Books

BK001. ALLEN, Reginald The First Night Gilbert & Sullivan CENTENNIAL EDITION containing complete librettos of the fourteen operas, exactly as presented at their première performances, etc. London: Chappell & Co.,Ltd., 1975; pp.xxi.465. A most appropriate celebratory reprint of Mr. Allen’s remarkable work. With pictorial dw, some edge wear and small tears. .....£40.00

BK002. BAILY, Leslie The Gilbert and Sullivan Book London: Cassell and Co., Ltd., 1952; first edition; pp.xiv.443. The seminal reference book for all enthusiasts. With pictorial dw, some edge wear, small tears and small tape repairs. .....
£20.00

BK003. BOYD, A. S. and ROBERTSON, Will. QUIZ Album for 1883 Glasgow: Quiz Office, December 1883; for subscribers only; pp.108. A collection of 39 reviews by William Robertson with illustrations by A. S. Boyd including: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe (by the No.1 Iolanthe Touring Company with cast that included Frank Thornton as ‘The Lord Chancellor,’ F. Frederici as ‘Strephon,’ Fanny Harrison as ‘The Queen of the Fairies’ and L Cadwaladr as ‘Earl Tolloller’). Other productions reviewed include: The Honeymoon with Lily Langtry, Much Ado About Nothing and The Bells with Henry Irving and Ellen Terry and Blue Beard with Nellie Farren. Oblong quarto (17" x 12½") , original blue cloth with gilt decoration and bevelled edges, worn at corners, spine cloth splitting at top. A rare representation of a D’Oyly Carte Touring Company production. .....
£150.00

BK004. BRAHMS, Caryl Gilbert and Sullivan - Lost Chords and Discords London: Reader's Union in association with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975; pp.264. Copious amounts of colourful glossy pages of illustrations are the key to this book’s success. With pictorial dw. .....£15.00

BK005. BURGESS, A. J. The Notary and Other Lawyers in Gilbert and Sullivan Illustrated by Andrew and James Dodds. Jardine Press, 1997; pp.xxi.575. Limited edition - No.873 of 1500. Light shelf-wear to dw. A quirky, large and glossily illustrated look at the legal figures in G&S with a valuable collection of rare source tales, plays and libretti reproduced in full. .....£39.50

BK007. CHAPPLE, Kevin & THORNE, Jane Reflected Light - The Story of the Savoy Theatre London: Pol Roger, [1993]; pp.44. Fantastic hard-to-find illustrated souvenir and history of the home of the Savoy operas. Illustrations throughout in colour and black and white. Paperback. .....£20.00

BK008. COX-IFE, William How To Sing Both Gilbert and Sullivan London: Chappell & Co., Ltd., 1961; pp.iv.155. The only true guide to singing G&S, from the D'Oyly Carte's chorusmaster himself. Essential reading. Very good, with unclipped dw. Inscribed by the author "This book I hope you'll scan in a rapt ecstatic way" With apologies to W.S.G. Sincerely, W. Cox-Ife '61. .....£45.00

BK009. DARLINGTON, W. A. The World of Gilbert & Sullivan London: Peter Nevill, Ltd., 1951; pp.167. A critical appraisal of the operas with a fascinating insight into the topsy-turvy treatment of Victorian society. .....£7.50

BK010. DAVIDSON, Gladys Stories From Gilbert & Sullivan London: Werner Laurie, 1952; pp.[5].299. Delightful prose accounts of all the operas. With pictorial dw. .....
£5.50

BK011. De LOITTE, Vinia (Mrs. Howard Vernon) Gilbert and Sullivan Opera in Australia - being a short account of the stories of the operas and of their production and revivals in Australia 1879-1935 Australia: the author, [1935]; pp.39. Fourteenth edition. Blue wrappers. Inscribed by the author "I am a child of nature" (Mikado) Vinia de Loitte (de Vilme-Hautmont)." Light wear and a coupl of grease spots to cover. .....
£28.00

BK012. FFINCH, Michael Gilbert and Sullivan London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Ltd., 1993; pp.294. A wide-ranging and comprehensive biographical study giving a modern view on the two men and their works. With pictorial dw. .....£14.00

BK013. FINDON, B. W. Sir Arthur Sullivan and His Operas London: Sisley's Ltd., [1904]; pp.[x].[196]. An affectionate family biography drawing on authoritative sources and reminiscences. .....
£10.00

BK014. GATLIFF, Evelyn The Savoy Stories - Transcriptions from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. Decorated by Wolfgang Cardamatis Sydney, Australia: P.R. Stephensen, 1935; new and revised edition, Melbourne University Press, 1950; pp.[iv].155. Charming prose tellings of the operas from ‘Trial by Jury’ to ‘The Grand Duke.’ With dw. .....£14.50

BK015. GILBERT, W. S. Fifty "Bab" Ballads Much Sound and Little Sense with illustrations by the author. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1876; pp.255. Red cloth boards with gilt and black ‘Bab’ illustrations. Slight darkening to left front edge and spine. .....
£18.00

BK016. GILBERT, W. S. Gretchen A play in four acts. London: Newman & Co., 1879; first edition; pp.[v].122. Gilbert's adaptation of the Faust story as produced at the Olympic Theatre in March 1879. light shelf-wear to top and bottom of spine. Scarce. .....
£125.00

BK017. GILBERT, W. S. Original Comic Operas Second Series containing libretti for The Gondoliers, The Yeomen of the Guard, His Excellency, Ruddigore, Haste to the Wedding, The Grand Duke, Utopia Limited, The Mountebanks London: Chatto & Windus, c.1896; pp.47.54.48.60.50.46.55.44.8. Beige boards with black art nouveau decoration. Small chip to spine at top. .....£15.00

BK018. GILBERT, W. S. The Savoy Operas Vol.1 - St. Martin's Library London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1957; pp.v.330. Stylish red and cream paperback. .....
£6.00

BK019. GILBERT, W. S. The Savoy Operas Vol.2 - St. Martin's Library London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1957; pp.v.330. Stylish red and cream paperback. .....
£6.00

BK020. GILBERT, W. S. The Gondoliers. Illustrated by W. Russell Flint London: George Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1912; pp.[10].169-224. With eight coloured illustrations by W. Russell Flint. Navy blue cloth boards with gilt decoration. Spine lightly sunned and beginning to split at bottom back edge. Two illustrations have tape residue where they were reattached at some time. .....£40.00

BK021. GILBERT, W. S. Iolanthe. Illustrated by W. Russell Flint London: George Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1911; pp.50. With eight coloured illustrations by W. Russell Flint. Red cloth with gilt decoration. Front endpaper has calligraphic presentation details to Miss Elsie Phelps from the Bridgwater Amateur Operatic Society with cast details and signatures dated 1911. Spine lightly sunned and splitting along back board, small piece missing from bottom of spine, one illustration has tape residue where it was reattached at some time. .....
£36.00

BK022. GILBERT, W. S. Patience. Illustrated by W. Russell Flint London: George Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1911; pp.[10].45. With eight coloured illustrations by W. Russell Flint. Green cloth boards with gilt decoration. Spine sunned and half missing. One illustration has tape residue where it was reattached at some time. .....
£28.00

BK023. GILBERT, W. S. The Yeomen of the Guard. Illustrated by W. Russell Flint London: George Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1912; pp.[10].54. With eight coloured illustrations by W. Russell Flint. Brown cloth boards with gilt decoration. Spine and front board sunned, gilt decoration dulled. Two illustrations have been reattached with white tape. .....
£32.00

BK024. GILBERT, W. S. The Mikado. Illustrated by W. Russell Flint and Charles E. Brock London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1928; pp.vi.96. With eight colour illustrations by W. Russell Flint and line drawings throughout be C. E. Brock. A winning combination of Gilbert's words and two of Britain's most celebrated artists. With illustrated dw with edge wear and tape repairs. .....
£32.00

BK025. GODWIN, A. H. Gilbert and Sullivan - A Critical Appreciation of the Savoy Operas London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1926; pp.xx.300. With the full authority of the newly formed Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Godwin’s detailed and appreciative account of Gilbert & Sullivan’s contribution to theatrical history is a product of the golden age of the 1920’s. .....
£8.50

BK026. GOODMAN, Andrew Gilbert and Sullivan At Law Foreword by Lord Elwyn-Jones.Associated University Presses, Ltd., 1985; pp.246. A learned and unusual take on the G&S operas, viewing them through the various legal wranglings often alluded to anecdotally in other texts. Herein lies the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Good, with dw, top corners lightly bumped. .....
£15.00

BK027. GREEN, Martyn Here's a How-de-do - Travelling With Gilbert and Sullivan London: Max Reinhardt, 1952; pp.xii.210. Martyn Green’s contribution to the annals of D’Oyly Carte history includes the filming of The Mikado in Hollywood and his subsequent relationship with the States. Note that the UK edition is different from the US edition. .....£15.00

BK028. GROSSMITH, George A Society Clown Reminiscences. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1888; pp.192. Blue cloth, gilt titles to spine. Every G&S bibliophile's prized posession. This small but invaluable volume contains the personal reminiscences of the first great Savoy comedian. It is the source of many anecdotes and humorous tales, from which an entire library has been created. Rare treasure indeed. .....
£195.00

BK029. HARMAN, Lindsay A Comic Opera Life West Hartlepool: William Barlow, 1924; pp.156; 4 plates. Lindsay Harman joined Richard D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company in 1889 for the first American Tour of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers. He soon became a stalwart of the No.1 Repertory Company and later the "E" Company, his career with D'Oyly Carte spanning nearly 12 years. This rare and unusual book provides an unparalleled insight into the touring life of one of the world's most famous opera companies during the lifetimes of its creators. It is an idiosyncratic portrayal of stage life with people's identities barely concealed; a fount of D'Oyly Carte gossip and a must for Gilbert & Sullivan collectors. Red cloth boards. Inscribed by the author "Yours faithfully Lindsay Harman 12/11/24." .....£125.00

BK030. HAYTER, Charles Gilbert and Sullivan London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1987; pp.xii.186. dw. Macmillan Modern Dramatists series. A new evaluation of the operas with an emphasis on performance. .....£8.50

BK031. HELYAR, James (Editor) Gilbert and Sullivan Papers Presented at the International Conference Held at the University of Kansas in May 1970. The University of Kansas Libraries, 1971; pp.[6].228. Paperback, as new. With a foreword by John Bush Jones. Nineteen papers are collected together from the historic 1971 conference. Titles include: "Bab Ballads Lost and Found" (James Ellis), "Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and the Lure of the Fairies" (H.A. Hargreaves), "The Artistry and Authenticity of the Savoy Overtures" (Roger Harris), "D'Oyly Carte and the Pirates: The Original New York Productions of Gilbert and Sullivan" (Colin Prestige), "W.S. Gilbert and the London Pantomime Season of 1866" (Terence Rees), "Gilbert's Stagecraft: Little Blocks of Wood" (Jane W. Stedman) and "The Significance of The Grand Duke" (Max Keith Sutton). .....£36.00

BK032. HEWITT, Tony The School Gilbert and Sullivan - A Producer's Handbook New York: The Albyn Press, 1949; pp.48. Paperback. Get them while they're young! .....£8.50

BK033. HIBBERT, Christopher Gilbert & Sullivan and Their Victorian World New York: American Heritage Publishing, Inc., 1976; pp.286. 280 illustrations in colour and black and white (many not appearing elsewhere) help historian Christopher Hibbert to tell the history of the Gilbert-Sullivan partnership set in the context of Victorian theatre and society. With pictorial dw. .....£35.00

BK034. HOLLINSHEAD, John 'Good Old Gaiety' - An Historiette and Remembrance London: The Gaiety Theatre Company, Ltd., 1903; pp.79 (with 53 interleaved photographic plates). Written to record the end of the old Gaiety Theatre, this charming memoir gives details of Gaiety productions from its 1868 opening night with Gilbert’s ‘Robert the Devil’ by way of the first Gilbert & Sullivan collaboration ‘Thespis,’ to the last performance of ‘The Toreador’ in 1903. Photographs include Gilbert, Sullivan, Alfred Cellier, Nellie Farren, Burnand and many more. Deep plum cloth boards with gilt decoration ‘The Spirit of the Lamp,’ Spine in fragments and split, boards scuffed at edges, cloth torn and separating in a few places. Contents sound - a good working copy. .....
£25.00

BK035. HUGHES, Gervase The Music of Arthur Sullivan New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1960; pp.viii.180. An academic but accessible study of the man and his music, illustrated with many musical examples. With illustrated dw. .....
£12.00

BK036. JACOBS, Arthur Gilbert and Sullivan London: Max Parrish & Co., Ltd., 1951; pp.66. This splendid volume is a gem of information and quality illustrations. .....
£9.00

BK037. LEIGH, Mike Topsy-Turvy London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1999; pp.xi.[140]. Paperback. The screenplay for Mike Leigh's Oscar-winning account of the lives of G&S during the development of The Mikado. .....
£5.50

BK038. LYTTON, Henry A. Secrets of a Savoyard London: Jarrolds Publishers, 1922; later edition, dated inscription for ‘Xmas 1927’; pp.191. The autobiography of probably the greatest Savoyard. Witty and full of Savoy anecdotes, this is the story of what it meant to be in the D’Oyly Carte in its hey-day. .....£12.50

BK039. LYTTON, Sir Henry A Wandering Minstrel London: Jarrolds, 1933; pp.287. A wonderfully intimate autobiographical account of Lytton's life both in and out of D'Oyly Carte, illustrated throughout with photographs, and a warm chapter by Lady Lytton. Pale blue cloth sunned to front and spine. .....
£15.00

BK040. MOORE, Frank Ledlie The Handbook of Gilbert & Sullivan London: Arthur Barker, Ltd., 1962; pp.[3].264. Opera synopses, casts, settings, songs, choruses, biographies, people, chronologies, index to first and famous lines and musical themes abound - what more could you ask for? With dw. .....
£15.00

BK041. PEARSON, Hesketh Gilbert and Sullivan: A Biography London: Penguin Books, 1950; first edition thus; pp.251. An authoritative biography of what occurred behind the scenes of their collaboration, warts and all. Paperback. .....
£4.50

BK042. POLADIAN, Sirvart (Compiler) Sir Arthur Sullivan: An Index to the Texts of His Vocal Works Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography No.2. New York: Information Service, Inc., 1961; pp.XVIII.91. The title says it all! Paperback. .....
£20.00

BK043. RICKETT, E. W. & HOOGLAND, B. T. Let's Do Some Gilbert & Sullivan - A Practical Production Handbook. New York: Coward-McCann, 1940; pp.xi.238. Practical advice on choosing, organising and performing G&S operas; as relevant today as it was when it was published. Owner's bookplate on front endpaper, light foxing throughout. .....£15.00

BK044. ROLLINS, Cyril & WITTS, R. John (Compilers) The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas - A Record of Productions SUPPLEMENT 1961-1966 Ten page typed copy, stapled. Hard-to-find supplement to the standard reference of performances. .....£10.00

BK045. ROLLINS, Cyril & WITTS, R. John (Compilers) The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas - A Record of Productions SECOND SUPPLEMENT 1966-1971 Twelve page typed copy, stapled. Hard-to-find second supplement to the standard reference of performances. .....£10.00

BK046. ROLLINS, Cyril & WITTS, R. John (Compilers) The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan Operas - A Record of Productions THIRD SUPPLEMENT 1971-1976 Twelve page typed copy, stapled. Light rust marks near staples. Hard-to-find final supplement to the standard reference of performances. .....£10.00

BK047. ROWELL, George (Editor) Plays by W. S. Gilbert Edited with an introduction and notes by George Rowell. Cambridge: CUP, 1982; pp.189. Contains text for: The Palace of Truth, Sweethearts, Princess Toto, Engaged and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. British and American Playrights series. Paperback, as new. .....£14.00

BK048. SAXE WYNDHAM, H. Arthur Sullivan With a chapter by Ernest Ford. London: George Bell & Sons, 1903; reprinted 1905; pp.[viii].[80]+4 advts. Bell's Miniature Series of Musicians. Green and white decorated boards. A bijou biography full of contemporary insight. .....£6.50

BK049. SEARLE, Ronald (Illustrator) The Original Drawings by Ronald Searle from Gilbert & Sullivan A selection from Ronald Searle's original drawings for the animated feature film 'Dick Deadeye' produced by Bill Melendez and Leo Rost. London: Entercom Productions Limited, 1975; pp.[32 unpaginated]. Landscape paperback. Colour character studies with Gilbert's lyrics from the 1975 classic cartoon. Light foxing to some pages. .....£8.50

BK050. SEARLE, Townley (Editor) The Lost Bab Ballads London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ltd., 1932; pp.x.127. A bold but incomplete attempt at collating the Ballads not published by Gilbert in his many anthologies. Searle brings together Ballads printed elsewhere thus widening the availability of Gilbert’s poetic works. .....£14.00

BK051. SMITH, Geoffrey The Savoy Operas - A New Guide to Gilbert and Sullivan London: Robert Hale Limited, 1983; pp.236. Taking each opera in turn, Smith re-examines each of them as pieces of entertainment while recognizing their traditions and potentials. With illustrated dw. Ex library. .....
£12.00

BK052. STEDMAN, Jane W. W. S. Gilbert's Theatrical Criticism London: The Society for Theatre Research, 2000; pp.x.215. Jane Stedman’s recent account of Gilbert’s contributions to theatrical criticism in contemporary publications such as FUN, including his own reviews of his own plays! Illustrated boards, as new. .....
£15.00

BK053. SUTTON, Max Keith W. S. Gilbert Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1975; pp.150. Ex-library with stamp on title and last page only. The best modern study of Gilbert from a literary-critical point of view. Essential reading for lovers of all of Gilbert's output. Scarce. .....
£48.00

BK054. TAYLOR, Ian (Compiler) The Gilbert & Sullivan Quiz Book London: William Luscombe Publisher Ltd., 1974; pp.92. Test your knowledge! With dw. .....£8.00

BK055. VARIOUS, The Queen’s Carol - An Anthology of Poems, Stories, Essays, Drawings and Music by British Authors, Artists and Composers London: The "Daily Mail", 1905; pp.120. Contains a poem by Gilbert entitled ‘The King and the Stroller - A Comparison’ (pp.80/1). John Wolfson in ‘Final Curtain’ cites this poem as a ‘lost’ lyric from The Grand Duke and quotes it in full (pp.85/6), but makes no reference to its publication in this anthology. .....
£12.50

BK056. WALBROOK, H. M. Gilbert & Sullivan Opera - A History and A Comment with a foreword by Sir Henry Wood. Illustrated by H. M. Bateman, W. H. Holloway and others. London: F. V. White & Co., Ltd., 1922; first edition; pp.[156]+iii (illustrated adverts for Metzler & HMV). A charming appraisal with exquisitely delicate illustrations throughout. Blue cloth (another in red cloth available). .....
£6.50

BK057. WHITBREAD, The House of Catalogue of the Collection at the Gilbert & Sullivan 28 John Adam Street, London WC2 London: Whitbread & Co., Ltd., 1962; pp.20. A superbly illustrated catalogue of prints, photographs, costume designs and models of the operas held at the G&S pub in Covent Garden. Paperback. As new. .....£9.50

BK058. WILSON, Robin & LLOYD, Frederic Gilbert & Sullivan: - The Official D'Oyly Carte Picture History New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984; pp.216. A lavishly illustrated pictorial history from the D'Oyly Carte archives. Essential reference. With pictorial dw. .....
£28.00

BK059. WOLFSON, John Sullivan and the Scott Russells - A Victorian love affair told through the letters of Rachel and Louise Scott Russell to Arthur Sullivan 1864-1870. Chichester: A Headlion Book, 1984; pp.x.130. dw. Quoting from more than 200 letters, this account questions the stereotypically stilted view of Victorian England and brings to light the dangerously complicated passions of Sullivan's early career. .....
£9.50

BK060. WYMER, Norman Gilbert & Sullivan - A Story Biography Illustrated by Carol Barker. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1962; pp.183. A charming narrative account of the story of Gilbert and Sullivan, their beginnings, partnership and works. .....£9.00

BK061. YOUNG, Percy Sir Arthur Sullivan London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1971; pp.xiii.304. dw. Dr. Young's authoritative assessment of Sullivan's work. .....£10.00


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