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An unusual original 1963 photograph taken before the great French singer's Carnegie Hall recital. He is shown flanked by the jazz trumpeter and an unidentified man. 13 x 18 cm. Press clipping on verso, in fine condition.

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20563. Aznavour, Charles. (1924–2018) [de Grab, Richard. (1927–2001)] .
Original Photograph and Autograph Lyrics

Original silver gelatin photograph by the Czech photographer, who has captured the French-Armenian singer, lyricist and actor on stage beneath a spotlight during rehearsal. Together with a large sheet inscribed by Aznavour with two lines of autograph lyrics,  "She never says always / She always says never / 20-1-65 / Aznavour". In fine condition.  11.8 x 12.2 inches (30 x 31 cm.); 14.5 x 21 inches (37 x 54 cm).  Read More...

12045. B.B. King. [King, Riley B. ] (1925 - 2015).
Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King. SIGNED

New York: Avon Books. 1996. First edition, first printing. . Hardcover with dustjacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 336 pages. Boldly signed on the half-title page in blue felt tip, “B. B. King.” In fine condition, with some trivial wear to the dustjacket.

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15936. [B.B. King. [King, Riley B. ] (1925 - 2015)].
Silver and Mother-of-pearl Guitar Belt Buckle

Silver and Mother-of-pearl Belt Buckle, in the shape of a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, inscribed on reverse "B.B.", thought to have been given by King to fellow guitarist J. Geils, with whom he toured in the 1970s. Provenance: The Estate of J. Geils. Approx 5 x 1.8 inches, with an associated leather belt.  Read More...

17504. Babbitt, Milton. (1916–2011) [Zukofsky, Paul. (1943–2017)].
Words About Music - Inscribed to Paul Zukofsky

Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press. 1987. Collection of the important composer's lectures given in 1983 in Madison, Wisconsin. Signed and inscribed on the front free endpaper to his frequent collaborator, violinist Paul Zukofsky: "For Paul, / who doesn't need it, / With affection, / Milton / 6/5/90." 205 pp. Hardcover, purple cloth with dust jacket. Creases and edge wear to dust jacket; internally fine. With several post-it notes with personal anecdotes and jokes relating to Babbitt ("MBB") in the hand of Paul Zukofsky laid in. 7.25 x 10.5 inches (18.3 x 26.3 cm). Read More...

12344. [Baby Orchestra].
Ca. 1900 Baby Collage Postcard

An amusing ca. 1900 French postcard featuring a bizarre collage of little babies "playing" orchestral instruments. Some writing in French along the lower border and verso, dated 1903.

20487. Bacall, Lauren. (1924-2014) [Newman, Phyllis. (1933-2019)].
"By Myself and Then Some" – Signed and Inscribed to Phyllis Newman

New York: Harper Entertainment. 2005. First. Hardcover in dj. 8vo.  506 pp.  Signed copy of the American actress's memoir, which Bacall has inscribed to actress Phyllis Newman on the title page: "For my dearest Phyllis / Here we are again - with more love + admiration than ever / xxx Betty".  In fine condition.   Read More...

3433. Bach Aria Group (1947 - ).
Original Photograph

An unusual original photograph of the famous group, founded in 1946 by musicologist William Scheide. Among those pictured are William H. Scheide, Jan Peerce, Eileen Farrell, and Bernard Greenhouse. Stamped Whitehouse Photo of NY on the verso. Fine. 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm).

12570. Bach, August Wilhelm. (1796-1869) [Schneider, Friedrich. (1786-1853)].
Autograph Transcription of a Psalm & Hymn

Autograph copy of a psalm and hymn text in the hand of the 19th-century German composer and organist (unrelated to J. S. Bach), an important member of the musical life of Berlin and a teacher of the young Mendelssohn. Bach has written out the German text of a piece for choir and winds by Friedrich Schneider, "Jehowah! Dir frohlockt der König." 51 lines in ink and pencil in three sections, the first two headed "Psalm" and "Hymnus," and the final section in pencil with some strikethroughs and corrections. 3 pp. Unsigned, undated [ca. 1830's]. In delicate condition with creases and some significant tears, writing in pencil on the final leaf, overall good. 8.5 x 10.75 inches (22 x 27.2 cm).

18871. Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel. (1714–1788).
Versuch über die wahre Art, das Clavier zu spielen - Zweiter Theil

Leipzig: im Schwickertschen Verlage. 1797. Second. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs / vormaligem Kapellmeister der Prinzessinn Amalia von Preussen und Musikdirector in Hamburg / Versuch / über die wahre Art / das Clavier zu spielen / Zweiter Theil, / in welchem die Lehre von dem Accompagnement / und der freyen Fantasie / abgehandelt wird. / Nebst einer Kupfertafel. / Zweite vom Verfasser verbesserte, und mit Zusätzen vermehrte Auflage.  Ownership stamp of the Austrian cellist Rudolf Glickh to title page. 8vo. 7 x 8.25 inches (18 x 22 cm).  [8], 280 pp.  In fine condition throughout, nicely bound in three quarter brown cloth over marbled boards.  Read More...

7936. Bach, J.S. (1685-1750).
War Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit [BWV 14] - FACSIMILE

Leipzig: Faksimile-Reihe Bachscher Werke und Schriftst. 1971. 2-color collotype of the instrumental and vocal parts in their original format. Scored for hn, 2-ob, 2-vln, va, bc, and SATB chorus. Afterword by Werner Neumann. The facsimile designed to resemble the original, the folder in linen and decorative paper. The box folder that holds the score has shelf and surface wear, bumped corners and marks. The facsimile score is in excellent condition, complete, unmarked. 9 x 14 inches.

11235. [Bach, J.S. (1685-1750) & Handel, George Frederic. (1685-1759)] Gerber, Ernst Ludwig. (1746 - 1819).
Historisch-Biographisches Lexicon der Tonkünstler, welches Nachrichten von dem Leben und Werken musikalischer Schriftsteller, beruhmter Componisten, Sanger, Meister auf Instrumenten, Dilettanten, Orgel-und Instrumentmacher, enthalt...Zweyter Theil. N-Z. - WITH 18TH CENTURY FRONTIS PORTRAITS OF BACH AND HANDEL

Leipzig: Breitkopf, und Compag.. 1792. First Edition. First edition of the second volume (of 2) of one of the most important and comprehensive musical dictionaries of the eighteenth century. 860 columns, woodcut borders and devices plus 80 pages index. Early stamp of the Hochschule fur Lehrerbildung Sarrebrücken to title, a few other stamps and notations, scattered foxing throughout, generally fine. Half leather over brown marbled paper boards, gilt decoration and title to spine. Facing stipple-engraved portraits of Bach and Handel bound in as frontispieces, outer edge of the second tipped along edge of the titlepage. Eitner IV, 204; Wolffheim I, 226; Gregory-Bartlett 108. Read More...

Original program from a March 20, 1894 performance at St.Michaelis Kirche in Hamburg, featuring the famous contralto under the direction of Prof. Julius von Bernruth, with organist Carl Armbrust and the orchestra lead by violinist Henry Schradieck.  16 pp., includes full text.  Spotting throughout, crease in lower right corner, final two pages with large tears and significant losses (nearly entirely lacking). Read More...

17791. [Bach, J.S. (1685-1750)] Sieveking, Martinus. (1867–1950) .
Gavotte de la 6e. Sonate pour Violon de J. S. Bach - Signed Title Page

Berlin: Albert Stahl. 1925. Signed title page from the Dutch pianist, composer, teacher and inventor. He has signed and inscribed on the cover of his piano arrangement of the Gavotte from Bach's 6th violin sonata: "To Miss Florence Bell / cordially / Martinus Sieveking / N.Y.C. 1925." Rather heavily toned; tear at the left edge and some corner and edge losses; remnants of black paper mount taped to the edges. Overall good. 10.75 x 13.5 inches (27 x 34 cm).

15023. [Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685-1750)].
Carved Bust Portrait

A rare and finely carved bust portrait of the great composer, ca. 1850s, likely based on an early nineteenth-century engraving. Carved walnut with good color and patination. Light mounting remnants on the verso. 4.75 x 6.5 inches (12.2 x 16.5 cm). Secular portrait carvings from this era are uncommon. Read More...

19063. Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685–1750).
Autograph Signature

Autograph signature "JS Bach / 1733" on a page measuring 74 x 27 mm, known to have been clipped from one of the composer's three copies of Elias Nicolaus Ammerbach's Orgel oder Instrument Tabulatur. Provenance: Georg Kinsky; Gehard Herz; private collection, by descent, not previously offered on the market until now. Together with a half-length portrait lithograph, ca. 1840 (Artist unknown. Neumann: Bilddokumente B24). Read More...

18863. [Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685–1750)] Mesens, E. L. T. (1903–1971).
"Troisième front: poèmes de guerre, suivi de Pièces détachées" ["Third Front & Detached Pieces"] - SIGNED

London: London Gallery Editions. 1944. First. Softcover.  8vo.  47 pp. plus signed limitation page, hand numbered by the author 441 from the edition of 500.  Pale green paper covers contained in the original yellow paper wrappers, all slightly toned but otherwise in fine condition; block split from cover along rear gutter with glue remnants visible along front and rear gutters.  Several gatherings uncut.  Overall a crisp, beautiful copy.  Signed bilingual edition, translated by Roland Penrose and Mesens with illustrations by the author, including numerous poems concerning music, such as "La partition compléte / The Complete Score," accompanied by a two-page illustration of five staves covered in unusual key signatures and objects.  Another poem "Le clavecin bien tamponné / de Jean Sébastien Bach / Entièrement Fait a la main / par l'artiste / en personne," appears with an illustration of a hand playing the piano. Read More...

8675. Bachauer, Gina. (1913–1976).
Signed Photograph and Christmas Card

Vintage photograph of the celebrated Greek pianist, signed on the mount "Affectionately Gina / 1970" and sold together with a 1970 printed Holidays card from Bachauer and her husband, Alec Sherman. Small pinhole to card, else fine.

9906. Bachofen, Johan Caspar. (1695 - 1755).
Musicalisches Halleluja, oder schöne und geistreiche Gesänge, Mit neuen und anmuthigen Melodeyen begleitet, und zur Aufmunterung zum Lob Gottes...Neunte und privilegierte Auflage.

Zurich: Burglischer Druckeren. 1776. Thick octavo. Full 18th century dark brown calf. [viii], 880, [viii] pp. With a fine frontispiece engraving depicting a winged female figure playing the keyboard with three seated cherubs playing a viol, violin and recorder seated around her. Binding worn, front board and endpage starting to separate but still relatively solid, brass remnants on board edges, apparently lacking original clasps, early ownernship markings ("Joh. Jakob Widler...Wiedikon / 1781") and remnants of wax seals to inner boards and endpages. Overall a fine copy of this important work by the Swiss composer and music pedagogue. Read More...

20755. Backhaus, Wilhelm. (1884–1969) [Hanfstaengl, Erna. (1885–1981)] .
Signed Photograph to Erna Hanfstaengl

Large format original portrait photograph of the German pianist, who has boldly signed and inscribed to the lower mount in ink: "My most warm regards to my esteemed friend Frau Hofrat Hanfstaengl / Wilhelm Backhaus" and dated May 1, 1936. In fine condition, mount with verso borders reinforced, signed by the photographer lower right in pencil "Veresky"(?).  Portrait 6.8 x 9.25 inches (17.3 x 23.5 cm.); mounted to an overall size of 10.25 x 13.3 inches (26 x 33.8 cm.). Read More...