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The Grave of Bonaparte

By (Heath, Lyman)

Philadelphia: Thomas M. Scroggy, Publisher, 1850. Softcover. First edition thus, n. d. (ca 1850); broadside, 7 x 4 3/4; thin paper stock, printed in black; ruled with an intricate, typographic border; very small creases to corners; a few light spots to margins; very good condition.The music sheet, published by a prolific printer of such material at the time, contained the three verses of the popular song, originally created by vocalist and composer Lyman Heath (1804 - 1870) in 1843.


Biographical Sketch of Madame Adelina Patti

By Mortier, Michel

S. l. (New York): Steinway & Sons' Celebrated Pianos , 1881. Softcover. First edition, n. d. (ca 1881); 8 3/4 x 5 3/4; pp. [14]; beige wraps, printed and ruled in black; illustrated with a steel-engraved portrait and facsimiles of letters; several nicks and cuts to bottom edge and fore-edge of front wrap; thin split to tail of spine; several small, penciled-in notes to margins; overall in very good condition.An interesting, thinly disguised advertisement for Steinway pianos, the pamphlet presented a short, biographical sketch of Adelina Patti (1843 - 1919) - renowned Italian-French opera singer, called by Verdi "the finest singer who had ever lived." Born Adelina Juana Maria Patti in Madrid to Italian tenor Salvatore Patti and soprano Caterina Barilli, she began performing in 1859 in New York at the age of 16. She would become a tremendous success throughout the US, Europe, and South America and would, at one point, demand to be paid $5000 a night, in gold. Apart from the biographical part, the pamphlet contained various letters of appreciation and gratefulness for the Steinway pianos, sent to the company by virtuosos of the music world, including Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, and Richard Wagner.


Oakland Choral Society. Third Season, First Concert

By Anonymous

S. l. (Oakland, CA): Oakland Choral Society, 1889. Softcover. First edition; 6 3/4 x 5 1/4; pp. [18]; textured beige wraps, tied with a decorative string; a few small spots of foxing to margins of wraps; small manuscript note in pencil to one of the pages; very good condition.The pamphlet included a program for the performance of the Oakland Choral Society at the First Congregational Church on October 18, 1889. Apart from several pieces by Schumann, Schubert, etc., large portion was devoted to Danish composer Niels Gade's cantata "Psyche," with its libretto printed herein.


Spivak Arranger & Transposer

By Anonymous

New York: Spivak, 1938. Softcover. Presumed first edition; two circular orange and white overlapping disks, upper one die-cut and transposed on the lower one; minor wear; near fine condition. Original envelope with instructions on how to use the Spivak Arranger and Transposer with a few nicks along edges and a glue discoloration obscuring a few words; good or better. Used by musicians and composers to quickly change key during performances and while creating new compositions.


Folk Songs of the United States. For enriched Social Living in School, Home, and Community [California State Series]

By Fox, Lillian Mohr; et al

Sacramento: California State Department of Education, 1951. First edition; 6 x 9; pp. 44; cloth-backed stiff green wraps; silver title and illustration to front cover; minor wear to wraps; very faint outline of a "Superintendent of Education" stamp to lower margin of front cover; several pages with a chip to bottom edge; overall very good or better condition. Part of "California State Series" the booklet is comprised of 46 popular American folk songs (with scales and lyrics).


Theorie de la Musique

By Danhauser, Adolphe [Chevalier de la Legion D'Honneur, Officier D'Académie, Professeur au Conservatoire National de Musique, Inspecteur Principal de L'Enseignemet du Chant Dans les Ecoles Communalei de la Ville de Paris, Chevalier

Paris: Henry Lemoine et Cie / Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1897. Hardcover. Early edition; 7 1/4 x 11; pp. [7], 2-125; cloth-backed paper over boards; some rubbing to edges and corners; upper corner of back cover bumped; few spots of foxing mostly to margins; small signature to front cover verso; overall very good. Originally published in 1872, Danhauser's "Theory of Music" is still reprinted today and is regarded as one of the most authoritative works on music.