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Aguado, Dionisio. Nuevo Método para guitarra. $3000

[Banjo]. Converse, Frank B. Frank B. Converse's Banjo Instructor, Without A Master. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, [1865 or after]. Octavo. Original yellow printed boards, cloth spine gilt, corners rubbed, still a fine copy.
A lovely copy of a scarce book. Yellow pictorial covers portray a nude angel picking the banjo. Although the copywright page shows the year 1865, this copy is more probably from the 1880's judging from the ads in the back of the book. Contains intricate directions, including music manuscript, for songs. Certainly a must-have for the serious banjo collector. (#kfk280) $650.00

[Guitar]. Carcassi, M[atteo]. New and Improved Method for the Guitar.

Boston et. al.: Oliver Ditson & Co. et. al., [1853]. First American edition(?). Quarto. Handsome woodcut frontispiece depicting the manner of holding the guitar. Original printed boards, cloth, spine.

In all likelihood a later printing of the first American edition of Carcassi's celebrated method, quite interesting to find in the original boards. Very scarce. Selch. The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: 371 (illustrated). (#kfk261) $750



Carulli, Ferdinando. Méthode Complete pour Guitare...

Paris: n.p., circa 1824. Quarto. Engraved title, lithograph portrait of Carulli. Sympathetic modern binding in period style (utilizing old marbled boards), some paper repairs.

A rare early edition of this important method, stated fourth edition on title. Carulli is of tantamount importance in the history of classical guitar, he wrote the first complete method, which continues to be a part of guitar pedagogy. Born in Naples, Carulli spent most of his life in Paris, where he attracted patrons and elevated the profile of the guitar as a serious instument. He was among the most prolific of composers for the guitar, writing over four hundred works in the span of twelve years; ranging from the simplest pieces for beginners to full orchestral concertos. Copies of his method are very rarely encountered. (#kfk301) $1250

[Print] La Fontaine, [Jean de]. Les Oyes de Frere-Philippe, Conte tiré de La Fontaine. Friar Phillip's Geese, A Tale from La Fontaine. London: Thomas Watson, 1782. Engraving.
This beguiling image renders a scene from the first tale of the second volume of La Fontaine's "Contes et Nouvelles" (the verses printed here in French and English are the final lines of the tale.) The Hermit Phillip has brought his son to the city for the first time. (#kfk297) $650.00

[Banjo]. Golden, Frank. Latest Banjo Songster... New York: Popular Popular Publishing Co., [circa 1880?]. Original wrappers, front cover hand colored.

An amusing piece, scarce. (#kfk727)            $250


An Antique guitar case of finely inlaid wood. English, circa 1820's.



Millie Christine. A scarce early carte-de-visite photograph of the famous conjoined twins. Philadelphia: H. L. German's Temple of Art, circa 1870. 65 x 105mm. Carte-de-visite photograph.
An image of the twins with a guitar, signed on the verso. Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1851, Millie and Christine were taken from their parents, sold three or four times, stolen and retrieved; and placed on display at fairs and "freak-shows" from New Orleans to as far away as Canada. At one time, having been sold to J. P. Smith, they were kidnapped and taken to England. Smith retrieved them with the aid of their mother and they were brought back to North Carolina in 1857. Smith taught them to read and write, as well as sing and dance. The twins composed and performed their own music as well as that of others. The twins died in 1912. (#kfk735) $1950

[GUITAR]. Oechsler, F., comp. fl. 1860s. Kurze practische Anweisung zur Lieder begleitung auf der Guitarre

Manuscript guitar method compiled by F. Oechsler, most probably a guitar teacher in Thierstein in Bavaria, Germany. Together with: Guitarr=Ubungen. Manuscript exercises for the guitar. Signed and dated F. Oechsler, Thierstein [?Germany]:, 1863 [and 1861-2]. 4 volumes. Oblong quarto. Original paper-backed thick paper wrappers with manuscript titling and dating to uppers. The first ten pages of Volume 1 contain instructional material; the remainder of the volume and Volumes EHV consist of lieder with guitar accompaniment, arranged progressively. 53; 80; 24; 109 pp., including some blank leaves, for a total of 110 lieder. Each volume signed and dated by the compiler. Oblong quarto. Original paper-backed thick paper wrappers with manuscript titling to upper. 15, [i] (blank) pp. Slightly worn and browned, but in very good condition overall. (#kfk350) $750.00


[Guitar]. Paixo Ribeirõ, Manoel da. Nova arte de viola,...

Coimbra: Real Officina da Universidade..., 1789. Near Fine.
First Edition, a desirable, unsophisticated copy of this rare 18th century source of instrumental pedagogy on the Portuguese baroque guitar (or viola). The work is divided into both a practical section; explaining and illustrating the tuning, fingering, notational signs and exercises; followed by a number of minuets and modinhas for entertaining and personal enjoyment. The five course baroque guitar is tuned as the present day guitar without the lower E course. The instrument uses twelve strings with three double-string courses and two triple-string courses. The author notes bourdons are required on the 4th and 5th course, and an upper octave string should also be used on the 3rd course. The 3rd course is called "toeira" or "singing string." Because of the bright strumming qualities of the viola it was especially popular for accompaniment of folk songs and dances as well as a solo instrument. A guitar of this type, by Diego Costa, is dated 1715 and preserved in the musical instrument museum of the University of Leipzig. Selch. The Legacy of Sebastian Virdung: 58 (illustrated); RISM A/I, P 647 & B VI, 633; Eitner VII, 293; Wolfheim I, 897. (#kfk260) $2500


Segovia, Andres and George Mendoza. Segovia, My Book of the Guitar. Guidance for the Beginner. [Cleveland and NY]: Collins, 1979. First edition. Original pictorial paper boards, in dust jacket. Small surface crack at top of front joint, else fine an fine price clipped jacket. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket. First edition, signed and dated on the title page by Segovia. (#kfk6)                        $500

Signed photograph of Andres Segovia. $225


Singer, Joseph. How to Play Mandolin. $65

Chet Atkins. Country Gentleman. First edition, inscribed and signed. $250

[Guitar]. Winner, Sep[timus]. The Ideal Method for the Guitar... Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1882. Oblong octavo, 80pp. Original paper wrappers. A very good copy with a tide mark along outer edge and lower edge (varies through book). (#kfk346) $150


Juvenile Minstrel Capers $60

[Punch]. "Punch's" Dossay Portraits. Engraved by Duval. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845. First American edition?. 17pp. plus six plates (including frontis.) and [6]pp. of publisher's advertisements. Disbound. Small bookseller's inkstamp in lower margin of titlepage. Foxing, else very good.
Satirical biographical sketches of six English types of the 1840s, each accompanied with an engraved portrait. "No. III, Nicholas Twang, Esq., The Guitar Player," after learning to play the drum, "attracted the attention of the owner of the caravan which contained - or rather professed to contain - the pig-faced lady, and he was at once engaged for the performance of a series of solos on the Chinese gong; which is usually resorted to as a finale to an exhibition, for the purpose of drowning out the complaints of the company" (pp.7-8). OCLC locates only two copies (Harvard and Union College). Scarce. This is the only edition of this title found on OCLC. also see: noting mention of the title (#kfk249) $250

The New EZ Method for Hawaiian Guitar. NY 1937


Lithograph of an unfortunate guitarist. $85

Staging the Amateur Minstrel Show $65

[Music, Dance.] Tellez Villar, Marcos. Colección de estampas de diversos pases de Las Seguidillas Boleras. Madrid, [c. 1790]. Folio. 275 x 223mm. Six engraved plates, with fine contemporary hand coloring.
First edition of this extremely rare complete collection of plates of Spanish dances which depict a variety of dances with all participants wearing elaborate and beautiful costume. Each plate is titled above the dance with banner headline. (#kfk812) $14,500





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