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Richard Wagner Autographs & Memorabilia

Signed and unsigned memorabilia (letters, photos, books, etc) related to the great German Richard Wagner and his works.

Richard Wagner Autographs & Memorabilia

(Item #: N7145-OS4)
Original vintage print from the Illustrirte Zeitung, 1891, mounted on an acid-free mat, size is 14 x 18.5 inches (total), print is 10 x 14.5 inches (visible window size). In excellent condition Depicted singers are Reichmann, Herzog, Grunign, van Dyck, Scheidemantel, Malten, Winkelmann, Sucher, Alvary, Mailhac, and others, after photographs by F. Waibler.

PRICE: $185.00 USD

(Item #: N6814-M8-7)
Vintage, large size print of the German soprano (1826-1894) who created the role of Elisabeth in Tannhauser in 1845 less than a week after her 19th birthday. This vintage print shows her as Ortud in the premiere of Lohengrin in the Berlin Hofoper (Konigliches Opernhaus, Berlin), in 1859. In full color, hand-painted, in excellent condition. Size is 9.25 x 12.25 inches, rare!

PRICE: $200.00 USD

(Item #: N7140-OS4)
Original vintage print from the Neue Illustrirte Zeitung, 1882, mounted on an acid-free mat, showing 2 scenes from the world premiere of Parsifal (act 1, scene 1 and act 2, scene 1). Size is 14 x 17.5 inches (total), print is 10 x 13.5 inches (visible window size). In excellent condition

PRICE: $180.00 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 #: M3629-R7-6)
German composer (1813-1883), one of the most important composers in opera history. Beautiful handwritten and signed letter, dated in Zurich in 1853. Wagner spent 9 years (1849-1858) in exile in Switzerland, living at the Villa Wesendonck (house of his friends Otto and Mathilde Wesendonck) near Zurich.  While in Zurich, Wagner conducted concerts with his own music. In this interesting letter, he is arranging the presence of musician friends in Germany, so they travel to Zurich for the upcoming concerts (and the previous rehearsals, starting 3 days earlier) under his baton.  One page, handwritten on both sides, Wagner includes the list of instrumentalists needed, bold signature below. In German, a short translation into English is included (see scan), size is 8.1 x 10.75 inches, some folds, otherwise in excellent condition - one of the better 1-page autographs letters we have seen - a truly beautiful item to frame and enjoy having. ALSO INCLUDED is an unsigned, vintage photo postcard of the composer, from circa 1890s-early 1900s, size is 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

PRICE: $5,845.00 USD

(Item #: M3916-D4E)
Famous German opera composer (1813-1883), printed letter ("To the Patrons of the Performance Festival in Bayreuth"), asking to patrons for donations to support and save the promised first Bayreuth Festival, which was (finally) going to take place in the summer of 1876. This is a fantastic, historically important document, with the authentic signature of Wagner at the end. Wagner describes the many difficulties of the project, that they can not open in 1875 as planned due to financial problems and that his enemies will be celebrating his many troubles. Problems will be later solved by raising funds giving concerts where he conducted his own music, selling rights from his previous compositions, donations from the sponsors and the big help from Ludwig II of Bavaria who provided a loan for the missing money. This funds were used to finish building his own theater at Bayreuth, create new productions of his Ring (the last 2 operas would be world premiered at the first Festival in 1876) and two summers of rehearsals with the musicians. Documents has 4 pages together in one large single piece of paper, each page is 9 x 13 inches, Wagner signed at the end of the text (in German, sold untranslated) and next to the date Bayreuth, August 30th 1873. Lightly creased with folds, and a few light stains, nothing affecting the signature, in very good condition.

PRICE: $3,675.00 USD

(Item #: B2018-5D)
German composer and conductor (1869-1930), he was the son of the famous opera composer and the Artistic Director at Bayreuth Festival from 1908 through 1930. Autograph note signed, to an unknown baroness, dated in 1919. One card, handwritten on both sides with the signature on verso, size is 7 x 4 inches, a couple of creases not affecting the signature, otherwise in very good condition. A transcription and a translation from German are included. See scans.

PRICE: $200.00 USD