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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

Catharina Helena Stöber 1775 or Stöberin

This is a rare portrait of Catharina Helena Stöber, a woman who was only two foot four inches (ca. 70 cm) in height. Her parents exhibited her at fairs all over Germany. Stöber was known for her perfect proportions and for her elegant dress (as pictured here). She is posing jauntily on a tabletop wearing a dress with a low neckline, and an open over-skirt with lace and ribbons, and a decorative hat. Her feelings are not on exhibition. Etching with engraved text on laid paper (9 ⅛ x 6 ½ inches) Full description at the link below.

Libretti collection. 18th century Italian oratorios.

An interesting collection of eighteen 18th century Milanese libretti for oratorios, thirteen of them in original or contemporary wrappers. With four duplicates. Because Milan was an important center of Italian vocal music in the baroque era, it is surprising that more research has not been done on the Milanese sacred oratorio. Inquiries invited Full list at the link below.

New German drama, 1924. One play by a young Hanns Johst (1890 – 1978) the future Nazi poet Laureat

Schöllgen, Hubert. Zehn Schnitte zum jungen Drama. Mit Geleitwort von H. Johst. Frankfurt, Englert & Schlosser, 1924. “Mappe” folio, image size 8”x 12”; sheet size 12 Texts with ten original woodcuts by Hubert Schöllgen, each signed in pencil and with stamp on verso lower right by publisher. In original folding case of boards with cloth spine, cover lettered in white ink.öllgen.pdf

Madison, Maud [Early American dancer]. b ca. 1875; d. ca 1953]. Original photograph, hand colored, ca. 1900

A rare photograph of Madison in her "butterfly" dance. 7" x 9" mounted, signed in pen "Maud Madison." Delicately hand-colored in multi-hues to reflect the diaphanous colored of the shawl-dress. Maud Madison was born in San Francisco ca 1875. She studied at the Boucicault School of Acting in 1889. She performed with Richard Mansfield in Richard the Third (1890?) and toured in acting and dancing troupes. Madison was influenced by seeing Loie Fuller perform, and went to Paris in 1900 to attempt to get performing engagements during the Exposition. Letters indicate that she danced for a time with the Fuller dance company. She gave programs of what she called "fancy costume dances" in Paris and then on tour in the United States. Later she taught social ballroom dancing in New York City at her own school during World War I.

Manual para administrar los santos sacramentos, arreglado al ritual romano, con el orden de bendiciones, exequias, processiones, y otras cosas necesarias. By Diego Osorio.

En México: En la Imprenta del Nuevo Rezado, de Doña Maria de Ribera, en el Empedradillo,Year, 1748. Ref: Medina, Mexico. #3907; Palau 206596. Printed by the grand daughter of the first woman printer in Mexico. Bound in contemporary stained calf. Link to full description below.

"Noe Sacrificium modi Sacra". Venice: 1773

The beauty of 18th Century sacred texts Oratorio libretto with engravings by A or G Zatta. From a large collection soon to be offered. Inquiries invited

Iphigenie en Tauride

Opera in the days before the Revolution. Rare original poster

from Paris Opera, 1789. Gluck's "Iphigenie en Tauride" is on the bill

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"De nieuwe kleren van de keizer [The Emperor's New Clothes]" ballet by Michael Holmes. Music by Franz Schubert. performed by the Ballet der Lage Landen [Ballet of the Low Countries]. Premiere 22 January 1957 at the Philips Ontspannings Centrum, Eindhoven

An archive of 24 original designs for costumes, costume details, as well as, set designs and cutaways, by Paul Mayo, the English costume designer, on buff paper, colored with chalk. (39 x 26 cm) with the performers names pencilled in and details in English, plus a small collection of papers including outline typescripts for ballets choreographed by Holmes, manuscript notes of choreography and typed letters.

Provenance: From the library of Michael Holmes (1927-2013). Holmes was a ballet dancer and later choreographer. He trained under Marie Rambert and worked with leading figures including Leonide Massine. In the 1960's he worked in the Netherlands especially for der Lage Landed.

Fuller, Loie. Program for her performance at the California Theatre, San Fancisco, November 28, 1896. 8vo.

Folded in half to make 4 sides. Reproduction of a photograph of Fuller on front cover.

For her Saturday matinee and evening performances, Fuller performed the following dances: 1. Nuit (Night), 2. Firmament, 3. Feu (Fire), 4. Lis du Nile (Lily). She was fifth and last on the program, but she was the star with her photo on the cover and Headline La * Loie * Fuller on top of the bill.

The variety show also featured an orchestral overture, a trombone duo, a vocal quartet, a violin solo, a banjo-mandolin & guitar club overture.

Rare! Very few photographs, even poor quality reproductins, exist of Fuller from this early part of her career.

Gissing, George. New Grub Street. A Novel. London: Smith, Elder, 1891. Sadleir 971. First edition, one of 500 copies.

3 vols. 8vo. Original blue-green cloth, stamped in gilt on spine and black on front cover.

“[Gissing's] strongest book, an acknowledged classic. Its main characters have become recognized symbols of the many shades of professional integrity and adaptability in the literary world, shades not substantially affected by the passing of the years" (ODNB).

A VERY nice copy In original binding!!