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4 volumes bound in 3. Octavo. Attractively bound in full mid-tan calf with decorative spines and edges gilt, inner dentelles gilt, all edges yellow, silk ribbon markers. Vol. I: 1f. (engraved pictorial title of a young boy on horseback by Kunze after Brentano), 1f. (half-title), 470 pp.; Vol. 2: 1f. (half-title), 1f. (engraved pictorial title with the Oldenburg horn and Heidelberg Castle by A. Weise after a sketch by Brentano drawn by Wilhelm Grimm), 1f. (volume secondary title), 448 pp.; Vol. 3: 1f. (half-title), 1f. (engraved pictorial title with a male figure playing the flute, a female playing the harp, by Ludwig Emil Grimm after Brentano), 1f. (volume secondary title), 253 pp.; Vol. 4: 1f. (engraved pictorial frontispiece by Ludwig Emil Grimm after Brentano), 1f. (title: "Kinderlieder Anhang zum Wunderhorn"), 103 pp. With an 8-page dedication to Goethe to Volume 1. Bookplate of Lili Bon to front pastedown of all three volumes. Bindings very slightly rubbed and bumped at corners. Vol. I: professional repairs to edges of first six leaves, two leaves with professional repairs with no loss of text, some minor foxing and staining; Vol. 2: title very slightly trimmed at lower edge just affecting several letters of imprint; minor dampstaining and foxing, some mispagination; Vol. 3: minor foxing, staining to edges of upper margins throughout, some mispagination; Vol. 4: frontispiece slightly trimmed and laid down to mounting paper.
ARMIN, Archim von and Clemens BRENTANO
Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Alte deutsche Lieder
Heidelberg, Frankfurt Mohr u. Zimmer, J.C.B. Mohr 1806-1808
Price: $3,800.00
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2-1/3 pp. of a bifolium. Dated [Berlin]-Charlottenburg, January 23, 1902. In German (with transcription and translation). Regarding a recommendation for the director of the Berliner Tonkünstlerorchester, Herr Strunz, and mentioning Strauss's "Singgedicht," Feursnot. Strunz "is looking for some patrons enthusiastic about the arts who could help him materially... Is it very outrageous of me to bother you with this? Since, however, I myself, too, am only guided by purely artistic interest in this enterprise, to which I contribute the greatest sacrifices of time and effort myself, perhaps you will forgive me... I am going to travel to Vienna tomorrow for the premiere of my opera..."Creased at folds and very slightly overall; slightly defective at inner fold, with four small file holes to blank areas filled in with matching paper, slightly affecting several letters.
STRAUSS, Richard 1864-1949
Autograph letter signed in full to "Herr Levy"
Price: $1,600.00
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Folio. Dark orange printed wrappers with an original lithographic design by Picasso in black ink to upper. 4 pp. facsimile of the composer's autograph manuscript: I Les Ecrevisses; II Grenadine; III La Rosée; IV Le Wagon Immobile. Wrappers slightly worn and partially separated at spine.
[PICASSO, Pablo 1881-1973] Thomson, Virgil 1896-1989
La Valse Grégorienne. Quatre Poêmes de Georges Hugnet. [Piano-vocal score]
[Paris] [1940]
Price: $850.00
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Octavo. Modern marbled boards. 1f. (title), 2ff., 2ff. (subscribers list), 184 pp. Bound with: A New Collection of Forty-four Cotillons, With Figures properly adapted; also The Music for Six select Dances, Two of which may be used as Cotillons. [London]: Printed for Giovanni Andrea Gallini. 10, [i] (index) pp. followed by the music to 46 consecutively numbered dances (most 2 pp. each) together with performance nstructions + 4ff. containing 6 pp. of printed music (4 additional dances).Slightly browned and foxed; small tear to inner margin of second leaf of subscribers list; preliminary leaves guarded at inner margins. Quite a good, crisp, wide-margined copy overall.
GALLINI, Giovanni-Andrea
Critical Observations on the Art of Dancing; To which is added, A Collection of Cotillons or French Dances
London Printed for the Author [ca. 1772]
Price: $1,500.00
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Folio. Sewn. 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 4-29; [1] (title), 4-24; 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 4-23; [1] (title), 4-25 pp. Engraved. With occasional fingering in pencil.Some minor browning, foxing and soiling; title to first violin part with some minor tears and fading; minor staining to viola part; several manuscript annotations to title.
BOCCHERINI, Luigi 1743-1805
Sei Quartetti per Due Violini Viola e Violoncello... Opera XXXIII. [Set of parts]
Vienne Artaria [PN 34] [ca. 1782]
Price: $2,200.00
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Folio. Half dark green 19th century leather with spine in decorative compartments and titling gilt and titling, title portion of original upper wrapper laid down to upper board. 1f. (title incorporating the shield of the Prussian King), [ii] (subscribers list for opp. 123-125), 226 pp. Engraved. With a presentation inscription from the conductor Charles Munch to the distinguished French pianist and noted collector Alfred Cortot to front pastedown endpaper: "pour Alfred Cortot, mon maître, mon exemple le 26 Sept. 1938 Charles." With Cortot's distinctive decorative bookplate and pencilled annotation to front pastedown endpaper; two very small stamps to title, one the Cortot monogrammatic stamp and the other the oval stamp of "Tosi" (possibly the Italian conductor and pianist Orsini Alfonso Tosi 1878-1938). Some minor foxing (most noticeable to margins) and offsetting. A fine copy, with strong impression.
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van 1770-1827
Sinfonie mit Schluss-Chor über Schillers Ode: "An die Freude"
Mainz und Paris; Antwerpen B. Schotts Söhnen; A. Schott [PN 2322] [August 1826]
Price: $38,000.00
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164 x 112 mm. Half-length, within an oval border. The composer is depicted holding a heavy chain in one hand from which hangs a medal, possibly denoting an honor received. With early manuscript annotation to mount. Without text within oval border to portrait or to area below portrait as is present in later issues; laid down to early mount.
SCHMELZER, Johann Heinrich ca. 1620/23 to 1680
Rare 17th century mezzotint portrait engraving before letters
Price: $3,500.00
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Octavo. Sewn. 1f. (recto title, verso "Personen"), [3]-47, [i] (blank) pp. Text an adaptation by Gottfried van Swieten of a pastoral epic by James Thomson, 1726-1728. Very slightly worn; spine reinforced with contemporary paper; corners slightly turned; final leaf partially detached. A very nice, clean, wide-margined copy overall.
HAYDN, Joseph 1732-1809
[Hoboken Group XXI No. 3]. Die Jahreszeiten nach Thomson... Aufgeführt im National-Hof-Theater. [Libretto]
Wien Gedruckt mit v. Kurtzbek'schen Schriften [1801]
Price: $2,500.00
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Folio. Vellum-backed marbled boards. 1f. (title), 1-14 pp. text ("Principes Elementaires de la Musique," "Méthode de Basson"), pp. 15-146 printed music, 147-149 text, [i] (blank). Engraved throughout. With one folding plate ("Tablature du Basson") including two illustrations of the bassoon and additional illustrations accompanying textual commentary at conclusion. Engraved throughout. Small oval handstamp to foot of title.Binding quite worn, rubbed and bumped; lacking front pastedown endpaper; front free endpaper torn. Slightly worn, foxed and soiled; inner margin of title dampstained; small edge tears to title; short tear to blank margin of folding plate repaired; stab holes to blank inner margins of first signatures; some creasing; other minor defects. Quite a good, wide-margined copy in original state.
OZI, Étienne
Nouvelle Édition de la Méthode de Basson...
Paris V. Dufaut [1803]
Price: $1,800.00
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2 volumes bound in one. Oblong octavo. 40 ff. in total consisting of 1f. (recto title within elaborate woodcut border, verso large decorative armorial woodcut), 1f. (recto dedication to the publishers, verso first page of music), ff. 3-20 (index to verso of final leaf); 2ff. (as above), ff. 23-40 (privilege to verso of final leaf). Fine large historiated woodcut initials throughout. A collection of 34 motets for 5 voices.Provenance: The collection of André Meyer (1884-1974).Slightly worn and browned; occasional foxing and other minor imperfections; first two leaves reinforced with paper tape to blank outer margins with no loss of text.
LASSUS, Orlande de 1532-1594
Primus [-Secundus] liber modulorum quinis vocibus constantium. [Countertenor part].
Paris Adrien le Roy & Robert Ballard 1571
Price: $15,500.00
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Folio. Contemporary boards. 1f. (title incorporating a fine engraved vignette depicting a male figure playing the flute standing next to a head-and-shoulders bust of Devienne by C. Heu), 169 pp. Engraved. With illustrations of the flute, numerous fingering charts and musical examples throughout. Includes 12 duets and 6 sonatas for two flutes by Devienne; pages 154-169 with18 short solos and 6 duets by Hugot. Binding quite worn, lacking spine, partially detached. Slightly worn, foxed and stained; a few leaves frayed and soiled at lower edges; several tears repaired.
DEVIENNE, François 1759-1803
Méthode Complète pour le Flute Dédiée à Monsieur Roslin d'Ivry...
Paris A. Petit [PN 1244] [1825-1838]
Price: $650.00
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Oblong folio. Early quarter calf with marbled boards, diamond-shaped black leather title label with titling and decorative gilt stamping to upper. 1f. (title), [1] (cast list and contents), 2-183 pp. Engraved. Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Minor browning and offsetting; first and last leaves foxed; several margins repaired.
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus 1756-1791
[K 366]. Idomeneo Ré di Creta. Opera seria in tre atti... [Piano-vocal score]
Bonn N. Simrock [PN] 51 [ca. 1798-1800]
Price: $850.00
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