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Bal du Moulin Rouge, Paris -

c. 1960s - Moulin Rouge, Paris
‘Le Moulin Rouge présente sa Super Revue...’

A fabulous vintage program, in French, from eponymous Paris cabaret, The Moulin Rouge, noting performances from French crooner Guy Severyns, world famous juggler Rudy Horn, and ‘Les Doriss Dancers’, the dance troupe founded by German choreographer Doris Haug in 1957.

Wonderfully illustrated with numerous pages of black and white photographs of the various performers and of the dancers in their elaborate and often provocative costumes.

Founded during
la belle époque in fashionable Montmarte,The Moulin Rouge was the birthplace of the modern can-can and a popular entertainment destination for artists of fin de siécle Paris. 
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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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1931 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Inscribed by Jimmy Durante ‘To Anne – a pleasure to know you – Jimmy Durante, Mar 30-42’.

This is not a ‘guide’, it contains anecdotes, characters, deals, entertainers and speakeasy challenges that only someone deeply connected with the scene could piece together, and if anyone knew the night clubs of New York it was the great entertainer Jimmy ‘Schnozzola’ Durante. Performing from 17 in Coney Island dives, Manhattan slums and gangster hangouts in Harlem, moving from a Mafia club ‘The Alamo’ to open his own small establishment ‘The Durant’ (the signmaker forgot to paint the ‘e’), but this was prohibition and soon after they were raided. Durante with his by now well known partners Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, moved on from there to become one of the all-time great night club acts. All this before becoming a film star, radio star, and television star.....

Illustrated with 16 photographs, illustrated title page and endpapers. The fabulous and rather risqué dust jacket was illustrated by Herbert Roese.
 
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A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889) - George Grove (editor)

1899 - The Macmillan & Co., London
An early edition of Grove's monumental biographical dictionary in four magnificent volumes. Remains by far the most comprehensive compilation of it’s kind. [OCEL] 
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Violin-Making, as it was and is - Edward Heron-Allen

1885 - Ward, London - Second Edition (first published 1884)
A lovely copy – in the rare dust jacket – of this important and comprehensive work on violin making, still in print since its first publication in 1884, and covering every detail of the process from wood selection to varnish, as well as the instrument’s fascinating history.

Features more than 200 illustrations by the author, portrait frontispiece, and two folding plates of moulds of Stradivarius and Guarneri violins.
 
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Sometime in New York City - John Lennon, Bob Gruen (photographer)

1995 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited edition, Number 1720 of 3500 copies
‘Walk through the park and there are people holding hands and kissing. New York is beginning to look like Paris when I was younger, when I was twenty-four and people were holding hands and kissing under bridges. It's happening again. People are dreaming again’ – John Lennon

A fine copy of this superbly produced work, one of the limited copies signed by both Yoko Ono and Bob Gruen – the complete story of the romance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono told in their own words and set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Profusely illustrated throughout with intimate photographs – mostly in colour and previously unpublished – selected from the archives of photographer Bob Gruen.

‘One afternoon in June 1975, John Lennon got lost in the mammoth Westbeth artists’ complex in Manhattan, looking for Bob Gruen’s photo studio and apartment, after partying all weekend with Harry Nilsson.

“He was ringing doorbells,” Mr. Gruen recalled. “Four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the building is an artist, so they were opening the door saying: ‘Oh, my God, John Lennon! Let me show you my painting. Let me read you my poem.’ ” When he finally found the apartment, Mr. Gruen said, he told him, “ ‘Man, you’ve got some weird neighbors.’ ”

“I always figured if he could find it in that condition,” Mr. Gruen added, “anyone could.” –
New York Times, 2011. 
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Eye-Contact – The Complete Black-and-White Rolling Stones Archive of Gered Mankowitz - Gered Mankowitz

1998 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 323 of 950 copies
A magnificent tome of images of The Rolling Stones, the complete black and white photographic archive of celebrated Stones’ photographer Gered Mankowitz, reproduced here as 12” x 16” contact sheets, and signed by Mankowitz on the limitation page. Housed in an impressive photographic solander box.

Renowned for his iconic images of The Rolling Stones, such as the
Between the Buttons cover shot, Mankowitz’s archive of 170 contact sheets presents a wealth of previously unpublished photographs of this legendary rock ‘n’ roll band, including 18 which Gered personally selected for full page reproduction in this wonderfully produced large format volume.

In allowing publication of his entire archive, Mankowitz requested the number of copies in the edition be kept to an absolute minimum in order to preserve the exclusivity of his historic images. A Genesis ‘Hall of Fame’ title, this edition is now full subscribed.
 
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The Stones '65-67. Together with The Stones '82 - Gered Mankowitz

2002 - Vision On, London - Limited Gallery Edition, Number 561 of 1000 copies
Signed by photographer Gered Mankowitz.

‘This is the book that’s the closest to the very beginning, when five into one did go, a book of pictures that captures forever the collisionistic wondertime of absolute rock’n’roll winners and definite beginners’ – Andrew Loog Oldham.

A fine limited edition of this striking photographic chronicle of The Rolling Stones backstage, in performance, and at the studio between 1965 and 1967, with a fully participant Brian Jones, taken by the Stones’ photographer Gerald Mankowitz and signed by him. With additional text in the form of interviews from Mankowitz and Marianne Faithfull. Together with the accompanying portfolio booklet of the later Stones’ line up in 1982, featuring Ronnie Wood as second guitarist.
 
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