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Concerto by Carl Maria von Weber (1812) , the autograph of Stravinsky’s first opera Le Rossignol (set in China), an unpublished work by Sibelius, autograph music manuscripts by Alfred Schnittke and leading French opera composers, together with first editions of Mozart, Beethoven, Handel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).
The inscription is all in the hand of Janacek, and includes a musical phrase reflecting the characteristic intonations of Kamila's speech.
This lot is not illustrated in the printed catalogue: the photograph on page 28 marked "62" is in fact for Lot 14 (Boieldieu). However, the two illustrations in the online catalogue for this lot (Lesueur) are correct.
We understand that these editions were formerly the property of Enole Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1855-1939), the second wife of Felix Mendelssohn's son Paul--and not Enole Marie von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1879-1947), as indicated in the catalogue.
This lot now includes the separately printed vocal parts, bound in contemporary inscribed card wrappers.
This lot should have a # symbol in the printed catalogue.
Please note that the correct title of this work is "Lo Spadone", and there are two copies recorded in Italian libraries. This copy is lacking the final leaf (E4).
Plate 14 is present (it is numbered 13 & 14), and the double-page plate is no.133.
Please note that this is the second edition, not the first (as stated in the printed catalogue) which was published in 1611.
There should be no VAT symbol in the printed catalogue.
This lot is not illustrated in the printed catalogue, but only on the online version. The illustration at the foot of page 109 is for Lot 244
There is an illustration for this lot the foot of page 109 of the printed catalogue, but is misnumbered.
It has been suggested that this work was previously owned by Gavin Hamilton the antiquary, but we do not believe that the signatures are his.