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1 "Company School" Metamorphic Costume Cards, Watercolors/Gouache on Mica, depicting a variety of Indian Musicians and Dancers
NA Good 
N.d. Circa 1830 to 1850. Nine cards, eight of which are overlay cards made of mica, deliberately leaving out a face, and one, the base card, made of card, featuring one head and a background of sky and plantings. The idea is to lay the mica card atop the base card to create a full portrait, and one which is quite different from the other possibilities. Five of the figures created are male musicians, and three are female dancers. The cards all measure 10.5 by 7 cm. Scarce genre. One comes upon Company School mica painted figures with some regularity, and metamorphic costume overlay cards, the same, but the two genres combined are encountered far far less. These Indian paintings on mica from the early to mid-19th Century have become known as "Company School" paintings because they were typically produced for employees of the East India Company as souvenirs. The genre was supposedly emulating the painting on glass which was the rage in Europe at the time. The nature of mica dictated the size of these paintings. While mica has the wonderful ability to be shaved off into thin slices or sheets, these sheets are also brittle and easily fracture, making a larger format impractical. With what we believe was the original protective paper in which these would have been wrapped at the time of sale. Condition: typical edge chips, cracks or fracturing. Still, the painted work remains bright, fresh, and essentially well-preserved. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Accordian Valentine
2 Accordian Valentine
NA Very Good 
N.p. N.d., circa 1890. Closed, 10 by 5.5 cm. You pull out tabs on each side and out spreads the bunched cray paper, just like the bellows of an accordian. Without stressing the cray paper -- risking tearing, the sides stretch to about 8 cm apart. Chromolithographic printing on the sides, with gilt for the buttons and keys, red hearts in the upper corners, decorative floral vignettes as might be found on an actual accordian, and printed underneath one of the keyboard tabs, "To my sweet Valentine". Intended as a charming novelty that might lovingly be given to an accordianist. Small cracks down center of paper from use. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Almanach des Dames pour l'An 1823 Almanach Lyrique
Turbingu and Paris Chez I. G. Cotta; Chez Truettel & Wurtz 1822 First Edition Cartonnage, Slipcase Very Good 
12mo. (13 x 9 cm.) 238 pp. Six engraved plates. Scarce, with only two copies located on OCLC. Soiling on the binding and more on the slipcase. Otherwise, quite clean and tight. 
Price: 265.00 USD
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Autograph of Ethel Merman
4 Autograph of Ethel Merman
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa early 1950s. A Merman autograph written in pencil on a folded white sheet of paper. Merman was the pre-eminent star of the Broadway musical theater from her legendary debut belting out "I've Got Rhythm" in "Girl Crazy" until her stunning dramatic turn as Mama Rose in "Gypsy". Known for her thrilling and crystal clear diction that could be heard in the last row (and the lobby, and quite possibly, on the sidewalk), Merman was in numerous movies but seldom was able to excite movie audiences as she did live time and again. On stage, she had close to a perfect track record, with her hits including "Anything Goes", "Panama Hattie", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Call Me Madam", "DuBarry Was a Lady", and on and on. In her later years she was a regular presence on television, where she would belt out one of the innumerable hit songs she first introduced. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Autographs of Distinguished Artistes, Collected by Mr. T. P. Salt, Birmingham
5 Autographs of Distinguished Artistes, Collected by Mr. T. P. Salt, Birmingham
1859-1901 Very Good 
An incredible assemblage of operatic and classical musician autographs from the 19th century, including autographs of Adelina Patti, Christine Nilsson, Emma Albani, Minnie Hauk, John Parry, Paderewski, Charles Gounod, Nellie Melba, Ferdinand Hiller, Giovanni Belletti, Clara Novello, Mario (Giovanni Matteo De Candia), Giulia Grisi, Therese Tietjens, Marietta Alboni, Pauline Viardot, Marietta Piccolommini, Sims Reeves, and on and on -- 81 in all. Oblong 8vo. 22 by 24 cm. 54 pages with content. (The pages are numbered up to 95, but the pagination has irregularities. The pagination is useful, though, in locating artists whose names appear on the decorative key pages at the front and back.) Usually a full page is devoted to single musician. Along with the inscription and autograph there is an original drawing done presumably by the compiler of the album, Mr. Salt. The paintings evoke the world of Ancient Rome or Greece; mythology, with appropriately, seraphs and the like; Renaissance era clad men and women; etc. -- loosely speaking, the characters prevalent on the opera stages of the day. Some of the inscriptions have additional interest such as a few bars of music. (Some of the bars of music found was surely done by the compiler, while others we tend to credit to the renowned musician signing below.) The artwork, in our view, is pleasingly decorative. We would not consider it on its own visually exciting, or executed at the highest level of artistic skill, yet taken as a totality, the artwork provides a winsome cohesion to the album, and also in a sense conveys the sanctity of the autographs to the compiler. Put another way, we would maintain that the artwork makes the otherwise flat autographs sing raptuous melody. Generally, but not always, the inscriptions are dated. Most of the autographs are from the first two thirds of the over four decade time span in which they were collected. Full black morocco binding, with gilt-impressed fleur-de-lys figures on spine, a band of lotus-themed border decoration on boards, and an oblong diamond-shaped gilt centerpiece on front cover, with gilt title contained within. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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Book of Complete Information about Pianos
6 Book of Complete Information about Pianos
New York Frank L. Wing 1913 Twelfth Edition Hardcover Very Good 
4to. Near square, slightly oblong. 29.5 by 30 cm. 135 pp. (Last page is REP.) With twelve color plates (colorized photos) of the company's piano models. In addition to extensive information about each of the company's models, a general discussion of piano manufacturing, many photos of the company's factory and offices, testimonials and other sales-related promotional material. This was a trade catalogue that was also intended to be a keeper -- not something to be discarded after a decision was made pro or con regarding purchasing a Wing instrument. The Wing & Son Piano Company was founded in 1868 (under a different name). It marketed its pianos through this catalogue, or mail order, exclusively, dispensing with the more standard practice of maintaining showrooms. The company appears to have gone out of business early in the Great Depression. Moderate soiling and shelf edgewear to the cover. Clean within. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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French Manuscript Collection of Song Lyrics and Watercolored Illustrations and Vignettes
7 French Manuscript Collection of Song Lyrics and Watercolored Illustrations and Vignettes
1892 Hardcover Good 
8vo. 25 by 18 cm. 88 pp. of content, with a few blank numbered pages following. With 31 watercolored illustrations or vignettes, usually by the title to the song, but occasionally to the side. The songs were generally well-known songs; the watercolors are painted directly onto the pages. Occasionally there is musical notation, but most songs are given with only the lyrics, which are written in a very neat, attractive hand. The songs include "Nous en sommes", "L'Invalide de marseille", "Je suis gobe par maportiere", "Dans l'autre panier elles sont plus molles", "L'enfant des Remparts", "L'invalide Belge", "L'Anarchiste", "Brunes et Blondes", "Naples", "Salut aux hirondelles", "Le Gondolier", "Souviens-toi du cruel Vainqueur", "Veux-tu?" "Vive la Musique Militaire", "Le Moulin Rose", "Les Roses-The", "Offre-moi ton baiser", "Estudiantina", "Les Rameaux", "La Czarine", "Les Sapins", "La Valse des Vins", "L'Esclave noir", "Le roi des hohemiens", "La Vague", "Le Credo des 4 Saisons", "Les Bresiliennes", "Les fleurs de ma Mie", "Les Deux Temoins", "Un tour de Valse", "Le Refus", "Poivrot", "Balochard", "Explaire" and "La Chanson des Paves". Several of the entries in the back are partial, without the title or image. Some of the images are not truly original -- they are copied or adapted from published material. Rebacked with cloth. The leaves are age toned and brittle, with some edge chipping. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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8 Gernando e Rosimonda. Dramma Eroico er Musica da Rappresentarsi nel Nobile Teatro Astori in Treviso per la Fiera d'Autunno dell'Anno 1789
Venezia Modesto Fenzo 1789 Wraps 
Defective copy, missing pages 11 to 18 and pages 23 to 28, yet of a highly scarce libretto -- no copies show up on OCLC! 12mo. Besides missing pages, typical soiling and wear. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Letter Signed by Audrey Hepburn, June 18th, 1954
9 Letter Signed by Audrey Hepburn, June 18th, 1954
1954 NA Very Good 
The typed letter is written from the 46th Street Theatre where Hepburn and her future husband, Mel Ferrer, were appearing in "Ondine". In the letter, addressed to a Mr. Sus, Heburn writes" "Thank you very much for your letter of June 14th. I would be very happy to help you to see the play if you will let me know which performance you and your friend would like to come to. Audrey Hepb . . ." The latter part of the last name is dropped, as typical of Hepburn signatures of the period. Hepburn had already made her stunning movie debut in "Roman Holiday". Ahead of her were her many other memorable movies, and thus this is an early autograph of Hepburn. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Short inscribed note from Actress Julie Harris (1925-2013)
10 Short inscribed note from Actress Julie Harris (1925-2013)
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa early 1950s. The note says: "To Jana My Best always. Julie Harris." Jana was Jana Vasatova, who was, we believe, a Czech emigre who first resettled to London, then New York, and the note was found in a friendship album she was keeping around 1950. Julie Harris was arguably the leading dramatic actress of the Broadway stage of her generation, having won the Tony Award five times, including for "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln", "The Belle of Amherst", and "Forty Carats". While remembered primarily for her stage work, she also made a number of notable appearances in the screen, including her recreation of her first major stage role (and Tony award) in "The Member of the Wedding", "The Haunting" and her co-starring with James Dean in "East of Eden", and on television she was a part of the cast of "Knot's Landing". 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Forget-Me-Not Songster; Containing A Choice Collection of Old Ballad Songs as sung by our Grandmothers. Embellished with Numerous Engravings.
11 The Forget-Me-Not Songster; Containing A Choice Collection of Old Ballad Songs as sung by our Grandmothers. Embellished with Numerous Engravings.
Boston J. S. Locke & Co. Full Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1840s. 256 pp. 32mo, 11.5 by 8 cm, 4.5 by 3 inches. Some early Americana songs -- "The New York Trader", "The New York Fireman", "Paul Jones", "Taxation of America", "The Battle of Baltimore" and even "The Star Spangled Banner" -- mixed in with older fare such as "Barbara Allan" or "The Boys of Kilkenny". Here one can glean from song the solidifying national identity while the folkish wafts from the old country, meaning then the British Isles, including Ireland, were still formidable, and the particular sound of American English was coalescing. The woodcuts, most postage stamp in size with a few full or half page, lend some humor on occasion. The illustrations can mostly be described as naive in style. There is light soilage scattered throughout. The text is always clear. Later full calf is sturdy and attactive. With modern marbled endpapers. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Victor for Every Day in the Week $10 to $100
12 The Victor for Every Day in the Week $10 to $100
Camden, NJ The Victor Talking Machine Co. Wraps Very Good 
Long before cereal commercials on T.V., advertising directed at children! N.d., circa 1904. (Reference to the favorite hymns of President McKinley, who was by then deceased, but also Caruso, who appears to have first recorded for the company in 1904.) 12mo. 12.5 by 9 cm. 12 pp., including wraps. Advertising pitch directed at children. Lovely color illustrations, one for each day of the week, plus the front and rear cover. Providing examples of the variety of offerings available for the victrola, from opera, with mentions of Caruso, Adelina Patti and Emma Eames, to patriotic airs -- Sousa tunes -- to juvenile records -- Punch and Judy, Mother Goose stories -- to hymns, national anthems and gospel. The illustrations relate to the music suggested in one way or another. We see two black servants dancing, the children in various national costumes, a boy troubadour, a humpty dumpty and Punch and Judy show, etc. Scarce, with only two copies found on OCLC FirstServe (Rutgers, Ohio Historical Society). Light soiling of the cover. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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13 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] 1 Februar 1879 Touristen Kranzchen Blumensale. Oesterreicher Touristen-Club. Mit Herz und Hand fur's Alpenland "Post Kar'ln" von der Alm.
Vienna 1879 Full Morocco Near Fine 
Extraordinary dance card for a Belle Epoque ball and possibly benefit. The card proper is held atop a staff, like a placard that might be held high in a parade. The tin and brass object is 19 cm high, and the backing at the top to which is attached the booklet proper is 6.5 by 6 cm, not counting the ornamental pediment. The booklet is 4 by 5.5 oblong, and it opens from the top. Besides the list of dances for the evening, the booklet gives credit to the music's composers, and it also contains a roster of the club's officials. The dance was in honor of Archduke Carl Ludwig. Also surviving is the original pencil, which acts as a clasp holding the booklet closed. The pencil has splintered a bit at the tip. Otherwise, the object is in wonderful shape, with even the original string and tassel none the worse for wear. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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14 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Alpine Themed Ball "Post Kar'ln" von der Alm.
Vienna Full Morocco Near Fine 
Extraordinary dance card for a Belle Epoque ball and possibly benefit. N.d., circa 1900. Oblong, 6.5 by 10 cm. The front cover features a small painted Alpine relief vignette cameo, which is framed with ormulu brass. To its right is a mounted crest probably for the Touristen-Club, bearing the logo around its perimeter: "Mit Herz und Hand Fur's Alpenland". Suspended from this is a brass trophy. The edge of the cover has a green and gilt decorative band, with brass mounts in the corners. Most special is the writing implement, which also acts as a clasp, shaped like a belaying pick. When one opens the covers one finds a chromo color plate on the top card leaf. The other blank card leaves were intended for the young lady to write in her dancing commitments. The "dance card" is complete with the silk ribbon and hook for the lady to suspend the booklet from her gown. Light soiling on the tan boards. The pick pencil is well preserved but the pencil point is gone. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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15 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Ball der Genossenschaft der Glaser, Glashandler Glasscchleifer und zugehorigen Gewerbe in Wien, 14 Februar 1925
Vienna 1925 Full Morocco Near Fine 
Unusual dance card from the 1920s for a glass industry gala. 9 by 6 cm. On the front board is a miniature glasier's tool, which is clasped and snapped into place. Within is a compact mirror and pocket, and in the pocket is a card listing the sixteen dances for the evening, from the polonaise and waltz to the shimmy and the Boston. Lined with silk. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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[Dance Card or Carnet du Bal]  Ball der Stadt Wien 7 Februar 1892
16 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Ball der Stadt Wien 7 Februar 1892
Vienna August Klein 1892 Morocco, with composite material mount on boards Very Good Plus 
An elaborate Renaissance styled leather dance card, with brass mount ornamentation. Oblong, 9 by 13 cm. Setting this dance card apart from the norm is that it is more like a small book within, with 27 leaves, plus an actual card, and each of the leaves is enriched with B/W illustrations on the rectos. Each of these pages is dedicated to one of the dances, and on most pages, there is a photographic oval cameo of the composer (or composer and lyricist), with the balance of the page given over to illustration(s) of the dance, or a scene somehow evocative of the dance or its spirit. The style of these etched drawings, and the ornamentation that frames and graces them, is very typical of the late nineteenth century and complements the Renaissance Revival relief work on the cover. The front and rear cover have gilt lined rectangular plaques for the title and date. The pencil which also holds the card closed has a brass finial at the top. A pink and white twine runs through the spine and can be suspended by a hook attached to a lady's garment, as usual, and the twine has a decorative tassel as well. Suspended below is a red wax medallion encased in wood, and this is attached to a red and white ribbon. Light rubbing to the leather. The ribbon holding the medal is torn in one place and held together with but a thread. One of two pencil stays partially torn. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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[Dance Card or Carnet du Bal]  Ball des landwirthschatftlichen Clubs fur das konigreich Bohmen [Ball for the Agricultural Club of the Kingdom of Bohemia] February 23, 1876
17 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Ball des landwirthschatftlichen Clubs fur das konigreich Bohmen [Ball for the Agricultural Club of the Kingdom of Bohemia] February 23, 1876
Vienna August Klein 1876 Metal, Silk Near Fine 
Highly distinctive dance card with a roller that revolves, and a miniature oblong booklet, bound with silk and measuring 6 by 1.5 cm, that contains the dance card and can be pulled out from the metal stays. Since this relates to a Czech event (what is now the Czech Republic was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), everything is rendered in both German and Czech. The roller is 6 cm wide, 2 cm in depth, and with the handle, the object is 9 cm tall. The pencil that usually comes with a dance card was probably housed in the stem of the handle, and in all probability, that pencil is still there with the tip perished. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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[Dance Card or Carnet du Bal]  Corcordia Ball 19. Februar 1900
18 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Corcordia Ball 19. Februar 1900
Vienna N. Schweritz & Carl Czada 1900 Satin Very Good Plus 
Unusual wooden dance card from the turn-of-the twentieth century. 10 by 10 cm, at the tallest and widest. The wood has a rich mahogany stain, and a top piece, the on with the name of the event, can be gently lowered to serve as a platform. The back side is lined with a lush green silk. With the removal of the ivory-headed thin pencil there, one can open the four-leafed oblong booklet listing in gold lettering the dances of the evening. Green twine and tassels are attached above and below, one with a hook for a lady to attach to her gown and otherwise ornamental frills. The silk satin lining has some color fading, and on one side is buckled a bit -- it is not lying completely flat, as it once would have here. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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[Dance Card or Carnet du Bal]  Metal Cover with Design of Grill and Rubble
19 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Metal Cover with Design of Grill and Rubble
Vienna August Klein Metal, Silk Very Good Plus 
N.d, circa 1890s. 8.5 by 6 cm. The brass design on the front is depicting something industrial, although it is not really clear what it is. There is rubble at the base, possibly meant to suggest a pile of coal, and a smoke stack atop, along with some other objects, and with a grill design in between. Whatever it is, it is striking and unusual. Behind is silk lining, and when one removes a thin pencil from its loop stays, one can lift this lid to reveal a dance card with dances "vor" and "nach" "der Ruhe", or the intermission. With a thin cord and tassel attached. The metal is tarnished, but this can surely be cleaned away. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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20 [Dance Card or Carnet du Bal] Bal
Chez Philipeaux Cloth Spine, "Opaline" Boards Good Plus 
N.d., circa 1840s. Measuring 5 by 3.5 cm. Nine leaves, most of which are blanks. Six pages on three card leaves, with illustrations of the dances, the Sicilienne, the Rodowa, and the Schotich, and the other pages with blank numbered lines to be filled in with prospective dance partners, and captions for the Mazurks, the Contredanse and the Galop. Quite a beautiful survival. The boards are of an opaline, or shell-like material which glistens. Wear to the silk endpapers and the cloth spine. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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