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  • DEATH ON THE HIGH C'S. by Barnard, Robert.
    Barnard, Robert.
    DEATH ON THE HIGH C'S.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Collins / Crime Club, (1977 dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Author's third novel, both a classic mystery and a "wittily irreverent look at the provincial opera circcuit." SIGNED on the title page. .196 pp. ISBN: 0-00-2312174.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (front flap of dj has been repaired on the interior)

    Book ID: 66089
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  • Flotow, Freidrich von [1812-1883]
    THE OPERA OF MARTHA, or the Fair at Richmond (With Italian, German and English Words).

    Edition: An early edition.

    Boston: Oliver Ditson & Company, 1860. The work for which this German nobleman is best known; this opera was first preformed in Vienna in 1847. Although not as popular as it once was, it continues to be perfomed. This edition includes a synopsis of the story, the music of the entire opera and the words in three languages. Large soft-covered book, bound in a limp leatherette, 10 1/8 by 8 1/2 inches, 230 pages.

    Condition: Good but somewhat fragile condition. Some water damage to the lower corner and the margins of the covers and the first few and last couple of pages. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 21867
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  • THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA. by McDonnell, Adrienne
    McDonnell, Adrienne
    THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, (2010). dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, inspired by an ancestor, a woman who deserted her wealthy husband and young son in Boston to pursue her operatic career in Italy. Erika von Kessler, the talented and beautiful daughter in a family of doctors, has a powerful and unique singing voice, a possessive husband who desperately wants a child, and the drive to triumph as an operatic singer. Her childlessness is the focus of the first part of this novel - which opens in Boston in 1903, and is set in America, Italy, and Trinidad before World War I. This brings her into contact with the obstetrician Dr. Ravell, who becomes the love of…

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    New York: Viking, (2010). dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, inspired by an ancestor, a woman who deserted her wealthy husband and young son in Boston to pursue her operatic career in Italy. Erika von Kessler, the talented and beautiful daughter in a family of doctors, has a powerful and unique singing voice, a possessive husband who desperately wants a child, and the drive to triumph as an operatic singer. Her childlessness is the focus of the first part of this novel - which opens in Boston in 1903, and is set in America, Italy, and Trinidad before World War I. This brings her into contact with the obstetrician Dr. Ravell, who becomes the love of her life and father of her children. 422 pp. ISBN: 978-0670021888.

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    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (slight spine slant)

    Book ID: 76572
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  • THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA. by McDonnell, Adrienne
    McDonnell, Adrienne
    THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Viking, 2010. SIGNED first edition - The author's first novel, inspired by an ancestor, a woman who deserted her wealthy husband and young son in Boston to pursue her operatic career in Italy. Erika von Kessler, the talented and beautiful daughter in a family of doctors, has a powerful and unique singing voice, a possessive husband who desperately wants a child, and the drive to triumph as an operatic singer. Her childlessness is the focus of the first part of this novel - which opens in Boston in 1903, and is set in America, Italy, and Trinidad before World War I. This brings her into contact with the obstetrician Dr. Ravell, who becomes the love of her…

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    New York: Viking, 2010. SIGNED first edition - The author's first novel, inspired by an ancestor, a woman who deserted her wealthy husband and young son in Boston to pursue her operatic career in Italy. Erika von Kessler, the talented and beautiful daughter in a family of doctors, has a powerful and unique singing voice, a possessive husband who desperately wants a child, and the drive to triumph as an operatic singer. Her childlessness is the focus of the first part of this novel - which opens in Boston in 1903, and is set in America, Italy, and Trinidad before World War I. This brings her into contact with the obstetrician Dr. Ravell, who becomes the love of her life and father of her children. SIGNED on the title page and dated in 2010 with the notation "my second signature." 422 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (an unread copy, but with toning to the edges of the textblock).

    Book ID: 75534
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  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent.
    THE KING'S HENCHMAN: A PLAY IN THREE ACTS.

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first SIGNED, limited edition of this play, issued a day after the trade edition - this is copy #52 of only 158 numbered copies signed by the author. (there was a later and much more common signed edition of 500 copies.) This play was the libretto for the first really successful opera by an American composer (Deems Taylor); the plot was based on a tenth-century Saxon story with similarities to Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'. A handsome production, printed on Tuscany handmade paper, and bound in cloth-backed decorated boards, Woodcut frontispiece and header. Extra spine label tipped to rear pastedown. 133 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine - a little chipping and rubbing to the spine label, but a replacement label is still tipped into the rear of the book. The very uncommon original slipcase is in poor condition - it is separated into two pieces and is missing the top and rear, but is rarely found at all.

    Book ID: 36311
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  • [Moser, Barry, illustrator] Handel, George Frideric.
    MESSIAH: The Wordbook for the Oratorio.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York HarperCollins, (c.1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Introduction by Christopher Hogwood, illustrated wth 16 full-color water color paintings by Barry Moser. Words selected from the Holy Scriptures by Charles Jennens. ISBN: 0-06-0217790.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. A beautiful large format book.

    Book ID: 28202
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  • A CHORUS OF DETECTIVES. by Paul, Barbara.
    Paul, Barbara.
    A CHORUS OF DETECTIVES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - "Murder and mayhem at the Met" Third mystery featuring Enrico Caruso and soprano Geraldine Ferrar who must find the madman who is systematically eliminating members of the chorus. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-312005768.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (large chip on back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 73029
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  • Radford, Maisie and Evelyn.
    MUSICAL ADVENTURES IN CORNWALL

    Edition: First printing.

    Dawlish, England: David & Charles, 1965. dj. Hardcover first edition - Foreword by Frank Howes. Memoirs covering 50 years of lives of the Radford sisters. In addition to the obvious joy they found in music of all kinds - from small village concerts to folk-dancing tours and especially with the Falmouth Opera Singers - this includes a lot of social history of England in the first half of the 20th century: World War I, their recalcitrant automobile, etc. 103 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 32483
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  • Sendak, Maurice (illustrator) & Kushner, Tony.
    BRUNDIBAR

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (large, oblong trade paperback format. )

    New York: Hyperion, (2003.). First edition - 'Created in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner; one of the landmark books of Sendak's illustrious career.' A re-telling in words and pictures of the Czech opera, "Brundibar" ('Bumblebee') by Hans Krasa. The opera was performed 55 times by the children-prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp, where Krasa himself was also imprisoned, before they were deported to and killed in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Not just a children's book, this is a book for all ages. This uncommon advance issue, the first appearance of this work, is the same size as the projected book, but it contains 24 pages, while the finished book is expected to contain 56 pp. The complete…

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    New York: Hyperion, (2003.). First edition - 'Created in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner; one of the landmark books of Sendak's illustrious career.' A re-telling in words and pictures of the Czech opera, "Brundibar" ('Bumblebee') by Hans Krasa. The opera was performed 55 times by the children-prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp, where Krasa himself was also imprisoned, before they were deported to and killed in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Not just a children's book, this is a book for all ages. This uncommon advance issue, the first appearance of this work, is the same size as the projected book, but it contains 24 pages, while the finished book is expected to contain 56 pp. The complete story is there, but not all of the Sendak illustrations - nevertheless, there is a generous supply of illustrations, including some gorgeous two page spreads. Letter from the publisher on the first page, and publication information on the back cover. In a stiff, glossy, illustrated folder with brief biographies of Kushner and Sendak on the side flaps.

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    Condition: Fine in stapled wrappers in a fine folder.

    Book ID: 30705
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  • BRUNDIBAR by Sendak, Maurice (illustrator) & Kushner, Tony.
    Sendak, Maurice (illustrator) & Kushner, Tony.
    BRUNDIBAR

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - 'Created in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner; one of the landmark books of Sendak's illustrious career.' A re-telling in words and pictures of the Czech opera, "Brundibar" ('Bumblebee') by Hans Krasa. The opera was performed 55 times by the children-prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp, where Krasa himself was also imprisoned, before they were deported to and killed in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Not just a children's book, this is a book for all ages. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-7868-09043.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50707
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  • THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN by (Sendak, Maurice, illustrator) Tesnohlidek, Rudolf
    (Sendak, Maurice, illustrator) Tesnohlidek, Rudolf
    THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1985.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first translation of this Czech classic which first appeared in serialized form in 1920 - the full color illustrations are taken from the original designs and watercolors which Sendak created for the 1981 NY City Opera production of Janacek's opera which was based on this story. A lovely book in every way. Afterword by Robert T. Jones. Slightly oversized format. 185 pp. ISBN: 0-374-133468.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 15926
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  • ELEGY FOR A SOPRANO. by Smith, Kay Nolte.
    Smith, Kay Nolte.
    ELEGY FOR A SOPRANO.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Villard, 1985. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fourth suspense novel by this Edgar-award winning writer, set in the world of opera. 277 pp. ISBN: 0-394546679.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64723
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  • WINNIE AND WOLF. by Wilson, A. N.
    Wilson, A. N.
    WINNIE AND WOLF.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2008). Hardcover first edition - Novel set against the backdrop of the Weimar Republic and early Nazi Germany, one "which ultimately reveals the remarkable capacity of human beings to deceive themselves." It is the story of the relationship between Winifred Wagner - an English girl and a Germanophile who was raised in an orphanage and married at age 18 to the son of Richard Wagner - and Adolf Hitler as seen through the eyes of the secretary at the Wagner House in Bayreuth. 363 pp. ISBN: 978-0374290962.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 75941
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