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SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN

GERSHWIN, George and Ira. Typed contract signed. New York, circa 1935.

Important mimeographed contract leasing Porgy and Bess rights to Europe, signed by author DuBose Hayward, Theatre Guild representative Warren P. Munsell, and composers George and Ira Gershwin. The Sang copy. $12,000.

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"THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN ROCK JOURNALISM"

NELSON, Paul; PANKAKE, Jon, editors. The Little Sandy Review. Minneapolis, 1959-65. Thirty volumes.

First editions of the complete 30-volume run of the groundbreaking folk music fanzine The Little Sandy Review. From the collection of contributing writer Tony Glover, who was also a harmonica player and a close friend of Bob Dylan from their days in Dinkytown on the campus of the University of Minnesota. $7800.

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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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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." $6000.

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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. Titus Lucretius Carus. London, 1683.

Rare 1683 3rd edition in English, first issued the previous year, of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history offering "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius, owned an edition of Creech's translation, and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, with copper-engraved frontispiece, handsomely bound. $5200.

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FATHER OF THE BLUES, INSCRIBED BY W.C. HANDY

HANDY, W.C. Father of the Blues. New York, 1941.

First edition of the legendary musician's autobiography, inscribed by Handy in the year of publication to a prominent music scholar, "To Ted Livingston, with pleasure I add my signature after a most delightful chat. W.C. Handy 7-8-1941," this copy containing a laid-in typed leaf, stated "Second Draft," of Livingston's work on Handy's classic song, "St. Louis Blues." $5200.

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“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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