A General History of Music
A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music A General History of Music
£975.00
London: Printed for the Author.. 1776, 1782, 1789, 1789.

First edition. Four volumes. 4to (275x215mm). pp. Vol. I. xx, [xii], 522, [1] errata, 9 plates some folding; Vol. II. [iv], 598, [1] corrections and additions, 2 plates; Vol. III. xii, 622, [12] index and errata; Vol. IV. [iv], 688, [14] index and errata. Full contemporary mottled calf with double gilt fillet borders to upper and lower covers. Expertly rebacked in the 20th century, five raised bands, six compartments decorated with simple flower pattern in gilt. Contrasting red morocco label, title in gilt. Gilt dentelles. Bookplate of Kennet of the Dene to the front pastedown. Rubbing to joints and to the corners and to the head and foot of the spine and some slight scuffing to the edges of the boards. The contents are in excellent condition, clean and tight with a little browning in places. Overall a very nice set of one of the most detailed, scholarly and exhaustive studies of the history and theory of western music from the Ancient Greeks to the eighteenth century. The plates are particularly good: three of them are engravings by Bartolozzi after G.B. Cipriani. There are extensive and beautifully printed musical examples throughout all four volumes allowing the musical reader to hear the works which Burney describes with such enthusiasm. This study was a huge undertaking. As Burney himself says in his conclusion: "a work that has been thirty years in meditation, and more than twenty in writing and printing".