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American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Sixteen Broadway Classics: A Library of America Boxed Set
American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Sixteen Broadway Classics
A Library of America Boxed Set
Hardcover      ISBN: 159853257x
Including Oklahoma , South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and 11 other great shows, this landmark collection is your ticket to the Golden Age of the Broadway musical: The Broadway musical is one of America's great indigenous popular forms, a glorious hybrid that emerged "out of our speech, our tempo, our moral attitudes, our way of moving" (as Leonard Bernstein put it). Now in a landmark two-volume collection, The Library of America presents sixteen enduring masterpieces charting the Broadway musical's narrative tradition from the groundbreaking Show Boat (1927) through the genre's Golden Age to its response to the turbulent 1960s with the Tony Award-winning shows Cabaret and 1776. Based on new research, this historic collection presents the complete libretto of each musical in its Broadway opening night version, making these beloved stories available as never before. Irving Berlin and Moss Hart's As Thousands Cheer is published here for the first time. Show Boat and Pal Joey are presented in newly restored versions. Seven other shows, including South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and My Fair Lady, return to print for the first time in decades.

Each of these classic musicals has evolved over time, receiving many important revivals and new productions. This Library of America boxed set offers readers unprecedented insight into this living history with a selection of hard-to-find or previously unpublished supplementary items, including lyrics of songs dropped out-of-town or added in later revivals. Lavishly illustrated-- with 64 pages of photographs and other images drawn from the original productions, the set also contains biographical sketches of the book writers and lyricists; cast lists and other information about the shows' Broadway openings; and detailed accounts of the path each show took on the road to Broadway. As a special feature, the box includes 16 full-color postcards reproducing the original show posters.


Volume I
Show Boat
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II - Music by Jerome Kern

As Thousands Cheer
Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin - Sketches by Moss Hart

Pal Joey
Book by John O'Hara - Music by Richard Rodgers - Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers - Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

On the Town
Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green - Music by Leonard Bernstein

Finian's Rainbow
Music by Burton Lane - Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg - Book by Fred Saidy and E. Y. Harburg

Kiss Me, Kate
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter - Book by Sam uel] and Bella Spewack

South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers - Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Volume II
Guys and Dolls
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser - Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

The Pajama Game
Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell - Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

My Fair Lady
Adaptation and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner - Music by Frederick Loewe

Book by Arthur Laurents - Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove - Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim

Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein - Music by Jerry Bock - Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Book by Joe Masteroff - Music by John Kander - Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards - Book by Peter Stone

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Art of Fantastic Beasts
The Crimes of Grindelwald
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062853155

The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, curated by concept artist Dermot Power, and filled with unique insights from Stuart Craig and the artists themselves about the filmmaking journey, takes you on a thrilling journey through a design process every bit as wonderful as that encountered by Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob in the Wizarding World.

Beautifully designed, and bursting with hundreds of dazzling production paintings and concept sketches, intricate card models of the sets, storyboards, and matte paintings, and sumptuously printed with "magical effects" and enhanced with unique removables, this finely crafted book--officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products--presents a visual feast for readers, and a truly immersive experience for fans of Fantastic Beasts.

The Bad Children
The Bad Children
      SKU: 281AKJ1021850

A small pamphlet in bright orange wrappers. A brief, revisionist Hansel and Gretel tale with book and lyrics by horror author Jackson.

The Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire, Transcribed From Private Manuscripts, Rare Broadsides, And Scarce Publications; with Notes and a Glossary
The Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire, Transcribed From Private Manuscripts, Rare Broadsides, And Scarce Publications; with Notes and a Glossary
Leather      SKU: 1199545392

16mo, 319 pgs. Full bound leather with raised bands and gilt title on spine. Handsome marbled endpapers, block edges are gilt. Binding is solid, pages are clean throughout. Some foxing does appear on first couple blank leaves. Leather shows rubbing on corners, spine and along the hinges. Rear board has 2 spots where leather is scraped and peeled up a bit. Otherwise a very nice copy.

The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records: Beatlemania & the Singles
The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records
Beatlemania & the Singles
Hardcover      ISBN: 0966264916
Black Images
Black Images
Hardcover      SKU: 1199548936

"8vo, 351 pages. Signed and dated by author on first free endpaper. Clean throughout, solid binding. Only light shelfwear. DJ is clean with some shelfwear, rubbing to edges and small tears, light dust soil. A very nice copy of this signed 1st.

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression
Blue Note
Uncompromising Expression
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452141444

Purveyor of extraordinary music and an arbiter of cool, Blue Note is the definitive jazz label--signing the best artists, pioneering the best recording techniques, and lead cover design trends with punchy, iconic artwork and typography that shaped the way we see the music itself. The roster of greats who cut indelible sides for the label include Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Norah Jones, and many more. Published for Blue Note's seventy-fifth anniversary, this landmark volume is the first official illustrated story of the label, from 1939 roots to its renaissance today. Featuring classic album artwork, unseen contact sheets, rare ephemera from the Blue Note Archives, commentary from some of the biggest names in jazz today, and feature reviews of seventy-five key albums, this is the definitive book on the legendary label.

Celebrations of Curious Characters
Celebrations of Curious Characters
Hardcover      ISBN: 1936365030
Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay--raconteur, historian, and one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists--exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular radio series "Jay's Journal of the Air," Celebrations of Curious Characters features one-page anecdotes of mind-bending performers (limbless jugglers, banjo-picking birds, Anglo-Texan saxophone-playing siamese twins) paired with engravings, mezzotints, and broadsheets from the author's remarkable collection. You'll find engaging vignettes on a daunting variety of topics: musical prodigies, cannon-ball catchers, conmen, card cheats, and performing politicians. Plus, a man who made a model of Lincoln Cathedral out of 1,000,800 bottle corks; a woman continuously pregnant for six-and-a-half years; a theatrical strong man who became the world's leading Egyptologist; and a healthy number of digressions on time, money, and the argot of thieves.
Chants Et Chansons Populaires De La France (3 Volumes)
Chants Et Chansons Populaires De La France (3 Volumes)
Leather      SKU: 1199263788

A three-volume set. Set is full bound in tan calf with stunning, intricate gilt tooling on spine, gilt dentelles and fillets on boards, green and red morocco title labels on spine with five raised bands, and gilt edge of text block. Pastedowns are ornately illustrated in gold, black and green. All the volumes are full of beautiful detailed engravings throughout text. Pages are extraordinarily clean and bright with a light scattering of foxing in volume 1, and mostly only to endpapers in 2 and 3. Very faint scuffing to leather on all the books, very close to pristine. This is a truly exquisite set.

Chants Et Chansons Populaires De La France (volumes 1 and 3)
Chants Et Chansons Populaires De La France (volumes 1 and 3)
Leather      SKU: 1199398594

Two volumes only, numbers 1 and 3. Volumes are quarter-bound in brown calf with marbled paper. Black morocco title labels with gilt titling and fillets. Text block has deckled edges. Books are solid though there is foxing throughout interior pages.