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Boston / Berlin: A. Williams and Company / Ferdinand Schneider, 1862. Hardcover. A scarce collection of short stories and other papers published posthumously. The editor, Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817 - 1897) is best known for his biography of Beethoven. According to a letter from Thayer that precedes the volume, this collection of stories, papers, and reminscences was written by his late friend, who is identified only as "I. Brown." The stories include Signor Masoni, An Evening in the Hartz, Susan Bedloe, Our Music Teacher, Ned Morse's Daughter, Mrs. Smith and Elizabeth, A New Acquaintance, Wyzaker, Monsieur Paul, and the Philister's Reminiscence. Attractively bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and floral decorations to spine. Minorwear to edges and corners of boards. Dampstaining to bottom margins of many pages. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean overall. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Bumping to top corners. 282 pages. Very Good.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Number 3 of 5 copies. In this fun production, book artist Béatrice Coron collaborated with musicians Van Gage and Cortez to create both a book and a CD of their music! In addition to her paper cutting of musicians playing instruments, singing, and dancing Coron also wrote the song's lyrics, which are handwritten on one side of the black Arches paper silhouettes. This book was based on Coron's design for a public art installation in Kiest Park, Dallas, to honor the Vaughan brothers. Unfortunately, the installation was never built; however, elements from the design are incorporated into this book including silhouettes of Texan blues musicians. The paper silhouettes and the CD are housed in a black folder with a blue title label to spine and front cover. In fine condition. Folder is 6.5 x 6.5 inches. The paper-cut measures 6 x 24 inches when opened. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. Cristina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's "work in her artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." ARTB/081921. Fine.
Paris: Durand et Cie, 1913. Andre Helle. Boards. A charming and scarce copy of Debussy's ballet score (piano reduction only) for “La Boite a Joujoux,” with delightful color pochoir illustrations by Andre Helle. The ballet was inspired by Debussy's daughter and her toys and toy box. This was one of Debussy's final works, and the ballet was in fact not staged until after his death, with costumes and decor by Helle. Published in hardbound and softbound editions, this copy has been recased in tan paper-covered boards with a digital reproduction of Helle's illustrated title affixed to front cover. The original paper covers are bound in. In very good plus condition with a few small closed tears on the lower margin of a few pages. 10 x 13 inches. 48 pages. MUS/040513. Very Good+.
Cordon Company, 1937. Hardcover. A collection of 30 easy German songs with music and lyrics. Lyrics are in German with footnotes on English translations of some words. In pink paper covered boards with purple and pink title to spine and front cover. Sight fading and minor wear to spine. Clean. In German. 64 pages. GER/012015. Very Good.
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1971. Hardcover. First Edition. Very good plus blue cloth 4to., bright silver to cover and spine. In VG purple, blue & silver d.j. (scuffing, rubbing, light chipping). Interior is clean and tightly bound, though previous owner's name to ffep. Profusely illustrated with b/w photos, theatre posters, etc. Also contains lyrics, notes, etc. 283 pp. Music. MUS/11183. Very Good +.
New York: Abradale Press/Harry N Abrams, Inc, 1979. Hardcover. Folio. Purple cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Very clean interior filled with full color illustrations. Black illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine. Small closed tear to spine of jacket and minor fading to top edge. A nice copy. 351 pages. MUSIC/121505. Fine in Very good Plus dj.