Category: Modern First Editions

THE SAVOY ORPHEANS Stock code: 14182


First edition, first printing. Limited edition. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's pink paper covered boards printed in cream and green over cream cloth spine. Illustrated with three tipped in photographic plates and silhouette illustrations in pink and green throughout the text. A better than very good copy, the boards somewhat faded but the binding square and firm. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. The pages with sporadic foxing are otherwise bright throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. A rare one year anniversary celebration of The Savoy Orpheans. Formed by Debroy Somers in 1923, the dance band were resident at the Savoy Hotel in London between 1923 and 1927. The owner of the Savoy Rupert D'Oyly Carte, billed the Orpheans "probably the best-known bands in Europe". The band disbanded New Year's Eve 1927 when the management contract with the Savoy ended.




Inscribed in black ink on the title page "To Ernst Rolf / With very best wishes + gratefulness / for his appreciation of my band. / Debroy Somers / (leader Savoy Orpheans) / Dec. 9th 1925". The recipient Ernst Ragnar Johansson (20 January 1891 25 December 1932), was a Swedish actor, singer, composer and musical revue artist famous throughout the 20's for producing dazzling sets featuring first class actors and exeptional music.