first editionEngraved title-page to each volume, vol I by Bickham, vol. II after Gravelot, 200 engraved plates of music (for piano and flute)
by Bickham, George (illustrator and engraver)
London: Charles Corbett, 1740. First edition, second issue. Engraved title-page to each volume, vol I by Bickham, vol. II after Gravelot, 200 engraved plates of music (for piano and flute), most with large pictorial vignettes by Bickham after Gravelot and Watteau. 2 vols. Folio. Contemporary red morocco in the Harleain style, covers with wide outer border of two gilt rolls and inner dentelle, with central lozenge of small acorn and floral tools, spine in 7 compartments with raised bands. Extremities rubbed, small tear at foot of vol. I spine, some wear to vol. I title and repair to fore-edge margin of following leaf, repaired tears to plates 28 & 66 in vol. II, some sporadic staining to plates. First edition, second issue. Engraved title-page to each volume, vol I by Bickham, vol. II after Gravelot, 200 engraved plates of music (for piano and flute), most with large pictorial vignettes by Bickham after Gravelot and Watteau. 2 vols. Folio. A collection of airs and songs, fully engraved throughout with 200 plates of music by Handel, Purcell and others and richly ornamented with vignettes by Watteau and Gravelot. BUC, p. 107; Cohen-De Ricci, 145-6; Lipperheide 560 (illustration on p. 265); RISM Recueils, p.245; Smith (Handel), p.183; not in ESTC. Provenance: William A. Foyle (bookplate, his sale Christie's, 12 July 2000, Lot 500); Robert S Pirie (bookplate, acquired from Quaritch, 2005)
(Inventory #: 304139)
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