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[Breck, Samuel (1771-1862)]
[Collection of 18th Century Secular French Sheet Music bound up and kept by Philadelphian Samuel Breck]
1787. Paris: Chez Frère Marchand de Musique; Chez le S[ieu]r. Lafosse M[aî]tre de Guitharre; et al. [ca. 1787]. Small 8vo. [118] leaves of engraved music, printed mainly on one side to a leaf, [150]pp., total. Half black morocco with gilt title on spine; marbled boards. Provenance: ownership inscription of "S[amuel]. Breck" written in February 1857 and attributing dates of music to 1787. Title-page of first composition trimmed at bottom; one composition within defective; all else very good. Sixty-four individual musical compositions. A bound volume of eighteenth-century French sheet music for contra dance, guitar, etc. collected by Samuel Breck (1771-1862), noted Philadelphia merchant, politician, antiquarian, and diarist. An accomplished artist, Breck is also noted for playing the flute and other instruments. The sheet music was collected by young Breck in Paris in 1787; after his education at the French royal military college of Loreze and before returning to the United States to live in Philadelphia. Seventy years after he purchased the loose sheet music, Breck, ever the antiquarian, had it bound up. He annotated the volume for posterity: "I have had this music bound in book-form, for old acquaintance sake; having bought it in loose sheets at Paris seventy years ago-in 1787. N.B. I write this memorandum in feb[ruar]y. [sic] 1857. S. Breck" The sheet music is a mix of individual bifoliums (a good number with their own imprints) and paginated gatherings. Only one of the latter has a proper title page, a 45-page work published in Paris by Jacques-Charles Frère and enti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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