Collection of Three Pieces of Sheet Music

Paris: Soulié, n.d., ca. 1925. 1. Grandada [pseud.] "Sacco et Vanzetti" [Drop title: "Le Martyr de Sacco [et] Vanzetti"]. Bifolium (26.5cm.); outer panels printed in red, interior printed in black. Near Fine. Internal panels provide the lyrics only to the song "Le Martyr de Sacco Vanzetti," to be sung to the tune of "Une Nuits dans la Chanson." Printer's slug at bottom edge of p. [2] Imp. Fondras. Rear panel provides the music and lyrics to the song "Les Nichons de Fanchon."

2. Rousseau, Marcel. "Lettre de Suprême Adieu de la Petite Sacco à son Père." Large single sheet folded into eight-paneled uncut pamphlet (28cm.), text printed in red and black. Some chipping to extremities, else Very Good. At head of upper panel: "A Sacco & Vanzetti," with photographic portraits of the two men. Rear panel provides the lyrics to the song to be sung to the tune of "Une Chanson de la Nuit." Printer's slug "Imp. L.M. Paris." Additional songs, some with accompanying sheet music, printed internally.

3. Rousseau, Marcel. "Letter de Suprême Adieu de la Petite Sacco a son Pére [sic]." Bifolium (28cm.); outer panels printed in red, interior printed in black. Light soiling to upper panel, rear panel trimmed a bit close touching a few letters without loss of meaning, else Very Good. Printer's slug at bottom of rear panel "Imp. Fondras." Lyrics to the song (as above) printed on rear panel, internal panels feature the music and words to the songs "Nuits d'Andalousie" and "Manola Mia."

Extremely rare pieces of sheet music dedicated to the Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, wrongfully convicted and eventually executed in 1927 for the 1920 murders of a guard and teller during an armed robbery in Braintree, Massachusetts. Both songs composed prior to their execution: "Vivent ces deux innocent / Qui depuis longtemps / Subissent l'outrage / D'infâmes et lâches assassins / Qui n'ont qu'un dessin / Assouvir leur rage / Si vous les exécutez / Vous assassinez la classe ouvrière..." ("Let live these two innocents who for ages have been submitted to the fury of villainous and cowardly assassins who have but one design, to satiate their rage. If you execute them you kill the entire laboring class..." The second song, offered here in two states, is a letter of farewell by Sacco's young daughter, born shortly after his arrest, concluding with the refrain "Adieu mon papa chéri / Ta fille a compris / Ta foi, ton courage / Te donne le dernier baiser / De l'humanité / Pleurant cet outrage / Et vous brave Vanzetti / Qui l'avez suivi / Maint'nant s'il succombe / Adieu, la grandeur vous suit / Dans la tombe" ("Farewell dearest papa, your daughter has understood that your faith and courage give you one last embrace from humanity grieving this outrage, and you, brave Vanzetti, who now follow him, farewell, greatness will follow you to the grave").

None in the trade or separately catalogued in OCLC or KVK as of February, 2020, though we note a similar item, simply titled "Suprême Adieu," at the BNF (OCLC no. 461162629). Collection of three pieces of sheet music printed mimeograph on newsprint; uniformly toned due to inferior paper stock, see below for individual titles and condition:.

Price: $950.00

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