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1 Stein, Gertrude (text) and Virgil Thomson (music); scenario by Maurice Grosser The Mother of Us All (an opera) [limited/numbered edition, *SIGNED* by the composer; with three original photographs by Carl Van Vechten]
New York Music Press, Inc. [1947] First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(grey decorated cloth, no dust jacket) [moderate exterior soiling, corners bumped, light stain across bottom of front cover, spine somewhat darkened]. (two B&W photographs) This opera, first performed at Columbia University in May 1947, was inspired by the life and career of Susan B. Anthony, and includes a wide range of historical characters, among them Daniel Webster, Anthony Comstock, Ulysses S. Grant and Lillian Russell. This is No. 47 of 55 copies (of which only 50 were for sale) which were "printed on special paper, cloth bound and numbered ... and are signed [on the limitation page] by Virgil Thomson." (The regular trade edition was 1,000 copies in wrappers.) Included (but transferred from another copy of the book) are the three original portrait photographs by Carl Van Vechten which were originally issued with each of the numbered copies. Each photograph is approx. 5x7 inches, and is mounted on a 9x12 piece of thin textured card stock; each has a printed label on the verso bearing Van Vechten's original signature. The three photographs, contained in their original envelope, are: Gertrude Stein; Virgil Thomson; and Dorothy Dow (as Susan B. Anthony) and William Horne (as Jo the Loiterer), as they appeared in the original production. [NOTE that the original photo of Stein (in profile) is different from the shot of Stein (in front of an American flag) that's reproduced as part of a dual frontispiece in the book itself; the two portraits of Thomson are identical.] Signed by One Author 
Price: 700.00 USD
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