Lot 148

German (Edward)

Vintage, sepia toned, three quarter length photograph of the English composer, signed and dated ‘Edward German, May 3rd 1902’ on mount below the image, age toning and browning, pencil annotations on rear, 24.2 x 20 cm.; autograph notes and letters signed (‘German’), one reading in part ‘I agree that some of the music of today is dismal. Still it wouldn’t do to have all music bright and gay: just an occasional splash of grey is good for us all’, another saying ‘The specialist tells me there is a faint hope that I may ultimately regain just a little of the lost sight in my right eye […] However, my left eye is fairly good- so after all I have much to be grateful for’ and another one reading ‘I am sure “Merrie England” will be very successful. I have written Mr Duggan expressing my regret at not being present’, scattered foxing, small 8vo, 5 Biddulph Road, Elgin Avenue, 1926-34 (small quantity)

Estimate: £250-£350