ESCOTT, Lucy Evans, née Grant (1828, Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A. - 1895, France)
A group of 4 letters written by American opera singer Lucy Escott during the tour of William Saurin Lyster’s opera company to Australia and New Zealand in 1863-64, addressed to her brother Luther Grant in Dansville, New York; each letter is accompanied by its original envelope (postage stamps removed); due to the Civil War in …
OLD PIONEERS MEMORIAL FUND.
[MELBOURNE] Educational pictorial and musical entertainment in aid of the Old Pioneers Memorial Fund
: souvenir ticket and programme. At head of title: 97th anniversary of pioneer day. The Foundation Day of Victoria, 19th Nov. 1931. [Melbourne : Old Pioneers' Memorial Fund, 1931]. Octavo, beige wrappers with cartouche illustrations of Edward Henty and Aborigine (upper wrapper with small pen annotation at top edge), staple bound,  pp, illustrated; a …
Greenwich, Connecticut : Fawcett Publications, Inc., 1961. First printing (October 1961). Trade paperback, small octavo, 176 pp; a fine copy. “Stag Preston, idol of millions – whose private life was wilder than any of the songs he sang.” (cover)
New York : Ballantine Books (by arrangement with Guild Press, Ltd.), 1967. First Canadian edition (July 1967). Trade paperback, small octavo, pp 155, [5 advertisements]; a fine copy. “Ride hard, die young – England’s motor-bike gangs.” (cover) Freeman’s story is centred around the rocker subculture in London and features a gay motorcyclist. Adapted for the …
CAGE, John Milton, Jr. (1912-1992)
New York : Henmar Press : Sole selling agent, C.F. Peters Corp.,  ©1960. Series: Edition Peters, no. 6703. Quarto, original printed portfolio with Peters' advertisements for other John Cage musical scores to recto and verso of rear cover; printed inner wrappers with full page of composer's instructions for performance of the various compositions, and …
JAZZ MAGAZINE; [ELLINGTON, Duke, 1899-1974]
New York : Jazz Magazine, 1943. Quarto, original pictorial wrappers, original owner's signature to upper wrapper; pp 31, photographic illustrations throughout; occasional underlining, but a good copy. A double issue of Jazz Magazine, devoted to one of the most important music composers (in any genre) of the twentieth century, Duke Ellington. Contains a complete discography …
TZARA, Tristan (1896-1963)
Paris : GLM, 1946. Edition limited to 380 numbered examples and 25 hors commerce copies; this is one of 355 copies on vélin du Marais (no. 57). Small quarto (260 x 200 mm), printed card covers, pp 39, [1 colophon]; a fine copy. The full text of the play Le coeur à gaz, by Romanian-born Dadaist …
[Max Harris; Sidney Nolan; James McGuire; Harry Roskolenko]
Editors: Max Harris, nos. 1-10; James McGuire, nos. 1-9; Sidney Nolan, nos. 2-9; Harry Roskolenko, no. 10. [Melbourne : Reed & Harris, 1946]. Ten issues, no. 1 (Jan. 1946) – no. 10 (Dec. 1946), large octavo, staple-bound, pictorial wrappers, illustrated; a very good complete set. The Angry Penguins Broadsheet was an offshoot of Max Harris' …
[MELBOURNE GARRICK CLUB]; HORNE, Richard Henry (Hengist) (1802-1884)
have the honor to announce that they will give a Dramatic Entertainment, at the Olympic Theatre, on Wednesday Evening, 4th June, in Aid of the Funds of the Benevolent Asylum, Upon which occasion the Performances will commence with John O'Keeffe's celebrated Comedy, in Five Acts, entitled Wild Oats … Previous to the rising of the …
POLLARD'S LILLIPUTIAN OPERA CO. [CORINTHIAN THEATRE, CALCUTTA]
At head of text: Corinthian Theatre, Monday, December 21st 1896. Grand Vice-Regal Command Night! Under the Distinguished Patromage of Their Excellencies The Right Hon'ble Earl of Elgin, Lady Elgin and Suite. Calcutta : Cones & Co., 1896. Broadside, 350 x 200 mm, printed in blue ink on pink silk; a few small rust marks at right …
BINGHAM, Hiram, Senior
/ Written for the occasion, and chiefly sung at the embarkation of the Author's children on board the MORNING STAR, Boston, Nov. 12, 1866. Tune – Missionary Chant. [Boston] : [s.n.], . Small broadside, 220 x 100 mm, caption title in calligraphic bold, nine verse stanzas; small chips at upper corners, old horizontal fold line; …
MORTON, Johnny; MASTODON MINSTRELS
which have made the “Mastodon Minstrels” famous on their tour of the Australian Colonies. Wellington : Printed at the “New Zealand Times” office, Lambton Quay, 1882. Duodecimo, original printed wrappers, lower wrapper with advertisement for the Company, pp 23, [1 contents]; upper corners a little dog-eared, otherwise a very good copy. Bagnall, 3641. Formed in …
LESTER, Edwin; KELLY AND LEON'S MINSTRELS
At head of title: “Organized 1862.” Sydney : Henry Solomon, 1879. Small octavo, original printed mauve wrappers (sunned, short split to paper at tail), lower wrapper with advertisement for Anthony Hordern & Sons, pp 23, [1 contents]; a good copy. The American blackface minstrel company, Kelly and Leon's Minstrels, toured Australia and New Zealand in …
CROSSLEY, Ada Jemima (1871-1929)
[Sydney : September, 1903]. Manuscript in ink, written on  sides of octavo size notepaper with the embossed letterhead of The Australia Hotel, Sydney; old horizontal fold; fine. “Dear Miss Fox, Many warm thanks for your kind letter. With pleasure I will sign your fan – if you will leave it at the office. With …
MELBA, Nellie, (Dame), 1861-1931
Double page lithograph, 560 x 400 mm, removed from a copy of The Illustrated London News, no. 961, June, June 25, 1904; original horizontal fold, roughened along right edge, otherwise good; [TOGETHER WITH] another small magazine cutting, from the same period, with a portrait of Melba from a photo by Guigoni & Bossi, This artist's …
Circa 1880. Official reply envelope, 80 x 136 mm, recto printed 'R.G. Bachelder, Manager, Anglo-American Minstrels', verso printed with patriotic illustration of eagle surmounting Stars and Stripes and 'Bachelder's Anglo American Christy's Minstrels', sealed, some light staining to both sides, but complete and attractive. The American entrepreneur R.G. Bachelder is an important figure in the story …
BERKOFF, Steven (1937 - )
[Adelaide] : 1978. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, unpaginated, staple bound. Theatre program from the Australian premiere of Berkoff’s controversial play about the East End of London. First performed in 1975, the 1978 Australian season resulted in a call for its ban by the Liberal Party; the Premier of South Australia refused, and the season was extended …
[DAVOREN, Lawrence]; MACKANESS, George
Edited with an essay on historical detection, notes and commentary by George Mackaness. With ten illustrations. Sydney : D. S. Ford, 1951. Quarto, wrappers, pp. 40. Limited to 135 copies, this one of an additional 15 presentation copies, inscribed and signed as such by Mackaness.
A. E. Smith & Co.
Sydney : A. E. Smith & Co., n.d. [c. 1930]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 16, catalogue of antique and contemporary violins, violas, cellos, double-bass's, and bows, some dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Important catalogue by the noteworthy Sydney based string instrument maker. Held in two Australian collections (NLA, Powerhouse)
Theatre Royal, Liverpool
One hundred and twenty-seven letterpress playbills, individual sheets printed recto only, bound by Delrue into a small folio half-cloth binding over marbled boards, leather label to spine. Covers the period May 26th – December 12th, 1823. A detailed record of theatre performances in late Georgian period Liverpool.
[FREDRICKS, Charles D.]
Buffalo ; New York : Warren Johnson & Co., circa 1864. Promotional card with colour lithograph design, after a photograph by Charles D. Fredricks, carte de visite format (102 x 67 mm), printed caption and publisher's imprint in lower margin, verso blank; in good condition, a little darkened and with a small amount of pale …
HAMILL, Fred J. & ROBINSON, Charles (words); WENRICH, Percy (music)
Cover: Sung with great success in J.C. Williamson's pantomime Aladdin. Melbourne : Allan & Co., . Folio, publisher's pictorial wrappers with vignette portrait of Australian performer Miss Clara Beck, contemporary ownership signature of Roland Thomas dated 1909, 7 pp of musical notation (arrangement for piano and voice), lower wrapper with publisher's advertisements; a fine copy. …
Cover: Written, composed and sung by Tom Armstrong. Melbourne : A.M. Dinsdale, [c.1911]. Folio, publisher's pictorial wrappers (small mark near centre), contemporary ownership signature of Roland Thomas dated 1911,  pp of musical notation (piano and voice arrangement), lower wrapper with publisher's advertisements; a near fine copy. Copies are recorded in two Australian collections (National …
LOVELL, H.C. (music); DAVID, Worton (words)
Cover: Sung by Sam Mayo, also by William Cromwell, in Rupert Clarke, Meynell & Gunn's operatic pantomime Cinderella. Produced by Charles A. Wenman. Sydney : Albert's, . Folio, publisher's pictorial wrappers with vignette portrait of Australian performer William Cromwell, ownership signature of Roland Thomas dated 1909,  pp of musical notation, lower wrapper with publisher's …
BRITISH EMPIRE FILMS PTY. LTD.
[Sydney : British Empire Films, Ltd.?, 1946?]. Small quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (lightly creased),  pp, photographic illustrations throughout, including stills from the film, shooting on location in the Roper River region and portraits of the cast, led by Chips Rafferty and Daphne Campbell; internally clean and sound.
G. Kenney, Originator of Apostolic Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, and Speaking Plainly for Stammerers.
[Melbourne : G. Kenny, 1917]. Manuscript letter on the illustrated letterhead of G. Kenney, Originator of Apostolic Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, and Speaking Plainly for Stammerers. Furlong's Music Studio, Royal Arcade, Melbourne, single quarto sheet, dated Sept. 1 1917, addressed to a client, Mr. H.G. Monot of Castlemaine, the letter containing Kenney's advice and encouragement, such …
Melbourne : Atlas Press, . Octavo, original decorative wrappers (upper wrapper with ownership inscription), 15 pp, scattered foxing, a good copy. Margaret Cooper was one of the most popular English singers and entertainers of the Edwardian era. Her repertoire included songs from both the music hall and light opera. Only two copies are recorded in …
AUSTRALIA-CHINA CO-OPERATION ASSOCIATION.
/ Union Theatre, University, Saturdays, 8th & 15th May 1943, at 8 p.m. Melbourne : Australia-China Co-operation Association, 1943. Theatre programme. Single sheet folding to  pp oblong octavo, illustrated; faint vertical fold, otherwise fine. “Proceeds for relief of the famine in China, where, in Honan Province, millions of people are starving and dying daily through …
[JEAFFRESON, John Cordy, 1831-1901]; THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW.
[Glasgow] : Theatre-Royal, Glasgow, 1866. Playbill, single sheet (760 x 260 mm), lithograph printed on thin paper, advertising a performance at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow: This evening, Tuesday, 12th June, 1866, will be presented the highly successful new and romantic drama, written by David Fisher … entitled Not dead yet, or, The counterfeit : a …
IN: The everlasting songster, containing a great variety of sentimental, comic and other songs, for the present year. Lincoln : Printed by and for R.E. Leary, Silver-Street [c.1825]. Small octavo, title leaf with woodcut vignette,  pp, closely trimmed, but crisp and clean; an unrecorded ballad pamphlet. [BOUND WITH] The Royal Visit, containing a full …
SELBY, Charles (1802?-1863)
/ by Charles Selby, comedian. London : Samuel French [for Thomas Hailes Lacy], 1858. Series: Lacy's Acting Edition of Plays, 38. Octavo, disbound, the publisher's imprint on the first page, Samuel French, publisher, 89, Strand, partially concealed by the contemporary label of the Chicago bookseller J. McGrath, pp 1-26, the second and third pages being …
MELBA, Dame Nellie; J.C. WILLIAMSON LTD.; HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE
At head of title: “Faust”. Melbourne : Syd. Day Ltd., [May, 1924]. Theatre programme. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, stapled,  pp, illustrated, advertisements, a fine copy. In this production, Melba sang the part of Marguerite, one of her most famous operatic roles. The cast also included Dino Borgioli, Umberto di Lelio, Alfred Maguenat, Antonio Laffi, …
MELBA, Nellie, (Dame), 1861-1931
In response to numerous requests Dame Nellie Melba will substitute “Chanson Indoue” .. Rimsky-Korsakoff
in place of “Mandoline” …. Debussy in her group of Songs in French. [London? : probably between 1918 and 1922]. Concert programme insert, 155 x 125 mm, printed recto only; foxed. Melba made Chanson Indoue (Hindu Song), from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko, famous. It became one of the most popular pieces in her later recital repertoire.
MELBA, Nellie, (Dame), 1861-1931
London : Printed by J. Miles & Co. [for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden], 1893. Folio broadsheet, 460 x 360 mm, printed recto only, with programme of performances scheduled at the Royal Opera between May 19 and 25, 1893, including an appearance by the legendary Australian soprano Nellie Melba in the role of Marguerite in …
LEAR, Edward; GLASS Dudley (music)
London : Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd., . First edition. Large quarto, pictorial cloth backed papered boards (fine), in original dust jacket (pale foxing to fore-edge of front panel, a little darkened along spine, a couple of spots of silverfishing to rear panel, else near fine), endpapers with off-setting, 24 pp, musical notation with Lear's …
DEUTSCHE TURNVEREIN MELBOURNE.
… After the conclusion of last year's most sucessful series of Concerts held in connection with the Melbourner Deutscher Turn Verein, I take this opportunity of conveying my warmest thanks for your kind and voluntary services, to which the success of the Entertainments was mainly due … Your obedient servant, William Wiesbaden, Hon. Sec. January 1882. …
STEWART, Eleanor Towzey "Nellie" (1858-1931)
Lithographed portrait from a photograph by Alfred Ellis, London, 240 x 205 mm, and text cutting taken from an English periodical, annotated in contemporary hand April 30, 1892 / no. 966, laid down on a leaf removed from a nineteenth century scrap album. A beautiful portrait of Nellie Stewart, the phenomenally successful Australian actress and …
Germanton [i.e. Holbrook], N.S.W. : “The Courier” office, [c.1908]. Broadsheet, 220 x 140 mm, printed on both sides, verso with lithographed portraits of Maurice Gerald (acror-manager) and Miss Maud Philippi (actor); loss to upper corner (marginal only), old fold lines. Maurice Gerald's Dramatic Company toured extensively throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and New Zealand …
I-BEAM, SAN FRANCISCO.
San Francisco : I-Beam, . Concert poster, 215 x 350 mm, in fine condition. Rare poster for a performance by Melbourne band Hunters & Collectors during their first American tour.
HIS MASTER'S VOICE.
Cover: “Goldberg's,” 85 Glenferrie Road, Glenferrie. “His Master's Voice” Specialists. [Sydney : Gramophone Company Ltd. (His Master's Voice), 1929]. Small octavo, original pictorial wrappers, stapled, 34 pp, a fine copy. Scarce. A single copy traced in Australian collections (State Library of Victoria).
[ADAM LINDSAY GORDON]; LINCOLN, W.J.; BARNES, G.H.
[Melbourne] : Bonwick, Pride, Nuttall, for the Lake Hall picture theatre, Coburg, [December, 1916]. Broadsheet, 250 x 310 mm, printed on both sides, folding to form  pp small quarto, illustrated with scenes from W.J. Lincoln's silent film about the life and suicide of poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, accompanied by background text and a full …
Cover: With full instructions for beginners. Sydney ; Auckland ; Melbourne : Southern Music Publishing Co., . Small octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers, staple bound, 19 pp, glossary on rear cover, a very good copy. Two copies are recorded in Australian colections (Monash University Library; National Library of Australia).
SALA, George Augustius
[Cover title]. London : Madame Tussaud & Sons, Ltd., 1897. Jubilee edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (chipped, spine reinforced with tape), pp [12 advertisements], 84, [2 advertisements], internally clean and sound. Rare. OCLC records only one copy (International Institute of Social History, Amesterdam); COPAC records two copies (V & A Libraries; National Library of Wales).
PASCOE, Richard W. (words); VON HOLSTEIN, Hans and SANDERS, Alma M. (music)
New York : Leo. Feist Inc., . Folio, publisher's pictorial wrappers, 2 pp of musical notation, a very good copy. Unrecorded in Australian collections.
[SHAW, SAVILL & ALBION CO. LTD.]
[At sea, on board RMS Arawa : The Royal “Arawaian” Dramatic Society, c.1909]. Concert programme, single sheet of thick paper, 200 x 320 mm, folding to form  sides, roneo printed, outline of shipboard entertainments for Saturday April 10th & Monday April 12th (suggesting the year is probably 1909), including names of performers (all civilians, …
KESTER, Paul (1870-1933)
[Melbourne? : s.n. 1902]. “First staged in Australia by Mr. George Musgrove, at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, February 15th, 1902.” (title). Oblong octavo, original plum coloured textured paper wrappers, the upper wrapper with gilt lettering and ornament, staple bound,  pp, sepia lithographic illustrations, including a view of the Princess Theatre, and sepia photographic illustrations …
[WIRTH BROS. CIRCUS]
Circa 1910. Photogravure process postcard, 137 x 87 mm, noy postally used, in very good condition. A scarce promitional card for the Australian Wirth Bros. Circus.
Silk theatre handbill (280 x 220 mm), printed in magenta ink. Brisbane : G. & J. Black, 156 Edward Street, . Theatre Royal. The Royal Opera Bouffe Company. To-night, Thursday, December 6th, Magnificent Production of Charles Lecocq's immensely popular and perfectly charming Comic Opera, Girofle-Girofla. Extremely fine. The South Australian Register (December 8 1883), in …
Silk concert handbill (260 x 170 mm), printed in black ink. Brisbane : Warwick and Sapsford, 1884. Protestant Hall. Programme of Entertainment to be given by the pupils and teachers of the Leichhardt Street State Schools in the above hall on Friday evening, May 9th, 1884, In Aid of the School Prize and Improvement Fund, …
Silk theatre handbill (210 x 170 mm), printed in magenta ink. Brisbane : Warwick and Sapsford, Eagle Street, 1885. Academy of Music. July 24th, 1885. Mrs James' Benefit. Extremely fine. The list of performers on the handbill includes Mrs Reeves, Mrs James, Herr Rosendorf, Mr Bauman, Mr Hempel, Mr Frayling and Mr Ellis.