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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. [BALLARD, Robert.]

    VII. livre d’airs de differents autheurs...

    Paris, Robert Ballard, 1664.

    First edition; very rare. This is the seventh...

    £800

  2. BIZET, Georges.

    L’Arlésienne. Drame en 3 Actes de Alphonse...

    Paris, Choudens, [1872].

    First edition, earliest issue (with the...

    £800

  3. BLANCHET, Joseph.

    L’art, ou les principes philosophiques...

    Paris, Augustin-Martin Lottin, Michel...

    First edition. The designation ‘IIe edition,...

    £750

  4. BURNEY, Charles.

    An Account of the musical Performances...

    London, Printed for the Benefit of the...

    First edition. The Handel Commemoration...

    £1250

  5. BYRD, William, John BULL and Orlando GIBBONS.

    Parthenia or the maydenhead of the first...

    [London, Chiswick Press for W. Heffer...

    Facsimile reprint of the original edition...

    £225

  6. CLARI, Giovanni Carlo Maria.

    Contemporary manuscript score of a collection...

    Italy, mid-18th century.

    A collection of secular madrigals for two...

    £1800

  7. DONIZETTI, Gaetano, and Richard WAGNER.

    La Favorite. Opéra en quatre actes. Paroles...

    Paris, Maurice Schlesinger, [1840].

    First edition. Wagner’s arrangement of...

    £1200

  8. [GLUCK, Christoph Willibald.]

    Paride ed Elena. Dramma per musica . ....

    Vienna, Johann Thomas von Trattner, 1770.

    First edition of Gluck’s Paride ed Elena,...

    £5000

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

    Briefwechsel zwischen Goethe und Zelter...

    Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1833-34.

    First edition, printed on a superior paper...

    £1800

  10. [GOETHE.] REICHARDT, Johann Friedrich.

    Goethe’s Lieder, Oden, Balladen und Romanzen...

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

    Very rare first complete edition of Reichardt’s...

    £6500

  11. [GRIEG, Edvard.] FINCK, Henry Theophilus.

    Edvard Grieg.

    London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, [1905].

    First edition of Finck’s biography of...

    £1000

  12. GROSSI, G. B. Gennaro.

    Le Belle Arti.

    Naples, dalla tipografia del Giornale...

    First edition in book form, reprinted from...

    £150

  13. HOFMANNSTHAL, Hugo von.

    Die Aegyptische Helena. Oper in zwei Aufzügen.

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

    First edition of Hofmannsthal’s text...

    £750

  14. JANÁČEK, Leoš.

    Jenůfa, její pastorkyňa (Ihre Ziehtochter)....

    Vienna & Leipzig, Universal-Edition, [1918]....

    The full score of the final and definitive...

    £2000

  15. [KELLNER, David].

    Trogen Underrättelse uti General-Basen …...

    Stockholm, widow of Benjamin Gottlieb...

    First edition in Swedish – the first...

    £1200

  16. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix.

    Symphonie No. 3, componirt und Ihrer Majestät...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, [1843].

    First edition of Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’...

    £1500

  17. SACCHI, Giovenale.

    Del numero e delle misure delle corde musiche...

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

    First edition of Sacchi’s first work:...

    £2250

  18. SCHUBERT, Franz, composer.

    A fine contemporary volume of ten works...

    Vienna, 1821-1833

    A rare collection of Schubert Lieder in...

    £7500

  19. SPRÜNGLI, Johann Jacob, editor. 

    Männergesänge von Freunden der Tonkunst...

    Zürich, gedruckt bei J. J. Ulrich, im...

    First edition, the partbook issue.  The...

    £950

  20. STRAVINSKY, Igor.

    Piano-rag-music. Dédié à Arthur Rubinstein...

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

    First edition, first printing of this important...

    £9500