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or to individuals who had a G&S connection.
Allen, Reginald; Gilbert, W.S. and Sullivan, Arthur. The First Night Gilbert and Sullivan. [New York]: Limited Editions Club, 1958. [First edition]. "... Containing Complete Librettos of the Fourteen Operas, Exactly as presented at their Première Performances; Together with Facsimiles of the First-Night Programmes ... Illustrated with Contemporary Drawings." #754 of 1500 copies. Original
½ green cloth decoratively edged in gilt along red velvet spine, with gilt lettered green spine label; small ownership label on front free endpaper; contents excellent.
Gold clamshell case with green label containing 27 facsimile programmes and indulgence slips, and guide thereof, the last now a bit creased at bottom edge; just a hint of rubbing to case hinge. Slipcase rubbed at extremities, as usual, yet strong and firm. Together with the LEC's Monthly Newsletter #298, and pre-publication notice "Number Twelve". Overall, a fine set in near fine slipcase
"Edited, with a Prologue and Copious Descriptive Particulars, by Reginald Allen; and a Foreword by Bridget D'Oyly Carte."
This is the first of the three versions of the First Night ...; it is followed by the UK edition (folio volume with program facsimiles covering the dust jacket) and the Heritage Press edition (smaller and less sumptous version of the LEC).
Allen, Reginald; Gilbert, W.S. and Sullivan, Arthur. The First Night Gilbert and Sullivan. New York: The Heritage Press, 1958. "... Containing Complete Librettos of the Fourteen Operas, Exactly as presented at their Première Performances; Together with Facsimiles of the First-Night Programmes ... Illustrated with Contemporary Drawings." Original
½ green cloth, bordered in blind along dark red cloth spine, with green gilt-titled label on spine; other than a hint of toning to spine volume excellent, inside and out. With accompanying
green printed gold box containing 27 facsimile programmes and indulgence slips, and guide thereto, all fine. Gold slipcase a touch dusty, with minor edge rubbing and 2" score on rear panel, yet strong and firm. A fine set.
"Edited, with a Prologue and Copious Descriptive Particulars, by Reginald Allen; and a Foreword by Bridget D'Oyly Carte."
This is the one of the three versions of the First Night ...; it and the UK edition (folio volume with program facsimiles covering the dust jacket) are preceded by the Limited Editions Club's more sumptuous production, on which this version is based.
Allen, Reginald. Presenting in Word & Song, Score & Deed the Life and Work of Sir Arthur Sullivan .... New York : The Pierpont Morgan Library; Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, 1975. [First US edition]. "... Composer for Victorian England from 'Onward, Christian Soldiers' to Gilbert & Sullivan Opera. Compiled by Reginald Allen in collaboration with Gale R. D'Luhy. Fully Illustrated & Annotated" with facsimile letters, ms. sheet music, printed scores, photographs, etc.; errata slip laid in. Original pale olive cloth, lettered in brown on spine, fresh and clean; contents nice and tight.
Bright yellow pictorial (A.S. on front, posters, etc., on rear, differing from the UK edition in subtitle only) dust jacket now sunned to lemon on spine, with light rubbing to tail and a couple faint spots; minor wear to corners; a few very short closed tears along top edge. A fine volume in near fine dust jacket; this is an extensively illustrated catalogue of a major exhibit on the life and works of Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Allen, Reginald. Sir Arthur Sullivan: Composer & Personage. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library; London: Chappell and Company, 1975. [First UK edition of G-3349]. "By Reginald Allen in collaboration with Gale R. D'Luhy"; extensively illustrated with facsimile letters, ms. sheet music, printed scores, photographs, etc.; errata slip laid in. Original pale-olive cloth, lettered in brown, bright and clean; contents excellent.
Bright yellow pictorial (A.S. on front, posters, etc., on rear, differing from the US edition in subtitle only) dust jacket now sunned to lemon on spine and, oddly, on 2" stripe along centre of rear. A fine volume in near fine dust jacket; this is an extensively illustrated catalogue of a major exhibit on the life and works of Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Archer, William. Real Conversations. London: William Heinemann, 1904. [First edition]. "Recorded by William Archer (With twelve portraits)". Conversation "VI. — With Mr. W.S. Gilbert." Publisher's
dark green, gilt lettered cloth, a bit rubbed at extremities and a touch dusty; a couple faint scratches to covers; small "splash" marks to spine, short tear to head thereof neatly repaired. Bookplate with ink crossmarks (later owner?), neat ink name on front free endpaper; "Presentation copy" blind-stamp on title page; one plate, neatly reinserted, creased at lower edge. A very good, clean copy.
Mainly included here for the Gilbert entry, but the twelve interviewees also include Arthur Pinero, Thomas Hardy, George Moore, William Heinemann and George Alexander.
Arthur Sullivan in Musik-Konzepte, no. 151, Neue Folge. München: Richard Boorberg Verlag GmbH & Co, 2011. Edited by Ulrich Tadday. Original
photo-pictorial (Sullivan in 1864) cream card wrappers, clean and fresh; contents excellent. A fine copy of this journal titled, in rough translation, Concepts in Music, New Series, About Composers.
With articles on Sullivan and his work, in German, by Benedict Taylor, David J. Eden, Meinhard Saremba, James Brooks Kuykendall and Richard Silverman.
Baily, Leslie. Gilbert and Sullivan: Their Lives and Times. [New York]: Penguin Books, 1979. First published by Thames and Hudson as Gilbert and Sullivan and Their World. Profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, caricatures, archival items, etc. Photo pictorial (Light Opera of Manhattan Sorcerer scene) card wrappers now creased at lower front corner. A near fine copy.
Baily, Leslie. The Gilbert & Sullivan Book. London: Cassell & Company, 1953. "Third Edition". "... With 10 colour plates and over 400 illustrations in the text". Publisher's brownish-red cloth lightly sunned on spine and along top edge; corners bumped, especially upper rear; minor foxing to edges and endpapers; top edge coloured red.
Red pictorial (The Mikado) dust jacket somewhat worn, with several closed tears to edges and folds, a couple edge chips, and ¾" piece lacking at rear from "snag"; old paper tape repairs to verso, some bleeding through; rear panel creased. Overall, a very good copy of the best history of the Gilbert, Sullivan and D'Oyly Carte collaboration.
Bancroft, Mrs. [Marie Effie, Lady Bancroft]. Gleanings From "On and Off the Stage". London: George Routledge & Sons, 1892. [First edition thus]*. Original
yellow-book style binding, with portrait of the author on front, titled in red and lettered in black; endpapers are "Routledge's Railway Advertiser. Tenth Issue" and rear cover an ad for Pears' Soap. Covers severely worn at corners and spine ends and along joints, resulting in some loss of paper and of cloth at tail; soiled overall, dampstained at lower left of front cover. contents a bit age-toned, with a few minor spots and one creased corner. A pretty awful copy, but better than most yellow-backs!
* Excerpts from On and Off the Stage by Squire and Mrs. Bancroft, as selected by the latter.
Mrs. Bancroft created the role of Jenny Northcott in Sweethearts in 1874. She includes "A Letter from Mrs. Chas. Kean after seeing 'Sweethearts'", "'Cox and Box' in the Engadine", "Anecdotes of F.C. Burnand" and "Concerning 'A Lesson' by Burnand".
Barnabee, Henry Clay. Reminiscences of Henry Clay Barnabee: Being an Attempt to Account for His Life, with Some Excuses for His Professional Career. Boston: Chapple Publishing Company, 1913. [First edition]. (Cover title: "My Wanderings".) Edited by George Leon Varney. Illustrated with several photo-montage plates of Barnabee (among them G & S roles), of contemporary performers (including Patience and Pinafore roles), etc. Signed by the author on the front endpaper. A fine copy in
deep red cloth, gilt ruled, lettered and decorated; and with b/w photo (Barnabee in costume) onlay on front; one corner bumped and spine ends lightly creased; contents excellent.
Includes the chapter "H.M.S. Pinafore" describing the first U.S. production (Barnabee was Sir Joseph Porter). Also refers to his performances in Pygmalion and Galatea and as Bunthorne in Patience.
Barrington, Rutland. More Rutland Barrington. London: Grant Richards, 1911.
[First edition]. "Illustrated", with photographs of Barrington (in civvies or costume) and of his friends and colleagues. Original
dark grey cloth with oval photographic onlay of Barrington on front cover, titled in gilt; a little rubbed and worn at edges and corners; a trifle spotted on rear cover. Spine completely faded; lettering thereon almost illegible. Nontheless a very good copy of the author's second volume of autobiography.
Barrington, Rutland. Rutland Barrington: A Record of Thirty-five Years' Experience on the English Stage. London: Grant Richards, 1908. [First edition]. "With a preface by William S. Gilbert. With Thirty-two Illustrations from Photographs." Original
pinkish-brown "watered silk" design cloth, lettered in gilt with colour pictorial "Pooh-Bah I was born sneering" onlay to front cover. Cloth a somewhat darkened at margins, as usual; spine almost black but gilt lettering remarkably (and surprisingly) sharp; head and tail of spine rubbed and creased. Bookplate; top edge gilt, others (untrimmed) very dusty; contents otherwise clean and tight. A very good copy of the author's first volume of autobiography.
[----- Another copy]. This one considerably more darkened and soiled, pink cloth almost evenly browned overall; onlay dusty, yet still fairly sharp; somewhat rubbed at extremities, with spine titling clear but a bit dulled; edges dusty. Endpapers toned, with hinges perfect; text block holding well, though a couple plates poorly tipped in and so extending slightly into untrimmed fore edges. Still, a very good copy.
Benford, Harry. The Gilbert and Sullivan Lexicon: In Which Is Gilded the Philosophic Pill. Houston, Texas: Queensbury Press, 1999. Third edition, revised and enlarged. "Featuring New Illustrations [by Geoffrey Shovelton] and New Insights"; foreword by Kenneth Sandford; note re. Kenneth Sandford by Roberta Morrell; blurbs on rear cover by Isaac Asimov, Daniel Kravetz, Stephen Turnbull, Fredric Wilson and Kenneth Sandford. Original
lilac-blue laminated pictorial (Shovelton drawing of Gilbert and Sullivan using the Lexicon, 2nd ed.) boards; as new.
Binney, Malcolm and Lavender, Peter (comp.). The Authentic Gilbert & Sullivan Songbook. New York: Dover Publications, 1977. [First edition].
Jessie Bond in Jacket
Bond, Jessie. The Life and Reminiscences of Jessie Bond The Old Savoyard. London: John Lane The Bodley Head Limited, 1930. First edition. "... As told by herself to Ethel MacGeorge. With fifteen illustrations." A fine copy in the original blue cloth lettered in yellow. In the scarce
photo-pictorial (Jessie Bond as Phoebe) white dust jacket, lightly soiled on panels; spine a bit darkened; tiny chips at extremities. One of the great G&S autobiographies superbly illustrated with photos of all the roles she made famous.
Bradley, Ian; Gilbert, W.S. and Sullivan, Arthur. The Complete Annotated Gilbert & Sullivan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback edition. "Introduced and Edited by Ian Bradley." Original
colour pictorial (cigarette card figures) card wrappers nice and fresh; no creasing or cracking of spine (uncommon in a 2¼" thick trade paper volume); faint smudge to fore edge; contents excellent. A fine copy of a well-researched and extensively annotated collection of the thirteen G&S operas.
Brahms, Caryl. Gilbert and Sullivan: Lost Chords and Discords. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975. [First edition]. Gilt lettered and decorated (G & S caricatures) dark blue cloth, with contents superbly illustrated in colour and black and white.
Elaborate pictorial dust jacket curled at top edge; spine a little spotted. A fine copy of this double biography.
Browne, Edith A. W.S. Gilbert. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company, 1907. [First edition]. "With twenty-three illustrations", photographs of Gilbert, G&S productions/stars, etc., and 'Bab' drawings. From the "Stars of the Stage" series, edited by J.T. Grein. Original
green cloth, decorated (Greek figure with drama masks) in brown, titled in gilt; spine and edges of rear panel now somewhat sunned, gilt thereon a bit dulled; faint mark to front cover near figure. Neat ink name and ownership blind-stamp on front free endpaper; both free endpapers tanned; ink notation in margin of p.8. A near fine copy.
Burnand, F.C. The "A.D.C.": Being Personal Reminiscences of the University Amateur Dramatic Club, Cambridge. London: Chapman and Hall, 1880. [First edition]. Original
bright green cloth, decoratively panelled in black, and lettered in gilt on spine, now soiled and worn; lower rear joint split 2", with corresponding split to inner hinge; evidence of label removed from upper front. Front hinge cracking yet still strong; bookplate; small label untidily removed from half-title; some evidence of dampstaining to top margin of pages, and some "thumbing". A good copy of this enjoyable reminiscence.
Burnand's history of the first nine years (1854/5-1863/4) of the Cambridge club, written from the author's perspective and filled with tales of his participation in it, most very funny; supplemented by production / cast information.
Burnand, F.C. A New Light Thrown Across the Keep It Quite Darkest Africa. London: Trischler and Company, [n.d., ca.1890*]. Sixth edition, thirty-eighth thousand. "A Satirical and Humorous
Sketch." Illustrated with many amusing (some very un-PC) drawings; with many pages of wonderful Victorian ads at front and rear. Original
dark green cloth printed in pink , now a triffle faded on spine; with two darkened patches on front; corners and spine ends lightly rubbed, with minor fraying at tail. A bit of cracking to front hinge, yet all still nice and tight; patterened endapers; pages a touch age toned. A near fine copy.
* Dated from ads
A parody of H.M. Stanley's In Darkest Africa, also published in 1890, and advertised herein.
Burnand, Francis C. Records and Reminiscences: Personal and General. London: Methuen, 1904. Second edition. 2 volumes. Original
gilt-lettered and ruled bright red cloth, now a trifle darkened and dulled on spines; some wear to spine ends including 1/2" closed tear to top of v.1; top edges gilt; small light spot on rear cover of v.2. Front hinge v.1 and rear v.2 cracked but firm; contents otherwise clean and tight. Illustrated with caricatures and portraits of contemporaries, and manuscript facsimiles. A near fine copy.
A wonderful memoir filled with reminiscences of time spent with most of the Victorian theatrical and artistic notables of the day, including frequent mentions of Gilbert, Sullivan and the Savoy.
Cox-Ife, William. W.S. Gilbert: Stage Director. London: Dennis Dobson, 1977. First edition. "Student's Musical Library - Historical and Critical Series." Illustrated with photos, drawings and programme facsimiles. Original black and white tweed-like boards, lettered in red on spine; decorative ownership ink stamp on front endpaper; contents excellent.
Purple and black photo-pictorial (Gilbert) dust jacket price clipped; a touch age-toned. A fine copy of this study of Gilbert's role in producing the operas, written by the former Assistant Musical Director of the D'Oyly Carte.
Crowther, Andrew. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan: His Life and Character. Stroud [UK]: The History Press, 2011. First edition. Illustrated with 8 pp. photographic section at centre. A fine copy in wine-red boards and
brown-toned pictorial (Gilbert photo over Victorian drawing) dust jacket.
Dark, Sidney and Grey, Rowland. W.S. Gilbert: His Life and Letters. London: Methuen & Co., 1923. First edition. "With eight full-page plates and some illustrations in the text". Original
dark green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and blind on front, spine titling nice and bright; minor creasing and tiny tear at tail of spine. Bookplate; light foxing, primarily to preliminaries and final leaves, and toning to endpapers; contents otherwise clean and tight; 8 pp. Methuen catalogue dated September 1923 at rear. A fine copy.
Davidson, Gladys. Stories from Gilbert and Sullivan. London: Werner Laurie, 1957. Third impression. Illustrated with photographs. Gilt lettered dark blue boards; ink name and date on front endpaper; contents clean and tight. Price clipped
gold and yellow colour pictorial dust jacket a bit browned on rear, with small mark on spine, and dusty overall. A near fine copy.
Downs, Harold (ed.). Theatre and Stage: A modern guide to the performance of all classes of amateur dramatic, operatic and theatrical works. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1934. [First edition ?]. "Edited by Harold Downs, assisted by well-known authorities and celebrities in the theatrical world. Fully illustrated with many photographs, plates, and diagrams." 2 vols; each including G&S chapters by the editor of the Gilbert and Sullivan Journal, D. Graham Davis (24 in all)* plus introduction by Henry Lytton; also contains other useful general essays on such subjects as costuming, lighting, make-up and staging. With errata slips in each volume acknowledging permission to re-print previously copyrighted articles. Original
royal blue cloth, with gilt lettering on front and spine; cloth marked, with a couple small abrasions, and rubbed at corners and edges; gilt still nice and bright; edges dusty, fore-edges with minor spoting; hinges nice and tight; a few pages "thumbed"; neat ink ownership name on front endpaper. Near fine.
* Each volume's index to contains almost a full column of G&S references.
Downs, Harold (ed.). Theatre and Stage: An Encyclopaedic Guide to the Performance of All Amateur Dramatic, Operatic and Theatrical Work. London: New Era Publishing Co., [n.d., 1951?]. [Later edition, revised]. "Edited by Harold Downs, assisted by well-known authorities and celebrities in the theatrical world. Fully illustrated with many photographs, plates, and diagrams." With extensive (90 p.) article by D. Graham Davis* (editor of the Gilbert and Sullivan Journal ), and 2 p. introduction by Darrel Fancourt; also includes numerous other articles on a wide, fascinating and useful range of theatrical topics. 2 vols. Original
gilt lettered light green cloth; covers a little spotted, with cloth rippled on part of rear of v.2 (damp?); three black stars stamped at top (v.2) or bottom (v.1) edges; ink name on front endpapers. In spite of the rippling, a near fine copy.
* In this edition, all G&S articles from the 1934 edition have been brought together and incorporated into one, multi-sectioned piece.
D'Oyly Carte Opera Trust. 100 Years of D'Oyly Carte and Gilbert and Sullivan. [London: the Trust, 1975]. Cover title: D'Oyly Carte Centenary, 1875-1975. With introduction by Bridget D'Oyly Carte; essays by Sir Arthur Bryant, Philip Hope-Wallace, Jane W. Stedman and Owen French; historical and other text by Clemence Bettany. Profusely illustrated with photos, caricatures, costume designs, production scenes, etc. A fine copy in
embossed ("D'OYLY / CARTE") oblong glossy white card wrappers lettered in gold; printed in brown with 4 p. colour section of costume designs. A detailed look at the company, its history, stars and productions.
Ferguson, William C., Jr. A History of the Savoy Company. Philadelphia, Pa.: The Savoy Company, 1951. 1950 Edition. Extensively illustrated with b/w photos, including productions, events, officers, and Gilbert's 1904 letter. Original gilt-decorated (Savoy badge) blue cloth; a hint of fading to spine and edges; scuff above logo on front; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy of this history which includes annual production notes, lists of officers and members and a section called "Who Played What, When".
Findon, B.W. Sir Arthur Sullivan and His Operas. London: Sisley's, [n.d.]. A reprint of the author's Sir Arthur
Sullivan: His Life and Music. A near fine copy in
green cloth over light boards, lettered in brown; spine a trifle darkened, top corners and spine ends bumped. Pages very slightly age-toned owing to poor quality paper used; minor foxing at edges. Photo plates printed in red and white.
Flint, W. Russell. For operas illustrated by Flint, see the individual titles, or see Russell Flint's Savoy Operas.
Gatliff, Evelyn. The Savoy Stories. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1950. Revised edition. "Transcribed from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas". Woodcut illustrations by Wolfgang Cardamatis. Original yellowish-grey cloth, lettered in green; covers slightly bowed. In
pale-grey pictorial (Jack Point, Katisha and Mikado) dust jacket* printed in red and black, with "8/6" printed price on front flap; a trifle sunned at spine. Fine copy of this unusual Australian title.
* Might this be the dust jacket as designed for the original edition? (see below). Three-line imprint (Australia, London and New York) on rear panel.
[----- Another copy]. This one
in variant (later?) dull pink dust jacket*, lettered in green and black, a little frayed at top of spine; lacks small sliver at top of back panel. English/Chinese red ownership ink stamp, and blue ink date, on front endpaper. Near fine copy of this unusual Australian title.
* Dust jacket reads "New and revised edition". Could the above item be the original design of the dust jacket and this the revised version? Five-line imprint (Great Britain, Europe, Canada, South Africa and USA) on rear panel.
Gilbert, W.S. The "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: John Camden Hotten, 1869. [First edition]. "With illustrations by the author." Original
bevelled green cloth lettered (in facsimile of Gilbert's hand) and decorated (Bab figures) in gilt, all still nice and bright; hint of darkening to spine; very minor wear to lower front corner; all edges gilt. Ink name to front endpaper (greenish-grey coated paper) and evidence of bookplate removal from front pastedown; front hinge cracked but strong, rear perfect, with binders ticket ("W.Bone & Son") on pastedown; text tight and clean; 4 pp. publisher's ads at rear; pencilled early bookseller's notes on recto of rear endpaper. A fine copy.
The first collection of Gilbert's whimsical, fanciful poems, most first published in the pages of Fun, which poke good fun at Victorian society and characters; they are accompanied by his Bab sketches "... because, while they are certainly quite as bad as the Ballads, I suppose they are not much worse." (cf. Preface)
Gilbert, W.S. The "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: John Camden Hotten, 1869. First edition.
Gilbert, W.S. More "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge and Sons, [n.d., 1873]. First edition.
"With illustrations by the author",
a fair number of the Bab caricatures charmingly hand-coloured - some partially, others fully. Rebound in
19th century 3/4 dark blue morocco with marbled paper sides, signed "Mudie"; gilt lettered and decoratively-ruled spine, now sunned, with "R.Y.S. Mirage" at tail*; all edges marbled; some rubbing and scuffing at extremities. Pencilled name and notation on verso of front endpaper*; occasional foxing, mostly to first and last leaves; a little ghosting of colouring to adjacent leaves and scuff, affecting text of "Gregory Parable LL.D" (p.84), both in More "Bab". Near fine.
* Form the pencilled inscriptions "yachting days" and "'Mirage' days", and the gilt "R.Y.S. Mirage", we infer that these are from the library of a ship of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the yacht club founded in 1815 and given royal patronage in 1820. Can't prove it, but ...
Gilbert, W.S. The "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, [n.d., 1870?]. [First US edition]. "With illustrations by the author." Original
bevelled green cloth, decorated in gilt, matching first UK edition on front cover, but differing on spine; now a bit rubbed at edges, somewhat more so at corners; light soiling, especially to spine; spine ends creased and worn, but with only minor loss; all edges gilt. Endpapers cracking, yet holding firmly; pencilled ownership name and date ("1871") on front pastedown. A very good copy.
Gilbert, W.S. The "Bab" Ballads and More "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge and Sons, [n.d., 1874]. [First combined edition?]. "With illustrations by the author"; cover title: "'Bab' Ballads Complete"; each collection with separate tables of contents and paginations. Original
light green cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in (Bab figures) in black and brown; lightly soiled overall, somewhat more so on spine. Ink name and "Xmas/94" on front pastedown; a few ink spots to top edge along rear board, just affecting the top of rear endpapers. Overall, a near fine copy.
Gilbert, W.S. The "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, [n.d., ca.1897?]. "Fifth [US] edition, revised". "With Illustrations by the Author." Original
dark green bevelled cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, with front cover mimicking the first edition [i.e. 1st UK]; all edges gilt; corners a touch rubbed; spine ends creased with light wear, and hint of rubbing to gilt. Gift inscription dated 1897 on front flyleaf; hinges and brown coated endpapers virtually perfect; pages a touch age-toned, otherwise clean and tight. Fine.
Gilbert, W.S. The Bab Ballads. London: Hutchinson, [n.d., 1931]. [First edition thus]. "Including the Author's Illustrations, with Original Tunes by Adrian Welles Beecham." Foreword by Sir Henry Lytton. Vol. 2 only. Contains 21 ballads, each with accompanying music. Large format original
teal cloth, lettered and ruled in black; faint spotting around edges; top corners bumped. Inner hinges starting near top; publisher's 1" x 1/4" die cut in title page; pages clean and tight. A near fine copy, with remnants of heavily soiled white dust jacket (mostly rear panel and flap) laid in.
Gilbert, W.S. The Bab Ballads, With Which Are Included Songs of a Savoyard. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1898. [First edition] "With 350 illustrations by the author" including 200 new drawings made especially for this volume.
Original brightly gilt lettered red cloth with black and white decorations (Bab figures); faded and lightly rubbed on spine; corners dampstained; spine ends a touch worn; top edge gilt. Some evidence of dampstaining to lower edge of preliminaries, especially frontispiece; a few pages roughly opened along fore-edge; contents otherwise excellent. A very good copy of this most attractive volume.
[----- Another copy]. This one
more sunned on spine, with unsightly mark affecting gilt titling thereon;
gilt otherwise bright, figures nice and sharp; spine ends creased, with a hint of fraying at top. Bookplate; contents excellent, with a hint of offsetting from red print of title page to frontispiece (Gilbert photo) tissue guard. Very good.
Gilbert, W.S. Fifty "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1877. [First edition thus].
Original black- and gilt-stamped brown cloth; corners and spine ends lightly worn, spine dulled. Endpapers virtually perfect; pages lightly foxed, with small adhesion mark in blank margin of pp. 26/7; contents tight and firm. Near fine.
Gilbert, W.S. Fifty "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1877. [First edition thus]. "With illustrations by the author." Original
gilt- and black-stamped royal blue cloth nice and bright on covers, though a touch darkened on spine; joints a bit rubbed, and minor wear at spine ends and corners. All edges gilt; one pair of conjugate leaves (pp.19-22) reinserted; Christmas gift inscription dated "76". Because of the re-inserted leaves, near fine.
Gilbert, W.S. Fifty "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1878. [Later issue]. Original
gilt- and black-stamped bright green cloth bright, sharp and clean; leaning very slightly; all edges gilt. Neat pencilled name and address on front free endpaper; hinges cracked, yet holding strong; contents tight and clean. A fine copy.
Gilbert, W.S. Fifty "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge, [n.d., 1880s?]. "With illustrations by the author." Original
light green cloth, elaborately lettered and decorated (Bab figures) in gilt, golden-brown and black; now darkened and dulled on spine; hint of rubbing to title "panels"; corners and spine ends bumped. Decorative endpapers, with small corner lacking at rear; light internal foxing, with a touch of spotting to fore edge. A near fine copy of this highly decorative production.
Gilbert, W.S. Fifty "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense. London: George Routledge, 1891. "With Illustrations by the Author." A fine copy of this reprint, in original
red cloth decorated (helter-skelter montage of Bab figures) and lettered in black; covers still bright and sharp, though lightly soiled; spine a bit sunned. Endpapers foxed; contents tight and clean.
Gilbert, W.S. Gilbert Before Sullivan: Six Comic Plays. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967. [First edition]. "Edited and with an introduction by Jane W. Stedman." Review slip from Univeristy of Toronto Press (Canadian publisher) laid in. Original orange-red cloth lettered in gilt on spine; slight hint of rubbing at lower edge. Contents bright, tight and clean.
Pictorial red, black and tan dust jacket price clipped and a touch dusty, with short closed tear at top front spine; small "ding" at mid spine. Fine volume in near fine dust jacket.
Gilbert, W.S. Gilbert Before Sullivan: Six Comic Plays. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969. [First UK edition]. "Edited and with an Introduction by Jane W. Stedman." A fine, bright copy in original gilt lettered red cloth; top edge a touch dusty; contents clean and bright. Near fine
pictorial red, black and buff dust jacket a bit rubbed at edges; minor soiling on rear panel, faint, short streaks on front.
Gilbert, W.S. Gilbert Without Sullivan. New York, (1981). First edition. Illustrations by L.B. Lubin. A fine copy in the original purple cloth, with matching
pictorial purple/white dust jacket. Title page and other illustrations printed in purple.
Gilbert, W.S. Lost Bab Ballads. London & New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1932. First edition. "Collected edited and illustrated by Townley Searle." Original textured green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; top edge dark green. Small mark to front endpaper; contents somewhat foxed, especially on edges and first and last leaves.
Four colour pictorial dust jacket, evenly soiled; several closed tears, including 3" along rear hinge and across spine, and 1" x 2" scuffed piece straightened and neatly re-attached at lower rear; small chips at corners and top of spine. A fine volume in very good dust jacket.
From the collection of Colin Prestige
"Mr. Searle has now collected these "Lost" Ballads from early volumes of Fun and other periodicals, and with Lady Gilbert's permission they here appear in book form for the first time." (cf. dust jacket flap)
Gilbert, W.S. Lost Bab Ballads. London & New York: G.P. Putnam's, 1932. Third printing. Original dark green textured cloth, lettered in gilt on now slightly darkened spine; top edge dark green; Small bubbled patch to front cover and minor crinkling to rear joint; two faint tiny spots on front. Neat ink name on front endpaper; spine leaning slightly; contents nice and clean. Near fine.
"These 'Lost' of 'Uncollected' 'Bab Ballads' originally appeared in the pages of Fun, Punch, Hood's Annual, The Comic News and similar publications. They are now reprinted by kind permission of Lady Gilbert ..." (cf. Introduction)
Gilbert, W.S. More Bab Ballads. London: Macmillan and Co., 1926. "Illustrated Pocket Classics." "With Illustrations by the Author." A fine bright copy in original
gilt lettered dark red cloth; top edge gilt. Near fine
tan dust jacket, printed in dark blue, now dusty at edges and with minor chipping at head of spine; "4s." price label over original "3/6" printed price.
Gilbert, W.S. Original Comic Operas: [First Series]. London: Chappell & Co.; Chatto & Windus, [n.d., ca.1892]*. [First edition, later issue?]*, with "Ent. Sta. Hall" on title page. Original
buff cloth decorated and lettered in black, with differing floral devices at head and tail of spine (in other copies - first issue? - they match); front cover rubbed around titling and with a few darkened spots; light wear to corners and spine ends, minor loss at tail; somewhat soiled overall. Contents a bit loose; ink lists of Gilbert and/or Sullivan works on rear free endpaper (both sides); light foxing to endpapers and toning to text. Very good.
* This seems to match the copy listed by Townley Searle as it does not use the "City Branch ..." line in the imprint; still, Searle places this with 1890 publications, but the ads at rear of this copy include The Mountebanks which was not published until 1892.
Gilbert, W.S. Original Comic Operas: First Series. London: Chappell & Co., [n.d., ca. 1910?]. Later edition, with "First Series" at head of title, on cover and spine. 5 pp. ads. at rear. Original
beige cloth decorated in black, now somewhat bubbled; spine faded and soiled and somewhat worn at top and bottom. Ink name and address on front endpaper; last few leaves a little foxed. Overall a very good copy.
Gilbert, W.S. Original Plays. New York: Scribner, Armstrong, & Co., 1876. [First US edition]. Contains The Wicked World, Pygmalion and Galatea, Charity, The Princess, The Palace of Truth, and Trial by Jury. Original
dark greenish-blue cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt; corners and spine ends lightly worn, covers a bit rubbed. Bookseller's label on front pastedown; pencilled and ink ownership names on front flyleaf; light chipping to olive-brown coated endpapers; pages lightly age-toned. Near fine.
[----- Another copy]. This one rebound in later reddish brown cloth, now somewhat soiled overall and tanned on spine; head of spine worn with minor loss, tail and corners bumped; gilt lettered leather label half chipped away; faint streak on front board. Bab design bookplate; contents age-toned, but nice and clean. Very good.
Gilbert, W.S. Original Plays: Second Series. London: Chatto and Windus, 1886. "A new edition." "Containing Broken Hearts, Engaged, Sweethearts, Dan'l Druce, Gretchen, Tom Cobb, The Sorcerer, H.M.S.
Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance." Original
pea green cloth, titled in gilt on spine, otherwise lettered and decorated in brown and black; lightly soiled overall, spine dulled, joints rubbed; corners bumped, lower ones severely so; a bit of bubbling at lower front; small "dings" at edges. Split to patterned endpaper at rear hinge, yet tight; contents clean; 32 pp. publisher's catalogue dated "Sept. 1894" at rear. Very good.
Gilbert, W.S. Savoy Operas. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1909. [First edition]. "With illustrations in colour by W. Russell Flint" - these are some of the most famous images depicting scenes from the operas. Includes The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Princess Ida and The Yeomen of the Guard. Original
deep-red cloth elaborately lettered in gilt; top edge gilt, others uncut; spine lightly sunned, gilt thereon a little dulled and much rubbed at tail; spine ends worn and torn with some loss at top, corners rubbed and worn; short closed split at front joint; covers speckled and a bit soiled, but gilt on front bright and sharp. Ink name inside frontcover; hinges perfect; contents neatly re-glued at gutter in a few places; fore-edges of a few pp. browned; light foxing throughout (as often); 1/4" waterstain at top corner of last half of block. A very good copy with all illustrations present.
Gilbert, W.S. Songs of a Savoyard. London: George Routledge, 1892. Later edition (title page on a stub) Binding similar to the first edition:
pinkish-brown bevelled cloth, but with Bab figures in golden brown and black and only top edge gilt (now dulled); spine ends creased. 2 pp. publisher's Gilbert ads at rear; floral endpapers slightly browned; contents excellent. Near fine.
[----- Another copy]. This one very soiled overall, yet gilt and decoration still sharp; corners and spine ends worn; front hinge cracked yet holding. Ink gift inscription on verso of frontispiece, tiny ink number near gutter of front free endpaper; text block clean and, though with a couple cracks, still sound. A good copy only.
Unusual W.S. Gilbert limited edition
Gilbert, William Schenck [sic]. A Stage Play. New York: Dramatic Museum of Columbia University, 1916. [First edition]. Publications of the Dramatic Museum ... Third Series: Papers on Playmaking, III. "With an introduction by
William Archer." "Notes by B[rander] M[atthews]" One of 333 copies. Original
grey-blue boards, with simple cream paper title-label wrapped around spine; covers lightly age toned and a bit dusty; small chip to head of spine. Pages unopened; 1/2" split at front inner hinge; clean and tight.
Originally published in Tom Hood's Comic Annual for 1873, this essay outlines how to write (or, more accurately, how not to write) a dramatic play, by critiquing the technique of "Mr. Horace Facile" as he writes a play involving an Archbishop, a Harlequin and, as love interest, the Archbishop's daughter.
Gilbert, W.S. The Story of the Mikado. London: Daniel O'Connor, 1921. [First edition], first issue? with title page printed in two-colours*. "Told by Sir W.S. Gilbert, Illustrated by Alice B. Woodward", foreword signed "D.O'C". Original
ochre cloth, decorated (three little maids with lanterns) in blue, titling a touch rubbed on front; spine dusty around titling, corners thereof a touch rubbed. Some foxing throughout; decorative (characters dancing around Mikado) orange and cream endpapers with scuff at top corner of front free endpaper (label removed?); with "With the Publisher's Compliments" ink stamp on half-title. A near fine copy of this charming re-telling of the story.
* Most first issues, that is those with the two-colour title page, are in yellow cloth; the later issue, with title page printed all in black, are in ochre cloth. This copy seems to be from a transition between the two (publishers of the period often changed cover cloth when one roll ran out, ergo the plethora of colour/texture issues in such books), so perhaps this is best described as "first edition, first issue, second state" ... but that's just getting picky!
Gilbert, W.S. The Yeomen of the Guard, or, The Merryman and His Maid. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1912. [First separate edition]. "With coloured illustrations by W. Russell Flint." Original
gilt-decorated (ornate wreathed armorial border) brown cloth, still bright and clean, with, surprisingly, only minor dulling to gilt on spine. Bookplate; endpapers lightly browned; virtually no foxing to text; last few pages, including one plate, creased at top corner. A fine, bright copy, unusual in this condition.
[----- Another copy]. This one somewhat dulled on spine and with a few faint marks on front; lower edge of front creased; covers slightly splayed. Endpapers tanned; pastedowns, and pages lightly foxed. Near fine.
Gilbert, W.S. The Yeomen of the Guard. London: Macmillan & Co., 1929. Eight illustrations in colour by Russell Flint and black and white drawings by Charles E. Brock.
Original gilt-decorated (Jack Point talking to his stick-puppet) red cloth, now a little faded and slightly splayed. Interesting presentation inscription on front endpaper reads: "Ellen C. Taylor, In commemoration of the performance of the 'Yeomen of the Guard' with Sir Henry Lytton as 'Jack Point', 13.9.30."
[----- Another copy]. This one in variant binding (without Jack Point vignette) but with dust jacket. Original gilt lettered red cloth bright and sharp;
brown paper dust jacket lettered and decorated (Jack Point and Elsie Maynard dancing before the Tower of London) in red, with light wear at corners and bottom of spine, a little chipped at spine ends. Gift inscription and blind stamp on front endpaper, otherwise a fine copy in the scarce dust jacket.
[----- Another copy]. This one also
in variant binding (without Jack Point vignette), but lacking dust jacket; spine completely faded and frayed at head. Internally excellent.
Gilbert, W.S. and Sullivan, Arthur. Songs of Two Savoyards. London: George Routledge and Chappell, [n.d.]. [Second edition]. Original
yellow-tan cloth lettered entirely in gilt and decorated (Bab figures) in purplish-brown; covers now a bit soiled; ownership name on front endpaper obliterated in ink, 1916 date still clear; brief ink mathematical formula on half title; rear endpaper cracked; 1 p. loose. A very good copy.
The Gilbert and Sullivan ...: Catalogue of the Collection of Prints, Photographs and Models of the Operas and their Authors. London: Whitbread & Co., 1962. [First edition]. "With a foreword by MISS BRIDGET D'OYLY CARTE and an essay by PETER GOFFIN ..."
Wine-red card wrappers with gilt and white lettering and photos of Gilbert and Sullivan on front; very lightly rubbed at edges; internally clean and tight. A fine copy of this record of the collections then on display at Whitbread's Gilbert and Sullivan pub in London.
Gilbert and Sullivan: An Operatic Glossary. London: The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, 1975. Original
pink card wrappers. 64 pp. of definitions running from "Abudah chest" to "Zoffany". A near fine copy.
Godfrey, George. Life of George Godfrey, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London. London: S.W. Partridge and Co., 1883. Third edition. "Showing his civil and military career from childhood to the 77th year of his age."
Pale blue paper-covered pictorial (Godfrey as yeoman warder) boards; now rubbed at spine and corners, affecting some of the text on the former; dusty overall, with a few stray marks; small "ding" to fore-edge of front board. Institutional library bookplate; small ink number to lower edge of first text page; embossed seal on pp. 9/10; some foxing, especially to 3 or 4 preliminary or terminal leaves. Overall a very good copy of this autobiographical sketch which, while not G&S, does give a good idea of the kind of service that leads to becoming a Yeoman of the Guard.
First published 1882.
Godfrey enlisted in the 13th Light Infantry, with service in the East Indies.
Godwin, A.H. Gilbert & Sullivan: A Critical Appreciation of the Savoy Operas . London and Toronto: J.M. Dent, 1926. [First edition]. "With an Introduction by G.K. Chesterton." Original
khaki cloth lettered in green on lightly faded spine; top edge brown; spine ends creased; covers faintly speckled. Neat gift inscription on front endpaper; preliminaries, final pages and edges foxed. A very good copy.
Goffin, Peter. Stage Lighting for Amateurs. London: J. Garnet Miller, 1955. Fourth edition. "With an Appendix on 'Drama in Education' ... Illustrated by the Author [in-text drawings and b/w photo sections]. With a Preface by Howard Hayden." Gilt-lettered black cloth clean and tight; neat ink name on front free endpaper.
Light brown, black and white dust jacket, tan sunned to ecru on and near spine; minor chipping at spine ends, and with a few short closed edge tears; 10/6 label over original "7/6" price on front flap. A near fine copy, in very good dust jacket, of a surprisingly interesting analysis of the techniques and theory of theatrical lighting, by the D'Oyly Carte's technical advisor, and designer of several new productions in the 1940s-60s.
Goldberg, Isaac. The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, or, The 'Compleat' Savoyard. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1928. First edition. Original
gilt-lettered green cloth, ruled in blind on front, now dulled and darkened on spine (titling almost illegible thereon); front cover bright and sharp, rear faintly spotted along edges; text bright, tight and clean. Very good.
Green, Martyn. Here's a How-de-do: My Life in Gilbert & Sullivan. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1952. First [US] edition. Illustrated with 16 pp. b/w photo section. Original wine-red cloth, stamped in dull-gold on spine; faint pale patch along lower front joint and very light bumping to lower rear corner; contents excellent.
Red-on-cream photopictorial (b/w Ko-Ko on front, Sir Joseph Porter on rear) dust jacket, a litte dusty on rear, with a couple of corner chips and light edge rubbing; short closed tear with resultant crease at lower front. A fine copy in near fine dust jacket of this autobiography by the D'Oyly Carte's principal patter man from the 1930s to the 1950s.
[----- Another copy]. This one with a touch of wear wear at top of lightly rubbed spine; corners a bit bumped; faint traces of pencilled ownership name erased from front free endpaper; contents clean and tight. Dust jacket sunned on spine and worn and torn along top edge; lacking several small chips or pieces, and one large one across top of spine, affecting author's name; panels still virtually complete and fairly clean. A near fine copy in very good dust jacket.
Green, Martyn. Here's a How-de-do: Travelling with Gilbert and Sullivan. London: Max Reinhardt, 1952. Reprint. Original pale green cloth, lettered in red on spine, top edge red; Christmas 1955 gift inscription on front endpaper.
Colour pictorial (seven "patter" characters in a jalopy) dust jacket severely torn; repaired with archival tape along front upper hinge; lacking pieces at corners and spine ends; otherwise clean and bright. Fine in good dust jacket.
"A greenery-yallery ..."
The Grosvenor Gallery Catalogue. London: Chatto & Windus, 1889. "A complete Illustrated Catalogue of the Summer Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery," edited by Henry Blackburn. Original
grey wrappers printed in brown, now somewhat dusty; staples rusty inside, affecting rear wrapper; rear inner hinge loose because partly unglued from spine. The Index of Exhibitors lists many well known Victorian artists, including J.E. Millais (Utopia) . Overall a very good copy of a usually fragile item.
[Guinness] Penn, Stanley. My Goodness! My Gilbert and Sulliuvan!. [London: Arthur Guinness, Son & Co.], 1961. [First edition]. A G&S parody booklet
Hamilton, Walter, comp. Parodies of the Works of English and American Authors. London: Reeves & Turner, 1887. First edition. "Volume IV. Containing Parodies of ... Lewis Carroll* ... W.S. Gilbert** ... Lord Tennyson's Jubilee Ode ... [etc.]", including Charles Dickens***, Robert Burns, and more than 20 other authors/literary genres. Original
dark green bevelled cloth, ruled in black and lettered in gilt, still nice and bright; binding cocked, top right corner ⅜" out of true; small pinhole to centre spine; ink scribble to bottom edge; top edge gilt. Neat 1" repair to bottom edge of pp 45/6; top front hinge just barely cracked; contents otherwise clean and tight. A very good, clean copy. A wonderful collection poking fun at beloved originals with such delightful verses as "Song of the Lawn Tennis Championship": "Oh, foolish swain / Think you, because / on grassy plain / I mind each clause / Of sovereign / Lawn-tennis laws ..."
* Carroll parodies include Alice in Wonderland, The Walrus and the Carpenter and Jabberwocky (pp.55-59)
** G&S parodies from eight of the best known Savoy operas, as well as Pygmalion and Galatea and Bab Ballads (pp.116-142)
*** Dickens parodies are of "Oh! a dainty plant is the ivy green" and "They told him gently she was dead" (pp.9-11, 275)
Harman, Lindsay. A Comic Opera Life. West Hartlepool: William Barlow, 1924. [First edition]. With four plates: three photographs (two in G&Amp;S costume), and caricature self-portrait.
Gilt-lettered red cloth; spine lightly faded, lettering thereon dulled; covers a touch splayed; some edge foxing, extending onto several pages; endpapers toned.
Plain brown-paper dust jacket printed in red, lettering almost faded away on tanned spine; spine ends chipped, corners less so. A near fine copy in dust jacket of a very cheaply produced, very uncommon book.
Harman was with the D'Oyly Carte throughout the 1890s, mostly touring with Company "E", including a couple of tours in the US.
Hibbert, H.G. A Playgoer's Memories. London: Grant Richards, 1920. [First edition]. Original
blue cloth lettered in gilt; with minor chaffing to covers; small "ding" on rear fore edge; top edge blue, now a bit sunned. Endpapers lightly tanned; ownership label on front pastedown; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy.
This wide-ranging memoir of the British stage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries includes a chapter on Gilbert and Sullivan, their history and productions, and an appendix outlining the original productions and mentioning early revivals.
Hollingshead, John. "Good Old Gaiety": An Historiette and Remembrance. London: Gaiety Theatre Company, 1903. [First edition]. Illustrated with full page photographic plates of performers, playwrights/composers, and others involved with the theatre, and full-colour frontispiece "The 'Spirit of the Lamp'"; additional woodburytype montage entitled "Some Leading Actresses ..." inserted at front. Original
gilt-decorated ("Spirit of the Lamp" and lettering on front) maroon-brown leather covers, now rubbed at edges and corners and cracked along spine; early repair across spine ends extending 1" onto boards coloured and textured to match; all edges gilt. Errata slip facing Preface page; 1906 ink gift inscription blocked out on front endpaper; glossy paper contents nice and tight, but a bit "thumbed". A very good copy of this reminiscence and history produced at the time that the original Gaiety Theatre was torn down.
The author managed the Gaiety when Gilbert's Robert the Devil was one of its opening productions, and he produced the first G&S collaboration Thespis (see Chapter VI "The First Gilbert and Sullivan piece."). With several references to and photos of various individuals related to Gilbert, Sullivan and their productions.
Hyman, Alan. Sullivan and His Satellites: A Survey of English Operettas, 1860-1914. London: Chappell | Elm Tree Books, 1978. First edition. Author's presentation copy, signed on front endpaper. A fine copy, in original gilt-lettered red cloth; in
colour pictorial (Victorian couple) white dust jacket, a bit
creased at top edge. Extensively illustrated history of G&S operas and other similar works of the late 19th century.
[----- Another copy]. This one not signed, with the faintest hint of sunning to spine. Fine.
Jacobs, Arthur. Arthur Sullivan: A Victorian Musician. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984. First edition. With several excellent illustrations. A fine copy in the original blue cloth;
pictorial (Sullivan) dust jacket just a trifle curled at spine ends.
Jacobs, Arthur. Gilbert and Sullivan. London: Max Parrish, 1951. First edition. The World of Music series. "With 33 Illustrations in Photogravure." A fine copy in gilt lettered brown cloth; boards slightly splayed. Very good price-clipped
pink pictorial dust jacket, somewhat worn at spine ends and corners; with closed tear at front-flap hinge; folds rubbed.
James, Alan. Gilbert & Sullivan. London [etc.]: Omnibus Press, 1989. [First edition]. "The Illustrated Lives of Great Composers." "Opera synopses by Andrew Codd." Well illustrated with b/w photographs, engravings, programmes, advertisements and other related materials. Original
colour pictorial (G&S memorabilia) card wrappers, one corner lightly creased; and faintly scored on rear. Contents bright and clean. A fine copy of this history of the collaborators and their productions.
Jordan, Warwick. A Lecture on The Organ Examination for Fellowship, delivered at Manchester, On May 16th, 1908. London: Printed for the Royal College of Organists, [by] C. Jaques & Son, 1908. [First edition]. At head of title: "The Royal College of Organists." Original
red textured cloth-over-card boards, lettered and decoratively bordered in gilt; a little dusty overall, with small scuff at lower front edge. Pale yellow coated endpapers a touch toned at front; contents excellent. A near fine copy of this most attractive production, which includes not only the text of the lecture, but also the musical notations for the selections the author played as part of it; unfortunately, no G&S content.
Joseph, Tony. Aileen Davies: 1920s Soubrette. Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2002 (c.2003). [First edition]. "D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, no.3." Illustrated with photos of Davies and other contemporary Savoyards. Original
photo-pictorial (Davies as Phoebe) laminated orange card wrappers printed in brown. A fine copy of this biography of one of the youngest D'Oyly Carte principals, a contemporary of Lytton, Sheffield and Lewis, who sang with the company for only five years.
Joseph, Tony. Charles Goulding: Bristol Tenor. Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2001. [First edition]. "D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 2." Illustrated with b/w photographs (some from photo-postcards) of Goulding and his contemporaries, many in costume. Original laminated
photopictorial (Goulding as Dick Dauntless) pale mint-green card wrappers; fine. A biography of one of the D'Oyly Carte favorites from the 1920s and 30s, who began in the chorus, moved into the romantic leads in the "New" Company, then quickly into the main company.
Joseph, Tony. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1875-1982: an unofficial history. Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 1994. [First edition]. Nicely illustrated with formal and candid b/w photographs from throughout the
Company's history. Original
colour pictorial (Yeomen poster) cream card wrappers. A fine copy of this extensively researched and well written history of the D'Oyly Carte, the Savoyards, and their times.
[----- Another copy]. This one signed by the author on half title. As new.
Joseph, Tony. Evelyn Gardiner: Flying Opera Singer. Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2004. [First edition]. "D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 4." Illustrated with b/w photographs of Gardiner and her contemporaries in various roles or in candid shots. Original laminated
photo-pictorial (Gardiner in flying kit) light blue card wrappers; as new. Gardiner sang G&S for six years with the company in the 1920s and '30s, and with Australia's J.C. Williamson Company.
Joseph, Tony. Fred Billington: "A Large Meat Eater". Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2008. [First edition]. "D'Oyly Carte Personality Series, 7." Well illustrated with b/w photographs of Billington and his D'Oyly Carte contemporaries. Original laminated
buff card wrappers, printed in brown. As new. Billington performed with the company from 1879 to 1917, mostly performing the Pooh-Bah roles in touring companies.
Joseph, Tony. George Grossmith: Biography of a Savoyard. Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2000. Second printing. Signed by the author. Original laminated
pale yellow pictorial (Vanity Fair caricature of Grossmith) glossy card wrappers; fine. A well-illustrated biography of the Savoyard who created most of the patter roles.
[----- Another copy]. This one not signed. Fine.
Joseph, Tony. Linda Anne Hutchinson: "Enchantment, surely". Bristol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2010. [First edition]. "D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 8." Well illustrated with photographs of Hutchinson, in costume and in life. Original laminated
pale lilac wrappers, printed in black. As new. Hutchinson was principal soprano, singing most of the lead roles between 1970 and 1973.
Joseph, Tony. May Fortescue: "Substantial Damages". Britsol [UK]: Bunthorne Books, 2011. [First edition]. "D'Oyly Carte Personalities Series, 9." Well illustrated with colour reproductions of photographs of Fortescue and her acquaintances, playbills, original art, etc. Original laminated
moss-gray wrappers, with coloured portrait and black lettering. As new; with order form inserted. Fortescue was with the D'Oyly Carte, 1881-83, creating the roles of Lady Ella (Patience ) and Celia (Iolanthe).
Kline, Peter. Gilbert and Sullivan Production. New York: Richards Rosen Press, 1972. Revised edition. "The Theatre Student Series". Original
tan/black on cream (theatre graphic) cloth; lower corners bumped with faint "splash" at front; foxing to front joint, rear panel a touch dusty; neat ink name on front free endpaper, similar date on verso; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy of this opera by opera production advice and notes "... slanted towards the completely inexperienced producer of Gilbert and Sullivan opera".
Lawrence, Arthur. Sir Arthur Sullivan: Life-Story, Letters, and Reminiscences. London: James Bowden, 1899. [First eedition]. "With critique by B.W. Findon, and Bibliography by Wilfrid Bendall." Original
dark blue bevelled cloth, lettered in gilt , a touch rubbed at extremities; small mark on spine near titling. Front free endpaper lacking; 24 pp. publisher's catalogue at rear. But for the missing ffep it would be a near fine copy, because of it, very good.
Lawrence, Arthur. Sir Arthur Sullivan: Life-Story, Letters, and Reminiscences. Chicago: Herbert S. Stone and Company, 1900. [First US edition] "With critique by B.W. Findon and Bibliography by Wilfrid Bendall." Original
maize coarse cloth, a little browned on spine, but gilt-lettering and decoration still fine and bright; spine label just slightly chipped on left side; top edge gilt. A near fine copy.
Winifred Lawson in Jacket -- Inscribed
Lawson, Winifred. A Song to Sing-O!. London: Michael Joseph, 1955. First edition. Author's presentation inscription "To dear Jessica & her 'Muggie'" on front endpaper. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered on spine, with just a hint of rubbing to corners and spine ends; contents clean and bright. In the original
bright colour pictorial (Ricketts's Casilda design on front, photo of Lawson on rear) dust wrapper, now with several closed tears and resultant creasing at front, chips from corners and spine ends, and 1" triangular piece lacking (partly affecting one letter) at top of front panel; very lightly soiled overall. A fine book in the uncommon, very good d.j.
A Clutch of Signed Lyttons ...
Lytton, Henry A. The Secrets of a Savoyard. London: Jarrolds, [n.d., ca.1921*]. With colour frontispiece of Lytton as Jack Point, and b/w photos of him in street clothes and in various patter roles, and of Gilbert, Sullivan and the D'Oyly Cartes. With signed inscription to Mr. George [Gordon?], "In friendships [sic] name". Original wine coloured cloth, now severely faded and a bit spotted on spine and front panel; gilt spine lettering dulled yet still legible, black on front sharp and clear; corners and spine ends lightly worn with minor loss. Rear hinge cracking, text a bit loose;
pages age-toned; one plate mis-inserted and protruding slightly at edges. Very good.
*See bibliography at rear.
[----- Another copy]. This one in
colour pictorial dust jacket, duplicating frontispiece of Lytton as Jack Point. With dated ("29.1.22") Lytton inscription, uncharacteristically addressed by name ("To Miss Mildred Chatterton / With all good witshes ... "). Wine boards discoloured, as usual, yet all lettering and rules (gilt on spine, black on front) sharp; occasional foxing and very light age-toning, also as usual. White dust jacket, lettered in blue, chipped at corners, with a few closed tears; lacking small at top of spine and 2-1/2" x 1" piece at lower rear; dusty overall, with a couple of small dampstains. Very good.
With Autograph Letter from Lytton
[----- Another copy]. This one an unusually fine, bright copy, with only a hint of fading to wine
coloured cloth at spine; gilt (spine) and black (cover) lettering still nice and sharp; spine ends a touch creased; edges foxed, extending onto pages; contents nice and tight. With two clippings (Lytton's farewell performance and tribute by Lloyd-George) laid in, together with
letter by Lytton* to I. Watson, Esq., in original envelope.
* 1 p. ALs, dated 20 Feb 1913, on Grand Hotel, Sheffield, stationery:
My dear Mr. Watson
Thanks so much
for your very kind
letter, it is so
good to know
our work is so
Henry A. Lytton
Lytton, Henry A. The Secrets of a Savoyard. London: Jarrolds, [n.d., ca.1926*]. "New, revised and enlarged edition"** (c.f. dust jacket spine). With frontispiece of Lytton, in suit, sitting at table; photographic plates differ substantially from those in earlier editions. Original black lettered cherry-red textured cloth, lightly sunned along edges, as usual, somewhat more so at spine ends and top rear. Bookseller's label inside front cover; 1931 gift inscription on front endpaper, now tanned on inner half; minor foxing to pages, showing on edges. In remnants of
pictorial (seated Lytton, with Ko-Ko drawing) four-colour dust jacket; internal tape repair to tear across front panel, closed tear at lower rear; small pieces lacking at spine ends, almost half of rear panel lacking at top; dusty overall; spine scuffed, folds and joints rubbed. A very good copy in good dust jacket, lacking in most copies.
* See bibliography at rear.
** This edition seems to have gone through different printings, as the paper quality can differ, and some text may been have been re-set at some point. Covers also differ and seem to have been bound according to what red cloth was available at the moment, as it varies significantly in exact shade and texture (although the usual sunning at spine and edges sometimes makes determining the original colour difficult). Layout between printings is identical and no printing statement is given.
[----- Another copy]. This one without the dust jacket and in variantly textured cherry red cloth. Signed "Yours very Sincerely, Henry Lytton, 'In Friendships [sic] Name' (Iolanthe)" on front endpaper. Original
cloth, lettered in black; spine much sunned (as usual); light speckling to rear cover. Contents, except rear endpaper, faintly foxed; bookplate; small marks to lower edge of frontispiece. Very good.
[----- Another copy]. This one in orangey-red cloth, in yet another texture. Signed "Yours very Sincerely, Henry Lytton, 'In Friendships [sic] Name' (Iolanthe)" on front endpaper. Spine only slightly sunned; faint tide-lines at lower edge, and a couple damp spots on front (no internal evidence of damp); some soiling to rear. Very little foxing; front endpaper and final text leaf tanned. Very good.
Mackinnon, Alan. The Oxford Amateurs: A Short History of Theatricals at the University. London: Chapman & Hall, 1910. [First edition]. Spectacularly illustrated with over two hundred photos, sadly none of G&S interest. A superb copy in original
gilt decorated dark blue cloth; with a hint of rubbing to top of spine and small crease along its rear edge. Top edge gilt, light foxing to fore edge; leaves adjacent to free endpapers toned. The O.U.D.S. (Oxford University Dramatic Society) performed Shakespeare, almost exclusively ... and yes, we know it's not a G&S item but it's such a lovely copy that we just had to include it!
Markham, Harold. The Amateur Theatrical Handbook. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1931. [Second printing]. "A Guide to the Amateur Production of Plays." A fine, bright, copy in
gilt-decorated (Elizabethan stage) dark blue cloth, just a touch bumped at corners. Neat in ownership note on front free endpaper; contents clean and tight.
No specific G&S content, most examples are from Lady Windermere or Cyrano, but wonderful ads at rear include several G&S related: Clarkson Theatrical Costumier and Perruquier ("Gilbert & Sullivan Operas a Specialty"), B.J. Simmons & Co. ("Costumes for the Whole of the Gilbert and Sullivan Series"), and Cellier and Bridgeman's Gilbert, Sullivan, and D'Oyly Carte.
Montgomery, James. Three Trifling Monographs. [n.p.]: the Author, . [First edition]. Contains *: "(1) Four Birds In a Gilded Age (2) Those Gorgeous Magazines (3) Speculation In Diamonds ... Illustrations by Bruce Montgomery." Stapled booklet with original
sunflower-yellow light card wrappers, lettered in red, a touch dusty; faint 2" red line parallel to fore-edge at lower front; slight dent ("thumbing"?) at mid-fore-edge; contents nice and clean. Near fine.
* A Sherlock Holmes Christmas greeting by a prominent member of the Baker Street Irregulars, the first item explores that, although "two pairs of heavenly twins" worked in London at the same time, "... there is a complete absence of any reference whatsoever, direct or oblique, to the achievement or even the existence of the other." Holmes and Watson were one pair, the other Gilbert and Sullivan!
Moore, Frank Ledlie. Crowell's Handbook of Gilbert and Sullivan. New York: Crowell, 1962. First edition. A fine copy in the original two-toned gilt-lettered cloth;
red, black and gold dust jacket a trifle worn at edges and lightly faded on spine.
Moore, Frank Ledlie. The Handbook of Gilbert and Sullivan. London: Arthur Barker, 1962. First UK edition. Black cloth lettered in gilt on spine; top edge orange.
Orange, gold and black dust jacket with tape repairs on closed tears on rear panel (a third not repaired) and small piece lacking from lower front; irregular large piece cut from front flap, not affecting text. A fine copy in very good dust jacket.
Morrell, Roberta. D'Oyly Carte: The Inside Story. Currently in pre-publication; for more information or to order see the publisher's website
Naylor, Stanley. Gaiety and George Grossmith. London: Stanley Paul & Co., 1913. First edition. "Random Reflections on the Serious Business of Enjoyment ... With frontispiece in colour by Miss Olive Snell and 50 illustrations in half-tone and line"; illustrations include photographs of Gee-Gee (the son of the Savoyard) and fellow actors and actresses. Original
pictorial (Grossmith caricature by Sem in brown) on light brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; somewhat darkened on spine and lightly so along top edge; spine ends creased; small "dings" at fore-edge. Front hinge cracked yet holding strong; pencilled gift inscription on front endpaper; 48 pp. publisher's catalogue at rear. Near fine.
Includes some G&S related material, including one photo captioned "Embryo Golfers" with Lytton, Barrington and Grossmith, a caricature of G.G. Jr. and Sr., and mentions of Jr.'s first professional role in Gilbert and Grossmith Sr.'s Haste to the Wedding.
Ogden, H.G.. Ballads of Corner Brook. St. John's, Newfoundland: Dicks & Co., 1925. Contains "A Modern Parable", a parody of Grosvenor's decalets in Patience; also,
title page includes part of King Gama's act three song. Original
dark green 12mo. cloth, lettered in gilt on front cover, a couple of faint marks thereon and very slightly darkened patch to rear corner. Ink name on front flyleaf; contents excellent. Fine.
An unusual item; OCLC reports three copies in Canada, two in the USA and none elsewhere.
Orel, Harold (ed.). Gilbert and Sullivan: Interviews and Recollections. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1994. First
edition. Contains forty contemporary interviews and recollections about G&S by friends, musicians, actors, etc.
As new in deep teal dust jacket.
Orel, Harold (ed.). Gilbert and Sullivan: Interviews and Recollections. London: Macmillan, 1994. First UK edition.
Contains forty contemporary interviews and recollections about G&S by friends, musicians, actors, etc. Apart from some light rubbing to front panel of
deep teal dust jacket, a fine copy.
Pascoe, Charles E. The Dramatic List: A Record of the Performances of Living Actors and Actresses of the British Stage. London: David Bogue, 1880. "Second edition, revised and enlarged." At head of title: "Our Actors and Actresses." Original
mustard cloth, decoratively printed (floral border with publisher's monogram) in black and lettered in gilt and black on front and spine; now quite soiled; rubbed at spine ends, affecting publishers name at tail, and corners; edges dusty. Hinges a bit loose, yet holding; blue endpapers much tanned, binder's ticket at rear; pages lightly toned, but clean; 32 pp. publisher's catalogue dated July, 1879 at rear. A very good copy of this notoriously fragile survey of Victorian British theatre.
Contains entries on several Savoyards including: Rutland Barrington, Jessie Bond, George Grossmith and Richard Temple, as well as Kate Bishop (Randall's Thumb) and Rose Leclercq (Pygmalion and Galatea).
With publisher's notice on slip tipped to front free endpaper: "Mr DAVID BOGUE begs to announce that the business ... of HARDWICKE & BOGUE ... will after this date be continued in the name of Mr. DAVID BOGUE only. July 1st, 1879"
Penn, Stanley. My Goodness! My Gilbert and Sulliuvan!. [London: Guinness Brewery], 1961. [First edition]. A G&S parody booklet "Designed for Guinness by S.H. Benson Ltd. Illustrations by Antony Groves-Raines Verses by Stanley Penn Printed by W.S. Cowell Ltd, Ipswich, England."
Full colour pictorial (G&S character caricatures) stapled light card booklet containing parodies of nine Savoy Opera songs, turning them into Guinness verses (one of several such pamphlets produced by the brewery). Cover slightly larger than contents, resulting in slight creasing at edges; spine a bit rubbed, especially at ends; a couple of light marks around titling on front; contents nice and clean. A near fine copy.
"Actors and Authors" -- Essay by Gilbert
Queen Alexandra Sanatorium, Davos: Souvenir & Programme of Matinee. [London: Queen Alexandra Sanatorium Fund?], 1909. "Edited by Arthur Croxton", matinee held at "Theatre Royal Drury Lane ... Tuesday, May 11th, 1909". Contains a record of the programme (including a performance by Weedon Grossmith), contributions by various noted authors and sketches of stage figures, some by well-known artists*, including 3½ pp. article "Actors and Authors" by W.S. Gilbert, and small self-portrait of Rutland Barrington as Pooh-Bah, captioned "Pooh Bah! 'Born Sneering!' But not necessarily because he has not been asked to appear at this matinée". Original
white parchment boards, printed in royal purple, with remnants of purple tie ribbons; now somewhat soiled, and dusty at edges; corners bumped a bit scuffed, closed split across spine, and two abraded spots at top rear. Contents printed in red and black, glossy plates tipped in; a few leaves "thumbed"; one plate (facing p.32) with 3" closed tear, not touching image; contents otherwise tight and clean. A very good copy of this elaborate non-traditional souvenir, outlined in the introduction ".... We might have given you pages of views of Davos, but we refrained ... we have held our hands, and we blushingly put forward for your perusal ... a miscellany of literature and art."
* Authors include W. Somerset Maugham, Baroness Orczy, Jerome K. Jerome, Rudyard Kipling and Francis C. Burnand (5½ pp. "Inexpressly Humorous"). Theatrical notables include Oscar Asche, H.B. Irving, Arthur Pinero, "Mr. Shaw and Mr. Chesterton"; the artists include Max Beerbohm and John Hassall; Lewis Waller and Fred Terry each drew the other.
Rollins, Cyril and Witts, R. John. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. London: Michael Joseph, 1962. First edition. "A Record of Productions, 1875-1961." Illustrated with 16 pp. b/w photo montages showing costumes, sets and performers through the years. Original dark blue cloth, lettered and decorated (Savoy Arms on front) in gilt, titling ruled in red, nice and fresh; small ownership name on front pastedown; two D'Oyly Carte 1960s performance schedule cards mounted with corners on other endpapers; contents nice and tight.
Cream dust jacket, printed in red and black (photos of Gilbert, Sullivan and the D'Oyly Cartes on rear), lacking large piece along bottom front, not affecting lettering; panels creased, with a few stray marks; red Savoy arms on spine completely faded. Because of the mounted cards, a near fine volume, in very good dust jacket. An invaluable record of the performance history of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, its productions, troupe and staff.
Rollins, Cyril and Witts, R. John. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. London: Michael Joseph, 1962. Second impression. "A Record of Productions, 1875-1961." Illustrated with 16 pp. b/w photo montages showing costumes, sets and performers through the years. Original dark blue cloth, lettered and decorated (Savoy Arms on front) in gilt, titling ruled in red; faint damp stain at upper front fore-edge (visible on dust jacket also); top corner bumped; small ownership stamp to lower corner of front free endpaper; contents clean and tight. Price-clipped
cream dust jacket, printed in red and black (photos of Gilbert, Sullivan and the D'Oyly Cartes on rear), now a bit grubby overall; a few closed tears at edges with internal tape repairs; small piece lacking at lower rear and chips at spine corners; red Savoy arms sunned to pink on spine. A very good, and still presentable copy of this invaluable record of the performance history of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, its productions, troupe and staff.
Root, George F. The Story of a Musical Life: An Autobiography ... Cincinnati: The John Church Co., 1891. [First edition]. Gift of the author* to the owner whose bookplate appears inside the front cover. Contains lists of the author's books and most of his sheet music, as well as several songs at rear. Original
dark brown bevelled cloth (it was also bound in blue), lettered in gilt, bright on front but dulled on spine; rubbed at extremities, especially corners and spine ends. Front free endpaper reattached and reinforced along edges with archival tape; rear one lacking; contents clean and tight. Very good. No, not a G&S item - but it is 19th century popular music ... anyone for the Civil War?
Root was he author of many classic 19th century American songs including the patriotic Civil War songs Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!, Just Before the Battle, Mother and The Battle Cry of Freedom
* Contains an 2 p. ms. inscription tipped in at front describing this book as having been "presented ... by the author ... during his stay in Sioux City, Ia., where he gave a great concert for the G.A.R. ..."; plus loosely related 6 p. ms. letter in the same shaky hand.
Scott, William Herbert. Sir Edward German: An Intimate Biography. London: Chappell & Co., 1932.
First edition. Nicely illustrated with contemporary photographs, including German at tea with Sir Edward Elgar. A fine copy in the original gilt-lettered blue cloth, a trifle spotted on spine and upper portion of covers.
B/w photopictorial (seated Edward German) dust jacket a little chipped at top edge and with light soiling overall. Several references to Gilbert, Sullivan and D'Oyly Carte, plus a chapter "Collaboration with Sir. W.S. Gilbert".
Searle, Townley. A Bibliography of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert: With Bibliographical Adventures in the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas. London: [the author], 1931. "This copy is No. 275" of "270 Copies on fine paper, with Decorations [by the author] in Colours ..." of a total edition of 300 copies in three states. "... An Introduction by R.E. Swartwout, M.A." Original
orange-red boards, with colour onlay on front, and gilt-lettered green cloth spine; front cover a touch foxed; minor rubbing to corners. Endpapers lightly but unevenly tanned; most pages unopened; contents excellent.
Brownish-grey sleeve, with colour illustration matching cover onlay, complete, but with several closed tears at edges or folds; "275" written in blue pencil on front. Original 4 pp. prospectus, now lightly foxed, laid in. A fine copy in very good sleeve of the limited version of Searle's Bibliography, published for trade sale as Sir William Shwenck Gilbert: A Topsy-Turvey Adventure*.
* The two titles differ in more than just the hand-colouring, the bindings and the dust jacket or sleeve. This version contains several illustrations by the author and an "Advertisement" leaf at rear not in ...Topsy-Turvey, which in turn contains a page titled "Bibliographic Beacons" and several Bab or archival illustrations not found herein. Also, the text of the "Contributions ..." pages we re-arranged and amended for the latter work.
Searle, Townley. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert: A Topsy-Turvey Adventure. London: Alexander-Ouseley, 1931. First edition. Colour frontis. and other b/w illustrations by the author, and an introduction by R.E. Swartwout, M.A. Dark pink cloth now a bit soiled at top edge and spine; tail of spine a touch frayed; lettering dulled. Pastedowns a bit bubbled; contents clean and tight.
Colour pictorial dust jacket lightly soiled, spine darkened, but still reasonably bright; edges a bit worn with a few short closed tears; 1.5" tear and deep crease resulting in small piece lacking near lower front flap. A fine copy in very good dust jacket.
Also published in a somewhat altered limited edition entitled A Bibliography of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert: With Bibliographical Adventures in the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas.
[----- Another copy]. This one with light sunning to spine, more so at top ½"; spine ends creased; traces of label removal on front endpapers; contents otherwise bright and clean.
Colour pictorial dust jacket toned on spine, and evenly dusty overall; joints partially split, yet still holding; lacking ½" piece at top of spine, chips at tail; top edge creased and lightly worn, with a few closed tears (one ¾" long), and small pieces lacking at edges/corners; still, the front panel is more complete than usual, due to the notoriously fragile paper used for the jacket. A near fine copy in very good dust jacket.
[Searle, Townley, ed.] Gilbert, W.S. Lost Bab Ballads. London; New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1932. First edition; "printed in Great Britain..." "Collected Edited and Illustrated by Townley Searle."
Smith, Geoffrey. The Savoy Operas: A New Guide to Gilbert and Sullivan. London: Robert Hale, 1983. First edition. Illustrated with several pictorial plates, and with chapters on each production. A fine copy in original brown boards;
pictorial (The Lord Chancellor and Papp's Pirates) dust jacket a tad creased at head of spine.
Stedman, Jane W. W.S. Gilbert: A Classic Victorian and His Theatre. London: Oxford University Press, 1996. First edition. Contains nice section of period photographic illustrations. A fine copy in
pale peach pictorial dust jacket, now lightly sunned at spine.
Stoker, Bram. Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving. New York: Macmillan, 1906. First US edition. 2 vols., illustrated with three dozen full-page plates. Publisher's original
wine-red cloth, with gilt spine lettering and small gilt portrait (Irving) on front cover; top edge gilt; hint of sunning to spine, with minor corner bumping. Small ownership label on front pastedowns, with ink gift inscriptions ("Xmas 1909") on front fly-leaves; a couple newspaper clippings in envelope at rear (no effect); text clean and tight. A fine, bright copy.
We looked eagerly throughout for a presentation inscription from Stoker to his friend Gilbert, but alas there is none. Pity ...
Van der Kiste, John (comp). Gilbert & Sullivan's Christmas. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing [UK], 2000. First edition. Illustrated with engraving, drawings, lithographs and photographs;
containing Sullivan's songs and carols, Gilbert's tales and ballads, and passages from associates and contemporaries. Gilt-lettered deep purple boards; with
full colour pictorial dust jacket. Fine.
Walmisley, Guy H. and Walmisley, Claude A. Tit-Willow, or, Notes and Jottings on Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. [England: Privately printed, n.d.]. [First edition]. A fine copy in original gilt lettered dark green cloth and
light green pictorial (scene from The Mikado) dust jacket. Contains an introduction and/or contextual historical notes for each of the operas, together with a dated list of first performances; illustrated with photos of Gilbert and Sullivan, their homes and memorials, as well as drawings by Felicity Ashbee relating to each show.
Wells, Walter J. Souvenir of Sir Arthur Sullivan ... : A Brief Sketch of his Life & Works. London: George Newnes, 1901. [First edition]. "With Portraits, Facsimiles & Illustrations." Original
black and gilt stamped (bars of music and titling) red cloth, spine a trifle darkened, and rubbed at ends and corners. An unusually fine copy.
[----- Another copy]. This one in
gilt lettered blue cloth (decorative titling only - no music), bumped and creased at corners and spine ends; light wear to joints and some bubbling to rear near fore edge. London College of Music "compliments" slip tipped to hinge of title page and 1904 prize label on front pastedown; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy.
[White, Gleeson; a.k.a. White, Joseph Wiliam Gleeson]. Letters to Eminent Hands ..* by "ι." [i.e. iota]. Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham: Frank Murray, 1892. [First edition]; "Two hundred copies of this Small Paper edition have been printed, One hundred and ninety of which are for Sale"**. Original
plainly-printed cream paper wrappers over light card, now a little age-toned and dusty, especially at spine; short closed tear at bottom joint of wrapper. Institutional bookplate overlapping the front inside flap; short closed tear at fore edge of title page, small neat ink number at bottom of contents page and almost invisible blind-stamp on p. 9. A very good, tight copy of this uncommon little collection of critical essays.
* "...To wit Andrew Lang, Bret Harte, Edna Lyall, F. Anstry, George Moore, Grant Allen, Phil Robinson, Rhoda Broughton, Robt. Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, W.S. Gilbert" (emphasis ours). In the last of these he writes: "Now we know the 'Savoy'operas it is hard to realise that, in the time before Bab Ballads, we had only the word torturing of burlesque and drivel of the poet Bunn ... Since you showed the way every librettist has failed in his attempts to rival your success ..." He is not so complimentary of Gilbert's other writings.
** Also published in a large paper edition of 78 copies, "seventy-five of which are for sale".
White, soon to be come the founding editor of the influential magazine The Studio, was a highly respected critical writer on the arts and literature, and a well-known figure of the fin-de-siècle in England.
Wilson, Robin and Lloyd, Frederic. Gilbert & Sullivan: The D'Oyly Carte Years. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984. First edition. "The Official Picture History ... Introduction by Lord Wilson. Forewords by Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte DBE & John Reed OBE." (cf. d.j.) Original green boards lettered in gilt on spine; lower corners bumped; a touch of sunning to spine ends. Faint evidence of erasure to front pictorial endpaper; page edges age-toned.
Olive colour pictorial (D'Oyly Carte production posters) dust jacket very faintly creased along top edge and tail of spine; minor surface rubbing; price clipped, with some sunning to top edge of flaps; tiny "ding" at front fold. A near fine copy of one of the best pictorial (mostly b/w, with several colour sections) histories of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, its productions (costumes, sets, etc.), performers, and staff - divided into periods according to the lead baritone ("The Henry Lytton Years" or "The John Reed Years").
Wolfson, John. Final Curtain: The Last Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. London: Chappell & Company ... Andrè Deutsch, 1976. First edition. "Including the unpublished rehearsal librettos and twenty unpublished Gilbert lyrics"; illustrated with full-page b/w photographs. A fine copy in original brick-red, gilt-lettered cloth; in fine
pictorial dust jacket, slightly bumped at spine ends.
Covering the history of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership from the Carpet Quarrel through The Grand Duke
[----- Another copy]. This one faded on spine of price-clipped dust jacket, so a fine volume in near fine jacket
Wolfson, John. The Savoyards on Record: The story of the singers who worked with Gilbert and Sullivan and the records they made. Chichester, U.K.: Packard, 1985. First edition. Useful early discography. This is the soft-cover edition in original
red photo-pictorial (image of 7" record from the first recording session by the D'Oyly Carte in 1900) card wrappers; as new.
Wolfson, John. Sullivan and the Scott Russells: A Victorian love affair told through the letters of Rachel and Louise Scott Russell to Arthur Sullivan 1864 - 1870*. Chichester, U.K. Packard, 1984. First edition.
Profusely illustrated with photographs and letter facsimiles. As new, in original gilt-lettered midnight-blue cloth and
attractive pictorial (the principals) purplish-brown on pale-blue dust jacket.
*That has to be one of the longest sub-titles for a book - ever! Not much else I can add, except to say that if you ever thought that upper-class Victorian women were restrained or formal in matters of the heart, you should read some of these letters!
Magazines and Periodicals
Fun, Vol.V (new series), March 16-September 7, 1867. London: (For the Proprietor) by W. Alder, 1867. Includes title page, Fun Almanack for 1867 and index. Bound in
salmon coloured boards, now sunned to tan on spine, with gilt lettering and rules on the latter still fairly bright; sunning extending around edges of boards, extremities rubbed and a but worn. Contents nice and tight with occasional pencilled marginalia; ink stamp to upper corner of pp. 250; a few pages (pp. 42-46 and 223/4) have small potions repaired with kraft paper, the former affecting the lower corner of one 'Bab' page, including ends of eight lines of text, the latter leading to tanning of another, affecting date only. Overall, a very good copy.
Most issues have some Gilbert content, including 'Bab' ballads (9), 'Bab' drawings, and/or
"Comic Physiognomist" columns (9) ... the last of these are quite wonderful if you've never read them!
Fun, Vol.VIII (new series), September 12, 1868-March 6, 1869. London: (For the Proprietor) by W. Alder, 1868-9. Includes title page, preface and index.
Salmon boards, sunned at spine and around edges; gilt lettering and rules on spine fairly bright; extremities rubbed, bumped and a touch worn. Contents gently toned and with some pencilled marginalia; pp. 149-54 with tear at lower gutter affecting some text including, minorly, two lines of a 'Bab' ballad; pp.13/4 and 177/8 repaired with kraft paper at centre of gutter, the former just touching text. Overall, a very good copy.
Most issues have some Gilbert content, including 'Bab' ballads (17) and/or 'Bab' drawings; includes the
first to be headed in the magazine with "The Bab Ballads" ("The Two Ogres") followed by the first to be numbered ("No. 60 — Mister William").
Fun, Vol.XXXIII (new series), January 12-April 13, 1881. London: Judd & Glass, 1881.
Partial run, loose issues. Partially complete within run (lacks 7 leaves). No identifiable Gilbert content. Disbound; first number with archival tape repair to cover; many pages "thumbed"; lower corner lacking from leaf 167/8. Very good.
Including Single Issues
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. New Series [i.e. 3rd series], Vol. I, January to June, 1880. London: Charles Dickens & Evans, 1880. Edited by Clement Scott. With 5 pp. illustrated review of Pirates. Publisher's original
green cloth, gilt lettered and decorated in black; corners and joints chafed, with minor loss, especially at top rear spine; ½" mark to rear board near fore-edge; some rubbing and a few light scores. Yellow-coated endpapers a bit dusty, with 2" tide-mark to gutter of rear one (no other evidence); top edges of plate mounts faintly rippled. A very good copy.
Contains not only the review of Pirates as it opened at the Opera Comique, but also a ½ page report of its opening in New York's Fifth Avenue Theatre (Dec. 30th), and a 2½ page report on the show as it was presented at the Royal Bijou Theatre in Paignton (Dec. 31st). Also, among the many G&S related references, mentions of the almost-lost Pirates score on the return from America and a review of the Children's Pinafore; with eight mounted and tissue-guarded sepia photographs.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. New Series [i.e. 3rd series], Vol. III, January to June 1881. London: Charles Dickens & Evans, 1881. Edited by Clement Scott. Contains five-page, plus three-panel plate, review of the premiere production of Patience.
Rebound in modern, half dark-green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, with marbled boards and new endpapers; photo-mounts faintly rippled at fore-edge; contents nice and tight. Near fine.
Of the dozen or so references to G&S related individuals or productions, including Savoyards and Gilbert plays, by far the most interesting is the Patience review. Also includes a one-paragraph review of the Children's Pinafore, and original photograph of Helen Barry (Queen Selene in Happy Land) among the six sepia photos present (most tissue guarded), a reference to Rimmel's "scented shop" being near "the site of Mr. D'Oyley Carte's [sic] new theatre ...", and a report that Gilbert had re-acquired the rights of Foggerty's Fairy.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. New Series [i.e. 3rd series], Vol. IV, July to December, 1881. London: Charles Dickens & Evans, 1881. Edited by Clement Scott. Publisher's
green cloth, decoratively bordered in black and lettered in gilt; corners and spine ends worn, with some loss to the former; hint of surface rubbing. Endpapers perfect; light toning to leaves. A very nice, tight copy.
Contains mounted sepia photograph of Temple, Thornton and Lely in Patience ("We are indeed jolly utter"), and five other mounted photos, each as frontispiece to an issue; 3 pp. "Mr. Gilbert's Humour" by Percy Fitzgerald; illustration of "The New Savoy Theatre"; and a brief review of the provincial Patience.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music and the Fine Arts. Single issue: New Series [i.e. 4th series], [Vol.III], no.15, March, 1884. London: David Bogue, 1884. Edited by Clement Scott. With two original mounted sepia photographs with tissue guards. Original
buff pictorial (theatrical figures) wrappers printed in dark brown, a bit dusty and lightly chipped at fore edge; light loss at spine ends, closed splits at joints; contents excellent. A near fine, though somewhat fragile issue. Usually found in the six-month bound volumes sans wrappers, this in one of the few individual issues we've come across, containing the evocative period ads at front and rear (not present in the bound volumes).
Contains review of the premiere of Gilbert's Comedy and Tragedy, plus original photos of Miss Amy Roselle and Harry B. Conway. Mentioned in the "Bills of the Play" are Pygmalion and Galatea, Comedy and Tragedy and Princess Ida.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. New Series [i.e. 4th series], Vol.V, January to June, 1885. London: David Bogue, 1885. Edited by Clement Scott. Recased in original
gilt and black stamped olive cloth, spine sunned, ends rebuilt with usual resulting stiffness; lower front corner bumped, all a bit worn; cloth rubbed, with several marks thereon; top edge dusty. One gathering a little loose, a couple cracks to text block, yet all holding firmly; pages lightly age-toned,
endpapers much so; several leaves dusty; all edges red, with colouring sometimes extending onto page margins. Very good.
Contains: Mounted photograph of Jessie Bond as Constance in Sorcerer and biographical sketch of Bond; 3 pp. review of Miniature Pirates; 5 pp. review of Mikado; mounted photo of Grossmith as Ko-ko, with biographical sketch; and several brief related mentions, with nine other photographs of Victorian actors/actresses.
[----- Another copy]. This one bound in
3/4 red leather, with gilt decorated spine and black and red veined cloth, marbled endpapers and matching edges; dark marks to lower boards near spine, with some fraying at front; lightly sunned on spine; edges a but scuffed. Binder's label on front pastedown; preliminary leaves lightly foxed; contents a touch age-toned, yet clean and tight. Near fine.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. Single issue: "New Series" [i.e. 4th series], Vol. XIII, No. 75, March, 1889. London: Strand Publishing Company, 1889. Edited by Clement Scott. Original buff pictorial (theatrical figures) wrappers printed in red; dusty and a touch toned at margins, pencilled name at top front; contents clean and tight; near fine. Usually found in the six-month bound volumes sans wrappers, this in one of the few individual issues we've come across, containing the evocative period ads at front and rear (not present in the bound volumes).
Contains two mounted and tissue guarded original photographs (Getrude Kingston and Charles Brookfield). At least eight scattered G&S related references, including mentions of Ruddigore and Yeomen as examples in article "Polyhymnia in Comic Opera"; Barrington in "Pickwick", Bond and Grossmith's involvement in a "dramatic recital"; and touring companies of Yeomen.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. Single issue: "New Series" [i.e. 4th series], Vol.XIII, No.76, April 1889. London: Strand Publishing Company, 1889. Edited by Clement Scott. Original
buff wrappers printed in reddish-brown (theatrical figures), dusty and marked overall, with faint pencilled name at top front; minor loss at spine ends; upper rear corner creased. "Dent" at top centre affecting block, most noticeable on photo mounts; mounts also lightly foxed. Overall a very good copy. Usually found in the six-month bound volumes sans wrappers, this in one of the few individual issues we've come across, containing the evocative period ads at front and rear (not present in the bound volumes).
With two mounted and tissue guarded original photographs (Olga Nethersole and E.D. Ward). Several scattered interesting references, including mentions of several Savoyards in non-Savoy connections (including a new song dedicated to Jessie Bond, George Grossmith's appearance at a Philo-Thespian Club function -- and that club's production of Engaged -- a song written for Courtice Pounds, and the last two with Rutland Barrington at the Beaufort Club); and touring companies of Yeomen.
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music and the Fine Arts. Single issue: "new Series" [i.e. 4th series], Vol. XIII, No. 78, June 1889. London: Strand Publishing Company, 1889. Edited by Clement Scott.
Buff pictorial (theatrical figures) wrappers printed in light brown; now somewhat dusty and marked; wrapper corners creased. Contents clean. Very good. Usually found in the six-month bound volumes sans wrappers, this in one of the few individual issues we've come across, containing the evocative period ads at front and rear (not present in the bound volumes).
This is one of those rare issues without any obvious reference to G&S, except for a notice of Yeomen on tour, though there are mentions of Rutland Barrington and Eric Thorne in other productions. This volume also contains the title page, list of photos (including Jessie Bond) and index for Vol. XIII; also with two tissue guarded photographic plates (Lottie Venne and Jack Robertson).
The Theatre: A Monthly Review of the Drama, Music, and the Fine Arts. New Series [i.e. 4th series], Vol. XXII, July to December, 1893. London: Eglington & Co., 1893. Edited by Addison Bright.
3/4 red leather with matching red buckram boards, gilt lettered on spine; very light rubbing to corners, spine ends, and raised bands; contents excellent. Fine.
Contains: sepia photo of Brandram, Owen and Perry ("Turn up your little noses") in Utopia, and 2 pp. review of the first production; with a few other G&S related notations. Also includes original mounted sepia and b/w photographs of theatrical figures, among them A.W. Pinero and Mrs. Patrick Campell with George Alexander.
Libretti, Scores, & Sheet Music
Many of the following items are extremely
fragile, and are so described: these require particularly delicate
Searle # refers to entries in William Schwenck Gilbert: A Topsy-Turvey Adventure by Townley Searle;
Allen # refers to W.S. Gilbert: An Anniversary Survey ... by Reginald Allen
Kanthor # refers to
Collecting Early American Librettos by Hal Kanthor
[Libretto]. The Gondoliers. Cincinnati: John Church Co., 1889. "Newly Revised and Only Authorized and Correct Edition", [i.e. second US edition]. Original
blue-grey wrappers, chipped at bottom and with a few closed tears on spine; pages age-toned. A fine copy. (Kanthor GN 1.1)
[Libretto]. The Gondoliers. London: Chappell & Co. n.d. (ca. 1890s). Second edition. Remnants only of original grey wrappers, now detached and lacking all margins and a large corner piece from front cover. Contents just about O.K. but fore-edges of text frayed. Probably the world's worst copy!
[Vocal Selections]. Vocal Gems from The Gondoliers. London: Chappell & Co., 1949. "Authentic D'Oyly Carte editions from the famous Savoy Operas." A fine copy in original
putty-grey wrappers printed in black, white and blue; with just a hint of age-toning.
Contains: The Duke of Plaza Toro, No Possible Doubt Whatever, When a Merry Maiden Marries, Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes and There Lived a King
[Vocal score]. The Grand Duke. London: Chappell, [n.d., ca. 1979?]. Photocopy of the complete vocal score, seemingly produced by Chappell, with their "Chappell International Music Publishers" logo and
die-cut window light card covers and modern plastic ring binding - very handy for an accompanist because it always lays flat! Mild age toning at edges; one ring broken. Near fine.
[Libretto]. Her Majesty's Ship "Pinafore". New York: A.S. Seer, 1879. [Early American edition]. With ads on wrappers: two piano (Weber on rear, Mathushek inside front wrapper); one apothecary (Cassebeer) inside rear wrapper. Original
blue wrappers with very faint vertical fold; short closed tear at bottom rear, and tiny chips at corners and spine ends; contents clean and tight. Fine. (Kanthor PF4)
[Libretto]. Her Majesty's Ship "Pinafore". New York: A.S. Seer, 1879. [Early American edition]. With variant ads on wrappers: two piano ads (Weber on rear, Mathushek inside front wrapper); inside rear wrapper blank. Original
light salmon wrappers, now a bit dusty, with minor spotting at lower corner; a couple corners creased or with small tear, but all paper present; 2" split along lower spine fold; slightly mis-folded (as issued). A couple leaves with faint corner crease, contents otherwise nice and crisp. A very good copy. (Kanthor PF4)
[Libretto]. H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial By Jury. New York: Program Publishing Company, [n.d., 19--]. At head of title: "Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company"; ad for Catalogue of shows and costumes for amateur groups from the Century Library on verso.
Grey toned wrappers with minor corner creasing; ink stamp "Select John W. Judd Productions" on rear. A near fine complete libretto.
Unusual Steamship Advertising
by Capt. Phillips ... not Captain Corcoran!
[Sheet Music]. Gems of H.M.S. Pinafore. [Boston]: Edward C. Davis, 1879. Contains "Sorry her Lot", "Things are Seldom" and "Farewell my Own"; music on rectos, wonderful period ads on all versos plus covers. 16 pp. stitched large format booklet, decoratively printed in black;
wrappers very pale greenish-cream paper, all leaves toned; damp marks to lower corners, especially 2" to outer one; 1½"x½" piece lacking from lower corner of one leaf, not affecting printing, smaller piece (½"x¼" from fore-edge of rear wrapper; minor edge chipping. Light corner creasing, otherwise a very good copy of this unusual advertising piece.*
* This piece, seemingly assembled to benefit the advertisers by Captain Phillips and the steamer company, includes: "Presented by, Capt. J.M. Phillips, of Steamer Empire State, 1879" (front cover), with a full page listing of the "Family Excursions" for "Summer Excursionists" (rear cover); and with wonderful ads for Boston businesses including a dentist, a "bleachery" for cleaning hats, pianos, and numerous others.
[Sheet Music]. H.M.S. Pinafore Quadrille, Arranged by Charles Godfrey. London: Metzler & Co., [n.d., ca.1880s]. "M.4931." Detached from bound volume, with stitching holes along spine edge, sheets loose;
decoratively printed white cover title, page edges coloured red; "Arthur S. Sullivan" rubber stamp at lower front corner; minor soiling throughout. A nice, clean copy.
[Libretto and Score]. H.M.S. Pinafore. New York: Norman L. Munroe, [n.d., ca. 1880]*. "'Gems' Complete. Words and Music." Remains (lacking top portion of front panel) of original
dusty rose covers , now faded (especially at edges), rear one detached and lacking edge pieces, masking tape along spine edge re-attaching front one; edge wear; some foxing. A pretty awful, fragile copy, but fairly early edition!
* Alternately catalogued as "[187-?]"; "[188-?]" on WorldCat; an ad at rear references a newspaper series that began in 1879.
[Piano music]. H.M.S. Pinafore. London: Chappell & Co., 1924. "The Savoy Opera Series". "Six easy pieces for piano adapted from ... Arranged, Edited and Fingered by Thomas F. Dunhill." Original
pictorial (Sir Joseph Porter) greenish-grey covers, printed in blue and gold with light foxing and soiling to margins. "H.T. Sullivan" ink stamp to title page; contents foxed. Very good.
[Score]. Iolanthe. New York: Hitchcock Publishing Company*, 1882. Authorized Copyright Edition, with author's and composer's statement, giving exclusive US rights to Messrs J.M. Stoddart & Co., on title page.*
Reddish brown pictorial (Iolanthe) wrappers, now toned, dusty and spotted, and edge chipped; covers reattached with cellophane tape; closed tears, one on fore edge affecting first quarter of block; corners creased, lower one throughout; cover and two leaves lacking upper corners; contents tight and clean, though tanned. A somewhat rough copy, still, very good.
* The New York firm Hitchcock owned the Philadelphia Stoddart, thereby the variance between the authorization statement and the Imprint.
[----- Another copy]. This one a latter printing (judging from the printing quality), lacking covers, and with tape repairs to several leaves. A good copy for someone who just wants an inexpensive, working score ...
[Music]. Iola: The New Dance "Iolanthe". London: E. Ascherberg & Co., 1891. By Popplewell Royle. "Tempo di Schotische." Original
colour lithographic pictorial (couple dancing) cover, with music
seller's ink stamp at bottom; trimmed at top, partially affecting an ink signature thereon, printing unaffected; removed from album, with resulting small stitching holes along spine; a touch soiled from page-turning, otherwise bright and clean. A near fine copy of this Iolanthe inspired dance.
This music is mentioned by Searle in his entry on Iolanthe (#74): "... but it was not very popular and soon died out ..."
[Libretto]. The Mikado. New York: Wm. A. Pond, 1885. Early American edition in original
grey wrappers printed and ruled in black, front cover lacking 2" corner and spine chipped. Corners of first few leaves chipped away in lessening degrees (no loss of text). A good copy only. (Kanthor MK2.1)
[----- Another copy]. This one with original
black-printed grey wrappers, now severely chipped (no loss of text) and brutally reinforced all around with clear tape. Lower corner of first few pages chipped away (also no loss of text). Ink name and "April 1888" date at top of front cover. A poor copy. (Kanthor MK2.1)
[Music]. The Mikado Valse. London: Chappell & Co., [n.d., 1885]. "On Airs from Gilbert & Sullivan's Opera / By P. Bucalossi". Disbound, with trimmed edges, cutting into cover text, purple ink Sullivan "signature" stamp, and one vignettte (Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum).
Pictorial (above-name vignette and Three Little Maids on fan) wrappers printed in peach and black; front dusty, pages "thumbed" at lower corner; 2.5" split at lower spine; short closed tear to final leaf. Very good.
With "Special Hawaiian Guitar Chords"
[Music]. Three Little Maids From School from "The Mikado". Chicago: Calumet Music Co, 1939. "With Ukelele Chords, Guitar Chords and Special Hawaiian Guitar Chords". Original
pictorial (three little maids) red and grey front cover, ads for music books on rear; 3" split at lower hinge. Music printed inside both covers and on single sheet (this now browned) laid in. An unusual item.
[Pianoforte score]. Pianoforte Score of The Mikado (no libretto). Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., [c.1885].
"Arrangement ... by George Lowell Tracy."
Original grey wrappers, printed in black, a bit chipped at edges; front cover tape repaired; dark stain across top of rear panel; pencilled ownership name on title page and faintly on front cover; contents clean; very good.
[Vocal score]. Vocal Score of The Mikado; or The Town of Titipu. New York: R.A. Saalfield, [c.1885]. [Early edition]. "Arrangement for Pianoforte by George Lowell Tracy ..." With Sullivan's note granting Tracy permission prepare this work "for the sole purpose of their being sung in private." Dramatis Personae list without cast names. Original
greenish-grey wrappers printed in black, with publisher's ads on inside and rear wrappers; pencilled name at top corner, number at side; spine paper mostly lacking; several large chips from extremities; dusty. Internally, pages toned; top corners of first leaves creased. A very good copy of an unusual early American score.
[Vocal Selections]. Vocal Gems from The Mikado. London: Chappell & Co., 1949. A fine copy in original
putty-grey wrappers lettered in black, white and orange; a touch dusty on rear; with minor age-toning.
Contains: A Wand'ring Minstrel I, The Sun Whose Rays, The Mikado's Song, The Flowers That Bloom In the Spring and Tit-Willow.
[Libretto]. Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride! London: Chappell & Co., [n.d., 1881?]. [Later (second?) edition]*. Original
green-grey wrappers, printed in blue, now somewhat age-toned; dusty at lower edge, with large, but not offensive stain at top right of front cover; some edge chipping, including shallow 2" sliver lacking at top rear; spine reinforced with tape; vertical fold. Internally, age-toned and a bit "thumbed". Overall a very good copy of this early libretto.
* With ad for Patience on rear cover, and one verse of Patience/Angela duet, but "Henderson & Rait" listed as printers (see Searle #72).
[Libretto]. Patience or Bunthorne's Bride. [Philadelphia]: J.M. Stoddart, 1881. Cover imprint: Boston, Mass.: Oliver Ditson, 1881. Original
light blue wrappers, printed in blue, (now soiled) detached; both panels with several edge tears, corner creases and very minor chipping, but virtually complete; apart from some minor soiling and foxing to lower corner of title page, contents clean and tight. A good copy. (Kanthor PC 1.1a)
[Score]. Patience, or, Bunthorne's Bride: Full Score, Vocal and Piano. New York: Hitchcock Publishing House, c1881. "Authorized Copyright Editions" (US copyright held by J.M. Stoddart & Co.).
At head of title: "An entirely New and Original Aesthetic Opera, in two acts ..."; imprint from cover. Original
rusty-orange paper, printed in black; dusty around edges; lacking small pieces from spine ends and 1/2" V-shape from front fore edge, a few other short closed tears; vertical fold, and corresponding light vertical creases. Contents nice and clean. A near fine copy of this early US score.
[Music]. Patience Quadrille. London: Chapell & Co., [n.d, ca 1881]. By Charles D'Albert. Stapled booklet; heavy paper wrappers,
with lithographic colour pictorial (vignettes of Lady Jane; Bunthorne and maidens; and aesthetic Major, Colonel and Duke) front cover; disbound, trimmed at fore edge, affecting final "e" of title; Sullivan facsimile ink stamp at lower corner; very faint foxing. Near fine.
[Vocal Selections]. Vocal Gems from Patience. London: Chappell & Co., 1949. Original
putty-grey wrappers, lettered in black, white and green; a touch rubbed at edges; very faintly age-toned. Fine.
Contains: Twenty Love-Sick Maidens, When I First Put This Uniform On, Hey Willow Waly, O!, Silver'd Is the Raven Hair and Love Is a Plaintive Song
[Libretto]. Pirates of Penzance. New York: Program Publishing Company, [n.d., 19--]. At head of title: "Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company"; ad for Catalogue of shows and costumes for amateur groups from the Century Library on verso.
Grey toned wrappers a bit dusty, small piece lacking from lower front corner; rear panel creased across upper corner; ink stamp "Select John W. Judd Productions" on rear. Very good; a complete libretto with music for "Hail Poetry" and "A policeman's Lot".
[Score]. The Pirates of Penzance, or, The Slave of Duty: Full Score, Vocal and Piano. New York: Hitchcock Publishing Company, c1880. "Authorized Copyright Edition" (US copyright held by J.M. Stoddart & Co.), with authorization statement on title page. "An Entirely Original Comic Opera in Two Acts." Original
black lettered and ruled bright green wrappers, a bit sunned at edges; head of spine chipped, tail lacking small piece; lower 2" of backstrip neatly re-glued; corners a touch bumped; one or two short closed edge tears. Contents clean and tight. A fine copy of an early US score, advertising on front the Full Score and Libretto only (no other ads).
[Vocal score]. The Pirates of Penzance. New York: Hitchcock Publishing Company, [ca. 1913]. Reprint of an early American edition (c.1880 on front, but dated by ad on rear). "Authorized Copyright Edition" (US copyright held by J.M. Stoddart & Co.), with authorization statement on title page. Original
grey-green wrappers printed in black, a bit toned around edges; minor chipping and light corner creases; contents a touch toned, yet clean and tight. A fine copy of this early score, advertising on front seven different scores and libretto, plus "Twentieth Century Violin School" on rear wrapper.
[----- Another copy].
Grey-green wrappers and ads as above, but this one evenly toned overall, and lacking small pieces at spine ends and with marginal tears and creases. Very good.
[Score]. Vocal Score of The Pirates of Penzance. London: Chappell, [n.d., ca.1914-18]. With ad for Mikado at rear.
Publisher's gilt-stamped red cloth, now unevenly sunned, especially at spine; all edges gilt; faint spotting to front; corners and spine ends bumped. 2" split at top of front inner hinge (still strong and tight), yellow coated endpapers otherwise excellent; purple ink price and "H.T. Sullivan" rubber stamps on title page; contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good. Publisher's best issue.
[Libretto]. Princess Ida. London: Chappell & Co, [n.d., 1884]. [Second edition], text "In Three Acts" (though scene list reads "Prologue" and two acts), with Iolanthe ads inside rear cover, and Ida ("Now being performed at the Savoy ...") on rear. 48 pp. sewn booklet, plus
Chappell's blue-grey wrappers printed in blue; age toned; lower corner of front wrapper lacking, not affecting text; 1.5" closed tear on rear; some spotting and pencilled "A" at top front. Last ⅓ of text with diagonal crease; otherwise clean and tight. A very good copy.
[Libretto]. The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury. London: Chappell and Metzler, n.d. . [Second edition thus]. Libretto for the 1898 revival of this pairing ("Revised & partly re-written" cf. ad on recto of rear wrapper), and with pagination as called for in Townley Searle # 99. Original
grey wrappers printed in blue; covers chipped at edges and much browned at margins; closed tear across spine. Contents clean though toned where adjacent to wrappers. Very good.
[Score]. The Sorcerer [Vocal Score]. London: Metzler & Co., [n.d., ca.1909]. "New edition - revised and partly re-written." Bound with Vocal Score of Trial By Jury. London: Chappell, [n.d., ca.1914-18]. With ad for Gondoliers at rear.
Original gilt-lettered publisher's red cloth, now unevenly mottled from sunning, but gilt still bright; corners and spine ends bumped; all edges gilt. Ink rubber stamps on title pages (purple price and pink "H.T. Sullivan" on Sorcerer ; purple "Chappell & Co. Ltd." on Trial ); contents clean and strong. Publisher's best issue.
[Libretto]. H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial By Jury. New York: Program Publishing Company, [n.d., 19--].
[Score]. Vocal Score of Trial by Jury. London: Chappell, [n.d.].
[Score]. Trial by Jury. New York: G. Schirmer, c.1941. "G. Schirmer Edition." "Authentic Version Edited by Bryceson Treharne".
Purple and red on cream pictorial (Judge and Justice) wrappers, with just a hint of rubbing at joints and a touch of dusting to rear panel. Fine.
"This score contains all the dialogue. In several places the Editor has suggested alternative choral parts for high-school or other amateur groups."
[Score]. Overture to Utopia, by Sir Arthur Sullivan and John Greer. Toronto: Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Toronto, 1987. Commissioned by the Society for their 1987 production. Signed and dated "May 17/87" by Greer (but, sadly, not by Sullivan!).
Light blue pictorial wrappers, and photo-reproduced manuscript score; fine.
[Libretto]. The Yeomen of the Guard. London: Chappell & Co., [n.d., 1897]*. Issued for the first revival in 1897. Original
blue-grey wrappers printed in blue, now much tanned and embrittled, chipped at edges and split at lower join; a few small pieces lacking at rear, not affecting text; several closed tears across spine, shallowly affecting gutter of text block; staples rusty. Contents toned, but clean and tight. A very good copy in fragile wrappers.
* Contains notice of the revival on Dramatis Personæ page, and advertises Gilbert's Eight Comic Operas, Second Series, published by Chappell in 1897.
[Vocal score]. Vocal Score of The Yeomen of the Guard. London: Chappell, [n.d., pre 1911]. With ads for Mikado , Patience and Pirates at rear. A near fine copy in original
publisher's gilt-lettered red cloth, now a touch sunned on spine; covers lightly smudged, corners and spine ends a bit creased; all edges gilt; yellow coated endpapers excellent; purple rubber stamps (price and "H.T. Sullivan") on title page; contents bright and clean. Publisher's best issue.
[Piano score]. The Yeomen of the Guard. London: Chappell & Co., 1924. "The Savoy Opera Series". "Five easy pieces for piano adapted from ... Arranged, Edited and Fingered by Thomas F. Dunhill." Original
black and red pictorial (beefeater) tan covers, printed in red and black with light foxing, minor toning, and dusting to margins. Contents foxed; "H.T. Sullivan" ink stamp faint on title page. Very good.
[Vocal Selections]. Sing With Sullivan. London: J.B. Cramer & Co., 1977. "A New Anthology of Music for Voice, Selected and Edited by Terence Rees and Roderick Spencer". Contains selections from The Contrabandista, Thespis, Iolanthe, Yeomen, Ivanhoe, Haddon Hall, The Beauty Stone, The Rose of Persia, plus two songs "Ich Mochte hinaus es jauchzen" and "O Swallow, Swallow". Original
decorated (opera names in fancy red and green lettering) white light-weight card covers, a trifle creased at corners. Fine.
[Vocal selections] Binney, Malcolm and Lavender, Peter (comp.). The Authentic Gilbert & Sullivan Songbook. New York: Dover Publications, 1977. [First edition]. "92 Unabridged Selections from All 14 Operas Reproduced from Early Vocal Scores ... with Plot Summaries by James Spero". Original
full colour pictorial (theatre with Patience on stage laminated card wrappers, with just a hint of rubbing to spine ends. Nothing special, just a fine copy of an attractive item which would be a handy addition to the piano seat box.
Sullivan without Gilbert - Scores &
[Music]. The Absent Minded Beggar. London: "The Daily Mail" Publishing Company by Enoch & Sons, 1899. Second edition. Words by Rudyard Kipling, Music by Arthur Sullivan. Original
cream paper printed in black (decorative cover lettering within elaborate ornamental borders); covers lightly soiled and faintly foxed; corners creased, especially top outer one; hinge partially split, yet holding at top. Internal leaves nice and clean, though a bit thumbed. Ads for "Enoch & Sons' Patriotic Songs" on rear. Very good.
Rudyard Kipling's patriotic poem was set to music by Sullivan within a week of its first being printed in the Daily Mail. Published to raise funds for the paper's Soldiers' Families Fund during the Boer War, the first edition sold out quickly in early December 1899. The price was raised from 1s to 1/6 for this, the second edition.
[-----Another copy]. This one just a touch brighter, but lacking the final leaf (last page of music, and ads), and sold for the decorative cover only. Small "Maxwell & Sons ..." purple ink stamp in lower front corner; lightly dusty, and with minor age-spots at edges. Shame about the lacking leaf, still the cover would matte up rather nicely.
[Sheet music]. The Chorister "No. 2 in F". London: Metzler & Co., [n.d., ca. 1885]*. "M6321" at bottom of first page. "Sung by Madama Antoinette Sterling, also by Miss Coyte Turner ... Words by Fred E. Weatherly". Score for voice and piano followed by "An accompaniment ad lib for Organ, American Organ or Harmonium." Detached from bound volume, with glue remnants (¼") at spine.
Red and green oval background to pictorial (singer) cream front cover, lettered in black; trimmed (without loss) at top and bottom edges presumably during binding. 7 pp. music plus 1 pp. ads at rear. Fine.
* Dated from ad on verso of cover.
The music, first published in The Young Mother with different words as "The First Departure". It is here published with Weatherly's words, the first edition of which listed only two keys at top (in E and G); this one lists three, and appears to be the first printing of the music in the key of F.
[Score].The Contrabandista; or, The Law of the Ladrones. London: Boosey & Co., n.d. ""Libretto written by F.C. Burnand." A pretty dreadful photocopy (on rectos only) of the "Pianoforte Arrangement by the Composer", showing the tell-tale black lines at all margins from careless alignment of the original on the photocopier platten. Incongruously well bound in black buckram with simple gilt titling on front cover, and the corners nicely rounded; contents physically perfect. Externally one might easily mistake it for a publisher's binding, but we cannot imagine Boosey issuing such an unprofessional photocopy. But if you want a working copy of the score ...
[Libretto and Score]. The Golden Legend. London: Novello and Company [and] Chappell and Co.; New York: Novello, Ewer and Co.*, [n.d.]. "Novello's Original Octavo Edition." "Adapted from the poem of Longfellow by Joseph Bennett and set to music by Arthur Sullivan. The Pianoforte arrangement by Berthold Tours."
Gilt lettered, ruled and decorated (school crest) prize binding in burgundy morocco, with marbled edges matching endpapers; spine ends rubbed and worn; corners, joints and bottom edge less so. Large school prize bookplate, stamped "Cancelled" in red; blank first and final leaves
lightly foxed. Near fine.
* Imprint reads: "London, Novello and Company, Limited and Novello, Ewer and Co., New York. Also Chappell and Co., New Bond Street, London."
[Libretto and Score]. The Golden Legend. London: Novello, and Company [and] Chappell and Co.; New York: Novello, Ewer and Co.*, [n.d.]. "Novello's Original Octavo Edition." "Adapted from the poem of Longfellow by Joseph Bennett and set to music by Arthur Sullivan. The Pianoforte arrangement by Berthold Tours." Original
decoratively gilt-lettered and blind-stamped bright red cloth, now lightly sunned on spine; very minor rubbing at joints and along bottom edge; corners and spine ends bumped all edges gilt. A few pencilled Xs in margins and 2" archival tape repair to fore edge of one leaf; yellow coated endpapers perfect; contents clean and bright; 10 pp. publisher's ads at rear. Fine.
* Imprint reads: "London & New York, Novello, Ewer and Co. Also Chappell and Co., New Bond Street, London."
[Libretto and Score]. The Golden Legend. London: Novello and Company [and] Chappell and Co.; New York: H.W. Gray Co.*, [n.d.]. "Novello's Original Octavo Edition." "Adapted from the poem of Longfellow by Joseph Bennett and set to music by Arthur Sullivan. The Pianoforte arrangement by Berthold Tours." Plain
dark blue pebble-grained buckram, lettered in gilt on spine; corners bumped; front cover faintly creased and top front corner touch splayed. Some pencilled musical dynamic annotations; contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good.
* Imprint reads: "London: Novello and Company Limited. New York: The H.W. Gray Co., Sole agents for the U.S.A. Also Chappell and Co., New Bond Street, London."
[Sheet music]. Ho, Jolly Jenkin "No.2 in F". London: Chappell & Co., [n.d., ca.1891]. "The Friar's Song from Ivanhoe, Words by Julian Sturgis, Music By Arthur Sullivan"; "No. 2 in F" underlined at top front.
Large format cream paper printed in black; red price-changing "2/6" and purple Sullivan "signature" stamps on front; dusty around edges and a bit age-toned; spine ends split approximately 1"; small dampstain at top of spine affecting all leaves; light creasing to lower corner and top edge; a few short closed tears. Very good.
[Music]. Hymn Written by the Bishop of Wakefield, and Set to Music by Arthur Sullivan (By Request); title O King of Kings . [First issue] (later issue changed verse 4 to 5, and adding new 4 on last p.).
Cream folder plainly printed and ruled in black; (Sullivan's music on p.2-3); Very good; a touch dusty; cross-folded; with closed edge tears, a bit creased.
[Libretto]. Ivanhoe. [London]: British Broadcasting Corportation, 1929. "B.B.C. Opera Librettos 1928-9 ... To be
Broadcast on March 25 and 27, 1929." By Julius Sturgis, based on the tale by Sir Walter Scott, composed by Sullivan. Original
purple printed grey wrappers age-toned around edges; evidence of label removal from rear wrapper. Contents age-toned, yet clean; staples rusted. Near fine.
[Sheet music]. The Lost Chord "No.1 in E♭". London: Boosey & Co., [n.d., post 1932]. "Sung by Madame Antoinette Sterling ... The Words by Adelaide A. Proctor". Large format
cream paper printed in black, with decoratively printed front cover; 6 pp. music for piano and voice; a hint of toning, and very minor marks. Fine .
[Sheet music]. Once Again "No.1 in D". London: Boosey & Co., [n.d., ca.1872]. "Ballad. Written by Lionel N. Lewin, the Music Composed expressly for Mr. Sims Reeves by Arthur Sullivan." With publisher's monogram ink stamp on front cover. Original
cream paper printed in black, disbound from volume and now split almost entirely along spine; lightly dusty; nearly invisible archival tape repair to last two leaves. A very good copy.
[Sheet music]. The Sailor's Grave "in E♭". London: Edwin Ashdown, [n.d., post 1916]. "Words by H.F. Lyte / Music by Arthur S. Sullivan".
Large format 8 pp. cream paper printed in black; two publisher's ink stamps ("In Canada 60 cents ..." and "Printed in England") on front, marking the Canadian issue; light damp mark, up to 1/2", along much of spine; very minor corner/edge creasing; hint of age toning. Near fine.
[Sheet music]. "Thou'rt Passing Hence," (The Highland Message) "No.2 in A♭". London and Melbourne: Chappell & Co., [n.d., 1875?]. "Song, written by Mrs. Hemans, Composed by Arthur Sullivan"; "Sung by Mr. Santley"; "No.2 in
A[-flat]" underlined at top front.
Large format cream paper printed in black, Chappel purple ink stamp on front, and Melbourne music seller's embossing throughout; outer leaves almost completely split along spine; faint overall foxing; light age-toning; corners bumped; a few short closed edge tears. Very good.
The Gondoliers, or, The King of Barataria. [ca. 1920s] Stock
poster depicting a
stylish Don Alhambra (based on the costume in use by D'Oyly Carte
between 1919 and 1929), with the title over the graphic prow of a
gondola in the background. Printed in black, grey, red and yellow.
Stock posters were printed in the 1920s and 1930s
for the use of provincial theatres. Meausring about 30" x 20", they
usually bore a well recognized character or scene from the opera
being presented, and left enough blank space for the theatre to
overprint its name, show dates and other local information.
The Yeomen of the Guard. London: David Allen & Sons
(Belfast), [n.d.]. D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's production poster
designed by Dudley Hardy for the 1897 season, measuring 20" x 30".
executioner at sunrise based on the original D'Oyly Carte
costumes; strikingly printed in red, black and yellow, with only the
name of the company in black; with light horizontal fold across
centre of image and minor creasing at left of fold; clean, sharp and
clear. A near fine copy of possibly the best known G& S poster
used in the early 20th century.
Original Vanity Fair
All our Vanity Fair prints are included
in the Vanity Fair List
which is updated as new stock becomes available and time allows.
You can also link directly to scans of the
& Sullivan, and Related Vanity Fair images,
including prints of D'Oyly Carte principals and others who
performed in works by Gilbert and/or Sullivan, friends of
theirs, and individuals mentioned in one or another of the
operas. When available, the Gilbert, Sullivan and D'Oyly
Carte prints will also be listed, singly or in sets.
Caricatures of other Victorian theatrical performers and
musicians can be found on the
Arts pages of the Vanity Fair section. These include
many of the major stage and concert stars of the era, as
well as well-known amateur performers, theatrical managers
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Gilbert and Sullivan
Periodicals, Newsletters, etc.
We have back files of several Gilbert and Sullivan related magazines and newsletters, particularly
The Savoyard, The Gilbert & Sullivan Journal and The Gilbert & Sullivan News.
If you need scattered issues to complete your run, and don't find them listed below, please feel free to inquire.
The Gilbert & Sullivan Journal. Except where noted, all
issues in very good condition.
- Vol.7 Index. January, 1953-September, 1959. 4 pp..
- Vol.8, Nos.1-6. January 1960 to September 1961.
- Vol.9 (incomplete), Nos.1-20; Jan.1966 - Sep.1972 but
lacking nos.5,7,9,10,21 (no. 6 with untidy writing on cover).
- Vol.10, No.15; Autumn, 1978 $2
The Savoyard. Except where noted, all issues near fine or
- Vol.1, No.1; April 1962. $6
- Vol.4, No.1 to Vol.10, No.2; April 1965 to September
1971 Including index to Vols.1-7. A few with minor to
light spotting. $65
- Vol.4, Nos.1 & 3; April 1965 and January 1966.
Covers faintly foxed. $5
- Vol.6, No.1; May 1967. $3
- Vol.7, Nos.1 & 2; May and September 1968. No.2
cover sunned in patches. $5
- Vol.10, Nos.1 & 2; May and September 1971; Savoy
merchandise order form inserted in no.1. $5
- Vol.11, No.1 to Vol.12, No.2; May 1972 to
September 1973. $12
- Vol.11, No.1 to Vol. 15, No. 3; May 1972 to
Janaury 1977; several with G&S Society inserts. $30
- Vol.13, Nos.2 & 3; September 1974 and
January 1975 (the latter is "The Centenary Number, 1875-1975").
- Vol.13, No. 3; January 1975 ("The Centenary
Number, 1875-1975"). $5
- Vol.14, Nos.1 & 2; May to September 1975. $5
- Vol.14, No.2; September 1975; creased and cover
- Vol.15, No.2. September 1976. With inserted Trust
membership form and obituary notice for Bishop Stopford.
- Vols.16-21. May 1977-September 1982. Including
Royal Command Performance Supplement, Pirates
Centenary, Patience Centenary, The
Savoy Theatre 1881-1981 and Iolanthe
Centenary issues; with programme ("John Reed is
George Grossmith") and Friends inserts. A few with minor
- Vol.16, No.3. January 1978. $3
- Vol.17, No.1 to Vol. 19, No.2; May 1978 to
September 1980. Includes Pirates Centenary issue
several with G&S Society inserts. $25
- Vol.18, No.3; January 1980. $3
- Vol.19, No.2; September 1980. $3
- Vol.20, No.1; March 1981 (Patience Centenary Issue);
program announcement and Friends of the D'Oyly Carte flyer
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