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Histoire de la musique et de ses effets, Depuis son origine jusqu'à présent: & en quoi consiste sa beauté. Tome Premier [-Quatrieme]
M. Charles le Cene, Amsterdam 1725 - Second edition, considerably expanded from the first edition of 1715. Rare. Gregory-Bartlett, p. 39. Cortot, pp. 26-27. RISM BVI, I, p. 165.The Histoire de la musique was begun by Pierre Michon Bourdelot, continued by his nephew, Pierre Bonnet-Bourdelot (1654-1708), and completed and published (in Paris in 1715) by the brother of the latter, Jacques Bonnet (1644-1723). Vols. II-IV of the present edition are a reprint of the "Comparaison de la musique italienne et de la musique française" of J. L. Le Cerf de La Viéville (1674-1707) (Brussels, 1704; new edition, augmented,1705). The "Comparaison" was written in reply to François Raguenet's "Paralléle des Italiens et des François en ce qui regarde la musique," a rejection of French music and practice in favor of Italian counterparts. "Le Cerf espoused a simple, rational, ‘natural’ art over one based primarily on sensual beauty, an art that finds its expression in the ideals represented in the music of Lully." Julie Anne Sadie and Albert Cohen in Grove Music Online.The present copy most likely belonged to Jean-Claude Flamen d'Assigny (1741-1827), a noted French politician, agronomist, and brother-in-law of prominent French Revolutionary general, Jean-Barthélemot Sorbier. 4 volumes bound in two. 12mo. Full mid-tan polished calf with spine in decorative compartments gilt with titling gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Armorial Ex Libris of "M. Flamen D' Assigny Conser. Auditeur des Comptes" front pastedown; early ownership markings in black ink and pencil to front free endpaper of Vol. I dated 1777. Vol. I: 1f. (title), 2f. (preface), 333, [i] (errata), 1f. (blank) pp. Vol. II: 1f. (title), 12 (preface), 13-175, [i] (blank) pp. Vol. III: f. (title), 322, 1f. (blank) pp.Vol. IV: 1f. (title), 230 pp. Binding partially split at upper joint. Tears to pp. 209-212 of Vol. I with repair and no loss to text; Vols. I and II with mild to moderate foxing to some leaves; occasional minor soiling, staining, and creasing; Vols. III and IV with some light staining, especially to upper margin, and occasional light foxing. Minor offsetting opposite titles of Vols. II and IV; very occaisional mispagination. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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