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Gerard Hoffnung

Gerard Hoffnung (1925-1959)

Hoffnung Gerard Hoffnung (22 March 1925 - 28 September 1959) was an artist and musician, best known for his humorous works. Raised in Germany, Hoffnung was brought to London as a boy, to escape the Nazis. After studying at art colleges, he published a series of cartoons on musical themes, and illustrated the works of novelists and poets.

In 1956 Hoffnung mounted the first of his "Hoffnung Festivals" in London, at which classical music was spoofed for comic effect, with contributions from many eminent musicians. As a broadcaster he appeared on BBC panel games, where he honed the material for one of his best-known performances, his speech at the Oxford Union in 1958.

Hoffnung Hoffnung, in the words of his biographer Richard Ingrams,
...developed a distinctive style which owed something to the German illustrator Wilhelm Busch He mainly drew with a mapping pen and Indian ink, and also used watercolours and wax crayons.

Much of Hoffnung's humour centred on the world of music, particularly the various instruments of the orchestra with which he was fascinated.

Hoffnung Unfortunately Hoffnung collapsed at his home on 25 September 1959, and died of a cerebral haemorrhage three days later at the age of thirty-four. The obituarist in The Times concluded
Hoffnung was among other things an artist, a musician, a linguist, a raconteur, a Quaker, a bon viveur, a prison visitor and a mime. It is usual to say that a man has left behind a gap that cannot be filled. For Gerard Hoffnung there would be needed a handful of men, all of them greatly gifted.

Jazz

Jazz by Gerard Hoffnung
1000 piece jigsaw, published by Mandolin Puzzles

A collage of sketches by Hoffnung on the theme of jazz

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The Maestro

The Maestro by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson Ltd, 1955

5th impression complete with clipped dust jacket in very good condition, minimal wear to edges, pages clean and unmarked.
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The Maestro

The Maestro by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson, 1975

13th impression in very good condition, minimal wear to edges, pages clean and unmarked except for inscription inside front cover.
Hardback
ISBN 0234773154

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Hoffnung's Acoustics

Hoffnung's Acoustics by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dobson Books and Putnam & Co, 1959

1st edition 1959, complete with unclipped dust jacket, minimal shelf wear to edges, pages clean and unmarked excpet for inscription inside front cover.
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Hoffnung's Acoustics

Hoffnung's Acoustics by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dobson Books, 1968

5th impression complete with unclipped dust jacket, minimal shelf wear to edges, pages clean and unmarked, no inscriptions.
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Hoffnung's Little Ones

Hoffnung's Little Ones by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dobson Books Ltd, 1975

3rd impression, no dust jacket, hard cover excellent condition, tiny bump to lower rear cover only, pages clean, no inscriptions.
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ISBN 0234775599

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The Hoffnung Companion to Music

The Hoffnung Companion to Music by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson, 1968

7th impression complete with unclipped dust jacket in excellent condition, pages clean and unmarked, no inscriptions.
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The Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra

The Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson Ltd, 1954

1st edition. Some wear to top of spine, pages clean and unmarked. Unclipped price, colour hardback no dust jacket.
64 pages Hardback

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The Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra

The Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson, 1960

1960 7th impression complete with dust jacket. Some wear to edges, hard cover very good, pages clean and unmarked except for inscription inside front cover.
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Hoffnung's The Battle Symphony

Hoffnung's The Battle Symphony by Gerard Hoffnung
from Mandolin Puzzles
Manic scene of mayhem in the orchestra pit! A classic cartoon from the Master Hoffnung, challenging as much as for where there isn't any cartoon as for where there is! Sealed box with slight shelf wear.
500 pieces
finished size 49cm x 35cm
MPN 5014081001721

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Birds, Bees and Storks

Birds, Bees and Storks by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson, 1960

1st edition complete with unclipped dust jacket in excellent condition, pages clean except for inscription on title page.
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Hoffnung's Musical Chairs

Hoffnung's Musical Chairs by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Souvenir Press Ltd, 1983

Reprint 1983, excellent overall condition, unmarked pages except for inscription inside front cover.
Colour glossed hardback
ISBN 0285626124

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Hoffnung's Musical Chairs

Hoffnung's Musical Chairs by Gerard Hoffnung
published by Dennis Dobson, 1968

6th impression complete with unclipped dust jacket, minimal wear to edges, pages clean and unmarked, no inscriptions.
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