Lot 577: Rare partly-printed DS, signed twice, "F. F. Chopin," one page, 9.5 x 15, July 20, 1837. Assignment of copyright for his Op. 28 and Op. 30. In part: "U have this day sold to Messrs. Christian Rudolph Wessel & Co. Importers and Publishers of Foreign Music…all my Copyright and Interest, present and future…for the Kingdom of Great Britain…of and in the following Compositions (in M.S.) to be published conjointly in France & Germany in: Op. 28. Impromptu pour le Piano Solo dedie a Madame la Comtesse d'Agoult—to appear the 14th October 1837, Op. 30, Quatre Mazurkas being his 5th Set, dedicated to La Princesse de Wurtemberg." Signed twice at the conclusion by Chopin. A small repaired area of paper loss to right edge and chips to two corner tips, otherwise fine condition.Wessel & Co. had the exclusive rights to publish Chopin's works in England, and the company was taken over by Edwin Ashdown and Henry Parry upon his retirement. This document originates from the collection of the Ashdown family and has never before been offered for sale. The document notes that the first piece is dedicated to Marie d'Agoult, a friend of Chopin and the mistress of Franz Liszt. The second, dedicated to Princess Maria Wirtemberska of Wurttemberg, is a set of four pieces based on the traditional Polish dance. Chopin is among the most desirable autographs of all composers and exceedingly rare in this twice-signed format.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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