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1291612 The Bernard Shaw & Ellen Terry Letters, read by Peggy Ashcroft & Cyril Cusack. [M], Caedmon TC 1108, English pr, sleeve is E-, cond: E, £15.00

1301612 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with Bernard Miles, Anthony Jacobs, Derek Francis. With carols & musical interludes by The Bach Choir & Jacques Orchestra c: Willcocks. World Record Club TX 170, cond: E, £7.50

2101612 Charles Laughton: Readings from the Bible, Garden of Eden, The Fiery Furnace, Noah's Ark, David & Goliath. r&i:1970, [M], Coral CP 34, Decca pr, cond: E + light non-sounding mark (near mint), £10.00

1281612 Everyman, 15th Century Morality Play, starring Brugess Meredith with a cast of 16.. [M], Caedmon TC 1031, sleeve is V/E, cond: E, £7.50

1271612 Sir Winston Churchill: First Honorary Citizen of the United States, "the memorable speeches of Great Britain's wartime Prime Minister" - issued to mark JF Kennedy's proclamation on 9th April 1963. i:1963, [M], Colpix Records PS 2000, gatefold sl, cond: E, 2 LPs, £15.00

1311612 The Wind in the Willows, with Richard Goolden, Norman Shelley, Frank Duncan, Tony Church, Patrick Wymark. r&i:1960, [M], Argo RG 221/2, original oval logo label, 2 separately sleeved LPs, original issue of this recording. cond: E + light non-sounding mark (near mint), 2 LPs, £15.00

1331612 BUNYAN, The Pilgrim's Progress, selected readings from Parts 1 & 2 by David Davis. [M], BBC RESR 1, sleeve is E-, cond: E, £5.00

171608 The English Poets series: John Donne, read by Richard Johnson, Peter Orr & William Squire. r&i:1964, [M], RG 403, orig oval logo label, Mono only, cond: E + couple of light non-sounding marks (near mint), £7.50

951604 Federico Garcia Lorca, translated & read by Alan Wheatley. [M], Argo ARS 1016, early heavy pressing, this very early pre-Decca Argo recording was late issued on RG 19. cond: E + light non-sounding mark (near mint), £10.00

1311601 The Jupiter Book of Ballads, spoken & sung by Isla Cameron, Jill Balcon, Pauline Letts, John Laurie, Osian Ellis, VC Clinton-Baddeley. r&i:1959, [M], Jupiter JUR 00A3, cond: E, £9.00

2010901 Laurence Olivier in Hamlet & Henry V, with music by William Walton. r&i:56, [M], ALP 1375, orig red/gold label, sleeve is E-, cond: E, £6.00

381203 Edith Sitwell Reading her Poems, Sitwell, [M], Caedmon TC 1016, cond: V/E + ticks for half a minute, £2.50

1121012 Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, read by Siobhan McKenna. [M], Caedmon TC 1090, rare. cond: E + small non-sounding mark (near mint), £6.00

161109 Living Shakespeare, Richard II with Michael Redgrave, Midsummer Night's Dream with Sarah Churchill and Stanley Holloway, Anthony & Cleopatra with Vivien Leigh & Peter Finch, All's Well that Ends Well with Edith Evans & Vanessa Redgrave, Much Ado About Nothing with Pauline Jameson & Richard Johnson, Measure for Measure with Eric Portman, Henry IV Part II with Donal Wolfit, Love's Labout Lost with Vanessa Redgrave & Peter Finch, Comedy of Errors with John Neville & Michael Flanders, Coriolanus with Sybil Thorndike & John Stride. DEOB 8AS, 13AS, 1516AS, 18-19AS, 21-24AM. Ten of the Living Shakespeare series in red slip-case - "Modern Condensed Performances": each play abridged on 1 LP. 21-24AM are mono, the rest are stereo. , slip-case is V/E, cond: E + one light non-sounding mark (near mint), Boxed, 10 LPs, £15.00

381208 La Voix Humaine, French one act play by Jean Cocteau, with Gaby Morlay. [M], London International TW 91102, rare, sealed inner says "Mr Haddy", £15.00 NEW

1581004 Robert Donat in T.S.Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, the Old Vic Production by Robert Helpmann. r&i:53, [M], 33CX 1056/7, orig blue/gold label, cond: E + light non-sounding mark, one side V/E, 2 LPs, £5.00

3051002 The Barrow Poets: Outpatients, with instrumental ensemble incl Susan Baker & Jim Parker. r&i:72, Argo ZSW 508, English pr, cond: E, £5.00

141011 The Importance of Being Hoffnung, drawn from radio broadcasts. Gerard Hoffnung, Charles Richardson, [M], BBC REB 21 M, cond: E, £2.50

620606 Les J3: a comedy in 4 Acts by Roger-Ferdinand, recorded in the original French. TW 91096/7, in sealed inners, so unplayed, 2 LPs, £6.00 NEW

1390907 Dumas: La Dame aux Camelias, produced by Maz de Rieux, with Edwige Feuillere & Jean-Pierre Aumont. [M], London International TW 91123, cond: E + small mark sounds for half a minute, 2 LPs, £4.00


Unless otherwise stated books are in good secondhand condition, consistent with their age. PB = paperback, Ex-lib = a book sold off by a library, with library stamps. Postage on books at cost.

Reference books, Records & Recording

B856a Hungarians in Exile: Reiner, Dorati, Szell, by John Hunt, Hunt 1997. Discographies compiled by John Hunt, with Richard Chlupaty on the Dorati Section. Richard Chlupaty has published a book on Dorati: "Antal Dorati and the Joy of Making Music". 317pp. PB. with illustrations of record sleeves, programmes, etc. £15.00

Sackville-West’s quirky & informative record guides from the 1950s:

B866 The Record Guide, by Edward Sackville-West & Desmond Shawe-Taylor, mostly 78s, with an appendix on LPs. Collins 1951. 763pp. £10.00

B783 The Record Year, by Edward Sackville-West, Collins 1952. 383pp. Hardback, Vgc, £8.00

B524 The Penguin Guide to Bargain Records, by Edward Greenfield, Penguin 1966. xxiii, 499pp. PB. £2.50

CAT02 DISC Magazines “A Quarterly Pocket Miscellany for the Music Lover & the Gramophone Enthusiast”. Each issue has 48 pages of articles about music & musicians and reviews of the quarters’ record issues. Edited by Donald J. Thornton. paperback.

Numbers 3 & 4 issued 1947, £3.00 for the 2 issues.

Numbers 6, 7 & 8 issued 1948, £5.00 for the 3 issues.

Numbers 10, 11 & 12 issued 1949, £5.00 for the 4 issues.

Numbers 13, 14 & 15 issued 1950, and cover the introduction of the LP, £5.00 for the 3 issues.

Numbers 16, & 17 issued 1951, includes “Conductors on Record”, £3.00 for the 2 issues.

You can buy the whole set for £14.00

CAT 10 The Art of Record Buying

EMG issued their yearly catalogues from the mid 1950s to 1979. They list selected recommended recordings that were reviewed in their Monthly Newsletters, "to assist connoisseurs who wish to add only the finest microgroove records to their collection" At £7.00 per volume, Hardback: 1961, 1972, 1973

CAT 05 His Masters Voice Recorded Music Catalogue June 1940. £5.00

CAT 06 His Masters Voice Recorded Music Catalogue June 1941. £5.00

CAT 07 Parlophone Records 1954-55 Catalogue. LPs, 45 rpm, and 78s, £5.00

Collector's items

B664 Ballads and Songs of the Shanty-Boy, by Franz Rickaby, 51 ballads & songs of the lumberjacks of Michegan, Wisconsin & Minnesota, many with the music. Harvard Press 1926. 244pp. Hardback, Cloth spine shows a little wear, book plate, 3 of the pictures have come loose, which seems to be a common problem, as they were stuck in rather than sewn, £9.00


B839 Simon Rattle: The Making of a Conductor, by Nicholas Kenyon, Faber 1987. 246pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Well illustrated, Discography, good condition, £4.50

B870 Understanding Toscanini, by Joseph Horowitz, faber 1987. 490pp. Very well illustrated, very good condition, £8.00


B328 Smetana on 3000 Records, by John R. Bennett, examines Smetana & his music through a wealth of recordings, particularly by Czech singers. Includes “the author’s account of the early activities in the recording industry, much of which has not previously been available”. The Oakwood Press 1974. 466pp, Hardback, dustwrapper, ex-library, good condition. £8.00

B902 Testimony. The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich, as related to & edited by Solomon Volkov. Faber, 1981, 289pp. Paperback, spine creased, otherwise good condition, £4.00

B879 Manuel de Falla: His Life & Works, by Jaime Pahissa, translated from the Spanish by Jean Wagstaff. Museum Press 1954. 190pp. Hardback, Frontispiece, sound condition, £5.00

B880 Concerning Handel, by W.C. Smith, a fascinating collection of essays, ranging from "Finance & Patronage in Handel's Time", "Some Handel Portraits Reconsidered", to "Gustavus Waltz: Was He Handel's Cook". Cassell 1948. 299pp. Hardback, good sound unmarked condition, £5.00

B515 Johann Sebastian Bach, by Werner Felix, richly illustrated biography by one of Europe's leading Bach scholars. Orbis 1984. 185pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Slight chipping on dustwrapper, otherwise excellent condition, £4.00

B610 The Coming of Age of American Art Music, by Nicholas E. Tawa, New England's classical romanticists: Paine, Chadwick, MacDowell, Parker, Foote, Beach. Greenwood Press 1991. 237pp. Hardback, Ex-lib. fly-leaf removed & 2 library stamps. Otherwise Vgc, £9.00

B831 The New Grove: Mozart, by Stanley Sadie, The Composer Biography Series, with a work-list & bibliography. Norton 1983. 247pp. Hardback. Well illustrated. handsome blue binding with gilt title. Very good condition, £9.00

B828 Grieg: A Symposium, ed Gerald Abraham, "Music of the Masters" series, a collection of articles discussing aspects of the composer's work. With a chronological list of compostions and 40 pages of musical examples. Lindsay Drummond Ltd 1948. 144, 40pp. Hardback. £4.00

B868a Stravinsky: The Chronicle of a Friendship 1948-1971, by Robert Craft, Gollancz 1972. 424pp. Well illustrated. Hardback, Dustwrapper, ex-library, sound condition, £6.00

B801 12 Polish Composers, by B.M. Maciejewski, signed by the author. Szalowski, Maciejewski, Lutoslawski, Bacewicz, Panufnik, Serocki, Baird, Augustyn Bloch, Twardowski, Penderecki, Rudzinski, Meyer. Allegro Press 1976. 229pp. PB. Well illustrated. £20.00

B480 Wagner & Russia, by Rosamund Bartlett. Wagner's visit to Russia in 1863 & a history of productions of his work both before & after the Revolution. Wagner's influence on Russian Modernist writers. Cambridge University Press 1995. 405pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Well illus. Ex-lib. flysheet missing, library stamps, otherwise Vgc, (In print at £65.00). £6.00

20th Century Music & British Music

B754 Tippett and his Operas, by Eric Walter White, Barrie & Jenkins 1979. 142pp. Hardback. Dustwrapper. Well illustrated. Book in very good condition, dustwrapper has faint markings, £4.00

B760 Music of Latin America, by Nicholas Slonimsky, South American composers and their folk music antecedents. Includes a 30 page dictionary of Musicians, Songs and Dances, Musical Instruments. Harrap 1946. 374pp. Hardback, Illustrated, cloth cover partly faded & foxed, edges of pages foxed, otherwise good condition, £6.00

B715 Music Ho! A Study of Music in Decline, by Constant Lambert, Faber & Faber 1942. 342pp. Hardback, signs of having been read, but sound & clean, £4.00

Early Music

B690 The Interpretation of Early Music, "an invaluable source of reference to those who enjoy listening to music as well as to performers & scholars". By Robert Donington, Faber & Faber 1977. 766pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper. extensively revised edition. Very good condition, £8.00

B712 The Letters of Claudio Monteverdi, translated & introduced by Denis Stevens. Faber 1980. 443pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper. Frontispiece. tiny ink mark on few page edges & a touch on the dustwrapper. Otherwise almost like new, £18.00

B651 Stringed Instruments of the Middle Ages, Their evolution and development. by Hortense Panum, Revised and edited by the translator, Jeffrey Pulver. Reeves, London 1971. 511pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper. Very well illustratedtrated. Good condition, £28.00

B650 Three Centuries of Harpsichord Making, by Frank Hubbard, Harvard University Press 1974. 373pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper. 4th Printing, 41 plates. Very good condition. Still in print at £75.00, £12.00

B652 Tudor Music, by David Wulstan, Dent 1985. 378pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper. full of musical and other illustrations. Dustwrapper a little chipped at top, book is in very good condition, £8.00

Violinists, Pianists etc

B882 Life Class, by Yehudi Menuhin: his own approach to music & his practice, including his collection of exercises for mind & body & insight into his own life as a "working Violinist". Heinemann 1986. 148pp. Hardback Very well illustrated. very good condition, £7.00

B668 Chats with Violinists, by Wallace Ritchie, How to overcome difficulties. A practical manual for the violinist. William Reeves. 112pp. Hardback, Illus. Original edition (1930s?). Quite rare, very good condition, £6.00

Musical Instruments

B755 Musical Instruments of the West, by May Remnant, Batsford 1978. 240pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, a beautiful book, full of illustrations, in fine condition, £5.00

B766 Musical Instruments of India, by B. Chaitanya Deva, Munshiram Manoharlal 1987. 159pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Well illustrated. second revised edition. ex-library stamps, looks little read, £7.00

B650 Three Centuries of Harpsichord Making, by Frank Hubbard, Harvard University Press 1974. 373pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, 4th Printing, 41 plates. Very good condition. (Still in print at £75.00), £12.00

B651 Stringed Instruments of the Middle Ages, Their evolution and development. by Hortense Panum, Revised and edited by the translator, Jeffrey Pulver. Reeves, London 1971. 511pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Very well illustratedtrated. Good condition, £28.00

B427 Victoria & Albert Museum Catalogue of Musical Instruments, Volume II, Non-Keyboard Instruments, by Anthony Baines, HMSO 1978. 123pp. and 138 plates (pictures). Paperback. £5.00

Singers, Singing, Opera

B442 Enrico Caruso, his life and death, by Dorothy Caruso, "his wife's poignant story". Well illustrated with photos & line drawings. Includes a complete discography of Caruso's recordings. Werner Laurie 1946. 312pp. Hardback, fragile dustwrapper, sound unmarked condition, £6.00

B851 The Ring: Anatomy of an Opera, by Stephen Fay & Roger Wood, follows the 1983 Bayreuth production - with Peter Hall as Producer & Solti conducting. Full of photographs. Secker & Warburg 1985. 218pp. Harback, Dustwrapper. very good condition, £8.00

B873 Maria Callas. A Tribute, by Pierre-Jean Remy, "in this sympathetic and often moving account we come nearer to understanding her genius". a lavishly-illustrated book, Macdonald & Jane's 1978. 192pp. Very good condition, £10.00

B615 Mary Garden's Story, by Mary Garden & Louis Baincolli, The memoirs of a great Opera Diva, who knew Debussy, Messager, Massenet, Caruso, Chaliapin, Diaghilev etc. Michael Joseph 52. 276pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Illus. first edition. dustwrapper slightly chipped, otherwise Vgc, £6.00

B416 My Friend Pavarotti, by Candido Bonvicini, his friend since childhood, incl a selection of rare family photographs. Omnibus Press 1989. 202pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Well illus. Ex-lib. clean sound, £4.00

B830 Piaf: A Passionate Life, by David Bret, includes a 21 page discography, and a "filmography". Robson Books 1998. 282pp. Hardback. Well illustrated. First edition, Very good condition, £6.00

B770 The Performing World of the Singer, by Alan Blackwood. Primarily but not solely aimed at young people considering singing as a career. As well as classical music & opera it covers folk & popular singers and vocal training. With a profile of Sherrill Milnes. Hamish Hamilton 1981. 113pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Very well illustrated. Small rub on dustwrapper, book is in very good condition, £3.00

B687 Tito Gobbi on his World of Italian Opera, draws upon his lifetime as interpreter, producer & teacher to analyse 16 Operas, inc the clues to interpretation to be found in the libretto & score. Includes portraits of the composers he has known. Hamish Hamilton 1984. 265pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper. Well illus. like new condition, first edition, £5.00

B600 Star on the Door, the life & experience of a great prima donna, by Maggie Teyte, Putnam 1958. 192pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Illus. Discography Vgc, a very nice copy, £6.00

B540 Royal Opera House Retrospective 1732-1982, sumptious catalogue for the Royal Academy exhibition 1983, full of illustrations & photographs, 1983. 144pp. PB. first edition. Vgc, £4.00

General Interest

B874 Royal Philharmonic, by Robert Elkin, the history of the Royal Philharmonic Society from the early 19th Century to 1945. Includes the Society's programmes from 1912 to 1945. Published by Rider probably in 1946. 192pp. Well illustrated. £6.00

B852 The Joys of Music, by Leonard Bernstein, "instructor in the difficult art of popular music appreciation" Seven scripts from Bernstein's Omnibus prgrammes, illustrated & expanded, plus essays & conversations. White Lion 1974. 303pp. Hardback, Full of musical illustrations. dustwrapper shabby, book is in sound second-hand condition, £4.50

B869 Orchestra, by Andre Previn, 31 musicians from the great orchestras of America & Britain interviewed to give a full narrative of orchestral life. A handsome volume, full of photographs. Macdonald & Jane's, London 1979. 224pp. very good condition, £6.00

B872 Doctor Denis: The Life & Times of Dr Denis Wright, by Roy Newsome, "A leading figure on Brass Bands the world over. As composer, arranger, adjudicator & teacher he was a household name". Egon 1995. 273pp. Very well illustrated. A very rare book, in very good condition, £15.00

B672 Brass Bands in the 20th Century, "from it's humble beginings to information on bands, contests, music trends & personalities". ed Violet Brand & Geoffrey Brand, EPL 1979. 239pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, full of photographs & other illustrations, Ex-lib. ex-library stamps, removable plastic cover on dustwrapper, otherwise very good condition, £4.00

B689 The Proms, by Altes Orga, David & Charles 1975. 191pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, full of illustrations & photographs. very good condition, £3.00

B585 Voices of a People, The Story of Yiddish Folk Song, by Ruth Rubin, Thomas Yoseloff 1963. 496pp. Hardback, Dustwrapper, Illus. First Edition. Ex-lib. tight inside, £4.00

B833 The Unashamed Accompanist, by Gerald Moore, Aschgberg, Hopwood & Crew 1945. 76pp. Card binding with fabric spine, paper dustwrapper. 6th impression. very good condition, £5.00

B825 Am I too Loud?, by Gerald Moore, Memoirs of an Accompanist. Hamish Hamilton 1962. 303pp. Hardback. Well illustrated. Good secondhand condition, dustwrapper chipped, £8.50

B541 Journey Towards Music, a Memoir, by Victor Gollancz, Gollancz 1964. 238pp. Hardback. Well illustrated. Vgc, £4.00

B822 Beating Time, by Antony Hopkins, His autobiography "tells the story of his life in hilarious detail". Michael Joseph 1982. 224pp. Hardback. Well illustrated. Flysheet signed by Antony Hopkins. book is very good condition, dustwrapper shows slight signs of handling, £6.00

B665 The Concerto, by John Culshaw, the great Decca record producer. Max Parrish & Co 1949. 72pp. Hardback, well illustrated including 4 colour plates, £5.00

B742 Sir Charles Halle, the founder of the Halle Orchestra, by Charles Rigby, with a foreword by Barbirolli. Dolphin Press 1952. 180pp. Hardback, Illustrated, £6.00

Miniature Scores

Eulenberg Editions:

Beethoven, Piano Concerto no 5. £2.50

Brahms, Symphonies nos 1 & 2, hardback, £5.00

Brahms, Symphonies nos 3 & 4, hardback, £5.00

Mozart Symphonies, No 39. No 41. (2 separate scores). £2.50 each

Boosey & Hawkes: £2.50 each:

Beethoven, Symphony no 5. Delius, Appalachia. Prokofiev, Classical Symphony. Vaughan Williams, The Wasps.

Alfred Lengnick (Simrock):

Dvorak, Symphony no 9, hard-back, ex-library, £2.50

Belaieff, Leipzig:

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade £3.00

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