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MARCELLO, Benedetto 1686-1739
The First Fifty Psalms
London: John Johnson, 1757. 8 volumes. Folio. Uniformly bound in brown cloth-backed marbled boards, dark red leather spine labels with titling gilt. Engraved throughout. v. 1: [xxiv], 130, [2] pp. - v. 2: [x], 131, [2] pp. - v. 3: [xii], 144, [2] pp. - v. 4: [x], 154, [2] pp. - v. 5: [x], 123, [2] pp. - v. 6: [x], 127, [2] pp. - v. 7: [x], 148, [2] pp. - v. 8: [x], 150, [2] pp. Each volume with engraved dedication to the Bishop of Durham, Royal Privilege, list of subscribers, and English translation of original preface. Volume 1 includes "Memoirs of the Life of Benedetto Marcello" and "Remarks on the Psalms of Marcello" by Charles Avison. Subscribers include composers Charles Avison, Dr. William Boyce, and John Stanley, as well as city organists, various lords and ladies, etc., for a total of 125. Letter laid down to flyleaf presenting the volumes to a "Mr. Vaughan," signed "S Groombridge," and dated Blackheath, 28 November 1811 (the astronomer Stephen Groombridge 1755-1832). A later note to letter in ink provides brief biographical notes matching that of tenor Thomas Vaughan (1782-1843). Ex libris King's College Library, Cambridge, with ownership and withdrawn handstamps to versos of titles. Bindings slightly worn and bumped. Occasional small stains, not affecting music; scattered light foxing. Vol. 1 in slightly larger format. Overall, an attractive set in very good condition. First English edition. RISM M 426. BUC, p. 647. Benedetto Marcello came from a noble Venetian family and spent his career in a variety of official administrative posts. Even though none of his posit … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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