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Sale 38

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction


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Lot 228
Antique Italian Violin By Giuseppe Marconcini - 1820. Violin with label inside: "Giuseppe Marconcini Fecit Ferrara Anno 1820." The table length is 23"; widest point is 8"; the strings are 16" long. The bow, which is 29¼", is engraved with the name "G.F. Pfreizsohmer." The violin is in working order; it has been examined by a professional violin maker and restorer to confirm this. The condition is good; there has been some restoration (a label inside the violin says, "Repaired / Robert Scoville, 1977 / #2211"). The violin and bow are housed in a violin case lined in green velvet. Should be seen in person to be appreciated. Giuseppe's father, Luigi Marconcini, was a pupil of Omobono Stradivari.
Estimated Value $8,000 - 10,000.
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$9,600
Lot 229
Cadman, Charles Wakefield (1881-1946) American composer. Autograph Musical Quotation Inscribed and Signed, "To Madelyn Brown, Every good wish of Charles Wakefield Cadman…At the Griffith - 52 W. 70th - 7 P.M. on Nov. 13th 1927. " Above the music, he wrote, "From the Land of the Sky-blue wa-ter." Fine; lightly toned.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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$115
Lot 230
Cohan, George M (1878-1972) Composer ("Give My Regards to Broadway," "Over There," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" etc.), playwright, actor. Folio program for a Theatre Guild production of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" in which Cohan starred, c. 1934, signed "G.M. Cohen" on the front flyleaf beneath the signatures of ELISHA COOK, Jr. (movie roles included Wilmer in "The Maltese Falcon"), JEAN ADAIR (memorable as one of the "sweetly murderous aunts" in "Arsenic and Old Lace"), and RUTH GILBERT. Handsomely bound in quarter-leather blue binding, 16 pp. Gilt lettering on spine: "GEORGE M. COHAN - AH WILDERNESS! - SIGNED." Some edge toning to covers; unevenness to lower right corner of pages affects nothing. Richly illustrated with many photographs of Cohan alone and with cast members in scenes from the play, as well as a photograph of Eugene O'Neill and an article on him. Both Cohan and O'Neill came from Irish-American families active in show business.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 231
Damrosch, Walter (1862-1950) American symphony conductor, best known for conducting Wagner. Autograph Musical Quotation Signed on tan vellum, 7x9", New York, 23 Nov. 1927. The musical quotation has "Sword-theme" at upper left and "Wagner" at upper right. Very fine.
Estimated Value $125 - 150.
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Lot 232
Enesco, Georges (1881-1955) Romanian composer, violinist, and conductor; he composed the Romanian Rhapsody No. 2. Autograph Musical Quotation Signed diagonally across a bar of music, and dated ("1946"), all in black ink, n.p. Fine. Loosely mounted (easily removed) on a sheet with biographical information and a Romanian stamp.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 233
Galli-Curcy, Annelisa (1882 1963) Italian operatic coloratura soprano, highly regarded during the early 20th century. She toured widely in Europe and South America and sang with the Chicago Opera Company (1916-24) and the Metropolitan Opera (1921-30). Sepia-toned 14x11" Photograph by Strauss Peyton, New York, Inscribed and Signed, "To Mr. J.C. Higgins Jr. with very best wishes / Amelita Galli-Curci / 1931." Very fine.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 234
Gershwin, Ira & Oscar Hammerstein II (1896-1983) Ira Gershwin was a lyricist, known for his collaborations with his brother, George; he was the first lyricist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Signature with sentiment, place and date: "With good wishes, Ira Gershwin / Beverly Hills, Calif. Jan. '63," 3x5". Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) was the lyricist-librettist for musicals such as "Oklahoma" and "Show Boat." Signature on engraved personal note paper, 5x4½", n.p.n.d. Both fine; loosely mounted on biographical sheets.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 235
Gounod, Charles (1818-93) French composer; winner of Grand Prix de Rome (1839); best known for his opera "Faust." Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Gounod"), 3 pp, 7x4½" (Paris), 19 Mar. (18)91. Fine. Written in French, replying to a Mr. Kaminsky's inquiry as to Gounod's opinion on the study by Count Leo Tolstoy of the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs on the intellectual and moral faculties; a copy of Tolstoy's study, entitled "Why Do People Stupefy Themselves?" is included. Gounod agrees that "the use of tobacco produces torpidity of the faculties in question…and that it could lead to atrophy [of the intellect] through its abuse"; he does not agree, however, that tobacco "could ultimately cause the obliteration of the Conscience," and elucidates the difference between Conscience and Will. He concludes with, "I've smoked a great deal; I've never noticed that it has ever affected the judgment of my Conscience on the morality of my acts." With transmittal envelope and translation.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
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$230
Lot 236
Hammerstein, Oscar 2nd and Meredith Willson. Hammerstein Typed Letter Signed and Willson Autograph Letter Signed with Autograph Musical Quotation to E.F. Hutton partner, G.M. Loeb, both 1p, 10½x7¼". Hammerstein writes on 2 Mar. 1945 "…I was thrown into consternation by the unwelcome news about the eccentricly frigid behavior of ewes in June….It looks as if…I shall have to abandon the verse dealing with sheep. The play is shaping up very well in rehearsal…." Very good; affixed with tape to larger cardstock. Willson (composer of "the Music Man") writes from Los Angeles, 2 Nov. 1971, with thanks for correspondence and includes a bar of music. Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$173
Lot 237
Handy, W.C (1873-1958) "Father of the Blues"; his most famous composition was "Saint Louis Blues" (1914). Sheet Music for "Saint Louis Blues" Inscribed and Signed, "To Bob Wachsman / an appreciation / W.C. Handy / 7-24-'34" in black ink on the cover. Excellent condition. The cover features Rudy Vallée, who sang the hit song.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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Realized
$690
Lot 238
Koussevitsky, Serge (1874-1951) Russian-born conductor; conducted in Europe then came to U.S. in 1924 and became the conduxor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (19234-49); he organized the Bershire Music Festivals and was a champion of modern music. Photograph Signed and Inscribed in French "To my very dear friends, Silvia and Sacha…Paris, 22-9-31," 6½x13". Fine. A large, beautiful portrait.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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$115
Lot 239
Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeevich (1891-1953) Russian composer and concert pianist; perhaps best known for composing the fairy tale for narrator and orchestra, "Peter and the Wolf" (1936). Autograph Musical Quotation Signed ("Sergei Prokofieff 1933") in blue ink, below two bars of music from the "5th Concerto," 3¼x5¼". Very fine.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,500.
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$2,185
Lot 240
Rubinstein, Arthur (1887-1982) Polish piano virtuoso, acclaimed for his performances of Chopin and Brahms and his championing of Spanish music. Autograph Letter Signed "Arthur" and signed in full on the back of the envelope, 1½pp, 10½x7¼" (New York), 31 Jan. 1969. Very fine. To Muriel and George Marek, expressing delight at a gift of two volumes of Liszt-Wagner correspondence in which he found two authentic autograph letters signed.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 241
Sarasate, Pablo de (1844 - 1908) Spanish violin virtuoso and composer. Autograph Musical Quotation Signed ("P. de Sarasate") and dated "21-2-[18]91" in blue ink, 6½x8". Light soiling, else fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$230
Lot 242
Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951) Austrian-American composer, music theorist, teacher of composition, and painter. One of Fifty Special Copies of Schoenberg (NY, Schirmer, 1937), Signed on the half title page in pencil, n.p., n.d., large 8vo. Edited by Merle Armitage, an art collector in southern California who knew many artists, musicians and writers and who wrote and edited many books about them. With photos by Edward Weston and others. An embossed corporate seal from the Sherwood Music School in Chicago is on the copyright page. Light overall toning; black leather covers have a few dings on the back; else good.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 243
Stokowski, Leopold (1882-1977) British-American conductor. Typed Letter Signed, 1 p, 10½"x 7¼", n.p., 10 Nov. (19)45. Very good; closed tear at top left; affixed with tape to larger cardstock. To E.F. Hutton partner Gerald M. Loeb, thanking him for dinner and the Broadway musical "Carousel." "..the music…is most beautiful and while it is popular the quality of the music is never sacrificed." Huge signature.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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$207
Lot 244
Straus, Oscar S (1850-1936) U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Theodore Roosevelt (1906-1909); first Jew to serve as a Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Bold signature on 1½x3" Autograph card, n.p., 26 Oct. 1921. Fine.
Estimated Value $80 - 100.
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$115
Lot 245
Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971) Russian-born composer; his compositions include "The Firebird" (1910) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). Presentation copy of the first American edition of Stravinsky: An Autobiography (NY, Simon & Schuster, 1936), "To darling Louise Dushkin in affectionate friendship / Igor Stravinsky / Paris / 26th Sept. 36," signed in blue ink on a front flyleaf, 8vo. Stravinsky drew a heart after "Dushkin"; Louise was the wife of Polish-American violinist Samuel Dushkin (1891-1976) who studied with Leopold Auer and Fritz Kreisler. Dushkin became associated with Stravinsky in 1928 and helped him solve technical problems with the violin part of his "Violin Concerto," which debuted in Berlin in 1931 with Dushkin as the soloist and with Stravinsky conducting. A nice tight copy; red cloth covers with decorative gold and black name plate on spine; small stain and worn spot in lower right corner of cover. Ten illustrations of photos and drawings by Picasso, Cocteau and others. A great association copy!
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 246
  Tetrazzini, Luisa (1871-1940) Italian soprano of almost unmatched coloratura ability; she enjoyed worldwide popularity for almost 40 years. Black and white Photographic Postcard Signed and Inscribed with place and date ("March 1931 Rome, Italy / To Miss Ida G. Corey souvenir from Luisa Tetrazzini"), in black ink at top and bottom, 5¼ x 3¼ in. Minor corner abrasion at top left, minor adhesive residue on verso, else fine.
Estimated Value $75 - 100.
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Lot 247
Collection of 19th Century Song Books & Sheets. Collection of 35 song books (most 13x10") and 26 song sheets (most 6x8"). The song books include 10 songs by Stephen Foster, such as "My Old Kentucky Home," "Old Folks At Home," and "Under the Willow She's Sleeping"; There is also a mazurka, a gavote, a schottisch, a galop, Episcopal church music, polkas, and much more. Most of the song sheets have decorative borders and four are colored. Condition ranges from fair to fine. With six pieces of advertising ephemera. (67 items).
Estimated Value $400 - 800.
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