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We stock a range of antiquarian music, books on music, manuscripts and autographs, with an emphasis on early printed editions and manuscript scores of important composers.

Recent catalogues have included one of a very few surviving lifetime manuscripts of Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas; a remarkable collection of vocal and instrumental music from the library of the duchesse de Berry; and inscribed first editions of works by Berg, Janacek, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams.
  1. BIZET, Georges.

    L’Arlésienne. Drame en 3 Actes de Alphonse Daudet. Partition, Chant & Piano.

    Paris, Choudens, [1872].

    First edition, earliest issue (with the incorrect time signature to no. 5), of the first appearance in print of Bizet’s incidental music for Daudet’s tragedy L’Arlésienne, composed in 1872 to a commission from Léon Carvalho. It was first performed at the Théâtre du Vaudeville on 1 October...

    £800

  2. BURNEY, Charles.

    An Account of the musical Performances in Westminster-Abbey, and the Pantheon, May 26th, 27th, 29th; and June...

    London, Printed for the Benefit of the musical Fund; and sold by T. Payne and Son ... 1785.

    First edition. The Handel Commemoration Concerts of 1784, conceived the previous year by Viscount Fitzwilliam, Sir Watkins Williams Wynn and Joah Bates to celebrate the centenary of the birth of George Frederick Handel, were performances on a scale then unprecedented in England. On the morning of Wednesday...

    £1250

  3. CLARI, Giovanni Carlo Maria.

    Contemporary manuscript score of a collection of six two-part madrigals: ‘N° VI Madrigali a due voci’.

    Italy, mid-18th century.

    A collection of secular madrigals for two voices by Clari (1677-1754), written for soprano/bass, soprano/alto, and soprano/tenor, each with instrumental bass accompaniment. The madrigals included here are: Il Soldato poltrone, Il Musica ignorante, L’Amante disperato, Amante di Donne Vecchia, Il Poeta...

    £1800

  4. DONIZETTI, Gaetano, and Richard WAGNER.

    La Favorite. Opéra en quatre actes. Paroles de MM. E. Scribe, Alph. Royer & Gust. Vaëz...

    Paris, Maurice Schlesinger, [1840].

    First edition. Wagner’s arrangement of Donizetti’s La Favorite in vocal score with piano accompaniment. This is the most celebrated of several piano reductions made during Wagner’s time in Paris when he was under straitened circumstances and worked for the publisher Schlesinger as an arranger.

    £1200

  5. GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, and Carl Friedrich ZELTER.

    Briefwechsel zwischen Goethe und Zelter in den Jahren 1796 bis 1832. Herausgegeben...

    Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1833-34.

    First edition, printed on a superior paper to the regular issue, in an attractive and well-preserved contemporary binding.

    £1800

  6. [GOETHE.] REICHARDT, Johann Friedrich.

    Goethe’s Lieder, Oden, Balladen und Romanzen mit Musik von J. F. Reichardt. Erste [ -...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1809-11].

    Very rare first complete edition of Reichardt’s musical settings of Goethe’s poetry, comprising 128 settings of which 39 appear here for the first time.

    £6500

  7. GROSSI, G. B. Gennaro.

    Le Belle Arti.

    Naples, dalla tipografia del Giornale Enciclopedico, 1820.

    First edition in book form, reprinted from the Giornale Enciclopedico di Napoli, with some additional material in an appendix to the second volume. The first volume is on the music and musicians of Naples, the second volume deals with Neapolitan painters up to the eighteenth century.

    £150

  8. HAYDN, Franz Joseph.

    Dr Haydn’s VI original Canzonettas, for the Voice with an Accompaniment, for the Piano-Forte. Dedicated...

    London, 1794-5.

    First edition of both sets of Haydn’s English Canzonettas, the first signed by Haydn on the title-page (as usual). This is an early issue of the first set, with the fifth song untitled.

    £8500

  9. HAYDN, Franz Joseph.

    Die Schoepfung, ein Oratorium … The Creation, an Oratorio.

    Vienna, [for the author,] 1800.

    First edition of Haydn’s masterpiece, privately printed for the composer, with the scarce subscribers’ list. The Creation ‘is a masterwork in the special sense that it has no weak point, nothing that could be changed or omitted’ (New Grove).

    £4000

  10. HOFMANNSTHAL, Hugo von.

    Die Aegyptische Helena. Oper in zwei Aufzügen.

    [Leipzig, Mainzer Presse for Insel-Verlag, 1928.]

    First edition of Hofmannsthal’s text for Richard Strauss’s opera – Hofmannsthal himself considered it to be his finest libretto. The opera was first performed on 6 June 1928 in Dresden, five weeks before Hofmannsthal’s death. The plot is a free adaptation of Euripides’ Helena, which introduces...

    £750

  11. JANÁČEK, Leoš.

    Jenůfa, její pastorkyňa (Ihre Ziehtochter). Oper aus dem mährischen Bauernleben in 3 Akten von Gabriele Preiss....

    Vienna & Leipzig, Universal-Edition, [1918]. Printed in Leipzig by Breitkopf & Härtel.

    The full score of the final and definitive version of Jenůfa, one of a limited edition of only 100 copies. The German translation is by Max Brod – his first for the composer – without whom ‘Janáček could never have achieved anything more than a local provincial reputation… Brod’s translations...

    £2000

  12. [KELLNER, David].

    Trogen Underrättelse uti General-Basen … af D. K. Men nu sedermera af Autoren sielf tillökt och förbättrad,...

    Stockholm, widow of Benjamin Gottlieb Schneider, 1739.

    First edition in Swedish – the first music method to be published in the language – of the author’s popular thorough-bass manual, Treulicher Unterricht im General-Bass (Hamburg, 1732).

    £1200

  13. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix.

    Symphonie No. 3, componirt und Ihrer Majestät der Königin Victoria von England zugeeignet … Partitur,...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1843].

    First edition of Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony. It was first conceived when Mendelssohn visited Scotland during 1829, but the composer only began work in earnest ten years later.

    £1500

  14. MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus.

    La Clemenza di Tito … Titus der Grossmüthige … Im Klavierauszuge vom Siegfried Schmiedt.

    Leipzig, Breitkopf, [1795].

    First edition of the vocal score. The full score was not published until 1809. Schmiedt, a talented pianist and notable songwriter himself, worked as a proofreader for Breitkopf, ‘where he dispatched for printing his own and other composers’ works with the greatest care’ (New Grove).

    £5750

  15. SACCHI, Giovenale.

    Del numero e delle misure delle corde musiche e loro corrispondenze. Dissertazione del P. D. Giovenale Sacchi...

    Milan, [Giuseppe Mazzucchelli (colophon)], 1761.

    First edition of Sacchi’s first work: a theoretical study of music and acoustic from a mathematical and physical perspective built upon the most innovative eighteenth-century physics. Galilei, Kapler, Newton, Mersenne, and contemporary works on the nature of air form the basis of Sacchi’s study of...

    £2250

  16. SCHUBERT, Franz, composer.

    A fine contemporary volume of ten works containing 18 Lieder including his most famous early songs ‘Erlkönig’...

    Vienna, 1821-1833

    A rare collection of Schubert Lieder in a contemporary binding, apparently as retailed by the Czech music publisher Berra, including three first editions.

    £7500

  17. SHAW, George Bernard.

    ‘The Voice’: an autobiographical explanation.

    [London, privately printed by Charles Anthony Newnham for M. H. Mushlin,] 1952.

    First edition. ‘The pamphlet deals with the discovery of a shorthand fragment of a ghost-written book on voice training, drafted by Shaw for the singing teacher G. J. (Vandeleur) Lee’ (Laurence).

    £80

  18. SHAW, George Bernard.

    How to Become a Musical Critic … Edited with an introduction by Dan H. Laurence.

    London, Rupert Hart-Davis, 1960.

    First edition. A presentation copy from the editor to the dedicatee, Georgina Chaworth Musters, inscribed on the front free endpaper ‘On one point, if on no other, GBS and I are in full agreement: there is only one Judy – “None like her, none”. And so, dear Judy, alias Georgina Chaworth Musters,...

    £200

  19. SPRÜNGLI, Johann Jacob, editor. 

    Männergesänge von Freunden der Tonkunst gesammelt, dem Liederkranze zu Franfurt a. M. in Liebe...

    Zürich, gedruckt bei J. J. Ulrich, im Verlage des Herausgebers, 1840.

    First edition, the partbook issue.  The work was also issued in score.  Both are very rare, OCLC locating a copy of the 1st Bass part at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a set at the Swiss National Library.  There are apparently no copies in Germany: KVK shows the British Library copy (in score)...

    £950

  20. STRAVINSKY, Igor.

    Piano-rag-music. Dédié à Arthur Rubinstein (1919).

    London and Geneva, J. & W. Chester, [1920].

    First edition, first printing of this important work for solo piano. This copy has been extensively revised and annotated by Stravinsky in pencil and red crayon and was perhaps the composer’s own performance copy. The annotations include notes added to chords, written-out arpeggiations and dynamic...

    £9500