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I am A Camera - with - Cabaret - John Van Druten, John Masteroff

1952 - Random House, New York - First Editions
‘There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany–and it was the end of the world and I was dancing with Sally Bowles–and we were both fast asleep...’

In 1951, John Van Druten crafted the award winning Broadway play ‘I Am A Camera’, from Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical short story ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ in which William Prince plays the part of Christopher Isherwood, and Julie Harris plays ‘Sally Bowles’.

The legendary Broadway musical producer Harold Prince acquired the rights to Van Druten’s play and it’s source material by Isherwood, which John Masteroff rewrote for the award winning musical ‘
Cabaret’, first performed on 20th November 1966, and continuously revived, most recently by Sam Mendes in 2013.

Both works contain black and white photographs of the original performances and sets.

‘I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking’. 
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Le Bon Bock - Various

1886 to 1906 - Privately Printed by Glyptographie Silvestre [1886-91] and then by E. Bernard [1892-1906] , Paris
An incredibly rare collection of nearly 300 original illustrated letterpress dinner invitations from Le Bon Bock society, whose soirees on the second Tuesday of each month in near Montmartre were frequented by Paris’ most flamboyant and original writers and artists of the La Belle Époque.

The artists competed to have their work used for the next invitation, and together with their work each invitation provides an account of the previous dinners activities, beginning with opening speeches, notices and announcements, and then other activities, which usually include poems, prose, texts, songs, instrumental pieces.

The invitations are dated from April 7th 1886 to October 5th 1906, with the first thirty or so addressed to Monsieur Régnier, one of the founders of the association. Individually rare, a collection of this size and association provides one of the most important associations of the Belle Époque in Paris.

Inspired by Edouard Manet’s painting
Le Bon Bock (The Good Pint), and the democratic, nationalistic ideals that it symbolised, Emile Bellot (the printmaker and model for Manet’s beer drinker) established the Bon Bock Society in 1875. Consisting mainly of artists, writers and performers, the society sought to re-define France’s national spirit by delving into the country’s cultural past. The inseparable ideals of freedom and humour within their community created opportunities for artistic experimentation; the Bon Bockers and their carefree attitude would go on to inspire generations of Montmartre natives for years to come. 
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Facts About Sherry - Henry Vizetelly

1876 - Ward, London - First Edition
A rare first edition of this firsthand account of Vizetelly’s three-month visit to the sherry districts of southern Spain. Illustrated with sixteen full-page engravings and numerous sketches. With 14 pages of publishers adverts to front and rear including endpapers, original yellow pictorial card boards bound in.

‘This is an interesting book not only because it tells us about sherry, but because of what it tells us about the people, their customs, and their problems. We are told how the vineyards are patrolled by armed guards; the kidnapping for ransom of wealthy vintners; the seductive movements of a gypsy dance; the shooting of prisoners under the pretense of an attempt to escape, and the taste of the wines.‘ - Gabler,
Wine into Words. 
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1910 - William Heinemann, London - Edition de luxes, each one limited to 1, 150 copies signed by Rackham
A magnificent set of the large deluxe vellum editions.

Wagner’s ‘Trilogy, with a Prelude’, his libretti for
The Ring of Niblung cycle, stunningly illustrated by Arthur Rackham, featuring sixty-four beautiful tipped-in colour plates each with descriptive tissue guards, and twenty-three black and white drawings across two volumes.

Translated from the German into English by Margaret Armour.
 
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