PIANOFORTE

[Sir Robert Liston, Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Pole', regarding the repair of 'a large Pianoforte' by 'some person of skill and confidence'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States
Publication details: 
Millburn Tower [Ratho, Scotland]. 13 August [no year].
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a shaky but still elegant hand. Begins: 'Sir Robert Liston presents his Compliments to Mr. Pole, and begs leave to put him in mind of a promise he obligingly made some time ago, to come out and see this little place, and at the same time look at a large Pianoforte which Sir Robert is very anxious to have repaired, with the least possible delay.' He concludes by stating that 'it would be a great favour' if Pole could 'do this (or at all events) send some person of skill and confidence'.

[J. S. Wells, Pianoforte & Organ Dealer and Tuner, Banbury.] Useful Hints on the Preservation of Pianos. [printed by Cheney & Sons, Banbury]

Author: 
[J. S. Wells, Pianoforte & Organ Dealer and Tuner, 53, Parson's Street, Banbury; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
J. S. Wells, Pianoforte & Organ Dealer and Tuner, 53, Parson's Street, Banbury. 'CHENEY, BANBURY.' Undated [circa 1889].
£25.00

Printed in blue ink on both sides of a piece of 12 x 15 cm grey card, folded once to make a 12 x 7.5 cm bifolium, with the outer covers individual pages and the central opening a double-page spread. In very good condition. A tasteful production, with each page enclosed within a ruled border, along the four sides of which are various details and offers.

['Gordon Adams' The "Kensington" Pianoforte and Music Warehouse and Theatre Box Office.'] Attractive Victorian advertising booklet [by Banbury printers Cheney & Sons], with gold border on blue and pink paper.

Author: 
[Gordon Adams, Music Library, 100 High Street, Kensington; John Cheney, 'Printer in Gold, Silver, and Colours'; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
['Music Library. Gordon Adams, 100, High Street Kensington, opposite station.'] Undated [circa 1889].
£38.00

8pp., landscape 12mo. Unbound stapled pamphlet. Printed in blue ink on paper which is blue on one side and pink on the other. Nearly fine. Blue covers, printed in fancy type, with the text on the front within a decorative gold border, reading: 'Music Library. | GORDON ADAMS, | 100, High Street, Kensington, | OPPOSITE STATION. | Tickets for every Theatre. Seats on Sale. | And at 9, Old Bond St., and 137, New Bond St.

[Victorian London trade cards and musical ephemera.] Two calling cards and a compliments card of Bluthner & Co., Victorian 'Pianoforte Manufacturers'. [The three printed by Cheney & Sons of Banbury.]

Author: 
[Bluthner & Co., Pianoforte Manufacturers, 7 to 10, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, W.; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
Bluthner & Co., Pianoforte Manufacturers, 7 to 10, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, W. [Printed by Cheney & Sons of Banbury.] All undated [circa 1890].
£80.00

The three items are in good condition, lightly-aged. The layout, design and typeface of the two calling cards is entirely different, although the text of both reads 'Bluthner & Co., | Pianoforte Manufacturers, | 7 to 10, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London W.' Items Two and Three (the second calling card and the compliments card) are in the same typeface, but are of different design. ONE: Printed in red, with grey-green strips at head and foot, on one side of a 9 x 12 cm piece of white card.

[Ernest Bloch, composer.] Collection of papers on music criticism by Joseph Sussman, including typewritten drafts of an unpublished monograph titled 'Ernest Bloch, Music's Prophet', an autograph notebook titled 'Ernest Bloch. The Piano Music'..

Author: 
Joseph Sussman, instructor in the pianoforte and music theory [Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Swiss-born American Jewish composer
Publication details: 
England. Dating from at least between 1963 and 1975.
£650.00

The collection is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, and can be grouped into three sections. ONE: Complete typewritten draft ([3] + 44pp., 4to) of Sussman's unpublished monograph on Bloch is contained in a large brown envelope, with the following note by Sussman on the front: '2ND COPY (without illustrations) of "Ernest Bloch - Music's Prophet" | JS'. It includes the contents, list of illustrations, introduction, and two-page 'Key and Bibliography'.

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