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“NEVER YET HAS ANYONE PRODUCED SO ACCURATE A MUSICAL DESCRIPTION OF LA MANIFESTATION PHYSIQUE DES TENDRESSES HUMAINES

MASSENET, J[ules]. Esclarmonde. Paris, 1889.

First edition, association copy of the piano-vocal score, inscribed by Massenet to the great French bass Joseph Tagliafico “a l’ami Tagliafico, souvenir de son bien affectionne, J. Massenet,” with a musical quotation from the prologue (“O divine Esclarmonde…”), dated Paris, October 1889. With lovely art nouveau color illustrations, including vignette title page, by E. Grasset. $3800.

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LOVELY 18TH-CENTURY ITALIAN EMBROIDERED SILK BINDING

(OPERA). La Vera Costanza. Gallipoli, 1776.

First edition of the libretto to this cantata in three voices, composed and performed to celebrate an 18th-century Italian wedding, richly and beautifully bound in green embroidered silk. $3200.

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CUI’S OPERA SARATSIN, INSCRIBED BY THE COMPOSER TO THE ORIGINAL DYUNIA

CUI, Cesar. Saratsin. Moscow, 1899.

First edition of the piano-vocal score, inscribed by the composer on the title page to the Russian bass Smirnov, the original Dyunia, in Russian: “To the ‘brave knight Dyunia’ in fond memories, 1899, C. Cui.” $2600.

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WITH THE FRENCH COAT-OF-ARMS ON BOTH COVERS

ANONYMOUS. Les Delices des Spectacles. Paris, 1799.

Eighteenth-century French collection of ariettes, with hand-colored engraved title and six hand-colored engravings illustrating scenes from contemporary French musical theatre. Very handsomely bound in contemporary gilt-decorated armorial morocco with the coat-of-arms of France on both covers. $2500.

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SIGNED BY PAVAROTTI IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION

(PAVAROTTI, Luciano) PAVAROTTI, Adua. Curiosissimo Pavarotti. Dublin, Ireland, 1991.

First international edition, the first edition in English, of this richly photo-illustrated biography of one of the world's greatest tenors written by his wife of 34 years, inscribed in Italian and signed by Pavarotti in the year of publication on the title page. $550.

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SIGNED BY LUCIANO PAVAROTTI

PAVAROTTI, Luciano with WRIGHT, William. Pavarotti. Garden City, New York, 1981.

First edition of Pavarotti’s autobiography chronicling his early life and the first two decades of his operatic career, boldly signed in the year of publication: "Luciano Pavarotti 91." $500.

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INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION OF VIRGIL THOMSON'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

THOMSON, Virgil. Virgil Thomson. New York, 1966.

First edition inscribed by Thomson for tennis player Eleanor Means, “For Eleanor Means/ tennis champion/ whom/ I serve/ loyally/ Virgil T./ 1967.” $400.

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COLOR PHOTOGRAPH WARMLY INSCRIBED BY PAVAROTTI

PAVAROTTI, Luciano. Inscribed photograph. No place, 1976.

Color promotional photograph of beloved tenor Luciano Pavarotti, inscribed: “To Hellen, per caro ricordo, Luciano Pavarotti.” $225.

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“DEAR LOVELY BOWERS OF INNOCENCE AND EASE…”

GLOVER, J.W. Concert Selections from "The Deserted Village" London, 1877.

First edition, piano-vocal score, inscribed on the title page, “To Miss Emma Howson with kind regards of The Author. J.W. Glover, Dublin, April 1877.” $200.

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