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Trois Trios pour le Piano-Forte (Op. 1)

“A SERIOUS, STORMY, ELEVATED, AND DIFFICULT WORK

BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. Trois Trios pour le Piano-Forte (Op. 1). Vienna, 1795.

First edition, earliest issue, fully engraved, of Beethoven's Opus 1, the earliest compositions Beethoven considered to be "worthy of publication with an opus number and to proclaim his name" (Thayer), one of the earliest and rarest Beethoven first editions, one of very few complete copies extant. The jewel in the crown of any important music collection. $60,000.

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Porgy and Bess

AN EXTRAORDINARY PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY:INSCRIBED BY GERSHWIN TO HIS LOVER AND COLLABORATORIN THIS PIECE, KAY SWIFT, IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION PORGY AND BESS, SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION,ALSO SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN AND DUBOSE HEYWARD

GERSHWIN, George. Porgy and Bess. New York, 1935.

Deluxe limited edition of the piano-vocal score of Porgy and Bess, number 103 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and director Rouben Mamoulian, additionally inscribed by Gershwin to his lover Kay Swift, who was intimately involved in the composition of the piece: “For Kay —/ Best —/ George / Nov. 1 1935.” According to Ohl, “best,” their code word for “love,” allowed them to be discreet. $48,500.

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Songs
from "Now We Are Six."

"AND PLEASE DON’T SAY IF I SHOULD SING FLAT,/ WAS THAT A BICYCLE, OR NEXT DOOR'S CAT?"

MILNE, A.A. (words). FRASER-SIMSON, H. (music). SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrations). Songs from "Now We Are Six." London, 1927. First trade edition of this collection of songs based on Milne's beloved poetry for children, with music by H. Fraser-Simson and illustrations by E.H. Shepard. An exceptional presentation copy with a long personal and playful inscription by Milne: "For Peter with care from A.A. Milne Christmas, 1927./ I'm singing./ Stand back all of you, and please hold tight,/ I'm going through these if I take all night./ And please don't say if I should sing flat,/ 'Was that a bicycle, or next door's cat?/ 'No, I think it's Peter singing./ 'Yes, it must be Peter singing./ 'That's what he's doing./ 'Singing." $18,500.

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L'Oeuvre de Leon Bakst pour La Belle au Bois Dormant

COSTUMES FOR TCHAIKOVSKY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY, WITH 56 MOUNTED COLOR PLATES BY LÉON BAKST AND PORTRAIT OF BAKST BY PICASSO, SIGNED BY BAKST: LARGE FOLIO LIMITED EDITION

BAKST, Léon. L'Oeuvre de Leon Bakst pour La Belle au Bois Dormant. Paris, 1922.

Signed limited first French edition, number 308 of only 500 copies signed by both Bakst and publisher Maurice de Brunoff, with 56 mounted color plates (54 full-page costumes and sets for the Ballet Russes, with letterpress tissue-guards), and a portrait of Bakst by Picasso. $7500.

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Book of American Negro Spirituals

FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK OF AMERICAN NEGRO SPIRITUALS, INSCRIBED BY JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

JOHNSON, James Weldon. The Book of American Negro Spirituals. New York, 1925.

First edition, presentation copy, of the Harlem Renaissance classic, inscribed to a famous sports columnist and short story writer: "For Ring W. Lardner with sincere regards—James Weldon Johnson." $6500.

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Collection of pirated editions of Tarantula

"THE LUMBERJACKS ARE COMING!"

DYLAN, Bob. Collection of pirated editions of Tarantula. Various places, 1966-70.

Scarce collection of 10 pirated editions of Dylan's first book, an experimental fusion of poetry and prose—"wacky, serio-comic improvisations which both satirize and excoriate the American scene." $5800.

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Complete String Quartets

“THE FINE BALANCE BETWEEN UNITY AND INFINITE VARIETY”

HAYDN, Joseph. Complete String Quartets. Paris, 1802. Four volumes.

First collected edition, early issue, of Haydn’s complete string quartets, beautifully engraved and bound in handsome contemporary morocco and boards. Haydn was particularly pleased with what he called this “exceptionally beautiful edition of the quartets.” $5000.

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Seasons

HAYDN’S EXTRAORDINARY ORATORIO, THE SEASONS, FIRST EDITION OF THE PIANO-VOCAL SCORE IN ORIGINAL PUBLISHER’S WRAPPERS

HAYDN, Franz Joseph. Seasons. Leipzig, 1802.

First edition of the piano-vocal score, variant issue, of Hayden's bold secular oratorio, the follow-up to The Creation, with engraved title page and publisher’s advertisements, in original paper wrappers. $5000.

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Album Sleeve signed (A Swingin' Affair!)

SIGNED BY SINATRA AND THE “RAT PACK”

(BISHOP, Joey) (DAVIS, Sammy, Jr.) (LAWFORD, Peter) (MARTIN, Dean) SINATRA, Frank. Album Sleeve signed (A Swingin' Affair!). Los Angeles, 1957.

Vintage record album cover, with original 33-1/3 vinyl LP, boldly signed on the verso not only by Frank Sinatra but also Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop. $4500.

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