A delightful set of anonymous sequential photographs of ballet steps, presumably designed as a teaching aid, capturing a dancer’s movements broken down frame by frame, rather in the manner of Eadweard Muybridge.more...
This toile fragment depicts scenes from Grétry’s popular opera La Caravane du Caire (1783) including the central slave market scene in which an Egyptian pasha chooses between an Arab and European women as potential slaves.more...
With several subsidiary scenes, including a mosque and crescent-topped obelisk, this printed design is a remarkable evocation of an imaginary encounter between the Christian and Islamic worlds. As a fabric for interior decoration it was destined for curtains, hangings or upholstery.
Toile prints, often referred to generically as ‘Toiles de Jouy’ after the products of the famous factory at Jouy-en-Josas, just south of Versailles, were one of the great successes of French industrial production, but are often overlooked as examples of popular iconography. This example from Nantes is printed using the mordant technique, in which the design was printed from large engraved copper plates using an invisible mordant. Once the cloth was placed in dye (scarlet red in this instance) the colour adhered only to the mordant-printed areas, being entirely washed away from the remaining blank background. The result is a remarkably bold and sharp image of impressive dimensions and with extraordinary detail. Varieties of toile designs are almost countless, but it was common for them to reproduce scenes from history, legend or other artforms such as theatre and opera. Since an opera such as La Caravane du Caire may never have been printed in illustrated editions, these fabric prints are fascinating graphic survivals.
‘La Caravane du Caire was the most successful of Grétry’s lighter large-scale works, being seen at the Paris Opéra frequently up to 1829, in more than 500 performances.’ (New Grove). Its complex plot begins with the caravan travelling to Cairo, including a slave-trader Husca and two slaves, Zélime (the daughter of a nabob) and her French husband Saint-Phar. The tale turns upon the interactions between French protagonists and their Arab counterparts. Zélime is purchased at the slave market (depicted on our toile) by the pasha for his harem, in preference to various Europeans presented for his consideration (including musicians and dancers, also partly depicted here). Through various rather unbelievable devices, Zélime and Saint-Phar are ultimately freed and reunited. The tale is a classic example of the French ‘arabesque’ vogue, considering social mores and philosophical questions through their examination in exotic, usually eastern, circumstances..see full details
An attractive manuscript illustrative of provincial musical knowledge and fashions at the beginning of the nineteenth century.more...
Compiled by Lillias and Sophia Stuart, presumably sisters, the album contains setting for keyboard and voices, the latter rather charmingly often for two singers. The owners have copied here a variety of material, from church music to opera extracts, including works by Byrd, William Jackson (‘Jackson of Exeter’), Pergolesi, Cimarosa, Rauzzini, Dussek, Crescentini, Guglielmi, Andreozzi, Naderman, Mellish, Asioli, Blangini, Winter and Haydn (‘She never told her love’).
Birchall, named on blank etched title-page was a publisher and music and musical instrument seller, who traded from 133 New Bond Street from 1789 to 1819. Presumably one could also buy books such as this, ruled with staves and with a decorative blank title, for one’s own use..see full details
Folio (335 × 210 mm), pp. , plus several blank leaves at end. Text in manuscript, full-page illustrations in crayon or pastel. Lightly browned throughout, fragile at edges with minor fraying, all the result of poor quality paper. In original cloth backed notebook. Binding rather worn. A handsome chanson manuscript, anonymous but for the decorative initials 'J.B'. The songs include: 'Le Pigeon blessé', 'Sous les Platanes', 'Carmen', 'Chagrins d'Amour', 'Juanita', 'La Femme est un jouette' and 'Mort pour la France'.
II. Émile LEBLOND. Dijon, c. 1904.
Manuscript, 4to (214 × 170 mm), pp. 1-12, 17-98, 101-102, 105-270, 280-320, several blanks at rear. Evidence of 3 leaves removed, perhaps by the maker. Numerous drawings in ink and crayon, decorative headings. Original cloth notebook. Rather rubbed. An illustrated chansonnier made by a soldier of the First Artillery, stationed at Dijon. This is an especially full example which gives some unusual details as to its making: Leblond occasionally records the number of weeks he has been in service and there is evidence of carbon tracing, demonstrating the use of illustrations from popular journals in making these chansonniers. The songs include: 'Berceuse militaire', 'L'Africaine', 'Chapeai bas devant la Marseillais', 'Vous êtes si jolie', 'Four frou' and 'Ma Ninette'.
III. Yvan LOREAU. Chemillé-sur-Seine, c. 1909.
Manuscript, small 4to (216 × 175 mm), pp. , 88, ruled paper. Drawings in ink and crayon. Original limp wrappers. Yvan Loreau writes on his title-page that this manuscript was made 'Sur le tour de France' and begun on 11th December 1909. Songs include: 'Voila la Parisienne', 'Le petit coeur de Ninon', 'Ah! Ma p'tit Lili', 'Le ruban bleu de l'hirondelle' and 'Pas sur la bouche'.
IV. Alexandre MOULLET, 'le gros bâtarde'. Valence, 1913-14.
Manuscript (on squared paper), 4to (222 × 170 mm), pp. . Drawings in ink and crayon, partially unfinished. Some thumbing and fraying, one leaf loose. Original half cloth notebook. An illustrated chansonnier made on the eve of the Great War for one Alexandre Moullet, picturesquely nicknamed 'le gros bâtarde', of the 5eme Régiment d'Artillerie lourde, 8ème batterie, at Valence (Drôme). Songs include: 'Les petites Toulonnaises'; 'Soldat vierge', 'Marins de Marseille', 'Coeur Crise', 'Sur la Riviera' and 'Le dernier Tango'.
V. REDON. Valbonne (Ain), 1921.
Manuscript on paper, small 4to (216 × 170 mm), pp. , plus numerous blanks at rear, numerous drawings in pencil, ink and crayon (a couple cut from newspapers or journals, decorative headings. Original half cloth notebook. Songs include: 'Tu voudrais me voir pleurer', 'La vals du pastis', 'Vous rendez tous les hommes fou' and 'Le train fatale'. One verse is subscribed 'Fait a la Valbonne le 12-12-21 une soiré de grand froid'. .see full details
NORDENDORF, C.C. de. Attack Step Quickstep. Danville (Va.): Mrs E. L. Nordendorf, . Not found in OCLC.
2. SCHILLING, Fred[erick]. Brothers hasten on to Battle. Brooklyn: D.S. Holmes, . OCLC: Lincoln Presidential Library only.
3. DOANE, Howard. Bury me in the Valley. Cincinnati: John Church, [n.d.]. OCLC: Ohio State University only [possibly another edition].
4. MCNAUGHTON, J.H. The faded Coat of Blue or the nameless Grave. Ballad. Buffalo, Penn & Remington, . Stain to lower margins. OCLC: UC Santa Barbara and Library Company of Philadelphia.
5. CLARK, James C. Fremont’s Battle Hymn. Quartett. Rochester: Joseph P. Shaw, . Not found in OCLC.
6. PARKHURST, Mrs. E. A. Funeral March, to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln, the Martyr President of the United States of America. New York: Horace Waters, 1865. Advert on final page cropped (with some loss) at foot. Issue without vignette portrait.
7. MACK, E. General McClellan’s Grand March. Philadelphia, Lee & Walker . Issue without coloured lithograph plate. OCLC: Michigan, Duke, Pennsylvania and Brown Universities.
8. WINNER, Septimus. Give us back our old Commander. Philadelphia, Winner & Co, . OCLC: LC and Morgan.
9. EASTBURN, The hearty Welcome Home. Philadelphia: Smith, 1865. OCLC: no copies of Smith imprint but 2 of Auner: AAS and NYHS and one of Johnson imprint: NYHS.
10. BECKEL, J. C. Monody on the death of Abraham Lincoln. Sixteenth President of the United States. Born Feb. 12th, 1808, died by the hand of an assassin April 15th, 1865. Philadelphia: Marsh, 1865. OCLC: this issue Lincoln Museum only plus one copy of a Cincinnati imprint of same year at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
11. WHEELOCK, O. Richmond Falls, the War is O’er: Philadelphia: March, 1865. No hard copy found in OCLC.
12. CASONELLA. A Song of Peace. New York, W. A. Pond, 1865. OCLC: UPenn, Ocean State, Brigham Young, AAS. .see full details
A set of four partbooks for male voices: 2 tenors and 2 basses, containing a repertoire of over 220 songs with words in Swedish.more...
They include works by well-known composers such as Spohr, Mendelssohn, Weber, Schubert, Kreutzer and Beethoven but at least half are by lesser-known Swedish composers: Lindblad (1801-1878), Geijer (1783-1847), Nordblom (1788-1848) and Tullberg (1802-1853) whose songs are both Romantic and patriotic..see full details
A delightful miniature almanac, which is preceded by several popular songs (‘Aux Dames’, ‘le Portraits’, ‘le Banquet’,‘la Barque à Caron’ etc.) Though without imprint, this is characteristic of the popular miniatures produced by Marcilly..see full details