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Special Editions of the Published Works

This page gives all known details of the rare limited editions of three of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s works (signed by the composer) published in addition to the standard editions.

Locations and details are given for copies found in public collections or when the owners have made their ownership known. Otherwise, copies known to be in private collections are marked as such. The current owner of any copy not identified as such, most likely a private collector, is unknown (or unnamed to protect their privacy). Such copies may turn up at any time in research libraries as part of estates, or on the shelves of second-hand booksellers such as The author would greatly appreciate being informed of any discovery, which will be added immediately.

The numbered scores are referred to as they are identified, that is, by an arabic or roman numeral or by a written-out number.

The standard copies with inscriptions by the composer are discussed elsewhere, as are the additional features of three of the scores published in standard editions.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [no. 5] (1920; 144 pp.)

Publisher: London: F. and B. Goodwin Ltd., 1923.

Colophon: A special edition comprising twelve copies, in half-binding and [the last three words obliterated] printed on hand-made paper and number by the adapter [this word obliterated and replaced in hand with “composer”]. No. [number]. [signed:] Kaikhosru Sorabji.

Binding: Some or all copies may be bound in cloth and/or leather, and not necessarily at the same time (see the details of copy No. 6 below).

Locations of copies

Sonata seconda for Piano (1920; 49 pp.)

Publisher: London: F. and B. Goodwin Ltd., 1923.

Colophon: A special edition comprising twelve copies, in half-binding and printed on hand-made paper, has been signed and numbered by the adapter [this word has been crossed-out and replaced with “composer”]. Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji.

Peculiarities: The score is approximately 10 mm thick as opposed to the standard score, which is approximately 5 mm thick. Its dimensions are the same as those of the standard score, i.e., 10 5/8″ × 13 1/2″ (H × W).

Locations of copies

Opus clavicembalisticum (1929-30; 253 pp.)

Publisher: London: J. Curwen and Sons Ltd., 1931.

Colophon: Twenty-three copies of this work have been printed on Whatman handmade paper each numbered and signed by the composer. “No. [Number]. Kaikhosru Sorabji.” The deckle edge paper can be appreciated from image no. 2 (of 11) on the page for the sale of copy no. Eleven (see below); see also image no. 2 (of 4) on WorthPoint.

Colour of the cover: The cover is mottled pewter gold, like that of the standard edition.

Peculiarities: This edition measures 10 3/16″ × 15 1/16″ (H × W); left and right margins: approx. 3 7/16″, top margins: approx. 1 3/16″, bottom margins: approx. 2 1/16″. Price: 5 guineas (rather than 2 guineas for the standard edition).

Locations of copies

Standard editions with peculiarities

Last modified: 2024-03-05
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Sorabji Resource Site (SRS)
Faculté de musique, Université Laval, Québec

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