The music section of the sale on 29 May contains two outstanding Mozart autograph items, a frank and revealing letter (1788), written to his fellow freemason Michael Puchberg, discussing his celebrated string quintets in C Major and G minor, and the Piano Trio in E major.
We also have a musical sketchleaf by Mozart (1786), which contains, on one side, a fugue unrecorded in Köchel’s list of Mozart’s works, and, on the verso, Mozart’s corrections to a musical exercise by his pupil Thomas Attwood.
There are also the autograph full scores of the Second Piano Concerto by Carl Maria von Weber (1812) , the autograph of Stravinsky’s first opera Le Rossignol (set in China), an unpublished work by Sibelius, autograph music manuscripts by Alfred Schnittke and leading French opera composers, together with first editions of Mozart, Beethoven, Handel and others.
The Continental books include the first edition of Vesalius's revolutionary treatise on the anatomy of the human body (1543), Galileo’s Dialogo (1632), the Collection of a Gentleman (containing fine sixteenth-century Italian books, many illustrated), and incunabula. There are also two other extensive collections, one of modern Livres d’artiste (including bindings by Paul Bonet), and another containing rare early Russian & Soviet propaganda posters. The autograph manuscripts include poems by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrated letters by Lorca and Hesse, and others by Napoleon, Einstein, Rilke, and Bettina von Arnim (about Liszt, Spontini and possibly Brahms).