A Selection of Favourite Catches, Glees, &c. as sung at the Bath Harmonic Society, with the Rules of the Society, and a List of the Members.
by BATH HARMONIC SOCIETY.
Engraved frontis. printed in pale blue. 17, . [v]-xii [i.e. xiv], 152 pp. 8vo, orig. red straight-grained morocco (a bit rubbed), sides with single gilt fillet, spine gilt, a.e.g. Bath: "sold by the Booksellers in Bath; C. Dilly, London; and by the Secretary to the Society," 1799. "Second edition. With Considerable Additions." In the 18th century, the city of Bath enjoyed a rich and varied musical life with frequent subscription concerts, performances in the morning in the Pump Room, and balls in the Assembly Rooms in the evenings. There were also "breakfast" concerts as early as 1747 and an active glee club under the direction of Dr. Henry Harington, who also composed glees. The Bath Harmonic Society was founded in 1795 by the Rev. Mr. Bowen. It sponsored splendid entertainments at the Sydney Gardens and other locations with as many as 1200 persons enjoying breakfast and music. During the season the Society also met every week at the White Hart Inn where songs, duets, catches, and glees were performed before and after supper. Fine copy and rather rare. Original blue morocco bookplate of the Bath Harmonic Society, stamped in gilt. With the engraved armorial bookplate of Ernest Augustus (1771-1851), Duke of Cumberland and later King of Hanover. ❧ New Grove Dictionary, Vol. II, pp. 285-86. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5191)
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