Performing Arts

  • # 16333

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The grand interesting Pantomime of La Perouse; Or the Desolate Island

    [Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, [1811]. A good copy, with a small amount of loss to three corners and some mild spotting. Playbill, single sheet (300 x 185 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, June 7th, 1811. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’. The full cast …

  • # 16153


    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] Group of concert programmes printed on board Hospital Ship “Nubia”, 1902-03.

    [At sea] : HMHS “Nubia”, April 1902 – July 1903. Eleven shipboard programmes, nine of which are in uniform format, being roneo-printed on both sides of a single foolscap sheet that is folded once to form [4] sides, 205 x 165 mm; one printed on both sides of a half foolscap sheet (i.e. with only 2 …

  • # 16337

    [ROOT, George Frederick; Brisbane Tonic Sol-Fa Union]

    [THEATRE] The Haymakers, Protestant Hall, Ann Street, Brisbane, June 13th, 1888

    Silk theatre handbill (total dimensions 240 x 275 mm), vertical fold creating 4 pp, printed in black ink on 3 pp. Brisbane : Davison & Metcalf, Charlotte St., 1888. Root’s Popular Cantata: The Haymakers. For the First Time in Queensland. Brisbane Tonic Sol-Fa Union. Opening Concert, Under the distinguished patronage and in the presence of …

  • # 16335

    [PALTOCK, Robert]

    [THEATRE PLAYBILL] Peter Wilkins, or, The flying Indians.

    London : W. Reynolds, 1827. Theatre playbill, single sheet (330 x 200 mm), advertising a production at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden on Tuesday May 8 1827 of the ‘Melo-Dramatic Romantic Spectacle, in 2 acts, founded on the fanciful Adventures of Peter Wilkins, or, The Flying Indians‘, giving a full list of the cast and …

  • # 16332

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The grand interesting Pantomime of La Perouse; Or the Desolate Island

    [Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, [1811]. A good copy, with a small amount of chipping to the edges and some mild spotting. Playbill, single sheet (310 x 187 mm), advertising a performance of the tragedy ‘Jane Shore‘ on Thursday June 6th 1811, at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, and giving notice of a performance of …

  • # 16327

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The Grand Serious Pantomime of La Perouse; Or, The Desolate Island

    [Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, [1810]. A fair copy with some foxing. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 180 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Wednesday, November 21st, 1810. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’, and the evening is ‘For the Benefit of Mr Rohmer’. The full cast …

  • # 16326

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The Grand Serious Pantomime De la Perouse.

    With New Scenery, Machinery, Dresses and Decorations. [Liverpool] : E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane, [1809]. A good copy, with a very small amount of edge loss at lower left. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, September 15th, 1809. The play opening the bill is …

  • # 16325

    [FAWCETT, John]

    [LA PEROUSE] The Pantomime De la Perouse.

    [Liverpool] : [E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane], [1809]. A very good copy. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance of ‘The Exile‘ at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Thursday September 14th, 1809, and giving notice of a forthcoming performance of ‘The Pantomime De la Perouse‘ the following evening, Friday September 15th, 1809, …

  • # 16323

    BLEEKER, Sylvester

    Gen. Tom Thumb’s three years’ tour around the world, accompanied by his wife,

    Lavinia Warren Stratton, Commodore Nutt, Miss Minnie Warren, and party. New York : S. Booth, printer [1872]. Octavo, original pictorial yellow wrappers with later paper backing (some chipping and loss), 144 pp, illustrated, small loss to margin of pp 93-94 (not affecting the text), otherwise the contents sound and clean. Scarce. American stage performer General Tom …

  • # 16304

    SUTHERLAND, Margaret (composer); CASEY, Maie (librettist); BLACKMAN, Charles (artist)

    [BLACKMAN] The young Kabbarli : chamber opera in one act

    Sydney : J. Albert &​ Son, 1972. “This limited edition is published in association with the Advisory Board, Commonwealth Assistance to Australian Composers.” Limited to 200 copies, signed by the librettist, Maie Casey, and composer, Margaret Sutherland, copy no. 43. Quarto, black boards with gilt lettering to front, front free endpaper with reproduction of a …

  • # 16231

    NOLAN, Sidney (1917-1992); BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913 - 1976)

    Children’s Crusade. Kinderkreuzzug. Op. 82. A Ballad for children’s voices and orchestra

    Music by Benjamin Britten. Words by Bertolt Brecht. Illustrations by Sidney Nolan. A limited edition facsimile of the composer’s manuscript. London: Faber Music Limited, 1973. Folio,  half-crushed morocco over papered boards (small scuff to head of spine), 36pp. with twelve high quality plates by Nolan, facsimile of Britten’s handwritten score with pasted on additions, original …

  • # 15902

    SCOTT, Montagu

    Photographic portrait of Jane Selina Nathan, daughter of composer and music publisher Isaac Nathan and wife of Lord Howe Island pioneer settler Dr. John Foulis. Sydney, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph with hand coloring, carte de visite format, 103 x 65 mm (mount), 53 x 41 mm (oval image); verso with imprint of ‘Montagu Scott, Artist, 392 George St. Sydney, Photographer by Appointment to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’, and pencilled inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Jane Selina Nathan, Mrs. Foulis’; …

  • # 15867

    SOUBIE, Roger (1898-1984)

    [POSTER] Lolita

    [Paris] : Cinemato, 1962. Original full size (160 x 120 cm) lithographic poster; laid on card and framed. Original poster by Roger Soubie for the French release of Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. The film starred James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Soubie was a prolific cinema poster artist whose …

  • # 15843


    Up-to-date song book : number 11

    Melbourne : A.H. Messina & Co., [1901]. Duodecimo, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 48 pp (all lyrics to popular songs – no music notation); flecking to edges, else a very good copy. Copies are recorded in three Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of Victoria; Monash University Library)

  • # 15995

    MOORE, Caroline Ellen (Carrie) (1882–1956)

    [THEATRE] Miss Carrie Moore in “Cinderella” : signed postcard, dated 1908.

    London : Rotary Photo, Foulsham & Banfield, [1908]. Photographic postcard, 137 x 87 mm, the front signed in pen ‘Yours always, Carrie Moore’; verso addressed by Miss Moore to ‘Miss Milner’ of Fulham Park Gardens, London; postmark dated Dec. 8 1908; in fine condition. The biography of Geelong-born actress Carrie Moore (1882-1956), who achieved fame …

  • # 16047

    KNIGHT, Dempsey

    [SOUND RECORDING] Dempsey Knight : authentic Australian Aboriginal singer

    [Warsaw, Poland] : Polskie Nagrania “Muza”, [1969]. Analog sound recording on vinyl, 45 rpm, 7 inch, mono, illustrated jacket; the vinyl is in good condition, with a few small marks; the jacket is near fine, with original owner’s annotation to back. Track listing: Side 1. Annabelle (folk tune, arr. Bizony). Side 2. I don’t bare [i.e. care] who knows …

  • # 15825

    Compiler unknown.

    [SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION; THEATRE] Scrapbook of clippings from Australian newspapers and journals, 1860-80

    Folio ledger book, original half red calf over cloth boards (rubbed); original marbled endpapers; containing (at the front) 50 pages of pasted-in clippings relating to the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879-80 taken from various contemporary newspapers and journals including the Australian Town and Country Journal, Auckland Evening Star, The Evening News, the Sydney Morning Herald, and …

  • # 15857


    [DANCE CARD; MELBOURNE] Thermopylae Club [Fitzroy]. Programme. Return Ball. Tendered to the President, Mr. Geirge Spriggs. August 29, 1894.

    [Fitzroy, Vic. : Thermopylae Club, 1894]. Dance card, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm, gilt-edged, recto with lithographed lettering and design in navy blue on light blue; the verso listing 22 dances with pencilled entries made by the card’s male owner recording the names of his female partners for all dances; in good condition.

  • # 15804

    O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)

    [NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.

    A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades –  one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink …

  • # 15685


    St. Kilda Amateur Dramatic Club. Wednesday, December 20, 1876. The Second Performance of the above club will be given in the Assembly Hall, Grey Street, St. Kilda, when will be produced Sheridan’s successful comedy, in five acts, of “The Rivals” …

    Melbourne : McCarron, Bird and Co., 1876. Broadside, 330 x 203 mm, printed recto only; foxing, old folds, with tape repair verso of central horizontal fold. A scarce piece of early Melbourne theatre memorabilia. The cast in this production included Howard Dare, Richard Aspinall, C.F. Beauchamp, and sisters Miss Bessie and Carrie Evans.

  • # 15798

    BLOCKLEY, John (composer); NORTON, Caroline Sheridan

    [SHEET MUSIC] Love not : a ballad /​ the music composed by J. Blockley ; the poetry selected from The soorows of Rosalie, written by The Honble. Mrs Norton.

    Sydney : G. Hudson & Co., 377 Pitt Street North, [1849, or earlier]. Folio, disbound, with later paper spine, engraved cover with calligraphic lettering in a variety of fonts, 5 pp of music notation; a very good copy. A scarce Sydney sheet music imprint from the pre-gold rush period. Only two copies of this edition are recorded in Australian …

  • # 15809

    Löhr, Marie Kaye Wouldes (1890-1975)

    Typed draft letter signed by Australian actor Marie Löhr, promoting a special benefit performance at her Globe Theatre, London, in November 1918

    Quarto sheet (250 x 200 mm), typed letter on the red embossed letterhead of the Globe Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, W.1. Lessees: Anthony Prinsep and Marie Löhr. Under the Management of Marie Löhr; dated 26 October 1918 and addressed to a Mr. Northcott, inviting him to attend a special matinee performance of Edmond Rostand’s L’Aiglon, with Marie Löhr herself playing the …

  • # 15358

    LITTLE, William

    The Thunder Storm.

    Thoughts suggested at the performance of the 4th Movement of L. van Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony Op. 68. Ballarat: James Curtis [1896]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 8, paper browned as usual, else very good.

  • # 15302

    RICHARD, Mrs. Timothy

    Paper on Chinese music

    Read before the China branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Shanghai, November, 1898. (Illustrated, vocally and instrumentally, by natives and foreigners). Repeated (by request) before the Shanghai Literary and Debating Society January 4th, 1899. Shanghai : Presbyterian Mission Press, 1923. Fourth edition. Octavo, printed wrappers (tape marks to head and foot of spine), portrait frontispiece, …

  • # 15744


    Society for the Relief of Destitute Children of Seamen, Staten Island, N.Y., U.S.A. Programme of Concert, to be given in the saloon, R.M.S. “Britannic.” … May 8th, 1896 …

    [New York : Society for the Relief of Destitute Children of Seamen, 1896]. Single sheet folding to form [4] pages, quarto (280 x 215 mm), lithograph illustration to front, second page with printed information about the Society, third page with Programme of Concert printed in blue (owner’s pencilled annotations including amount of funds raised, £25.17.0), last page …

  • # 14753


    [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, [12] pp, illustrated; a …

  • # 14612

    ELLISON, Harlan

    [PULP] Rockabilly

    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)

  • # 14730

    FREEMAN, Gillian

    [PULP] The leather boys

    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 …

  • # 14641

    CAGE, John Milton, Jr. (1912-1992)

    [JOHN CAGE] Cartridge music : also duet for cymbal and piano duet, trio, etc.

    New York : Henmar Press : Sole selling agent, C.F. Peters Corp., [1965] ©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 …

  • # 14633

    JAZZ MAGAZINE; [ELLINGTON, Duke, 1899-1974]

    [DUKE ELLINGTON] Jazz Magazine. Vol. 1, nos. 5 and 6. January 1943. Ellingtonia issue.

    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 …

  • # 14632

    TZARA, Tristan (1896-1963)

    [DADA] Le coeur à gaz

    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 …

  • # 14372

    [Max Harris; Sidney Nolan; James McGuire; Harry Roskolenko]

    Angry Penguins Broadsheet : a complete set of ten issues

    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' …

  • # 14278

    BINGHAM, Hiram, Senior

    [MORNING STAR] Missionary life boats.

    / 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.], [1866]. Small broadside, 220 x 100 mm, caption title in calligraphic bold, nine verse stanzas; small chips at upper corners, old horizontal fold line; …

  • # 14032


    Johnny Morton’s Mastodon Minstrel song book, containing all the favourite songs, &c.,

    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 …

  • # 14033


    Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels and Burlesque Opera Troupe. Book of songs.

    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 …

  • # 13974

    DE LA MANO. [DREITZEHN, Zell, 1830-1882?]

    [MAGIC] De La Mano the magician

    A group of ephemera relating to the nineteenth century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist De La Mano, who toured the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. As early as 1878 he was incorporating spiritualist elements into his shows, and his 1881 tour as an illusionist was ultimately abandoned in favour of …

  • # 13935

    CROSSLEY, Ada Jemima (1871-1929)

    [OPERA] Ada Crossley : autograph letter, signed. To a fan about a fan.

    [Sydney : September, 1903]. Manuscript in ink, written on [2] 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 …

  • # 11552

    MELBA, Nellie, (Dame), 1861-1931

    [MELBA] Saint-Saëns’ opera “Hélène”, produced at Covent Garden, June 20 [1904]

    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 …

  • # 5892


    Bachelder’s Anglo American Christy’s Minstrels

    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 …

  • # 13379

    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 …

  • # 13218

    [DAVOREN, Lawrence]; MACKANESS, George

    A new song made in New South Wales on the Rebellion [presentation copy]

    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. 

  • # 12901

    A. E. Smith & Co.

    Old violins

    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)

  • # 12581

    [FREDRICKS, Charles D.]

    [CIRCUS HISTORY] Wild Australian Children

    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 …

  • # 12555

    HAMILL, Fred J. & ROBINSON, Charles (words); WENRICH, Percy (music)

    [SHEET MUSIC] Take me some place will you Johnnie

    Cover: Sung with great success in J.C. Williamson's pantomime Aladdin. Melbourne : Allan & Co., [1909]. 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. …

  • # 12553


    [SHEET MUSIC] Zambesi : an African love serenade

    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, [4] 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 …

  • # 12551

    LOVELL, H.C. (music); DAVID, Worton (words)

    [SHEET MUSIC] I played my concertina

    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, [1909]. Folio, publisher's pictorial wrappers with vignette portrait of Australian performer William Cromwell, ownership signature of Roland Thomas dated 1909, [3] pp of musical notation, lower wrapper with publisher's …

  • # 12389


    The Overlanders : a romance in film making ; echoing the heartbeat of Australia’s greatness.

    [Sydney : British Empire Films, Ltd.?, 1946?]. Small quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (lightly creased), [16] 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.

  • # 11988

    COOPER, Margaret

    Book of words of songs sung by Miss Margaret Cooper on her Australian and New Zealand tour, 1912.

    Melbourne : Atlas Press, [1912]. 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 …

  • # 11927

    [JEAFFRESON, John Cordy, 1831-1901]; THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW.

    [GOLD RUSH] Not dead yet, or, The counterfeit. A tale of the times.

    [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 …

  • # 11413


    [BALLAD] Van Dieman’s (sic) Land

    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 [probably 1825-1830]. Small octavo, title leaf with woodcut vignette, [22] pp, closely trimmed, but crisp and clean; an unrecorded ballad pamphlet. [BOUND WITH] The Royal Visit, containing a …