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COOVER, James, 1925-2004 : ANTIQUARIAN CATALOGUES OF MUSICAL INTEREST.

COOVER, James, 1925-2004 : ANTIQUARIAN CATALOGUES OF MUSICAL INTEREST.

London & New York : Mansell Publishing, (1988). First edition. An extensive finding-list of over 5,500 booksellers’ catalogues of musical material, with subject and locational indices. With an introductory essay on the “Music Antiquarian” by Albi Rosenthal.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xxiv),372pp. Original cloth; very good indeed.

£25

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DARK, Sidney, 1874-1947 & GREY, Rowland : W. S. GILBERT : HIS LIFE AND LETTERS.

DARK, Sidney, 1874-1947 & GREY, Rowland : W. S. GILBERT : HIS LIFE AND LETTERS.

London : Methuen & Co., (1923). First edition. A thorough and handsome biography of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (x),(270),8pp. Eight plates. Illustrations in the text. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in blind on upper cover, and in gilt on spine; a touch sunned; mild spotting of endpapers; a little strained, but a very good copy.

£25

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HUGHES, Spike (Patrick Cairns), 1908-1987 : OPENING BARS : BEGINNING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

HUGHES, Spike (Patrick Cairns), 1908-1987 : OPENING BARS : BEGINNING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

London : Pilot Press, 1946. First edition. An engaging autobiography from the “Crazy Feet” jazz musician – with much on music, but on much else besides : Eric Gill, W. B. Yeats, cricket, pubs, and grey suede shoes.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 382,[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned, but a nice copy in a lightly used, slightly chipped and price-clipped dust-jacket. With the decorative 1946 bookplate of the writer Paul Tabori (1908-1974), designed by his fellow Hungarian Val Biro (1921-2014).

£20

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PEARSALL, Ronald, 1927-2005 : VICTORIAN SHEET MUSIC COVERS.

PEARSALL, Ronald, 1927-2005 : VICTORIAN SHEET MUSIC COVERS.

Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1972). First edition. A fully illustrated survey of this pervasive and ever-popular art form, with material on John Brandard, Alfred Concanen, R. J. Hamerton, Louis Jullien, George Leybourne, G. H. Macdermott, Alfred Vance, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). 112pp. Illustrated throughout. Original boards; a very good copy in a just slightly used dust-jacket.

£15

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