BASS

[ Paul Robeson, celebrated black stage and screen actor involved in the Civil Rights Movement. ] Autograph Signature and message.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), black American actor and singer involved in the Civil Rights Movement
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 16 March 1960.
£30.00

In blue ink on one side of 10.5 x 14 cm. leaf torn from autograph album. Good bold signature. Reads: 'With best wishes | to you | & thanks | Paul Robeson | Mar 16/60'.

[ Paul Robeson, singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature and inscription, with the signature of his accompanist the composer Lawrence Brown.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), black American actor and singer involved in the Civil Rights Movement [ Lawrence Brown [ Lawrence Benjamin Brown ] (1893-1972), composer ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1920s? ].
£100.00

On one side of 17 x 11 cm leaf extracted from an autograph album. The page is orientated in portrait shape, with Robeson's inscription in dark-blue ink, slanting downwards in a strong and attractive style. It reads: 'Best wishes | Paul Robeson | My mother bore me in the Southern wild | And I am black, but O, my Soul, is white. | P. R.' (The quotation is from William Blake.) Beneath this, also slanting downwards, and written in green ink, is the signature 'Lawrence Brown'.

[ James Bass Mullinger, Librarian of St. John's College, Cambridge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Bass Mullinger | Chairman of Committee') to 'Francis S. Powell' (future MP for Cambridge) on his 'helpful offer' regarding the 'Eagle' magazine.

Author: 
James Bass Mullinger [ pen-name 'Theodorus' ] (1834-1917), historian and librarian of St. John's College, Cambridge [ Sir Francis Sharp Powell (1827-1911), Member of Parliament for Cambridgel
Publication details: 
On letterhead of St. John's College, Cambridge. 27 May 1884.
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged and worn paper, with slight show-through on first leaf. Expressing, 'on behalf of the Eagle Committee', a 'joint sense' of Powell's 'kindly interest in the magazine', whose 'circulation, hitherto, has been restricted to members of the College'. Powell's 'helpful offer' will be considered that week, when his letter is laid before the committee, who are desirous of inserting, 'more systematically, intelligence respecting members of the College in London'.

Autograph of the Welsh bass baritone Bruce Dragavel, on 'Programme of Old Time Melody Concert' by the Burslem Orpheus Male Voice Choir.

Author: 
Bruce Dargavel (1905-1985), Welsh bass baritone singer [Burslem Orpheus Male Voice Choir]
Autograph of the Welsh bass baritone Bruce Dragavel
Publication details: 
Programme for performance on 24 February 1946, at the Queen's Hall Burslem.
£25.00
Autograph of the Welsh bass baritone Bruce Dragavel

Programme: 12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Printed in green on orange paper. Text clear and complete. On lightly-aged paper with slight wear to extremities. Dargavel's signature is in pencil in the top left-hand corner of the second page: 'Best Wishes, | Bruce Dargavel'.

Autograph Signature of the British bass Robert Easton, who took part in the first BBC television broadcast.

Author: 
Robert Easton (1898-1987), British bass
Publication details: 
Undated.
£10.00

On piece of light-blue paper, removed from an autograph album. Firm signature. In good condition. Reads 'Robert Easton.'

Signed album leaf with Autograph Musical Quotation, bars from his 'Ave Maria', initialled PBK [Percy B. Kahn, composer] with signature of Jean Vallier, French Bass, and overleaf that of Landon Ronald with images of him clipped from magazines

Author: 
Percy B. Kahn, composer and pianist, composer of Ave Maria.
Percy B. Kahn, composer and pianist, composer of Ave Maria.
Publication details: 
Stoke-on-Trent, 21 Jan. 1921.
£125.00
Percy B. Kahn, composer and pianist, composer of Ave Maria.

Page detached from album, stained but writing clear and complete. The plain signature of Jean Vallier, French Bass, is followed by the title Ave Maria followed by two or so bars from the song, with words (A-ve Ma-ri-a gra-ti-a ple-na), itself followed by Best wishes from | Percy B. Kahn Stoke Jan 21st 1921. Note: His most noted composition was the song Ave Maria with accompaniment by piano, and violin obbligato.

Bold signatures of Paul Robeson and his accompanist and arranger, Lawrence Brown, on detached album leaf.

Author: 
Paul Robeson, African American concert singer (bass-baritone), recording artist, athlete and actor AND Lawrence Brown, pianist and arranger.
Bold signatures of Paul Robeson and his accompanist and arranger, Lawrence Brown
Publication details: 
1930
£100.00
Bold signatures of Paul Robeson and his accompanist and arranger, Lawrence Brown

Page detached from an album, 17 x 14cm, slightly foxed, mainly good condition, inscribed Every good wish | Paul Robeson | [Mar?] 1930 | Lawrence Brown. Note from wikipedia: Robeson and his accompanist and arranger Lawrence Brown were the first to bring spirituals to the concert stage; their association lasted through four decades.

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