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19176. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990).
"A Quiet Place & Trouble in Tahiti" - Signed Poster

Original poster signed by the composer and conductor for a production of A Quiet Place & Trouble in Tahiti at Kennedy Center Opera House from 21-28 July, 1984.  Framed and matted with signature to upper left.  Unexamined outside of frame, appears in very fine condition.  18.75 x 26.75 inches (47.6 x 67.9 cm.). Read More...

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1601. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990).
Original Photograph at Gershwin Jubilee with Paul Whiteman and Walter Damrosch

Remarkable original 1945 photograph of the very young conductor, arm and arm with two other conductors.   According to the press notice affixed to the verso, they were among those who turned out for the beginning of the Gershwin Jubilee Week at the Hotel Astor.  In fine condition, with a few stray marks.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.).

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12775. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990).
Opening of the Philharmonic Hall with Jackie Kennedy - Original 1962 Photograph

Original press photograph of the American conductor and composer onstage at the 1962 opening of New York's Philharmonic Hall, later Avery Fisher Hall.  First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk are visible giving a standing ovation in the balcony, as Bernstein accepts the audience's applause.  The concert was televised as "Opening Night at Lincoln Center." Dated September 23, 1962.  Right edge rough; slight scratches to the image; otherwise in fine condition.  21 x 19 cm.

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18698. Betti, Adolfo. (1875–1950).
Signed Card with Photograph

Signed card from the Italian violinist, teacher, music editor, and member of the Flonzaley String Quartet, dated New York, March 1932, and mounted to paper with a half-tone photograph clipped from an unknown publication, along with a clip of paper in Betti's hand that reads "Adolfo Betti, Hotel Ansonia, New York City," likely clipped from the envelope in which Betti returned the card once signed.  Fine.  Paper measures 6.75 x 6 inches (17.1 x 15.2 cm.), card 3.25 x 2.25 inch (8.2 x 5.7 cm.).

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13498. Bianchini-Cappelli, Elena. (1873-1919).
Signed Photograph Postcard

Hand-colored photograph postcard of the Italian soprano in Act 3 of Norma, holding a tiny silver dagger. Bianchini-Cappelli has signed boldly across the image and dated: Rimini, December 18, 1906. On the verso, the postcard is addressed to the Argentinian collector Ramona Imaz Otaño. Some cracks to the surface and wear to the corners; overall in very good condition with vibrant colors and a clear signature. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.7 x 13.6 cm).

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13590. [Big Bands].
USO Tour Signed Silk Hankies

An intriguing bit of big band ephemera, two silk Japanese handkerchiefs signed by a number of 1940s big band leaders/musicians.  Obtained by an American soldier at a USO show in Japan during the Korean War, the two handkerchiefs are sewn together at one corner with a few threads (easily separated), and are each signed by different artists. Each measuring 11''x 11'', each featuring an illustration of a Geisha with the words ''Ginza Tokyo'' (entertainment district in Tokyo).   The first handkerchief signed by: Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Sammy Kaye, Tommy Tucker and Ray Mckinley.  The second signed by Gene Krupa, Charlie Spivak, Paul Fredericks (inscribing to the soldier's wife Ruth), Guy Lombardo and Kenny Gardner.  Some creases, a few light stains, else fine.

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1528. Biggs, E. Power. (1906-1977).
Signed LP, "French Organ Music."

New York: Columbia Masterworks. Box set, signed by the great organist and dated 1949 on one of the inside sleeves. Box and autograph in very good condition. Four of five records included.

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11357. Billings, William. (1746–1800).
The Continental Harmony, Containing a Number of Anthems, Fuges, and Chorusses, in Several Parts. Never Before Published. Composed by -- Author of Various Music Books. […] Published According to Act of Congress.

Boston: Printed, Typographically at Boston by Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews. Sold at their Bookstore, No. 45, Newbury Street; by said Thomas in Worcester; and by the Booksellers in Boston, and elsewhere. 1794. First edition. Letterpress pages. Pp. [i - iv], v-xxxiv, [35]-199, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates [ "Index"], final blank. Original blue paper over boards, sheep spine. Wanting the engraved frontispiece, which it was evidently bound without, indicated by foxing and offset patterns. Other copies are similarly deprived (eg LOC, a copy at Clements), but we have supplied an expert facsimile of his famous circular composition "Connection," printed on early and agreeably toned laid paper. Paper chipped from front board, otherwise a fine and exceptionally clean copy - dare we say, this is almost certainly the crispest condition Billings you are ever likely to encounter. Contained in a dropspine cloth box. Read More...

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18557. [Bindings] : [Salesman Samples].
Early 20th Century Appleton Publishing Sales Dummy

[New York]: Appleton. ca. 1920.

Folding salesman's dummy featuring 17 board panels with a total of 50 gilt titled spine cloth samples in various colors. Folds neatly into an olive green plain 8vo. volume. Exceptionally clean. Near fine. Read More...


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Original souvenir program from the 1957 jazz tour, signed on the first few pages over their full-page photographs by Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Jeri Southern and Count Basie, and also featuring photographs of Joe Williams, Bud Powell, a young Chet Baker, and others. 24 pp. Fine. 9 x 12 inches (22.7 x 30.5 cm).

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15356. Biret, Idil. (b. 1941).
Signed Hand Tracing

Original outline of the Turkish pianist's right hand, traced in blue ink, boldly signed and dated May 11, 1958 on an album leaf titled "Forget-Me-Not." A very early signature from Biret, who signed at age 16 on the occasion of her first performance in Berlin. Note at the head reads (translated from the German): "The first appearance in Berlin in honor of the Turkish President Celal Boyar." Left edge rough and some light toning; overall in fine condition. 7.5 x 10 inches (19 x 25.7 cm).

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14381. Birtwistle, Harrison. (b. 1934).
The Triumph of Time - Full Score

London: Universal Edition. 1974. Full score to the important British composer's work for winds, brass and percussion, composed in 1971-1972. Facsimile edition in the composer's handwriting. [PN] UE 15518 L. [iii], 53 pp. Errata and additional instructions are mounted on the verso of the title page. 11.5 x 17.5 inches (29.2 x 44 cm). PLEASE NOTE THE LARGE FORMAT WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS. Read More...

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15855. Bishop, Elizabeth. (1911 - 1979).
Geography III - SIGNED

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1978. Second printing, paperback issue.. Small 4to, original stiff wrappers; light wear and creasing at edges. Signed and dated "November 11th, 1975" in ink at head of title page by the author. Read More...

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19021. [Bizarre] Nathan, Charles W..
Bizarre Gavotte

New York: K. Dehnhoff. [ca. 1890]. Upright folio.  4 pp.  Lithograph.  Composed by C.W. Nathan, dedicated to Miss Florence Clinton.  Pages fully separated at spine, extensive wear to edges with losses, lower left corner separated but present, else good.  11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm.).

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7486. Bizet, Georges. (1838-1875).
Les Pecheurs des Perles - Important Signed Presentation Copy

The printed first edition score of his first opera Les Pecheurs des Perles [The Pearl Fishers], arranged by the composer for piano and voices, paginated 1-210 [but in fact 214 pages, as the numbers 85-88 have been repeated]. 4to, bound in roan backed boards, gilt title and bands on spine. Published by Choudens, Paris, n.d. [1863]. Signed and Inscribed on the dedication page in French to the tenor Francois Morini, who sang the major role of Nadir in the first production (and who is listed on the following printed Personages page): "A Nadir Morini - faible témoignage de reconnaissance, d'estime et d'amitié Georges Bizet." Read More...

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9320. Bizet, Georges. (1838-1875).
Carmen. Opéra Comique en 4 actes. Tiré de la nouvelle de Prosper Merimée. Poème de H. Meilhac et L. Halévy. HAND PAINTED SET DESIGNS FROM THE PREMIERE

Paris: Choudens Père et Fils. [1875]. Four elaborately hand painted lithographs illustrating the original scenic designs for the 1875 first production of Bizet's "Carmen." Each measuring 25.8 x 18.8 cm, mounted to larger sheets and contained in the original publisher's wrappers featuring an ornate cover design, 34.5 x 27 cm. A printed ticket affixed to the upper front wrapper reads "N.B. Aussitot apres la premier representation nous renvoyer par poste franco ce Modele des Decors CHOUDENS Pere et Fils 30, Boulevard Ces Capucines." Read More...

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An extraordinary series of autograph Letters to the French Impresarios André Charlot and Jean Charlot, organizers of the 1,000th performance of Carmen at the Opéra-Comique on December 23, 1904. The Charlots solicited acknowledgements of the opera's importance from leading composers and librettists prior to the performance, and the present collection includes responses to this solicitation from Alfred Bruneau, Gustave Charpentier, Vincent D'Indy, Théodore Dubois, Engelbert Humperdinck, Gabriel Pierné, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saëns, and the opera's co-librettist, Ludovic Halévy. Most of the letters are dated November, 1904. Read More...

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8339. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Signed Photograph

A rare signed 8 x 10 inch photograph from the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. Vintage glossy RCA promotional bust portrait, boldly signed and inscribed and dated 1948. Slight smudging, barely affecting the actual autograph which is bold and clear.

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12065. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Childhood Photograph

Rermarkable very early photograph the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. 6 x 4 inches. Ink smudge and a few small tears to front, verso with numerous notations and press stamps, the earliest dated 1929. Read More...

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18265. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Signed Photograph

Signed bust portrait publicity photograph of the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. Signed with his name alone with the year 1946. 8 x 10 inches. A few very light surface creases, overall a fine example.

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