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ROCCA, Angelo.
De campanis commentarius.Rome, Guglielmo Facciotti, 1612. With the letterpress title in a woodcut architectural frame and 4 engraved plates (including 2 folding). 19th-century blind-tooled tan sheepskin.
BLC STC Italian (17th cen.), p. 756; Gregory, Cat. of early printed books on music in the Libr. of Congress, p. 233; B. Huys, Cat. des imprimés musicaux des XVe, XVIe et XVIIe siècles, 376; ICCU BVEE035288. First edition of one of the first monographs on church bells, carillons and bell ringing, by the Italian philologist Angelo Rocca (1545-1620). It discusses the origins of bells, rites for their consecration, their ecclesiastical usage (in and outside the liturgy), the office of bell ringer, secular uses of bells, musical uses of bells and chiming clocks. Plate A (folding) shows the 24-hour astrological clock (1496-1499) in the tower on St. Marks' square in Venice, including its 2 meter bell with two larger-than-life mechanical bronze figures who hammer it. Plate B (folding) shows 5 mechanical figures striking the 5 bells of the chiming clock of St. Lambert's Cathedral in Liège (completed 1433, destroyed 1795). Plate C shows an enormous bell that requires 24 men to ring it and plate D a carillon (bells played from a manual and pedal keyboard).Rocca founded the Angelica (Public) Library at Rome. He was appointed papal sacristan in 1595. As papal sacristan Rocca acquired a broad knowledge of the nature and use of bells. With the signature of the Welsh musicologist, music historian and Anglican priest William Meredith Morris (1867-1921). With plate B torn, repaired and slightly shaved (affecting only the ends of the supporting beams), minor foxing, an occasional browned patch and some marginal stains, but still in good condition. Binding with a few small chips, scuffs or cra … [Click Below for Full Description]
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