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Anecdotes of George Frederick Handel, and John Christopher Smith. With Select Pieces of Music, Composed by J.C. Smith, Never Before Published
London: W. Bulmer and Co.. 1799. Quarto. Half mid-tan calf with decorative blindtooling to corners and edges, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, dark red leather title label gilt. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (frontispiece), 1f. (title), 1f. (dedication), 1f. ("Advertisement"), [i]-iv (list of subscribers), 1f. (part-title), [3]-64 (anecdotes and appendix), 34 (engraved music) pp. With two engraved plates by E. Harding dated May 1, 1799: waist-length frontispiece portrait of Handel after Denner; waist- length portrait of Smith after Loffani opposite p. 37. Printed dedication dated Bemerton, April 20, 1799, to Mr. Peter Coxe. Small circular private library stamp to outer margin of title. Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; hinges partially split. Occasional minor foxing, heavier to initial leaves; some light browning, soiling and offsetting; small paper repair to secondary title; occasional pencilled annotations to margins. First Edition. Scarce. RISM BVI p. 241. Bound with: Burney, Charles. An Account of the Musical Performances in Westminster-Abbey, and the Pantheon, May 26th, 27th, 29th; and June the 3d, and 5th, 1784. In Commemoration of Handel... Printed for the Benefit of the Musical Fund... London: Sold by T. Payne and Son... and G. Robinson, [January 8] 1785. 1f. (frontispiece), 1f. (title), [iii-viii] (dedication, contents), [i]-xvi (preface), 8, 8, 9-20, 19-24, 21-56 ("Sketch of the Life of Handel" and Addenda), 21, [i] (blank) pp., 2ff. (section title, list), pp. [25]-41, [i] (blank), 2ff. (section title, list), [45]-70, 1f. (section title), pp. 73-90, 2ff. (section title, list), pp. [93]-107, [i] (blank), 1f. (section title), pp. 111-139, [ii] (advertisement, errata) pp. + 8 plates engraved by Delattre, Bartolozzi, Haward, Spilsbury and Collyer after Burney, Cipriani and Smirk, with one, "Plan of the Orchestra and Disposition of the Band," naming J[oah]. Bates as conductor. Engraved. Pp. 1-56 First Edition. Gregory-Bartlett p. 47. Cortot, p. 42. Eitner II, p. 246. RISM BVI, p. 191. From the collections of William Thomas Taphouse and, later, André Meyer, with "T.W. Taphouse Oxford" and full title of the first work in Taphouse's autograph to front pastedown and "Ce livre a appartenu a la collection musicale d'André Meyer, mon Père, mort le 10.5.1974. F." to verso of rear free endpaper in the hand of Meyer's son. Some browning and foxing to plates and surrounding leaves; occasional light staining and creasing; small tears or perforations to several leaves not affecting text or music. . John Christopher Smith (1712-1795) was an English composer of German birth, and Handel's assistant; Coxe was Smith's stepson. This attractive volume boasts a highly distinguished provenance, having belonged to two of the most noted antiquarian music collectors, William Thomas Taphouse (1838-1905) and André Meyer (1884-1974). The Meyer collection, formed over a period of some 75 years, was one of the most important collections of printed music, musical autographs, and books on music, with hundreds of items dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries
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