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London: Chappell, 50 New Bond Street, circa 1854.
Illustrated sheet music for a fast Austral clipperSheet music, 8 pp. and colour-lithograph cover. A racy tune by the dance composer Charles d'Albert (1809-1886), this rare early sheet music features a particularly appealing coloured lithograph of the clipper Lightning, a vessel.....
Paris: l'Auteur, 1791.
Lunar living is rather like FranceOctavo; original condition, stitched in plain blue-grey wrappers. First edition: lunar life proves very similar to life in provincial France, but the music is better. Beffroy de Reigny (1757-1811) was a highly successful journalist and dramatist. His most important works were.....
London & Melbourne: Novello Ewer & Co. [and] Allan & Co., 1880.
Prize-winner for the Melbourne International ExhibitionTall octavo, some foxing, all advertisements present; in original lilac wrappers, Surprisingly scarce: a 161 pp. musical score for Victoria, the prize cantata written by Caron for the opening of the Melbourne.....
Melbourne: W.H. Glen & Co., circa 1888. Octavo; modern marbled cloth-backed boards with original printed stiff wrappers bound in. A rare musical souvenir of the lavish opening of the Centennial International Exhibition, held in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the landing of the First.....
Venice: circa 1430. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 469 x 353 mm., with illuminated initial "I", 122 x 90 mm. (body of initial); initial on a burnished gold ground and painted in rich colours of blue, red, green and ochre, the initial extended with lush leafy decoration in similar colours with.....
London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Tall quarto, copperplate engraved music and text;; contemporary half calf, a very handsome copy, the spine gilt and with an unusual triple "harlequin" set of labels in red, white & blue. First edition of this early collection of the patriotic ditties and rollicking shanties.....
Oahu: Na na Misionari, 1834.
The first Hawaiian printed musicDuodecimo, 360 pp., 194 hymns many with full musical notation; in excellent condition in old sprinkled and polished calf, later spine ornately gilt with red leather label; in a full calf protective bookform case. Rare and important: a delightful copy.....
London: Printed for Her Majesty's Commisioners, 1862.
Australian products on the world stage.Three volumes, quarto, folding plan and steel engraved illustrations throughout; in original gilt decorated cloth. Official catalogue of the 1862 International Exhibition, a spectacle of vast proportions promoting the products and manufacturing of Britain and her colonies.....
Milan: Autumn 1825.
Superb expression of the La Perouse mythAquatint with original hand colouring, 340 x 390 mm, mounted and handsomely framed. Atmospheric coloured aquatint depicting an evocative scene from the staging of the "Ballet-Pantomime" based on the disappearance of La Pérouse in the Pacific. Between the complete disappearance.....
Sydney: J. R. Clarke, circa 1870.
A Massachusetts tune published in SydneyFolio, sheet music comprising two leaves including the title-page, a few spots, very good; neatly disbound. Scarce Sydney printed musical score of a children's song by Massachusetts composer Charles Albert White. The score was published by Sydney bookseller.....
London: Whittaker, 1823.
By the 'father of Australian music'Large quarto, including 40 leaves of engraved musical scores continuously paginated with the text; old pencil marginalia, in mid-nineteenth century black half with gilt lettering. A treatise on the art of singing and the philosophy of music by the 'father of.....
Sydney: W. Baker. Hibernian Press, King Street, Sydney, 1845.
Setting of the Lord's Prayer by the early Australian composer and collaborator of Lord ByronA bifolium sheet of music, 345 x 270 mm; unbound. A rare and fragile piece of early pianoforte music by the vibrant and mercurial musician Isaac.....