Nestled in a recent purchase of several boxes of sheet music was this incredible find, a first edition of Claude Debussy’s “Children’s Corner” Suite, circa 1908 printed in France by A. Durand & Fils. The cover has a beautiful ‘Art Nouve’ styled motif and shows an Elephant holding a “Golliwog” balloon, the golliwog (typically a doll) was a favorite of Debussy’s daughter Chouchou. But I have continued finding other first editions; namely 2 more Debussy’s, his ‘Preludes’ and ‘Douze Etudes I’, Maurice Moszkowski’s ‘Trios Arabesques’, Maurice Ravel’s ‘Gaspard De La Nuit’ and ‘Feux d’ Eau’, and the London edition of Paul Hindemith’s ‘Ludus Tonlis’. Actually I have a stack of about 40 pcs. that bear further research. The collection which totaled about 200-250 pcs. had evidently past hands as a whole group starting in the late 1800’s by a German artist then added to by other pianists, one in London or New York, then Tacoma, where a substantial number of pieces were added in the early 1900’s. Many of the pieces are signed by the original owners (starting in 1894) and even includes one book of compositions by Mendelssohn that had been published and purchased within 40 years of his death. m.
Regarding Squirrels… today I had a friend with some customers ask me about the Squirrels?, is it a “Hot trend?”, “Your latest design motif?” and “What’s up with the $1,300- Squirrel Topped Biscuit Jar?” I’m at a loss… now admittedly I did buy a vintage cement Squirrel a month or so ago and another climbing a trunk… but then they just started showing up… In cabinets, on tables and under chairs… the latest being the Squirrel Topped Biscuit Jar, which oddly enough brought along it’s own tag! I’ve been over run… and can only assume I have some friends who think I’m “Nuts” and must enjoy the company… m.
(In the photo… please note another Squirrel in the upper right corner)