Jul 08

HoBlog – Boosey and Hawkes – Music Collection

Boosey and Hawkes – Music Collection

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We recently bought a significant collection of classical music and related items from the old Boosey and Hawkes Hire Library when they relocated from Regent Street in London.?The collection filled two whole pallets and we had to hire a van especially to move everything. It has take us some time to work out exactly what we had acquired!

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Boosey and Hawkes Palletsacquired!

Boosey and Hawkes – Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

Some items have now been listed in our inventory and sell steadily. Who would have thought that 25 copies of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers would sell out in just a few months (perhaps they were too cheap!)? ?They were good, useable copies, but not in the first flush of youth, yet our customers were very pleased ?- “I was delighted to receive my vocal score only 2 days after I’d ordered. It was in excellent condition and I would have no hesitation in ordering ‘used’ vocal scores in the future” S. R. Hull via Amazon. Copies sold throughout the UK but also abroad, with one copy going as far as Rekjavik in Iceland.

Boosey and Hawkes – File Copies

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Boosey and Hawkes File Copies

In the collection we acquired a large quantity of what appear to be file copies of significant scores. It looks as if B&H printed a batch of music and then kept one or two copies in a filing cabinet for reference purposes and never hired them out. To all intents and purposes, these items are ‘as new’ yet some of them appear to have been stored since the 1940s! There is a little tanning to page-ends and, in some cases, a few slight signs of storage, but they are a fascinating glimpse into the past, as well as being eminently useable. These are, in the main, specialist pieces, but they sell steadily and we have sent consignments all over the world.


Boosey and Hawkes – Foreign Language Titles

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Boosey and Hawkes Foreign Language Titles

We have been particularly pleased to see a number of foreign language titles selling quickly. B&H are a significant music publishers and the collection contained a lot of brand-new ‘How To Play’ titles for a wide range of instruments. About half of these are in languages other than English – French, German, Swedish and even Japanese. We have listed a range of these in our inventory and the response has been good so we will be adding more to our inventory in the coming weeks.

There is so much more still to list! There are boxes of reel-to-reel tapes which we have yet to catalogue, whole scores for large orchestras, including all the instrument parts, and a large quantity of hand-written manuscripts for interesting pieces which we need to research more fully. That’s in addition to the books, cds and ephemera that were included in our purchase. If you are interested in anything to do with this collection, and we have only scratched the surface with the above description, please contact us for more information – info@hallofbooks.com


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