamps to title edges, else a very clean and crisp copy.  Kinsky p. 120.  Read More...

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18222. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Grand Concerto pour le Pianoforte avec Accompagnement de l'Orchestre compose et dedie a Son Altesse Imperiale Roudolphe Archi-Duc d'Autriche etc....[No. 5, in E flat major] . . . Ouev. [sic] 73.

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. [1811]. First German edition, first issue. . Upright folio [piano part only]. Disbound. 1f. (title), 3-42 pp. Price: "4 Rthlr." Engraved throughout. [PN] 1613.  Ticket of the Rotterdam publisher L. Plattner overlayed on title printed Breitkopf publisher identification. Tempo of last movement: "Allegro ma non troppo." Small stain along the upper edge throughout, small tears along left edge, occasional markings in (contemporary?) pen and red ink in blank margin, else a very clean copy. First German edition, first issue. Kinsky p. 196; Hoboken 2, 332; Hirsch, IV, 319.  Read More...

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18806. [Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)].
All-Beethoven 1889 Program Performed at the Berlin Philharmonie

Original Philharmonie-Concert-Zeitung dated 31 October 1889 for an all-Beethoven program, including the Trio in B-flat major, Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, the Romances in G and F major for violin, and the Trio in D major, all performed by Heinrich Barth, Heinrich de Ahna, and Robert Hausmann, who had been performing subscription concerts as a trio since 1878. This Beethoven-Abend was part of a new series of 'popular' (cheap) concerts they'd started at the Philharmonie earlier in the same year.  The trio would continue performing together for another 20 years, with de Ahna replaced upon his death in 1892 by Emanuel Wirther.  Most of the booklet is dedicated to advertisements for every sort of local business you can imagine, from chocolatiers to harmonium sellers and lamp oil providers to fan repairmen.  Light wear and surface creases along spine, else fine, 20 pp., 5.5 x 8.75 inches (14 x 22.25 cm.). Read More...

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Classical Music

19530. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Sonate pour le Piano-Forte für das Hammer-Klavier des Museum's für Klavier-Musik [Op. 101]

Wien: S. A. Steiner und Comp. . [February, 1817]. First Edition, Early Issue. Oblong folio (9.75 x 12.75 inches; 25 x 32.5 cm). 1f. (decorative series title engraved by A. Müller), 1f. (title), [1] (advertisement), 2-19, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Price: word "Preis" followed by blank. Text of series title within decorative border: "Musée Musical Des Clavicinistes [sic]. Museum für Klaviermeister. [blank]tes Heft. Wien bei s. A. Steiner und comp." Blue wrappers lacking with slight remnant visible to inner front gutter, bound in period marbled paper binding with decorative ex-libris plate to inner front board of Siegfried Ochs (1858-1929), composer and director of the Berlin Philharmonic Chorus, with a note in his hand "Erster Drück der Sonate" (subsequently in the collection of Louis Koch). A crisp and wide-margined copy, a few light stains and spots of foxing, overall very fine.  Kinsky p. 280. Dorfmüller p. 225 (Weinhold), 336, and plate 8a. Hoboken 2, 120. Rare. Read More...

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18322. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
Grand concert pour le piano-forte...Oeuvre 15.

Bonn: N. Simrock. [1802]. Upright folio. Disbound. 1f. (title with engraving of wreath, ribbon); verso of title page notice in French and German regarding the three manners of performing the work; 3-27 pp. Price: "10 francs." Engraved throughout. [PN] 187. Left edge rough, first (title) and final leaves separated from the block, else a very clean and crisp copy.  Kinsky p. 35.  Read More...

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19998. Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827).
[Op. 59, 74, 95, 127] Sammelband of String Quartets Nos. 7—12, including First Editions of Op. 127 and 74

Sammelband (in four partbooks) containing six string quartets from the German composer, including a first edition printing of his Op. 127 and a likely first edition of his Op. 74. Upright folio; engraved thoughout, contemporary half vellum with red, structured boards and gilt lettering, "L. v. Beethoven's Quartetten No. 7–12.", followed by name of partbook in Italian. 12.5 x 10 inches (31.7 x 25.5 cm). Signature, "Diettrich," to verso of front endpaper of all partbooks except Violino Primo. Numbering, opus numbers and some dedications added in black ink to headers of first pages of quartets; metronome marks and other annotations throughout in red or purple ink; rehearsal letters and other annotations throughout in blue crayon; occasional corrections in lead pencil. Violoncello partbook partly rebacked, others fully rebacked; occasional dampstaining; else in fine condition. Apparently compiled in 1914 by Georg Diettrich, a violinist and Royal Prussian chamber musician in Berlin. Read More...

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