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Signed or unsigned books, including rare antique, printed music, and more. All items guaranteed authentic. All items listed are in stock.

Maria Callas: Autographs and Memorabilia

(Item #: N2140-KC)

This is a copy of the book "Beyond Frontiers", co-authored by famous Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jasper Parrott. Book is Ashkenazy´s biography, and is signed by hom on page 3. In very good condition, with all pages and covers.

PRICE: $90.00 USD

(Item #: N6882-S-1)

Austrian-born opera impresario (1902-1997), who was the Metropolitan Opera manager for 22 years (1950-1972). His signed book "A Knight at the Opera", signature is on page 1, 288 pages including some with photos, dust covers and book in very good condition with minimal wear, 5.75 x 8.75 inches

PRICE: $75.00 USD

(Item #: N6883-S-1)

Rare book of a small, private edition of only 300 numbered copies, published by G. Schirmer in 1943 to conmemorate the 60th birthday of his president, famous French-born American pianist, musicologist and publiser Carl Engel (1883-1944). This is copy number 177 of a total of only 300 that were made, and is signed by Carl Engel himself who dedicates the book to star conductor Fritz Reiner - with a short sentiment ("To and old friend"). 234 pages including articles about Engel, music topics, and some with photos. Some rust on borders of dust covers, book is in excellent condition, 6.75 x 9.25 inches 

PRICE: $75.00 USD

(Item #: GB9539-GX226)
Italian-born Russian soprano (1859-1952), signed autobiography book "My Memories", first and only edition, 1912. In Russian, signed on first page (cover has a large photo of her attached, with a facsimile/printed signature below). Medea Figner signed on the first page and dated in 1930, with a short sentiment in Russian. Size is 6.5 x 9.25 inches, 46 pages, including some fine illustrations (photos), in fine condition. 

PRICE: $400.00 USD

(Item #: N2840-KC)
Scottish soprano (1874-1967), very famous in her time at the beginning of the 20th century. Signed autobiography book "Mary Garden´s Story", complete with 302 pages, both covers and dust jacket, in very good condition. Signed by her on page 5, book size is 5.75 x 8.25 inches.
ALSO INCLUDED is a signed half-tone photo of Mary Garden, from a magazine, shown in custom, sized 6.75 x 9 inches.

PRICE: $175.00 USD

(Item #: N6879-S-1)

American soprano Dorothy Kirsten (1910-1992) signs on first page her biography "A Time to Sing". 248 pages, 6.25 x 9.5 inches, includes some photos, dust covers and book in excellent condition

PRICE: $65.00 USD

(Item #: M5008-ABE)
La Donna del Lago, voice and piano printed score - Marquerie Freres, Paris, 1840, 296 pages. Size is 7 x 10.5 inches, some wear on covers, biding in good condition, small amount of rust on pages, in very good condition.

PRICE: $225.00 USD

(Item #: M2600-R4)

Russian-born French dramatic soprano (1860-1936) who was particularly associated to Wagnerian roles. Litvinne developed a fantastic career in Europe and later became a voice teacher.

Autobiography book, entitled "Ma Vie et Mon Art", in French, published by Librairie Plon, 1933. Signed on first page by the star soprano, inscribed to one of her students, American singer Cecilia Mitchell. Size is 4.75 x 7.5 inches, complete with all 292 pages plus covers, minor water damage on front cover, binding and pages in excellent condition

PRICE: $145.00 USD

(Item #: M4704-D3)

Dutch conductor (1871-1951), famous for his performances of music by Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. 

Signed book with the score of Mahler´s 7th Symphony, full orchestral version, published by Ernst Eulenburg, Leipzig/Vienna. Edition in reduced size (book is 5.5 x 7.3 inches), luxurious hard covers, 400+ pages, some wear on covers otherwise in very fine condition.

Mengelberg signs on the first page, writing in German "war ein genie" ("was a genius") under Mahler´s printed name, and dating in Budapest, 1941. 

ALSO INCLUDED is a nice photo postcard of the conductor in performance, 3.5 x 4.8 inches.

PRICE: $435.00 USD

(Item #: M5007-ABE)
Otello, voice and piano printed score - Marquerie Freres, Paris, 1838, 232 pages. Size is 7 x 10.5 inches, some wear on covers, biding in good condition, small amount of rust on pages, in very good condition.

PRICE: $175.00 USD

(Item #: M5009-ABE)
Vocal score, PN51635, 4ff., 366 pages, French text, blind stamped 10/1894. Ownership dated Oct 31st, 1894 (19 days after the Paris premiere), a fine copy. Original boards. First edition of the second version, Hopkinson 63B. This is a special version of the opera made by Verdi for the Paris Opera, where it was given on October 12th, 1894. First edition to contain Act III ballet music composed by Verdi for the production and it also includes other revisions made by the composer. Size is 8.5 x 11 inches.

PRICE: $600.00 USD

(Item #: GA9400-GX225)

French composer (1899-1963), who created in a wide variety of genres, Poulenc was one of the greatest French composers of the first half of the 20th Century. 

Book "Entretiens avec Claude Rostand" (Interviews with Claude Rostand), signed by both Poulenc and Rostand on the title page. In French, editorial Juilliard, 1954, 222 pages, 4.75 x 7.25 inches, in very good condition.

PRICE: $395.00 USD

(Item #: GC4996-GX218)
Full Almanac from the Prague National Theater, year 1929, with 60+ signatures (around 68) from singers and personalities, each one under the corresponding photo. Full book, 12 x 9 inches, with all 84 pages, in very good condition. See scans.

PRICE: $495.00 USD

(Item #: GA4666-GX275)
Full book signed by almost 90 personalities (we counted 89 signatures), mostly singers. Size is 5.5 x 7.25 inches, in very good condition. See scans.

PRICE: $495.00 USD

(Item #: N6045-OS4)

Fantastic, very rare book, published in Russia in 1914, full of photographs of singers - Book was published as a newspaper supplement, part of a series devoted to sculpture, architecture and fine arts. This book is dedicated to Russian opera, and has Fedor Chaliapin on the cover. Large size, 12 x 15.5 inches, 66 pages with many many photographs.

Singers depicted include Chaliapin (in Faust, Rusalka, Boris Godunov, Don Quixotte, Mefistofele, etc), Kuznetsova, Smirnoff, Sobinoff, Adreeev, Petrenko, Davidov, etc etc. Includes an essay, book is entirely in Russian language. Covers were restored to current very good condition, rare!.

PRICE: $390.00 USD

(Item #: N1821-KC)

Complete book by Irving Kolodin, over 600 pages, condition: like new. Published in 1953. Signed on first page by Lucine Amara, Roberta Peters, Mildred Miller, Margaret Roggero, Giulio Gari, Janet Collins, Zachary Solov, Paula Lenchner, Genevieve Warner, Osie Hawkins, an unidentified singer and conductor Max Rudolf. Tenor Brian Sullivan signed on inner cover, opposite than all other signatures.

PRICE: $170.00 USD

(Item #: M5010-ABE)
First Italian edition of Tosca, 1899 - score for piano and voice, this is just months before the world premiere of this famous opera in January 1900. In very good condition, 312 pages, 8.25 x 11 inches.

PRICE: $125.00 USD

(Item #: M5011-ABE)
G. Puccini: Tosca / Melodramma in tre atti di V. Sardou, G. Ricordi, London 1905.
First English edition, and the second of the Italian printing, Hopkinson 5 B (h). PN 109916, 335 pages, 8.25 x 10.75 inches, original green cloth with some wear. A lovely copy.

PRICE: $400.00 USD

(Item #: M5012-ABE)
Gorgeous hardbound with pictorial boards. Size is 8 x 10.75 inches, 400 pages, edges chipped, but unusually bright clean copy of Puccini´s masterwork.

PRICE: $1,300.00 USD

(Item #: GB2669-GX241)

French pianist (1886-?), well known for his exquisite recording of Gabriel Fauré´s music. Verd had a short career that ended at age 37. Biography book "Gabriel Faure" by Philippe Faure-Fremiet (Faure´s second son with Marie Fremiet, born in 1889), signed by Jean Verd on page 2, inscribed and dated in 1958. Full book, 242 pages, printed in 1957, in excellent condition. A very rare autograph.

PRICE: $200.00 USD

(Item #: M3642-R5)

Antique, original book by John Grand-Carteret, including 130 caricatures of the great German composer, published in different publications in Germany, France, England and Italy during Wagner´s lifetime and a few years after his death in 1883.

336 pages in French, discussing them and Wagner´s life, includes many funny caricatures and portraits of the composer, a few reproductions of letters. See some scans of the pages. Full book, in very good to excellent condition with minor wear on the spine, some markings in pencil that can be easily removed, original covers, size is 5.5 x 8.25 inches.

PRICE: $350.00 USD

(Item #: N2067-KC)

Signed autobiography of the great german conductor and composer (1874-1962), entitled Theme and Variations - Memories and Thoughts, in German. Full book, with all 528 pages and covers, in very good condition. Edited by Bermann-Fischer Verlag, Stockholm, 1947. Walter boldly signed under his photo on page 5. A wonderful piece of memorabilia for any Bruno Walter fan

PRICE: $475.00 USD