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Romeo and Juliet Lithograph by Marc Chagall

Paris / l'Opera [Romeo and Juliet.] [Lithographic poster printed in colors] by Mourlot Gallery. Paris: Mourlot, 1965. Paris: Mourlot, 1965, Original edition. Lithograph on paper, 24x38”. From a preliminary sketch of Chagall drawn on stone by Charles Sorlier. Chagall's decorations for the ceiling of the Paris Opera were commissioned by Andre Malraux, then the Cabinet Minister in charge of Cultural Affairs. This detail is a tribute to Berlioz for his Romeo and Juliet, 1839; it also includes pictures of the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ref: Sorlier, Chagall's Posters, A Catalogue Raisonne, 96; Weill page 358. $3,000.00

Beautiful Ladies of the Stage. Series #1 Anna May Wong as Lan Ving. Original photograph 1938

Wong, Anna May (B. San Francisco 1905- D. San Francisco -1980). Chinese American Movie Star. Original photograph signed and inscribed. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4".) Anna May Wong, starring as Lan Ving in "Dangerous to Know." (1938). Wong wears a black and white dinner gown with a large leaf motif. Edith Head, who designed the dress, adheres to a molded silhouette, long sleeves and high neckline. Provenance: Mary M. Spaulding (stamp on reverse). Spaulding Née María Melero, was a Cuban writer assigned to Hollywood where she prepared a weekly feature “Cronicas de Cinelandia.” Spaulding obtained lengthy interviews with movie stars... She also secured personalized photographs which subsequently appeared in “Carteles.” [her newspaper] (Pérez, p.290) Pérez,Louis A. On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality and Culture. 2008 Inquiries invited.

Valery, Paul. Mimesis. Typed, corrected original manuscript (1933).

This small but important manuscript section from Valery’s "Degas Danse Dessins" (1933) describes Degas’ way of seeing the female form. Four page with numerous corrections. The manuscript was used for the final version of Valery's critical observation on Degas, but it has many changes including typed overstrikes and the crossing out of words and entire sentences that do not appear in the published version. Over 30 changes, some grammatical and stylistic, but several complete sentences are deleted and new thoughts composed. Full description below. Inquiries invited

The Quatuor Calvet's chamber music series 1923-26 at Paris' Hotel Maestic.

[Album of 24 concert programs for the series “ Entre Soi,” each with watercolor decorative title page, plus photos]. (Paris: 1923-1926 Paris). The chamber music series named “Entre Soi” was devoted to small ensemble sometimes with voice, often featuring the Quatuor Calvet* founded byJoseph Calvet in 1919. The series was known to feature contemporary French chamber music especially that of Fauré, Chausson, Frank and others. The soirees were held at the famous Hotel Majestic*

Historical Theatrical Portraits, Part I Engravings, Etchings, Lithographs

Original prints including Carlotta Amigioni, Pauline Duvernay, Edmund Kean, Marie Taglioni, Francois Voltaire, and many others. Full description at the link below. Inquiries invited.

Modern art and literature of France.

New acquisitions and recent highlights from our bookshop, including livres des artistes and books with manuscription annotations. Full list below

Buffon, 1942-1951 with 30 woodcuts by Germaine DeCoster.

De Coster, Germaine [artist]. Buffon. Lettre-préface de Georges Duhamel gravures de Germaine de Coster. Paris: [privately printed] 1951. #3 of 3 special copies, with three original drawings laid in, with a suite of woodcuts in the first state, as well as, a suite of woodcuts in “décomposition. Germaine De Coster [1885-1992] French artist and bookbinder is a great 20th Century figure of the book arts. Her bookbindings, many done with colleague Hélène Dumas are recognized internationally, and her earlier engravings on paper deserve to be. She was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1946. Full description

Don Juan de Espina en Madrid, by José de Cañizares (4 July 1676 – 4 September 1750)

Comedia que escribió [...] y se ha de representar a sus Majestades en el Coliseo del Buen Retiro, a expensas de la muy Noble y muy Leal Coronada Villa de Madrid, con motivo de celebrar los gloriosos, felicísimos Desposorios. del Serenísimo Señor D. Carlos Príncipe de Asturias, y de la Serenissima Señora Dña. Luisa Princesa de Parma [...]. [Madrid, s.i. n.a., c. 1765]. Palau 42900. Quarto. Contemporary Red morocco, gilt. Arms of Carlos III on each cover. Original royal binding in beautiful conditon An extremely popular play with much magic and special effects staged to celebrate a royal marriage of the King’s son,

[Libretto]. La Felicita rinventa. Festa di musica, Milano 1671

Libretto for a Lost Opera The beginnings of Opera in Milano [Libretto]. La Felicita rinventa. Festa di musica. Celebrata al glorioso nome dell’Eccellentissima signora D. Felice Sandovalle, Duchessa d’Uceda, e d’Osuna, Contessa di Uregna, . . . Nel Regio Ducale Palagio di Milano l’anno 1671. Il giorno 30 d’Agosto, nel quale si solenniza la memoria di Santa Felice. Milano: Lodovico Monza, (1671). Not in Sartori. Not in OCLC, KVK. The opera dramatizes the felicity and renewing power of music and dance. It is an opera in one act with a characters of Greek and Roman gods, along with the Renaissance figure of Petrarch. Although the setting is based on neo-classic Florentine and Venetian opera, the theme is local, indicating that La Felicita rinventa has musical and scenic elements specific to Milan. The libretto is anonymous although it seems to be written by a Milanese poet. Inquiries invited. Full description below

20th Century French Literature. Limited Editions and Art books

Including signed books by Aragon, Valery, Max Jacob. Also books with original prints by Dufy, Laurens, Matisse and others. Don't hesitate to inquire. The link is below.

Grossmann, Rudolf. (1882-1941) Boxer. Acht Lithographien

Düsseldorf: Galerie Flechtheim, 1921. No. 52 of 60 albums on Japan, with all eight lithographs hand-colored. Each lithograph and the colophon signed in pencil by Grossmann. Large folio. Loose sheets in portfolio. 13 1/4" x 17 3/4" on Japan, Text: 6p incl colophon. 14 1/2" x 20". A rare Weimar album devoted to the urbane and “snobistisch” sport of boxing by an important artist of the time whose work was extensively destroyed by the Nazis. Full description at the link below:

New Acquisitions and Highlights from our bookshop

Illustrated books, archives of ballet designs, an important Loie Fuller letter, prints, first editions, early & rare theatre items. No charge shipping in the U.S. Libraries can be billed after 1 July, on request. Inquiries invited. List at the link below