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  • Mr Tambourine Man (EP 1965) Spanish Pressing with Special Cover – Les Byrds

    Mr Tambourine Man (EP 1965) Spanish Pressing with Special Cover – Les Byrds

    Or “El Hombre de la Pandereta” … first Spanish pressing of the Byrds no 1 hit interpretation of Bob Dylan’s classic song … same year as his 1965. Les Byrds first all up.

    45 rpm EP, including All I Really Want to Do. I Knew I’d Want You and Feel a Whole Lot Better. Very good condition.

    Bob Dylan gave his blessing to the recoding before it was released. Dylan’s version ran for over 5 minutes, but the Byrds decided on a version half that length for air play. It was effectively the first “Folk Rock” hit and in a sense created the genre. Using only the second verse and the chorus twice and an additional construction, starting off with a Bach inspired intro the twelve sting guitar effect is a winner. “You can dance to that” … quote Bob Dylan. The Byrds got Hall of Fame recognition … unusual for a cover … but a special one.

    Get out La Panderata tonight …

    $30.00

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  • Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays – Hazlitt – with Manuscript appraisal by Australian Artist Norman Lindsay – from his Library

    Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays – Hazlitt – with Manuscript appraisal by Australian Artist Norman Lindsay – from his Library

    Published by the Oxford University Press a re-set re-issue of 1955. Small octavo, 276 pages after preliminaries. With an introduction by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.

    William Hazlitt (1778-1830) knew his Shakespeare and first published “Characters” in 1817. Ever since it has been considered a “go to” reference on the Bards work.

    And, so thought Norma Lindsay who drew on Shakespeare’s characters in much of his much-loved erotic art.

    This little book bought from an auction of some of Lindsay’s extensive library has a delightful “opinion” penned in his hand, with corrections, on the front end paper.

    “No other commentary on Shakespeare can equal these essays – Hazlit(t)’s perfect control of style enhances the splendour of Shakespearean poetry. All other appreciations of it read thinly after his.

    In any case, the inexhaustible fecundity of the plays inspires a fresh interpretation of them with each generation of readers and actors.”

    Shakespeare’s Characters and some wise words penned in the hand of the great Norman Lindsay.

    $180.00

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  • Sarah Bernhardt – William Embodden (Introduction Sir John Gielgud)

    Sarah Bernhardt – William Embodden (Introduction Sir John Gielgud)

    A first edition published by Studio Vista (part of Cassell), London in 1974.

    Quarto, 176 pages, some signs of age still a very good copy of a excellent work on Bernhardt, not the least for the introduction by Sir John Gielgud.

    Nicely illustrated throughout from period photographs. Includes our image of Sarah as Frou-Frou.

    Accompanied by a useful appendix listing the plays in which she acted chronologically and a healthy bibliography.

    Sarah Bernhardt – well-presented and with exceptional images.

    $40.00

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  • My Cutey’s Due at Two- To-Two To-Day

    My Cutey’s Due at Two- To-Two To-Day

    Original music score of a “novelty fox-trot” published in 1926 by Bibo, Bloedon & Lang, New York. Written by Leo Robin and Albert Von Tilzer and recorded by Harold Oxley.

    With special arrangement for Ukulele by May Singhi Breen … known as “The Ukulele Lady”.

    Four pages of score for piano (and Ukulele) … the words are hilarious … our singer is certainly missing his Cutey!

    My Cutey’s due at Two-to-Two –
    She’s coming thru on a big choo choo
    She’s been away for months
    But I have-n’t cheated once
    Stay’d home nights didn’t dance
    Was-n’t taking any chance
    Did-n’t flirt and tho’it hurt
    I just couldn’t do my Cutey dirt.

    Very thoughtful …. do-n’t forget the Bon Bons

    My Cutey’s Due – sing in the key of Bertie Wooster!

    $25.00

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  • French Thetrical Legend – Sarah Bernhardt – Signed Manuscript Letter 1887, Photographic Portrait and Ephemera

    French Thetrical Legend – Sarah Bernhardt – Signed Manuscript Letter 1887, Photographic Portrait and Ephemera

    Likely the 19th Century’s greatest actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). A fine hand with bold signature dated 1887. Her personal grey bordered stationery with the Quand Meme motif.

    She addresses “Mon Cher Paul” mentions her pretty niece and trying to arrange a suitable time to catch up.

    The letter is accompanied by a photographic portrait of Bernhardt, a cabinet card depicting the legend in Camille by Dumas which she performed in 1882. 16cm by 11cm mounted on original card minor edge chips, plain back.

    Also relating to her tour of America (see below) two “Between the Acts & Bravo” cigarette cards, also from the 1880’s, issued by Thomas Hall, New York. 7.5cm by 4cm each, very good condition.

    1887 was an interesting time for the “Divine Sarah”. She was well established by this time but had

    developed an extremely lavish lifestyle and had a gambler for a son that she supported financially. Already accustomed to touring a mammoth tour of South and North America was organised by her manager Edouard Jarett. It was hugely successful an she returned to Paris the year of this letter with a million francs. Unfortunately, her manager died of a heart attack on the tour … it didn’t stop Sarah indulging in some of her favourite pastimes … such as collecting exotic animals. She brought back an alligator that seemingly was partial to champagne. Among her other strange activities was sleeping in a coffin when trying to get into character for rather dowdy parts.

    Sarah Bernhardt – Signed manuscript Letter – 1887 – with Cabinet Card from that period.

    $490.00

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  • Period of Adjustment – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960.

    Period of Adjustment – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960.

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1960.

    Subtitled … High Point over a Cavern. Described as a “Serious Comedy” … and it is … there is a strong message and quite a few laughs.

    Octavo, 95 pages all in super condition.

    Set on Christmas Eve it’s a tale about two couples who have been married a few years and are facing the tensions that can arise …

    Made into a Hollywood Movie in 1962 for which star Jane Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    A good Christmas Eve read … it will not be on the telly … it’s not reality

    $35.00

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