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Printed by and for John WATTS
The Musical Miscellany; Being a Collection of Choice Songs Set to the Violin and Flute by the Most Eminent Masters.
London: Printed by and for John Watts at the Printing-Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1729-1731, in Six Volumes, First Edition. Six vols., 8vo., each with an engraved frontispiece (two designs - half with the harp on the right (III, IV, V), the other on the left (I, II, VI), not alternating in this set), and woodcut head- and tailpieces; title-pages printed in red and black with wood-cut music throughout. Volumes I and II are melodies only, with volumes III-VI being melodies with basso continuo (unfigured). The flute part is printed separately after the tune and verses of each song. A very attractive set of volumes (7 inches tall) in half mottled calf by Zaehnsdorf with the binder's mark to the base of the front end paper. First edition of an influential collection of over 450 songs and ballads published in the years of the brief flowering of English ballad opera subsequent to The Beggar's Opera (1728). For each song, Watts prints the melody (and from volume III on a bass continuo), the lyrics, and a flute or violin setting. Eleven of the songs have been attributed to Handel, including two printed here for the first time; "Dull Bus'ness hence" and "As on a Sunshine Summer's Day" (Smith, p. 167). (BUC II, 719) In volume VI, an early contribution by Fielding: 'A dialogue between a Beau's Head and his Heels', as well as songs by Gay, Prior, Pope, Theobald, and settings by Handel, Daniel Purcell, Pepusch, Galliard etc. The music was printed from woodcuts rather than copperplates, unusual by this date but particularly useful for Watts, as … [Click Below for Full Description]
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