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Rare Performing Arts Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

There is a long and ancient history of the performing arts in many societies throughout the ages, and there are plenty of antique and rare performing arts books in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Some of the books listed are limited edition copies of beloved plays, and others are fantastically detailed accounts of famous ballets and operas. Many of the books featured below are antique and one of a kind, and they will be sure to add value to your rare and antique book collection.



FLIP BOOK, BLOW BOOK, MAGIC BOOK. by [FLIP BOOK]

FRANCE, no date, circa 1799.. NO TITLE or PUBLISHING DETAILS, PAPER HAS WATER MARKS, SEVERAL WITH "MONTG" on 1 PAGE and "LFIER" ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE ( Montg(o)lfier)? and several with a few capital letters not making any recognisable word, approximately...

From Roger Middleton

£8,950.00


Monty Python's Flying Circus by [CHAPMAN, Graham; CLEESE, John; GILLIAM, Terry; IDLE, Eric; JONES, Terry; PALIN, Michael]

N.p. [London]: N.p. [BBC], 1971-2. Thirteen typed camera scripts, each secured with a split pin to top left. Slight rusting of pins to some episodes, with consequent marking to surrounding paper. Some episodes marked up by studio cameramen on day of rec...

From Neil Pearson Rare Books

£7,950.00


FLIP BOOK, BLOW BOOK, MAGIC BOOK, Livre Magique. by MAGIC BLOW BOOK.:

No publisher, date or printer, (1840).. NO TITLE, PUBLISHING DETAILS or CAPTIONS UNDERNEATH the PLATES, AN UNUSUAL TALL EXAMPLE, circa 1840, approximately 215 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, 112 hand coloured wood engraved plates, 7 subjects, each with 16 ill...

From Roger Middleton

£6,800.00


Insomnia Is Good For You by [SELLERS, Peter] GREIFER, Lewis and RICHLER, Mordecai

London: Park Lane Films, 1957. Shooting script, 33 mimeographed pp., stapled in to oversized red card wrappers. Typed title label to front cover, typed ownership label ('Park Lane Films Ltd., Quadrex House, Park Lane, W.1.') to inside front cover...

From Neil Pearson Rare Books

£4,500.00


Vingt-cinq costumes pour le théatre. [Twenty-five costumes for the theatre] ; Préface par Edmond Jaloux by George Barbier

Paris: Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927. First Edition. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs signed by leading French art deco designer George Barbier (1882-1932). Portrait frontispiece of Barbier by his friend and rival C...

From Rare Illustrated Books

AU$7,250.00


THE MERRY MEDLEY or GAY GALLANTS and GOOD COMPANIONS. Containing Diverting Stories, Choice Jests, Dextrous and Delightful Tricks in Leger-de-Main. by C.F.:

Dublin, printed by S. Powell, for Ignatius Kelly, in Marys-Lane; Joseph Cotter, under Dicks Coffee-House, in Skinner row; and William Ranson, in Dame street, Booksellers, MDCCXLVIII. [1748].. Pleasant Pieces of Poetry, Celebrated Jovial Songs, Exquisite ...

From Roger Middleton

£3,950.00


THE WHOLE ART OF LEGERDEMAIN; or the CONJURER UNMASKED, containg Instructions how to Perform Tricks with, Dice, Cards, Birds, Eggs, Cups, Balls etc., By the Most Celebrated Professors. by CONJURING, Anonymous.:

Derby, Thomas Richardson, circa 1830.. FIRST EDITION, circa 1830, pamphlet, approximately 185 x 100 mm, 7¼ x 4 inches, folding hand coloured plate as frontispiece, pages: [4], 5-24 last page not numbered, original publisher's yellow printed wrappers. Sp...

From Roger Middleton

£3,800.00


Steps in Time an Autobiography (1959) (Signed) by Fred Astaire

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard cover, black boards with silver lettering on spine and small cut-out depressions of top-hats, canes and dance shoes on cov...

From Rare Finds Booksellers

$4,999.95


Steps in Time an Autobiography (1959) (Signed) by Fred Astaire

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard cover, black boards with silver lettering on spine and small cut-out depressions of top-hats, canes and dance shoes on cov...

From Rare Finds Booksellers

$4,999.95


New Screen News (A collection of 120 magazines from 1951-1962)

Melbourne: Hoyts Theatres Ltd . A broken run of 120 various issues of this film magazine from Volume 5, No. 3 (January 5, 1951) to Volume 16, No. 9 (April 27, 1962). In 1951, New Screen News was published weekly by the Australian chain Hoyts Theatres. At...

From Tapsell's Books and Music

AU$5,000.00


The Moon's A Balloon, an Autobiography (1972) (Signed) by David Niven

New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1972. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover, Very Good. Navy cloth boards with gilt printing on spine and signature cut out printing on cover. Very little...

From Rare Finds Booksellers

$2,999.95


Bring on the Empty Horses (1975) (Signed) by David Niven

New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1975. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Third Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Cover, Very Good - . Navy cloth boards with silver printing. Some bumping and wear on top and bottom of spine. Bindin...

From Rare Finds Booksellers

$2,999.95


CAD: A HANDBOOK FOR HEELS RUSS MEYER DANIEL CLOWES SIGNED by Charles Schneider, Russ Meyer (Photographer), Daniel Clowes (Illustrator)

[CHARLES SCHNEIDER, RUSS MEYER, DANIEL GILLESPIE CLOWES]. CAD: A HANDBOOK FOR HEELS. Feral House, Los Angeles, CA, 1992. First Edition, First printing. Condition: Near Fine. Appears unread, pages are clean and binding tight. Scarce autographs from filmmak...

From Astro Trader Books

$2,850.00


RATIONAL RECREATIONS IN WHICH THE PRINCIPLES OF NUMBERS AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY ARE CLEARLY AND COPIOUSLY ELUCIDATED, BY A SERIES OF EASY, ENTERTAINING, INTERESTING EXPERIMENTS. AMONG WHICH ARE ALL THOSE COMMONLY PERFORMED WITH THE CARDS. by HOOPER, William. HAND COLOURED SET.:

London, printed for E. Law and Son; and G. G. and J. Robinson, 1794.. FOUR VOLUMES, COMPLETE SET 1794. 4th edition corrected. CONTEMPORARY HAND COLOURED SET, 8vo, 220 x 130 mm, 8½ x 5 inches, 65 contemporary hand coloured folding engraved plates, some...

From Roger Middleton

£1,900.00


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